We’re Still Family!
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I imagine when you have spirited disagreements in your Sabbath school that you don’t call each others fools, but that is what Paul does in his letter to the Galatians.  O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as … [Click to read more …]

Paul’s Authority and Relationship With the Church
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Christ Points the Way

This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. Galatians 1:1 NLT  I remember sitting in church, no more than four years old, watching the preacher preach, and … [Click to read more …]

Apostle to the Gentiles – Lesson Plan
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Christ, Cross and Scripture

Key Thought: Soul was zealous against the church, but was transformed to develop a strong ministry to the Gentiles.. Lesson 1, July 1, 2017 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 6:11-14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is. b. How can we stand up … [Click to read more …]

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 …]