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THE SPIRIT COMES
Standard Lesson Commentary
International Sunday School Lessons
Uniform Series international Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching
Unit 2: The Community of Beloved Disciples
Our second unit of study looks at first-century Christians as they related to one another in community. The Holy Spirit was active and influential in this context, lessons 7 and 8 of this quarter address this fact explicitly.
The text for those two lessons (and for two of the other lessons of this unit) are from the pen of John, the only other living apostle at the time when he wrote. John’s letters reveal the struggles of Christians of the late first century AD. Much like us, they were trying to be faithful and hopeful in a hostile and challenging environment. Like them, we make our existence more difficult if we ignore or spurn the work of the Spirit in our lives and our congregations.
April 5th - Lesson 6 - Believe in the Resurrection
Devotional Reading: John 11:20-27
Background Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-22
Printed Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, 20-22
Key Verse: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. - 1 Corinthians 15:22
Thought to Remember: We can be forgiven and not have to pay God’s penalty for our sins, because Jesus has already done so. We can know that death is not the end of the story. Beyond death is life eternal.
April 12th - Lesson 7 - Love One Another
Devotional Reading: John 13:31-35
Background Scripture: 1 John 3:11-24
Printed Text: 1 John 3:11-24
Key Verse: This is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. - 1 John 14:26
Thought to Remember: Love must be expressed actively. Love isn’t just words; it is self-giving actions. In teaching this, the apostle John echoes things he learned from Jesus and from the teachings of the Old Testament.
April 19th - Lesson 8 - Trust in God’s Love
Devotional Reading: Romans 8:31-39
Background Scripture: 1 John 4, 5
Printed Text: 1 John 4:13-21; 5:1-5
Key Verse: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that liveth him that begat liveth him also that is begotten of him. - 1 John 5:1
Thought to Remember: “Perfect love drives out fear.” Our relationship with God will always be stunted if we hold back. May today be the day when our love for our loving God overwhelms fear. When that happens, we will begin to overcome the world.
April 26th - Lesson 9 - Watch Out for Deceivers
Devotional Reading: Galatian 6:6-10
Background Scripture: 1 John 5:6-12, 18-20; 2 John
Printed Text: 2 John
Key Verse: Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. - 2 John 8
Thought to Remember: Who should we believe? Who should we trust? We should not have to ask such questions within the church; the church should be a place of truth. This is why John advises severe tactics regarding those who would distort the gospel.
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