Sunday, October 28, 2007

Paul's Third Journey Begins -- Acts 18 and 19

After visiting Jerusalem at the end of the 2nd journey, Paul heads down to Antioch. From there, he begins his 3rd journey. This journey starts out much like the 2nd one. He visits the Christians he first taught in the 1st journey (Galatia) and then again in the 2nd journey. This time, he goes to Ephesus and catches up with Aquila and Priscilla. He stayed there quite a while and taught many people. We'll talk to day about the religious error Paul corrected -- those who had not been baptized into Christ's baptism, but Johns.

Before Paul bets to Ephesus, Luke tells us about Apollos. He also only knew of John's baptism. Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and taught him the rest of what he needed to know. He then went on to be a great influence and teacher to many in Corinth. Here is a great example of someone who thought they knew what was right. They thought they were doing what Christ wanted, but they were wrong. The Christians that were amongst him took him aside and taught him.

It is thought that Paul wrote the epistle Galatians while in Ephesus. We'll talk about it briefly this morning. I want to read with the kids Galatians 1:6-10 where Paul tells the Galatians to not accept any other teaching than what he had taught them. I also want to read Galatians 5:19-23 that contrasts the works of the flesh and the fruit of the spirit.

My lesson plan:

Time at Stations: We have a lot of material to cover. Assuming everyone is there on time, we'll start our lesson pretty quickly after the bell rings.

Acts cards -- Review all of the Acts cards we've used up until now. Introduce Acts 19 card.

Today's lesson: Review the 2nd journey. Briefly tell the story of Apollos and then read it from Acts 18:24-28. Briefly tell about the first part of Paul's visit in Ephesus and then read it from Acts 19:1-20. We'll cover the riot in Ephesus on Wednesday night. Discuss the letter to the Galatians and then read Galatians 1:6-10 and Galatians 5:19-23.

Project Folders: Read the Roll Call of Faith. Introduce the 5th and 6th parts of the Roll Call of Faith. Attempt to say the first 6 parts by memory. If there's time quickly go over the Whole Armor of God.