New Testament Lessons

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1. Zacharias 

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2. The Birth of Christ Announced Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
3. The Birth of Christ Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
4. The Wise Men and The Flight into Egypt Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
5. The Boy Jesus in the Temple Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
6. John the Baptist

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7. The Temptation Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
8. The First Miracle Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
9. The First Disciples Teacher's Notes
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10. Jesus and Nicodemus Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
11. Jesus and the Samaritan Woman Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
12. Pool of Bethesda Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
13. Healing the Paralytic Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
14. Daughter of Jairus Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
15. The Centurion's Servant Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
16. The Youth of Nain Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
17. The Parable of the Sower and the Seed  Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
18. Feeding of the 5000 Teacher's Notes Teacher's Notes (Long version) Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
19. Jesus Walks on Water Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
20. The Woman of Canaan Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
21. The Transfiguration Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
22. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant  Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
23. Pharisee and the Publican  Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
24. Jesus and Little Children Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
25. The Good Samaritan Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
26. Mary and Martha  Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
27. The Prodigal Son Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
28. The Rich Man and Lazarus Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
29. The Raising of Lazarus Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
30. Palm Sunday Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
31. The Parable of the Ten Virgins Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
32.    The Ten Lepers Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
33. Jesus talks about Taxes and Offerings Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
34. Jesus Speaks of His Second Coming  Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
35. The Lord's Supper Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
36. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
37. The Trial of Jesus Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
38. Jesus Before Pilate Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
39. The Crucifixion Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
40. The Death and Burial of Jesus Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
41. The Resurrection Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
42. Jesus Appears to the Emmaus Disciples Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
43. Jesus Appears to the Disciples in Galilee Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
44. The Ascension Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
45. Pentecost Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
46. Ananias and Sapphira Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
47. Stephen the First Martyr Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
48. Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Teacher's Notes Preschool Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
49. Peter Heals the Lame Man  Teacher's Notes
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50. Peter Delivered from Prison Teacher's Notes
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51. Peter and Cornelius Teacher's Notes
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52. The Conversion of Paul Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
53. Paul and the Jailer of Philippi Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
54. Paul's First Missionary Journey Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
55. Paul's Second Missionary Journey Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
56. Paul's Third Missionary Journey Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
57. Paul the Prisoner Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All
58. Paul is Taken to Rome Teacher's Notes   Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 All

 

Brief summaries to describe the stories and References to Bible History Commentary (by W. Franzmann)

1. Zacharias (Luke 1:5 - 25) and the Birth of John the Baptist (Luke1:57-80)

NT Vol. 1, pp. 4-7 and pp.16-18

God's plan to send His Son as the Messiah also involved the promise of a "messenger" who would "prepare the way" before the coming of the Lord. God kept His promise and announced through the angel that Zechariah's son, yet unborn, would be the fore-runner of the promised Savior. God also taught Zechariah to trust what His power could do and rejoice in the birth of his son John.

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2. The Birth of Christ Announced -- to Mary (Luke 1:26-56) and to Joseph (Matt. 1:18-25)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 8-15

Jesus came as a miracle child whose human life was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, without the involvement of a human father. The virgin Mary and her husband-to-be were stunned at the news that Mary was pregnant. The angel revealed to both of them the miracle God had done and the wonderful purpose Jesus would fulfill. He was born to "save His people from their sins."


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3. The Birth of Christ (Luke 2:1 - 20)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 19-24

To rescue the world from sin, death, and hell, God became one of us. God's Son came down to earth and was born as a human child in a Bethlehem stable. Such humble beginnings would characterize Jesus' life as the humble Servant who laid down His life for us. Truly He was worthy of the worship and praise offered by the angels and the shepherds.

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4. The Wise Men (Matt.2:1 - 12) and the Flight into Egypt (Matt.2:13 - 23)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 34-41

The Christ-Child was the object of contrasting reactions: faithful adoration on the part of the wise men and ruthless malice on the part of Herod. God would take the necessary measures to encourage the one and prevent the other. Through the guidance of the miraculous star, He led the wise men to the place where Jesus was. Through the intervention of angels, He removed the Christ-Child from the evil intentions of a paranoid, puppet king.


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5. The Boy Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:40-52)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 42-46

Can you imagine living in the same house with the perfect child? Mary and Joseph didn't have to imagine. At their home in Nazareth, they lived with the sinless Jesus every day. As they took the twelve-year old boy to the Passover festival in Jerusalem, they would soon discover that Jesus came to fulfill the will of His heavenly Father. Thus He would be the perfect student of God's Word and the perfectly obedient child to His parents on earth.


