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 …]

1: Paul – Apostle to the Gentiles – Discussion Starters
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The Gospel in Galatians.  According to the introduction to this 12-week series on the apostle Paul, the teaching threatening the early church was the false teaching that we are saved by faith and works. Wait a minute. Don’t our works have a key role to play in our salvation? What about the statement by the … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 1: Paul Apostle to the Gentiles
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Saul of Tarsus was fighting for his faith, although misguided by his spiritual blindness (Tuesday’s lesson study) until, “finally on his way to Damascus, through a miraculous encounter with the risen Jesus, Saul chose to fight no longer” (Monday’s lesson study). Instead he went on to become Paul and now he did as in Hymn … [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 …]

Major Themes in Peter – Teaching Plan
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Christ, Cross and Scripture

Key Thought: Peter wrote about five areas of theology : 1. Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation 2. Godly conduct 3. The hope of Christ’s soon return 4. God’s plan for order in the church 5. The role of Scripture in our lives.. Lesson 13, June 24, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read 1 Peter 1:15-17. … [Click to read more …]