One of my students made my day Wednesday night. She said that her teacher at school was teaching them about different religions around the world. The teacher told the kids that we don't worship all of their gods, we follow the 10 commandments. The student told me that she knew the teacher was wrong because Jesus nailed the old law to the cross and we are under the new law. I was very proud of her for understanding the error.
Today's lesson continues the third journey. Paul goes through Macedonia and on to Corinth where he writes the book of Romans. I read Romans 12: 9-21 where Paul teaches the Romans how to treat each other. If we are doing good on time, I'll continue reading into chapter 13 where it talks about our responsibility to the government.
After Paul leaves Corinth, he eventually arrives at Troas where he meets with the brethren to break bread. This is an excellent passage to review what the Lord's Supper is about and when/how we're supposed to take it. We can also see the love the Christians had for the truth since they sat and listened to Paul preach all night. Of course, this is the reason Eutychus died and we'll get to talk about how Paul brought him back to life.
My lesson plan:
Time at Stations: Spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of class.
Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 20 card. We've just been running through these each week. I'll say, "What happened in chapter 1?" and they'll tell me and so on. I want to try getting them to think a little more about it by asking questions like, "If you had a friend that didn't believe in God, what chapter could you read with him to tell who God is."
Today's lesson: Review the 3rd journey up until Corinth (Acts doesn't actually say he went to Corinth, but it is assumed that's where he spent the winter, since that's what he said he wanted to do one of the letters to Corinth.
Discuss the book of Romans. Paul wrote it while in Corinth. He had never been to Rome, but was hoping to go eventually. Read Romans 12:9-21 and discuss briefly. If there's time read Romans 13:1-7 and discuss briefly.
Continue reading to Acts 20:7. Discuss the Lord's Supper briefly (especially about taking it on the first day of the week). We've talked about this in depth in previous quarters. This should all be review for them. Then discuss the story of Eutychus.
Introduce the folder activity: Interesting People We've Met In Acts. This activity will review some of the people we met briefly: Gamaliel, Ananias (chapter 9), Elymas, Simon the Sorcerer, Eutychus, Apollos. There are 3 cards that describe each person. They are to put the correct cards in the pocket with the person's name on it that it matches. After they're through they can take the cards out and turn them over. If they are in the correct pocket, they'll be able to put them together where they show the number of the chapter that person is from.
Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith and discuss sections 5 and 6.
If there's time review another memory passage from their project folder.