LESSON 12 21/2/2016
THE SUPPORTERS OF APOSTLE PAUL
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 61, 214
Devotional Reading: Acts 16:11-15
Topic For Adults: Support Your Ministers
Topic For Youths: Your Ministers Need You
Topic For Intermediates: Don’t Be Stingy Towards Your Ministers
Scripture Lesson: Lk. 10:7; 1 Cor. 9:7-14; Acts 16:13-15, 40; 2 Tim. 1:14-18, 4:16; Rom. 16:1-9; Phil. 4:10-19
Memory verse: Whoever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? (1 Cor. 9:7) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Use Your Profession or Skills To Support Your Ministers
Col. 4:11-14; 2 Tim. 4:1; Acts 27:1; 28:16
Thank God for Luke, the beloved physician. When others had forsaken the aged apostle Paul, Luke alone remained. He was Paul’s beloved fellow-labourer, and in his own writings he skillfully hid himself that the work of God by His servant Paul and others might, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, be faithfully recorded, and come into prominence. The apostle Paul himself stated that Luke was with him during his imprisonment in Rome, saying in 2 Tim. 4:11 that “only Luke is with me.” This presence of Luke with Paul during his imprisonment, combined with the narrator’s use of the word “we” throughout his accounts of Paul’s imprisonment, provide conclusive evidence of Luke’s authorship. No doubt, Luke’s trained hands and caring presence helped Paul recover from many of these severe beatings, open wounds and infections. No wonder Paul called Luke the “beloved” physician! Certainly, God used Luke to help prolong Paul’s life and perhaps even to help him recover from serious illnesses. Luke may also have attended to Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” (2 Cor. 12:7) and his illness while among the Gal. 4:13-14. The church and your ministers need your professional skills to support their ministries.
Point of Emphasis: Use your skills and talents to help your church and ministers.
Prayer Point: I pray that I will use all I have to advance the course of my church, oh Lord.