Posted on Sun, Nov 22, 2015
At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: COMMUNITY (The Christian Community Comes Alive) Studies in the Book of Acts
Talbot Chapel SUNDAY SCHOOL ADDENDUM
TURNING THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN
UNIT III: SPREADING THE GOSPEL
Lesson 12 November 22, 2015
Devotional Reading: Psalm 47.
Background Scripture: Acts 17:1-32.
Scripture: Acts 17:1-4, 10-12, 22-25, 28.
Nov. 16 Deut. 32:1-12. Creator God.
Nov. 17 Genesis 9:8-17. Promises of God for All.
Nov. 18 Genesis 12:1-4. Blessing of God for All.
Nov. 19 Psalm 8. Majestic of God.
Nov. 20 Psalm 33:13-22. Goodness of God.
Nov. 21 Psalm 47. Reign of God.
Nov. 22 Acts 17:1-4, 10-12, 22-25, 28 Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens.
KEY VERSE: For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, "To an unknown god." What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. Acts 17:23.
CENTRAL THOUGHT: We can make a great, positive change in the lives of people if we share with them the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To appreciate the various ways of witnessing for Jesus
LESSON INTRODUCTION: Last week, we saw the spread of the Gospel by Paul, Silas, and Timothy in Philippi. Today, we see the Gospel moving to three more localities: Thessalonica, Beroea, and Athens. In thessalonica, the opposition is very strong and harsh; whereas in the other two places, it is less so. Some opponents refer to the missionaries coming to their city as people who have been elsewhere, turning the world upside down. They, of course, mean this in a negative way - that the missionaries are disturbing the peace and order of society. But in a positive sense, these opponents have a point. When the Gospel comes to people and they embrace the Word, leaving a world of rebellion against God and unconcern for others, their lives and associations, in a positive sense, will be turned upside down. Yet we must also hasten to add that from the viewpoint of those who do not like the change, who are committed to non-Gospel ways, the upside-down change can be very threatening. Therefore, those who witness for Christ might encounter great opposition. What this lesson says is that regardless of how people receive the message or what experiences are encountered, all are commanded by the Lord to continue "spreading the Gospel."
I. Spreading the Gospel in Thessalonica: Acts 17:1-4.
II. Spreading the Gospel in Beroea [or Berea]: Vv. 10-12.
III. Spreading the Gospel in Athens: Vv. 22-25, 28.
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