THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: CALLED TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
Adult/Young Adult Topic: REACHING OUT
Printed Text: Acts 8:26-39
Key Verses: Acts 8:35 (NIV)
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
People rarely cross cultural boundaries in significant ways. What should motivate us to do so? Acts 8 contains record of a cross-cultural encounter in which Philip was called by God to witness to Jesus, the Son of God, as the basis of true meaning and purpose.
Engaging in true missions involves moving beyond the parameters of the regular membership and reaching out to a population that is unsaved and often different from the church demographic. All around us there are needs to be met, and all we have to do is open our eyes, open our hearts, and open our spirits. Ask God to show you ways to experience organic evangelism and make an impact on the world for the glory of God. Christ is the one who made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. He broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us with His sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross.
Oh LORD, you have called us to reach beyond where we are to people who have never seen the light of your love. Let us never be satisfied with business as usual, but help us to see people through your eyes and to love them with your love. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.