3: Life In The Early Church – Lesson Plan

Key Thought: The church is engaged not only in the advancement of the gospel commission but also in overcoming Satan’s attempts to stop the church’s mission.

July 21, 2018

1. Have a volunteer read Acts 3: 19-26.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. What are some of Peter’s main emphases in his sermon?
  3. Personal Application: How important is it for you to believe that Jesus rose fromthe dead bodily and didn’t see corruption? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “Why does the apostle keep saying, ‘this same Jesus’ when speaking to the Jews? Why the emphasis on the same Jesus and not a different one?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Acts 4: 13-18.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. What are some of the dangers in having leadership or power in the church?
  3. Personal Application: Has leadership ever told you not to do something for the gospel you felt you should be doing? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Why didn’t the church leaders see that Jesus’ miracle healings and being raised from the dead were in accordance with the predictions of the Messiah?” How would you reply to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Acts 5: 1-5.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What does the story of Annanias and Sapphira tell us about looking at people from the outward experience?
  3. Personal Application: Have you ever promised to do something and then changed your mind and decided not to do it? Why is it important not to lie to the Holy Spirit? Share your thoughts
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “I don’t understand. Why couldn’t they sell property and just give a part of the money to the church? Are we supposed to give everything? Or did they promise to give it all and decided only to give a part? What’s wrong? They gave something, didn’t they. They didn’t have to.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Acts 5: 34-39..

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What does this story tell us about having good counsel and a reasonable mind helping us in dangerous situations?
  3. Personal Application: Have you ever received good advice that you really didn’t want to hear from someone? What happened? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

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