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Discovery Lessons

FOREWARD

Is a thorough knowledge of the Bible important for a Christian? The answer is “yes”. The Apostle Peter writes, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15).

There are many who do not know why they believe a certain way. They are unable to give an answer to those who ask why they are a Christian and why they believe as they do. Answers that are shallow or just clichés fail to impress others. Our answers should be based on the Bible, and they should be logical.

2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Not only should our testimony be based upon the Bible but it should be based upon the Bible rightly divided. All Christian churches claim to use the Bible as their basis for doctrine. But too often they misinterpret the message of God.

A proper understanding of God’s Word will only come as a result of study. These lessons are designed to assist you in understanding the basic doctrines of the Bible. Its goal is to enable you to give a Biblical answer to those who ask you what you believe and why. It should also add confidence and stability to your Christian life. Pray for God’s guidance as you study these lessons. He wants you to learn these lessons, and He will help you learn them.

 


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Acts…Lesson Thirteen: Paul on Trial

Memory Verse: Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian” Acts 26:28

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 25; Acts 26; Acts 27; Acts 28; Isaiah 55; 1 Corinthians 3

Scripture Reading: Acts 25:1-12

Introduction:

We might think that Paul is spending two wasted years in prison during the period that is covered in this lesson. But, from another perspective, he accomplishes an important ministry during this time period. He brings Christ’s name before two governors and a king, just as he was commanded to do in Acts 9:15.

Governor Felix has been called back

Acts…Lesson Twelve: Paul Arrested in Jerusalem

Memory Verse:And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” Matthew 10:28.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 21:15-36; Acts 21:37-22:21; Acts 22:22-23:11; Acts 23:12-35; Acts 24; Numbers 6

Scripture Reading: Acts 21:15-26

Introduction:

Paul becomes a prisoner in this lesson and remains a prisoner of the Romans throughout the rest of the Book of Acts. As a prisoner of the Romans, Paul is given several opportunities to defend himself before the leaders. We also are called

Acts…Lesson Eleven: The Third Missionary Journey

Memory Verse:Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” Acts 20:28.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 18:23-28; Acts 19; Acts 20; Acts 21:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1-3; Ephesians 4:17-30

Scripture Reading: Acts 18:22-28

Introduction:

Today, we find Paul spending some time at Antioch and then off he goes again on the third missionary journey. Paul follows the route of his second trip through Galatia and Phrygia, “strengthening all the disciples.

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Acts…Lesson Ten: The Second Missionary Journey of Paul

Memory Verse:These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” Acts 17:11.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 15:36-16:40; Acts 17; Acts 18:1-22; 1 Corinthians 9; Galatians 2; Ephesians 2

Scripture Reading: Acts 16:1-10

Introduction:

In our study, we go with Paul on the second missionary journey. The Apostle has several exciting events that take place on this trip. It starts out with a split between Paul and Barnabas. Timothy joins the group and is first introduced to us. The

Acts…Lesson Nine: The Council at Jerusalem

Memory Verse:Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled and from blood” Acts 15:19-20.

Daily Bible Readings: Exodus 20; Psalms 119; Acts 14:24-15:21, Acts 15:22-35; Acts 15:36-16:5; Romans 14

Scripture Reading: Acts 15:1-21

Introduction:

Throughout history, the church has faced many controversies. These controversies were present in the early church as well. Luke did not try to gloss over these disagreements. In this study, we find a doctrinal

Acts…Lesson Eight: The Antioch Church and the First Missionary Journey of Paul

Memory Verse:For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” Romans 1:16.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 11:19-30; Acts 12; Acts 13; Acts 14; Isaiah 53; Psalm 22

Scripture Reading: Acts 11:19-30

Introduction:

As we progress through Acts, things start moving at a faster rate. Persecution becomes more frequent. Herod Agrippa I kills James by the sword and throws Peter in prison. Paul is stoned at Lystra. (According to Deuteronomy 13:6-18, if someone entices a

Acts…Lesson Seven: The Gospel Spreads to the Gentiles

Memory Verse:For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” Galatians 3:27, 28.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 9:32-10:23; Acts 10:24-48; Acts 11:1-18; 1 Peter 1-2; 1 Peter 3-5; 2 Peter 1

Scripture Reading: Acts 10:1-23

Introduction:

In this lesson we see Peter being challenged to chart new territory for the church. God commanded Cornelius to invite a Jew named Peter to his home; this was not

Acts…Lesson Six: The Conversion of Saul

Memory Verse:And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Acts 9:4.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 9:1-31; Acts 7:58-8:4; Acts 22:1-23; Acts 26; Philippians 3; Galatians 1:1-24

Scripture Reading: Acts 9:1-31

Introduction:

This lesson focuses on the story of Saul’s conversion. This story is shared by Luke in three locations (Acts 9, 22, 26). This account of Paul’s conversion marks a turning point in the history of the early church. Paul will begin to be the center in Luke’s account of the history of the church. We have

Acts…Lesson Five: The Gospel Spreads Through Samaria

Memory Verse: “Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” Isaiah 66:1.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 6:8-8:3; Acts 8:3-8:40; Deuteronomy 18:1-22; Isaiah 53:1-12; Isaiah 66:1-24; Amos 5:1-27

Scripture Reading: Acts 6:8-15

Introduction:

This lesson covers the martyrdom of Stephen and the spread of the Gospel to Samaria. Jesus had given His followers a road map to follow. They were to go from Jerusalem to Judea and Samaria, and then to the ends of the earth. Notice

Acts…Lesson Four: Peter and John

Memory Verse:Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole” Acts 4:10.

Daily Bible Readings: Acts 3:1-10; Acts 3:11-4:31; Acts 4:32-5:16; Acts 5:17-6:7; 1 Peter 2:9-25; 2 Corinthians 5

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:13-22

Introduction:

Luke reports near the end of chapter 2 that many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. One of these wonders is going to be the subject of our study