Sunday School Preparation
The beatitudes are not a blessing we earn by being meek, or poor in spirit. Rather these are blessings that God has promised us in Christ. Therefore when we are poor, hungry, meek or persecuted in these times we can find comfort in these blessings which God has promised and which are ours in Chirst.
Satan uses a slave girl to try and impede and discredit the preaching of the Gospel, but God works all things for good. He brings many to faith including the jailer and his family. Just as Paul uses the word of God to cast out the demon from the possessed girl, so also the word
Paul and Barnabas travel to Jerusalem. There the church debates the need for circumcision and the rest of the ceremonial law of Moses. The church recognizes that all are saved by grace alone without any works. But out of love for their Jewish brothers the Gentiles are asked to refrain from certain things which are