Sunday School

Christian Education Department  Winter 2017-2018: Faith In Action Unit 1: The Early Church Proclaims Faith In Christ

Faith: there is nothing more central to being a Christian. We hold that faith is essential to salvation (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith, Christianity would be hollow and strange to us. But what did the first ones to hear the message of the gospel understand by the word faith? To what did they compare it in their first-century world?

Within the first unit of study is the Christmas story (lesson 4). There we consider anew the account of the wise men, whose faith prompted them to leave home and follow a star to a distant land. Faith in action is also evident in the healing of a man who couldn’t walk (lesson 1), in the sending forth of Barnabas and Saul on the first missionary journey (lesson 2), and in the devotion of those same two men in proclaiming the gospel in spite of hardship (lesson 3).

The final lesson of the unit challenges Christians to keep  the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). Only in an atmosphere of unity can faith result in the action that the head of the church desires.

Lesson 1   Faith In Jesus   Acts 3:11-21
Lesson 2   Faith To Discern   Acts 13:1-12
Lesson 3   Faith To Persevere   Acts 14:8-11, 19-23
Lesson 4   Faithful Seekers of the King   Matthew 2:1-12
Lesson 5   Faith To  Unite  Ephesians 4:1-16