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Sunday, May 9 | Unit 33, Session 1: The Jerusalem Council  

  • BIBLE PASSAGE: Acts 15
  • STORY POINT: Salvation comes only through faith in Jesus.
  • MEMORY VERSE: Acts 4:12
  • There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
  • BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is the Bible about? The Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.  

The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that the new followers of Jesus—the Gentile believers—needed to obey the Law of Moses in order to be right with God.  

Paul and Barnabas debated this issue with other church leaders in Jerusalem. They met together to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? When Paul addressed the council, he insisted that God saves Gentiles the same way He saves Jews: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.  

The message for the Gentile believers was important: Whether Jew or Gentile, salvation comes only through faith in Christ. No one is saved by the law but by grace alone. Emphasize to your children that, while the Bible does give us plenty of instruction for how to live, sinners are made right with God only by the grace of Jesus. Salvation is a gift. To receive this gift, Jesus is all we need.

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