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”

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”