LESSON 5 3/1/2016
THE EARLY CHRISTIAN LIFE OF PAUL
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 310, 326
Devotional Reading: Acts 9:10-22
Topic For Adults: Don’t Cast Them Out
Topic For Youths: Mentoring: A Programme, Not A Subject
Intermediates: Patient In Learning
Scripture Lesson: Acts 9: 17-19; Acts 9:19-30, Heb. 10:24-25; Gal. 1:13-24, 2 Tim. 2:15; 4:13
Memory Verse: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Growing To Know Christ The More
Acts 9:23; Gal. 1:18-24; Phil. 3:10-11
“After many days had gone by….” Several Bible scholars believe that this phrase “many days” is a span of about 3 years which Paul spent in Arabia and in Damascus. What was he doing during that time? Some believe that Paul was in seclusion for that time, sorting out his past mistakes, spending time praying and worshiping in God’s presence, and rethinking his theology in light of Jesus being the Messiah. No doubt Paul did all of these things, but we have no reason to believe that he spent all that time in solitude. Arabia was an area that extended all the way to the walls of Damascus. It is likely that Paul did not go and hide during that time, but he continued to tell many of the Arab people that Jesus was the Messiah who had been promised from God and that they needed to repent, call on the Lord, and commit their lives to Him. He was committed to knowing Christ the more and growing in Him – are we?
Point of Emphasis: Grow in your relationship with the Lord
Prayer Point: Lord, make me to grow more in you and develop a close relationship with you.