Quarter’s Theme: DIVINE DISPLAY OF THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE
Unit 2 – I Know Thy Works-Time For Critical Self-Examination (Lessons 4-11)
LESSON 5 5/7/2015
SMYRNA: THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
Suggested Hymns: G.H.B. 222, 226
Devotional Reading: MATT. 10:16-22
Topic For Adults
LOOKING BEYOND SUFFERINGS
Topic For Youths
WHAT REALLY MATTERS?
Topic For Intermediates
MORE TO BEING A CHRISTIAN
Memory Verse: Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution (2 Tim. 3:12) NKJV
DAILY DEVOTIONAL READING
Patience In Suffering
James used the law of images to show that Christians grow to maturity like a seed awaiting harvest. He called us to be patient like a farmer who patiently waits for his harvest. The farmer is aware that if he cuts the corn too early, he will lose some of the benefits. We grow daily. As we wait on Jesus to return, so is He waiting on us to grow. He is preparing us for a place. Whatever you are experiencing now is not to mar you but to make you. Only focus on Jesus and the result that will surely come at the end – don’t murmur or grumble.
Point of Emphasis: Do not grumble against one another.
Prayer Point: Grant to me Oh Lord, the grace to patiently wait for the result of my faith.