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6. The Ministry of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:1-12) and the Baptism of Jesus (Mt. 3:13-17)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 49-65

Christ began His public ministry at a time when John the Baptist proclaimed the Gospel and baptized the people in the Jordan River. Though He was innocent of sin, Jesus still asked John to baptize Him as part of God's will. The Father would use this baptism to visibly identify Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah and anoint Him with the Holy Spirit.


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7. The Temptation in the Wilderness (Matt. 4:1 - 11)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 66-75

The devil was hoping to foil God's plan of salvation by tempting Jesus in the wilderness. We are ever grateful that the Lord was up to the task of resisting temptation and perfectly obeying the will of His heavenly Father.


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8. The First Miracle at Cana (John 2:1 - 11)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 87-90

When Jesus fulfilled His role as Savior of mankind, He did not use His almighty powers to obey the Law or to atone for sins. That is not to say, however, that He never used His power. This miracle done at the Cana wedding feast was the first of many "signs" given to indicate that Jesus was true God and therefore qualified to be the Redeemer of all mankind.


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9. Peter's Catch of Fish and Call of Four Disciples (Luke 5:1 -11)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 160-165

The miracle in this story helped Peter and the others present to recognize Jesus as their Lord. In obedience to His call, they became His disciples. As such they would learn His holy teachings, witness His work as the Savior, and become "fishers of men" in their future work of preaching the Gospel.


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13. The Paralyzed Man (Matt. 9:1 - 8)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 208-212

When Jesus healed the paralyzed man, He also gave proof of His divine authority to declare with absolute certainty that all of the manís sins were forgiven.

 

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14. The Daughter of Jairus (Matt. 9:18-26)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 218-221

Every Christian funeral can reflect on the wonderful assurance that Jesus revealed in this story. He used His almighty power to overrule death. In this instance He restored the life of a deceased teenage daughter and gave proof not only of His divine identity but also His capability of raising us from the dead.


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15. The Centurion and His Servant (Matt. 8:5 - 13)

- NT Vol. 1, pp. 276-280

This Gentile believer displayed a faith that Jesus had not seen among His own Jewish people. He humbly relied on the fact that Jesus could heal by the mere authority of His command. He also relied on the fact that Jesus was the merciful Messiah who wanted to help. The end result was a wonderful answer to his prayer. Jesus healed the centurion's servant who was sick


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16. The Youth of Nain (Luke 7:11 - 17)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 281-283

The miracles of Jesus served many purposes. They demonstrated His power as God and they helped people in their time of need. When Jesus raised the youth of Nain, He gave great comfort to a grieving mother by bringing her dead son back to life.


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18. Feeding of the 5000 (Matt. 14:13 - 21, John 6:1 - 15)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 311-315

The disciples could not solve the problem of feeding so many people with so little food. Jesus had to show them once again that He is the Lord who provides, even when the earthly resources seem so scarce.


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19. Jesus Walking on the Sea (Matt. 14:22 - 34)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 316-319

Imagine hearing the invitation that Jesus spoke to Peter when He told him to step out of the boat and come to Him on the water. As long as Peter trusted Jesus to hold him up, he did not sink. Even when he did sink, Jesus rescued His disciple from danger and taught him to "walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7)


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20. The Woman of Canaan (Matt. 15:21 - 28)

- NT Vol. 1, pp. 320-324

This Gentile woman came to Jesus because she knew Him to be the Lord who has mercy. Though she was not a Jewish member of the "house of Israel," she knew what the Jews were being taught in God's Word. With faith based on the truth of Scripture, she gained what she was asking. The Lord expelled the demon from her daughter.


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21. The Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-9)

- NT Vol. 1, pp. 343-348

Jesus chose Peter, James, and John to be eyewitnesses of His glory as revealed to them on the mountain of the Transfiguration. The visual display of the Lord's glory was meant to assure them (and us) that Christ would surely fulfill His mission. As true God He had the means to atone for our sins and demonstrate His victory by rising from the dead.


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24. Jesus Illustrates Child-like Faith (Matt. 18:1-6 and Jesus Blesses the Little Children (Mark 10:13 - 16)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 353-359 and pp. 477-481

The attitude of Jesus toward children is a strong reminder of our God-given duty to bring children to Jesus today. Christ even pointed to the faith of a child as the example of faith that He is seeking within the hearts of all people.


