Sunday Morning 5/16: Unit 32, Session 2: Paul’s First Journey

Jesus’ followers preached the gospel in Jerusalem, and the good news spread to places like Judea and Samaria. More and more people believed, and new churches began as both Jews and Gentiles began to follow Jesus. Barnabas went to Antioch—a city about 300 miles north of Jerusalem—where he brought Paul to help teach the believers.Continue reading “Sunday Morning 5/16: Unit 32, Session 2: Paul’s First Journey”

Sunday Morning 5/9: Unit 32, Session 1: Peter Escaped from Prison

Peter had witnessed the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on Gentile believers. God made it clear: the gospel is for all because Jesus is Lord of all. Peter returned to Jerusalem and told the believers there what had happened. At this time, other believers who had scattered amid persecution were preaching the gospel. ByContinue reading “Sunday Morning 5/9: Unit 32, Session 1: Peter Escaped from Prison”

Sunday Morning 5/2: Unit 31, Session 4: The Hall of Faith

It is common to think of faith as something that is just within us—trust and confidence in God. While that is surely part of it, faith doesn’t stop there. Faith starts inside of us and always leads to action. The writer of the Book of Hebrews wanted to explain the fullness of faith to theContinue reading “Sunday Morning 5/2: Unit 31, Session 4: The Hall of Faith”

Sunday Morning 4/25: Unit 31, Session 3: Jesus is Better

Hebrews was a letter written to encourage believers to not only stand strong in their faith, but also to grow in their faith. More than anything else, though, the writer of Hebrews preached the superiority of Jesus: Jesus was present at the creation of the world. He is the heir of all things and GodContinue reading “Sunday Morning 4/25: Unit 31, Session 3: Jesus is Better”

Sunday Morning 4/18: Unit 31, Session 2: Barnabus in Antioch

In the face of persecution, the early church saw growth as believers dispersed following Stephen’s death. (See Acts 7) As they went, they carried the good news with them. Jesus’ disciples had cared for the church from Jerusalem, but God began to call them out as missionaries too.  In Acts 8, Philip went to SamariaContinue reading “Sunday Morning 4/18: Unit 31, Session 2: Barnabus in Antioch”

Sunday Morning 4/11: Unit 31, Session 1: Peter and Cornelius

The apostle Peter preached and taught boldly after Pentecost. Jesus had commanded His followers to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Acts 10 shows us how God made clear to Peter that the gospel is for everyone—not only the Jews but also the Gentiles.  The story begins in Caesarea (cess uh REEContinue reading “Sunday Morning 4/11: Unit 31, Session 1: Peter and Cornelius”

Sunday Morning 4/4: EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are essential to the Christian faith. If we teach Jesus as a respected teacher and miracle-worker who claimed to be the Messiah and who was crucified on the cross—but who was not resurrected—then we are teaching the Jesus of Judaism. If we teach Jesus as a wise teacher and prophet whoContinue reading “Sunday Morning 4/4: EASTER: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection”

Sunday Morning 3/28: Unit 30, Session 4: Guarding the Truth

In New Testament times, Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece. About eighteen years after Jesus’ death on the cross, Paul preached the gospel to the Corinthians and established the church there. (See Acts 18.) He stayed in Corinth for at least 18 months. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote toContinue reading “Sunday Morning 3/28: Unit 30, Session 4: Guarding the Truth”

Sunday Morning 3/21: Unit 30, Session 3: New Life in Jesus

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians while he was imprisoned in Rome. At this point, Paul had not yet visited the church at Colossae. The church was established by Epaphras, who reported to Paul that the church was facing troubles with false teachers. Paul wanted to put an end to the false teaching andContinue reading “Sunday Morning 3/21: Unit 30, Session 3: New Life in Jesus”