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”

Sunday Morning 3/14: Unit 30, Session 2: Paul Met Jesus

Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive. SaulContinue reading “Sunday Morning 3/14: Unit 30, Session 2: Paul Met Jesus”

Sunday Morning 3/7: Unit 30, Session 1: Philip and the Ethiopian

The believers in the early church faced intense persecution. After Stephen was killed, Jesus’ followers at the church in Jerusalem scattered; however, they did not stop talking about Jesus. They continued to share the good news. One man, Philip, took the gospel to Samaria. The crowds there listened and believed, and they had great joy.Continue reading “Sunday Morning 3/7: Unit 30, Session 1: Philip and the Ethiopian”

Sunday Morning 2/28: Unit 29, Session 4: Doers of the Word

The early church was made up mostly of Jewish believers who had grown up believing they needed to fully obey God to be accepted. Grace was a new concept for them, and many struggled with understanding how grace and obedience fit together. Some made the mistake of thinking that once they had acceptance in Jesus,Continue reading “Sunday Morning 2/28: Unit 29, Session 4: Doers of the Word”

Sunday Morning 2/21: Unit 29, Session 3: The Good News

After Jesus returned to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the gospel began to spread. Those who heard the good news at Pentecost included visitors from Rome, and they were likely among the three thousand who believed. (See Acts 2:10,41.) When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans in AD 57, heContinue reading “Sunday Morning 2/21: Unit 29, Session 3: The Good News”