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
Getting A Mentor
A growing Christian learns to rely on fellow believers (vs. 25, 30). Rather than acting on his own, Paul received the help of other godly men during the difficult situations mentioned in our text. When the Jews in Damascus tried to kill him, his Christian friends helped him (v. 25). ”His followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.” -When the Christians in Jerusalem rejected Paul out of fear, his Christian brother, Barnabas, spoke for him and helped him. We sometimes view Paul as a very independent person who did not need anybody but Jesus. However, if we were to look more closely, we would see that Jesus used other believers in his life to minister to him and give him wise counsel. Paul always filtered the counsel he received through what the Holy Spirit was saying to him; but, he also recognised that God does speak through other people and uses them to touch our lives when we really need it. We need others in our spiritual growth process!
Point of Emphasis: You need others to grow.
Prayer Point: Lord, help me to assist young believers to grow and make me humble to seek help from others where necessary.