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25. Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25 - 37)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 380-386

Jesus spoke this well-known parable to answer the question, "Who is my neighbor?" Through the story that He told, Jesus plainly revealed that one's neighbor is anyone who needs help. Jesus also revealed through this parable that our human nature does not live up to the right standards portrayed by the Good Samaritan.


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27. Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11 - 32)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 450-463

This parable has become for us and for all a wonderful picture of God's grace. Even as the loving father welcomed the return of his wayward son, our heavenly Father welcomes us in the unworthy state of our sinfulness. Thus Jesus would have us identify with the prodigal son and see in ourselves the sinner who greatly depends on the grace of a merciful God.


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28. Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19 - 31)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 464-472

Jesus used this parable to teach the final, irreversible results of faith and unbelief and the pressing urgency of using one's time of grace. He also taught through this parable that repentance and faith are not the result of seeing miracles, but rather the result of hearing God's Word.


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29. The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1 - 45)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 537-564

This miracle of resurrection not only demonstrated Jesus' power over death in a way that no one could dispute. It brought great comfort to His friends in Bethany and raised the ire of His enemies in Jerusalem. From that moment on these enemies conspired more earnestly to put Jesus to death.


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30. Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Matt. 21:1 - 11) and Cleanses the Temple (Matt. 21:12 - 17)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 600-610 and 615-621

Jesus entered Jerusalem, knowing that He would wage the final battle with sin, death, and hell and win the victory God was planning to win. As the people welcomed His entrance into the city, they hailed Him as the Messiah. In this way God was helping us to identify Jesus as the one He sent, the one foretold by Zechariah as the King coming to His people in Zion.


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35. The Lord's Supper on Maundy Thursday (Matt. 26:17 - 29)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 727-767

With His disciples gathered around Him to celebrate the Passover one more time, Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper as a means of grace for the New Testament Church. The Lord provided this sacramental gift to strengthen our faith on the firm foundation of His forgiveness, assured to us through the real presence of His body and blood.


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36. Jesus in Gethsemane (Matt. 26:30 - 56, John 18:1 - 11)

-- NT Vol. 1, pp. 768-782 and Vol. 2, pp. 783-796

Jesus was not forced to suffer and die against His will. Through fervent prayer to the Father, He remained ever willing to be the sacrifice for all sin, and so He gave Himself into the hands of those who would put Him to death on the cross.


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37. Jesus before the High Priest (Matt. 26:57-68), Peter's Denial (Matt. 26:69-75), Death of Judas (Matt. 27:3-10)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 797-833

As the Lord endured the injustice and blasphemous treatment of the Jewish leaders, Peter and Judas struggled with the grievous sins of denying and betraying the Lord. Only through repentance was Peter restored in the faith. Judas, while expressing sorrow over his sin, did not turn in faith to the Lord who restores His fallen people.


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38. Jesus before Pilate (Matt. 27:11 - 31)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 834-883

The unjust treatment of the Savior continued under the jurisdiction of Pontius Pilate. Since the Jewish leaders had no authority to execute, they took the matter to the Roman governor. Though Pilate was thoroughly convinced that Christ was innocent of all charges, he consented to the will of the people and allowed Jesus to be crucified. Nevertheless, the injustice inflicted on the Lord would serve the will of God and carry out the salvation of all people.


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39. The Crucifixion (taken from all four Gospels)

[This story would cover the Way to Calvary, Nailing to the Cross, the Superscription of Pilate, Jesus says "Father, forgive them ...," Parting of His Garments, Blasphemy of the crowd, His Words to the Penitent Thief and to Mary/John.]

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 884-917

Death by crucifixion was a form of execution only reserved for slaves and the worst of criminals. Jesus did not deserve this kind of death or any other. One could tell by the way He treated others in their need, while He Himself was suffering greatly. At any point He could have stopped the agony by the use of His own power. But in love for all people, He chose not to do this, that He might finish the work that His Father sent Him to do.


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40. The Death and Burial of Christ (All four Gospels)

[This story would cover the Afternoon Darkness and Suffering ("My God, My God... I thirst ... It is finished,"), His moment of death ("Father, into Thy hands..."), the Miracles that accompanied His death, and the Burial.]

