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Esta lição trata de diversos eventos relacionados à primeira viagem missionária de Paulo.
"A person plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)
Today’s Bible Study Lesson:
February 19 & March 12, 2017
Acts 15:36 – 16:10
Lesson Title: Welcome
In this lesson, you will…
Disciples targets - menu
In this lesson, you will know…
God works through conflicts and disagreements (Acts 15:39)
God wants churches to grow and to be strengthened. (Acts 15:41)
They can trust God for specific guidance as they seek Him. (Acts 16:8-10)
In this lesson, you will feel…
Confident that God always knows what He is doing.
Eager to obey the Holy Spirit as He directs them.
In this lesson, you will do…
Discuss how and why God changed Paul’s travel plans.
Commit to trust the Holy Spirit to direct their future steps.
Disciple Skill: Be bold for God – Practice boldness when speaking the truth.
The Holy Spirit directs
the steps of obedient Christians.
Praise God for the way He directs the steps of all believers.
Thank Him for being a trustworthy God, always having the best in mind for His children.
Ask the Holy Spirit to make us receptive to God’s Word and His direction.
John & Betty Stam China -1934
Key Verse 2
A person plans his way, but the Lord directs
Paul and Barnabas’ first missionary trip
All Cities Visited
Jewish sorcerer opposes to Paul and Barnadas, Roman proconsul believe. (Acts 13:6-12)
Many Jewish and Gentile converts, Jews expel Paul and Barnabas from the city. (Acts 13:48-50)
Many become believers, Jews plot to kill Paul and Barnabas. (Acts 14:1-5)
Crippled man healed, crowd tries to sacrifice to them like gods, crowd later stones Paul. (Acts 14:8-19)
More new believers accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. (Acts 14:20-21a)
Paul and Barnabas return to the cities on their way to Antioch: appoint elders in each city, give report in Antioch. (Acts 14:21-28)
Return to the cities
Now that Paul and Barnabas had remained for quite a while in Antioch, they were anxious to go back out on a missionary journey.
A surprising event takes place. Let’s see what that is!
…to act as a secretary and take note of any decisions made by someone during the Scripture passage.
Act as a secretary
Let’s read Acts 15:36!
36 A few days later, Paul told Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit the brothers in every
town where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they’re doing.”
What do these powerful messengers want to do on their second trip?
Have you ever met someone in a different city or country that you want to go back and visit?
Now let’s read Acts 15:37-41
Acts 15:37Barnabas wanted to take along John, who was called Mark, 38but Paul did not think it was right to take along the man who had deserted them in Pamphylia and who had not gone with them into the work. 39The disagreement was so sharp that they parted ways. Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus, 40while Paul chose Silas and left after the brothers had entrusted him to the grace of the Lord. 41He went through Syria and Cilicia and strengthened the churches.
Who wanted John Mark to accompany them?
Why didn’t Paul want John Mark along on the trip?
What decision did they make?
Now let’s read Acts 16:1-5
Let’s read_3>Acts 15:1-5
Acts 16:1Paul also went to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish wife whose husband was a Greek. 2Timothy was highly regarded by the brothers in Lystra and Iconium. 3Paul wanted this man to go with him, so he took him and had him circumcised because of the Jews who lived in that region, since everyone knew that Timothy’s father was a Greek. 4As they went from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for them to obey. 5So the churches continued to be strengthened in the faith and to increase in numbers every day.
Who joined Paul and Silas in Lystra?
Was Timothy a Jew or a Gentile?
Do Gentiles have to be circumcised? Why or why not?
Why do you think he chose to be circumcised?
What happened in the churches these men visited?
Now let’s read Acts 16:6-7
Let’s read_Acts 16:6-7
Acts 16:6Because they had been prevented
by the Holy Spirit from speaking the word
in Asia, Paul and Timothy went through
the region of Phrygia and Galatia.
7They went as far as Mysia and tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus
did not permit them…
Acts 16:6-7 Reading
Acts 16:6-7- Map
Scripture does not say, but it could have been being unwelcome, no place to stay, etc.
What might be some ways the Holy Spirit stopped them from entering the areas they wanted to visit?
Two Teams – 38
On the Road – 39
Now let’s read Acts 16:8-10
Let’s read_Acts 16:8-10
Acts 16:8 So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Reading Acts 16:8-10
How did the Holy Spirit change Paul’s travel plans?
Why did the Holy Spirit change Paul’s travel plans?
How did the men respond to the travel plan changes?
Acts 16:8-10 - Questions
Paul had a vision of a Macedonia man begging him to come.
Acts 16:8-10 – Answer 1
The people o Macedonia needed to hear the Gospel.
Acts 16:8-10 – Answer 2
They obeyed immediately because they knew God wanted them to go there.
Acts 16:8-10 – Answer 3
As Paul waited upon the Holy Spirit to guide him, he stayed alert and waited for God’s calling. When the vision came, he recognized the Spirit’s leading and was ready to follow. When we keep our eyes on Jesus by asking for wisdom, reading the Bible, and praying, we will know when the Holy Spirit is directing our steps through extraordinary events. And we’ll be ready to follow His steps.
God knows the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, “why”, and “how” of His will for our lives.
We can trust God and we need to obey as He leads us.
Acts 16:8-10 – God’s Leading
Acts 16:8-10 – God’s Leading_2
You: The Compass
Which way should I take?
You: Which way…?
You: Not sure!
You: Baby steps
You: New Way
You: God’s leading
You: God’s direction
You: God’s time
You: Listen and Pray
You: Pray: teach me
Acts 15:36 - 16:10
How can Christians discover God’s will?
Page – 37
We should always start here. We can’t even understand the Bible correctly without the Holy Spirit’s help.
Ask God for Wisdom
We may not always find a specific verse to cover our situation, but our decision must never go against a biblical principle.
Talk with another Christian, teacher, pastor, or parent. Many times this will either confirm our decision or steer us toward a Biblical principle we may have forgotten.
Counsel of the wise
This is an excellent way to determine God’s will after the first three steps are taken.
Doors: open or closed?
God can do things out of the ordinary to show His will, but these signs never go against His Word.
Paul and Barnabas could not agree on who should go on their next missionary adventure.
Page – 38
Paul, Silas and Timothy effort’s results in Lystra.
Page – 39
Be Bold for God
How to explain my faith in Jesus Christ.
Page – 40
Think about this:
Where would you be today if you had never heard the Gospel?
Think about this
All around the world…
All around the world people are waiting to hear the Good News. The Holy Spirit is directing obedient Christians to take steps needed to go where He wants them to go. Let’s pray for missionaries, and for all believers, to listen and obey the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Think about this-2
Luis and Orleusa, in China.
Calvino e Shelly, in Africa.
João Correia, in Maryland.
Edmeia William, Morro Dona Marta, RJ
Shirley Sampaio, Iraque (Kurds)
Pray for Missionaries
Let’s Pray for Missionaries
International Mission Board
International Mission Board_2
International Mission Board_2.1
Dear heavenly Father, help us trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And please give us wisdom. May our choices be in agreement with your Word.
Help us, dear Lord, to encounter wise people whose counsel will strengthen our intellectual and spiritual growth.
Help us understand that closed doors may be a sign of your hand leading us towards a new direction, that you have planned for us.
And may we never miss the opportunity to see your extraordinary work in us and around us, even during difficult times. In Jesus name. Amen!
Let’s pray for ourselves
Prayer of an Open Heart
See you next Sunday!