LESSON 2 13/12/2015
PAUL – THE PERSECUTOR
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 240, 242
Devotional Reading: Acts 8:1-4
Topic for Adults: Don’t Be An Enemy Of God.
Topic for Youths: Expect Persecution.
Topic for Intermediates: It Is Not An Easy Road
Scripture Lesson: Acts 7:54-60, 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 7:51; Phil. 3:5-6; Gal. 1:13; 1 Cor. 15:9; Acts 8:1-8; 11:19-21
Memory Verse: Now Saul was consenting to his death, at that time a great persecution arose against the Church which was at Jerusalem (Acts 8:1a) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
How Patience Is Developed
Jam. 5:7-11; 1 Pet. 4:12-13
From addressing abusive, rich, non-believers, James turns again to restless suffering saints. Learn endurance was his counsel at the beginning of his letter (1:1-5). Be patient and endure is his continued counsel as his letter comes to a tender and loving close. The reason we are exhorted to be patient is that God is not going to right all the wrongs in this world, until Jesus Christ returns. Thus believers are encouraged to patiently endure and expect suffering. We are not to always expect to have life easy and comfortable. Jesus told us that, “In the world, you will have tribulation” (Jn. 16:33). Our great expectation is the blessed hope of Jesus’ return. That event brings our eternal rewards. We must patiently endure hardships and heartaches until Jesus returns. This will be a day of reckoning for our oppressors and a day of glory for us. But while we wait there are things that need our patient and enduring attention.
Point of Emphasis: We must be patient in our tribulations
Prayer Point: Lord Jesus, help me to face persecutions with patience and to receive my rewards at the end.