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 918-967

The physical suffering of our Lord could never compare to the spiritual agony that He endured on the cross. According to the words He said, we know that God the Father had forsaken Him on that dark afternoon. All the righteous anger and punishment for every sin of every person was poured out on Christ. But the Savior endured. He became the target of God's holy justice that we might become the recipient of God's blessing now and forever.


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41. The Resurrection, Appearance to the Ladies, Bribing of the Soldiers (Matt. 28:1 - 15)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 968-989

When Jesus rose from the dead, He not only made good on His promise. He guaranteed our forgiveness from God and gave us the wonderful expectation of our own resurrection from the dead. Jesus lives forever to be our Conqueror over sin, death, and hell.


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42. Jesus Appears to the Emmaus Disciples (Luke 24:13-35)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1004-1016

The disciples were surprised by the resurrection of Jesus only because they failed to understand the written prophecies of old and the Lord's own spoken promise that He, the Messiah, would surely rise triumphant from the grave. The Lord did not leave his disciples in a state of wondering what had happened to Him. .He appeared to them several times and convinced them that He was truly alive. He made them eyewitnesses of His risen state and also showed them from the Old Testament Scriptures that His resurrection had to happen in accord with God's eternal decree.


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43. Jesus Appears to the Disciples in Galilee (John 21:1- 17)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1039-1054

In yet another appearance that Jesus made to some of His disciples in Galilee, He used the opportunity to restore Peter as an apostle of the Gospel of Christ. In so doing He reminded this impetuous Christian man to rely on God's grace rather than his own feeble strength.


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44. The Ascension (Matt. 28:16 - 20, Acts 1:1 - 11)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1055-1087

Jesus had to return to the glorified position from which He came. His ascension would mark another important step in His exaltation as Lord of all things in heaven and on earth. Yet His departure was nothing more than a withdrawal of His visible presence. The disciples understood that He was truly with them always and thus they accepted the ascension with joyful hearts that expected the Savior to keep His promise of sending the Spirit.


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45. Pentecost (Acts 2:1 - 42)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1088-1130

The coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was very much a necessity for the apostles and the Jerusalem church to carry out the Great Commission of preaching the Gospel to all nations. The Spirit enabled these believers to proclaim the Savior with boldness and understanding and also in the native languages of many foreign visitors present in Jerusalem.


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46. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 4:32 - 5:11)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1177-1188

Through the special guidance of the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to know the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira and see the hypocrisy of their words and actions. God carried out judgment on these two members of the congregation and used them as a warning to all, a warning to be sincere in the faith and life of Christianity.


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47. Stephen the First Martyr (Acts 6:1 - 8:2)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1205-1223

One reaction to the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the church was a backlash from those who opposed Jesus Christ. As a result of intense persecution, Stephen died for what he believed. Nevertheless, God brought this believer to the glories of heaven and used the persecution to spread the Gospel beyond the city of Jerusalem and the region of Judea.


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48. Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:5-8, 26-40)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1224-1237

Philip had the great joy and privilege of sharing Jesus with a Gentile man from Ethiopia, who was traveling home from Jerusalem. Using the prophetic words of the Old Testament, he taught the Ethiopian to see Jesus as the Messiah who came as promised. Once the man was led to confess his faith in Christ, he was baptized and continued his journey home with a joyful heart.


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52. Conversion of Paul (Acts 8:1-4, 9:1-25)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1238-1258

Saul, the zealous Pharisee who persecuted the church, would go through a dramatic change. Jesus confronted Saul on the road to Damascus and convinced him not only of His true identity, but also the truth of salvation through Christ crucified. By the grace of God, Saul became Paul, the dedicated Christian apostle who worked with great fervor to proclaim the message of Christ to many Gentile people.


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51. Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10:1 - 48)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1263-1284

God intended the Gospel of Christ to go out to all nations of people. That required that Jewish apostles like Peter stop thinking of Gentiles as "unclean" and rather view them as souls in need of a Savior. Peter learned this lesson in a vision from God and consequently traveled to the home of the Roman soldier Cornelius, who welcomed the apostle and gladly received the message of a Savior that Peter came to bring.


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53. Macedonian Call (Acts 16:6-10), Lydia (Acts 16:11-15), Jailer of Philippi (Acts 16:16-34)

-- NT Vol. 2, pp. 1351-1362

Through a special revelation the Lord sent Paul and his helpers into Europe to bring the Gospel to the Macedonians. Along the way he encountered Lydia and the jailer of Philippi, people who were led by the Spirit to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

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