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PAUL’S MISSION I

TITLE: LESSON NOTE ON CHRISTIAN RELIGION STUDIES

SUBJECT: CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

TERM: FIRST TERM

WEEK: WEEK 3

CLASS: PRIMARY 5

DURATION: 40 MINUTES

Period:

Age:

TOPIC: PAUL’S MISSION I

UNITS:

  1. Paul’s at Antioch in Pisidia – Acts 13: 13 – 42
  2. Paul’s at Lystra and Derbe.  –  Acts 14: 5 – 19
  3. Paul preached to different people. – Acts 14: 20 – 28
  4. Paul at Corinth. – Acts 18: 1 -3
  5. Paul’s  preached to the Jews and Gentiles – Acts 18 : 4 – 8
  6. Paul’s  Preached to all the nations in his communities – Acts 18: 11 – 18

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this Module, Pupils should be able to:

  • Explain how Paul and Barnaba’s were selected by the Holy spirit for missionary work.
  • List the various towns where Paul preached.
  • Name the two major groups of people that Paul preached to.
  • State the importance of missionary work.

TEACHINNG AND LEARNING MATERIALS

  • The Holy Bible
  • My Book Of Bible Stories

REFERENCE MATERIALS

  • The Holy Bible.
  • My Book of Bible Stories.
  • Universal Basic Education Curriculum.
  • Unified Schemes of Work Primary Schools for Christian religious studies (MIDDLE BASIC)
  • NERDC Basic Education Curriculum for primary schools.
  • Online Materials.
  • Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council scheme (NERDC)
  • Edudelight Christian Religious Studies for Primary Schools.

ENTRY BEHAVIOUR/ PREVIOUS LESSON: The students are familiar with importance of paul’s conversion.

WORD FILE: prophets,synagogue.                      

                              CONTENT

Memory verse:  Acts 13: 2

Bible references:  Acts 13: 1 -50; Acts 14: 1 – 28; Acts 18: 1 – 17.

In the church at Antioch, there were some prophets teachers among whom were Barnabas, simeon, Lucias, Manaen and paul. While they were praying and fasting. The Holy Spirit told them to set apart barnabas and saul, for the work to which I have called them.” The rest placed their hands on Barnabas and saul. And they sent them forth on the missionary work.

Paul at Antioch in Pisidia

Paul and Barnabas were led by the Holy Spirit to travel to Seleucia, salamis, Paphos and Perga to preach the gospel and perform miracles. From perga, they went to Antioch in Pisidia and worshipped in the synagogue on the Sabbath day.

The rulers of the synagogue gave Paul and Barnaba’s an audience to talk to his people. Paul talk to the people about the Jewish ancestors, the story of Samuel the prophets, john the Baptist and also preach the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ who was the only one that rose from the dead. After Paul had finished his message, the Jews went out of the temple. The Gentiles asked Paul to stay and preach to them in the next Sabbath. At the next Sabbath, a great multitude of people came to hear the word of God. But when the Jewish leaders saw the multitude, they became envious and challenged Paul. And Paul and Barnaba’s told them “it was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.” The Gentiles were happy and thanked the lord for the message. The Jewish leader then arouse prominent religious men and women in the city against Paul and silas. After which they were sent away from the city. The disciple were happy because they have preached to the people and they were filled with the Holy Spirit

PAUL’S AT LYSTRA AND DERBE.

When they left Antioch, Paul and silas went to Iconium and later to lystra. At Lystra, Paul healed a man who had been lame from birth. And the people around them called Paul and Barnaba’s Gods.

They called Barnaba’s “Zeus”, and Paul “Hermes”, which were the names of their local gods. And the priest of Zeus brought bulls and flowers to offer sacrifice to the apostles.

When the apostles saw their reaction, they tore their clothes and told the people that they were not gods but the human beings like them. They preached about the living God.  After these some Jews came from Antioch and iconium to confuse the crowd against the apostles. The people dragged Paul outside the city and stoned him; they left there thinking that he was dead. He got up when the disciples gathered around him. He went back into the city. Paul and Barnaba’s went to Derbe where they preached the good news and made many disciples.

PAUL’S AT CORINTH

During his second missionary Journey, Paul came to a town called Corinth. There he met a Jew name Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had just returned from Italy with Priscilla, his wife. They were Christian workers. They left Italy because Claudius, the governor of Rome. Commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul stayed and worked with them because they were tentmakers like himself. Silas and timothy also arrived from Macedonia to join Paul at Corinth.

Paul preached in the synague every Sabbath to the Jews and the Greeks.

He continued to preach to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. But when he sense that the Jew did not believes him, he shook out his garment and said to them “your blood be upon your head; I am innocent. From now on, I will go to the Gentiles.”  Crisprus, the ruler of the synagogues believed in the lord together with all his household. Many of the Corinthians who heard Paul also believed and were baptized.

A night the lord encourages Paul in a vision and said “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you; for I have many people in this city.” Paul stayed one year and six months in Corinth, teaching the word of God.

PAUL PREACHED TO THE JEWS AND THE GENTILES

In the city of Antioch, Paul did not preach only to the Jews but also to the Gentiles. Some of the gentiles had been earlier converted to the religion of the Jews that is Judaism. The people of the gentiles were very happy because God recognized them as equal to the Jews who had always treated them as inferior citizens. The Gentiles formed the majority of the believers while thee Jews ganged up to persecute the apostles. The same thing happened at Iconium and Lystra. In these two cities, a great number of Jews and Gentiles became believers but some Jews always follow Paul to stir up opposition and persuade the people against the message of the apostles. This is usually led to a division whereby some would be for the Jews and others would be for the Gentiles.

Most of the time, the jews won the crowd to their side and either made them want to stone Paul as was the case in Iconium  or to actually stone  him as was the case in Lystra. The Gentiles at Lystra did not understand the gospel that Paul preached; hence after Paul’s speech, they still wanted to sacrifice to him like a god.

MISSIONARY WORK

Missionary work involves preaching the gospel to the people everywhere and converting them to Christians. Usually, this involves travelling over long distances as Paul did. The purpose is to take the gospel to unbelievers who worship idols and do not know God. Often, missionary workers do not stay in a place for long. Rather they converts, establish churches and move on to a new places. The churches they planted are left in care of the local leaders among the believers in the places where they are located. The missionaries only return to encourage the churches to grow in the power of the Holy Spirit. In this way, the gospel is able to grow and reach all nations.

Prayers: O lord, give us the boldness to tell others about Jesus. In Jesus name.

PRESENTATION

  • The Teacher revises the previous term lessons (IMPORTANCE OF PAUL’S CONVERSION).
  • Teacher leads the pupils to understand PAUL’S MISSION I
  • The teacher explains different places that Paul visited.
  •  Teacher leads pupils to mention the places that Paul preached.

EVALUATIVE ACTIVITIES

  • Who is a missionary?
  • List three towns where Paul and Barnabas preached.
  • State the importance of Gods missionary work.

CONCLUSION: the teacher summarize the lesson.

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