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”

Sunday Morning 2/14: Unit 29, Session 2: Stephen’s Sermon

Stephen was one of the seven men chosen to serve as leaders in the early church at Jerusalem. (See Acts 6:1-7.) God blessed Stephen and gave him power to do wonders and miracles like some of the apostles. Some of the Jews accused Stephen of blasphemy and dragged him to the Sanhedrin, a group ofContinue reading “Sunday Morning 2/14: Unit 29, Session 2: Stephen’s Sermon”

Sunday Morning 2/7: Unit 29, Session 1: Ananias and Sapphira

Something amazing was happening among believers in the early church. Not only was the Holy Spirit changing people’s hearts to believe in Jesus, He was empowering them to live differently. We see the evidence of God’s grace among the believers in Acts 4:32-35. The believers shared everything they had. If one person had a need,Continue reading “Sunday Morning 2/7: Unit 29, Session 1: Ananias and Sapphira”

Sunday Morning 1/31: Unit 28, Session 4: Living Like Jesus

Like his first letter, Peter’s second letter was written to believers in the early church who had experienced persecution and suffering. At this time, Peter was in a Roman prison. He was aware that his death was imminent. (See 2 Pet. 1:13-15.) Besides the outside threats to their faith, these believers were also confronted withContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/31: Unit 28, Session 4: Living Like Jesus”

Sunday Morning 1/24: Unit 28, Session 3: Faithful in Hard Times

Peter’s story of faith began when Jesus said, “Follow Me.” (Matt. 4:18) Peter and his brother Andrew—two fishermen from Galilee—left their nets and followed Jesus. As one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, Peter witnessed firsthand Jesus’ miracles and teachings. Peter believed that Jesus is the Messiah (Matt. 16:16), and he was understandably upset when Jesus predictedContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/24: Unit 28, Session 3: Faithful in Hard Times”

Sunday Morning 1/17: Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Man

With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carry out Jesus’ mission for them: to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began. One afternoon, two ofContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/17: Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Man”

Sunday Morning 1/10: Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed for 40 days. The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. AsContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/10: Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came”