Sunday Morning 7/18: Unit 34, Session 3: Together in Jesus

During his second missionary journey, Paul stopped in Ephesus and preached in the synagogue. (See Acts 18:19.) Apollos, a Jewish believer, also taught in the synagogue there. Paul’s third missionary journey took him back to Ephesus, where he spent two to three years speaking with crowds about Jesus. (See Acts 19:8-10.) As people believed inContinue reading “Sunday Morning 7/18: Unit 34, Session 3: Together in Jesus”

Sunday Morning 7/11: Unit 34, Session 2: Paul Was Arrested

As Paul’s third missionary journey came to an end, a prophet named Agabus warned him that the Jews would seize him in Jerusalem and hand him over to the Gentiles. (See Acts 21:10-11.)  But Paul did not hesitate. He returned to Jerusalem and was seized by a group of Jews who wanted to kill himContinue reading “Sunday Morning 7/11: Unit 34, Session 2: Paul Was Arrested”

Sunday Morning 7/4: Unit 34, Session 1: Paul’s Third Journey

Paul’s third missionary journey was unlike his first two because he didn’t set out to plant churches. Instead, his mission was to encourage and strengthen existing churches. Paul wrote letters to the churches, but he knew some guidance was best given in person.  Paul’s journey began when he traveled to the city of Corinth. ToContinue reading “Sunday Morning 7/4: Unit 34, Session 1: Paul’s Third Journey”

Sunday Morning 6/27: Unit 33, Session 4: Paul Gave Hope

Consider how your life would change if you knew the future—if you could accurately predict the weather or outcomes of baseball games. If you could know how your life is going to turn out, would you live today differently? In the bigger picture of God’s plan for the world, we do know the future. GodContinue reading “Sunday Morning 6/27: Unit 33, Session 4: Paul Gave Hope”

Sunday Morning 6/20: Unit 33, Session 3: No Other Gospel

During his second missionary journey, Paul started several churches in Galatia. Some time later, false teachers crept into these churches and began teaching that there was more to salvation than faith in Jesus. They said that obeying the law of Moses was essential too.  Many of the Galatian believers became confused and believed the liesContinue reading “Sunday Morning 6/20: Unit 33, Session 3: No Other Gospel”

Sunday Morning 6/13: Unit 33, Session 2: Paul’s Second Journey

Paul was back at the church of Antioch in Syria. The church had sent out Paul and Barnabas to preach the gospel to Jews and Gentiles in places like Lystra and Derbe. Then they returned to the church of Antioch. Some time passed, and Paul wanted to return to some of the cities he visitedContinue reading “Sunday Morning 6/13: Unit 33, Session 2: Paul’s Second Journey”

Sunday Morning 6/6: Unit 33, Session 1: The Jerusalem Council

The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that theContinue reading “Sunday Morning 6/6: Unit 33, Session 1: The Jerusalem Council”

Sunday Morning 5/30: Unit 32, Session 4: Letters to Church Leaders

As the early church expanded outside Jerusalem, new churches were planted in various cities. Each church needed godly leaders to help it grow and stay true to the gospel. Paul understood this need, which is why he wrote letters to some of the leaders in the church. Two of these leaders were Timothy and Titus.Continue reading “Sunday Morning 5/30: Unit 32, Session 4: Letters to Church Leaders”

Sunday Morning 5/23: Unit 32, Session 3: The Church Divided

In the first century, Corinth was an important destination in the Roman Empire. The city was located on a narrow area of land connecting the southern end of the Greek peninsula with the mainland to the north. When Paul visited Corinth on his missionary journeys, the city was full of people with various cultural andContinue reading “Sunday Morning 5/23: Unit 32, Session 3: The Church Divided”

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”