Friday: Further Thought – Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: For the relationship between personal conversion and the church, read Ellen G. White, “Individual Independence”, pp. 430-434, in Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3. For a helpful map of the early life of Paul and commentary on his conversion, see The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 6, pp. 226-234. “Paul had formerly been known … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Paul: Apostle to the Gentiles” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Conflict Within the Church
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Of course, nothing human is perfect, and it wasn’t long before trouble began within the early community of faith. For starters, not everyone was pleased with the entry of Gentile believers into the early church. The disagreement was not over the concept of a Gentile mission, but over the basis on which Gentiles should be … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Gospel Goes to the Gentiles
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Preaching to Gentiles

Where was the first Gentile church established? What events caused the believers to go there? (Acts 11:19-21, Acts 11:26). What does that remind you of from Old Testament times? (See Daniel 2.) The persecution that broke out in Jerusalem after Stephen’s death caused a number of Jewish believers to flee three hundred miles north to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Saul in Damascus
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Paul in Damascus

During Saul’s encounter with Jesus, he was blinded and then instructed to go to the house of a man named Judas and to wait there for another man, Ananias. No doubt Saul’s physical blindness was a powerful reminder of the greater spiritual blindness that led him to persecute the followers of Jesus. The appearance of … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Saul’s Conversion
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Saul's Conversion

“And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ Then the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads’ ” (Acts 9:5, NKJV). Although Saul’s persecution of the early church begins rather inconspicuously (as he only holds the coats of Stephen’s executioners), it quickly intensifies (see … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Persecutor of Christians
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Paul before and after his Conversion

Saul of Tarsus first appears in Acts as one involved in the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58) and then in connection with the more wide-scale persecution that broke out in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1-5). Peter, Stephen, Philip, and Paul play a significant role in the book of Acts because they were involved in events that led … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Martin Luther and Galatians
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Introduction to The Gospel in Galatians The Protestant world is getting ready to celebrate the 500thanniversary of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther — guided by the Holy Spirit — brought to millions crucial biblical truths that were long hidden under centuries of superstition and tradition. One could argue that out of the pages of … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles
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Read for This Week’s Study: Acts 6:9-15, Acts 9:1-9, 1 Sam. 16:7, Matt. 7:1, Acts 11:19-21, Acts 15:1-5. Memory Text: “When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, ‘Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life’” (Acts 11:18, NKJV). It’s not that hard to understand Saul of … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Major Themes in 1 and 2 Peter
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Spectacles on Bible

Further Thought: Even amid the heavy theology, Peter’s letters put a strong emphasis on Christian life and how we should treat one another. In other words, yes, we need to know the truth as it is in Jesus. But even more important, we need to live the truth, too. Early on, we get these grand … [Click to read more …]