QUARTER’S THEME: PAUL – THE DYNAMIC MISSIONARY EVANGELIST
UNIT 1: His Early Judaism Life (Lessons 1-2)
LESSON 1 6/12/2015
THE BACKGROUND OF APOSTLE PAUL
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 258, 259
Devotional Reading: Prov. 22:1-8
Topic For Adults: Give Your Child A Good Foundation
Topic For Youths: Your Foundation Is Important
Topic For Intermediates: Listen To The Voice Of The Elders
Scripture Lesson: Acts 4:13, 22:3, 5:34, 18:3, Phil. 3:7-8; Phil. 3:5, Acts 21:39, Phil. 3:20; Gal. 1:4, Phil. 3:4-6, Acts 23:6, Acts 6:9
Memory verse: “… and was zealous toward God as you all are today (Acts 22:3c) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Paul, the Tentmaker
Acts 18:1-3; 1 Thess. 2:9; 2 Thess. 3:7-10
Apart from the secular and religious education that Paul was exposed to, he also learnt a trade – tent-making to support himself. Unlike what happens today when people waste all their time searching for white collar jobs that do not exist, he was adequately prepared with another stream of income. As a preacher, he was not dependent on his followers to carry all his burdens as he was using his extra time to provide for his needs as seen in our texts. We have lots of lessons to learn from our study today. Our children should learn a trade in addition to their secular education and the church should tend more towards bi-vocational ministries. Someone wrote recently, bi-vocational ministry is the future of the church if the church is to fulfil the Great Commission. Members are expected to take care of their leaders but there is a limit to which they can do this in the present economic situation.
Point of emphasis: Learn a trade, increase your stream of income.
Prayer Point: Make us wise, Oh Lord, in the face of the economic situation of the world to take right decisions.