Here is the curriculum for the week of February 23. Our topic is “You and Your City: Discipleship” and our text is Acts 18:18-28.
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Ankeny (.pdf)
- Sermon Notes & Discussion Guide for FFC Bondurant (.pdf)
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide (.pdf)
- Are you planning your Summer? Consider going on a short-term mission experience to Utah. The dates for this year’s trip are June 16-23, and the cost is $400 per person. This includes all transportation, lodging, and most meals. This is also the official mission trip for FFC Youth (Jr. High and High School). This is a great opportunity for students to get missions experience at an affordable and safe location. For more information and to register, visit www.ffclife.com/utah. A deposit of $100 is due March 2 to hold your place on the charter bus. If you have any questions, please see Tom Urban or David Haines. If you have questions about the youth aspect of this trip, contact Kayla Nikkel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Overview of this Lesson:
As we continue our travels with the Apostle Paul, this week we conclude the Second Missionary Journey and begin the Third Missionary Journey. Unlike the first two missionary journeys which started with great fanfare, this time Dr. Luke brings one journey to an end and starts the next in a couple of sentences.
The focus of this week’s text is the introduction of a man named Apollos from Alexandria, Egypt. Like Paul, Apollos is a highly educated and influential Jew who was deeply rooted in the Scriptures and quite eloquent as a teacher of the Word. Even though Apollos is a believer, he is not completely accurate in his presentation of the gospel. Noticing this, Priscilla and Aquila take him aside and gently show him the correct understanding of the gospel. Furthermore, they encourage Apollos in his work as an evangelist and sent a letter of introduction with him to speed his acceptance within the Christian community.
This simple act of discipleship is a great example of the kinds of relationships we all need to pursue within our own Christian community here at First Family.
As you lead this week’s lesson, help the members of your Lighthouse understand that we all have a responsibility to help others grow in the grace and understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ, and be transformed into His likeness in both character and spirit. This powerful work is called “sanctification,” and it is the lifelong work of the Holy Spirit moving through the lives of believers. The tools the Spirit uses in our sanctification include the Word of God, the preaching and teaching of the Word, and the gentle instruction of fellow believers.
Sermon in a Sentence
“The continuing impact of Paul’s ministry, while no doubt empowered spiritually by God the Holy Spirit, was experienced physically in the trenches of real life through one-on-one, “chain like” discipleship.”
Here are some upcoming dates that may affect Lighthouses this semester. Keep these on your radar.
- Marriage Retreat—Feb. 28 & March 1
- Time Change Sunday (Spring Forward)—March 9
- Spring Break—March 17-21
- Easter Experience—April 13-20
- Easter Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—April 21
- Mother’s Day—May 11
- Graduation Sunday—May 18
- Spring Lighthouse Season Ends—May 23
- Labor Day Holiday (Church Offices Closed)—May 26