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”

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”