By Ken R. Speakman
Member, Tulip Grove Baptist Church, Old Hickory

Sunday School Lessons explore the bibleFocal Passage: Acts 1:1-11

In Acts 1, the resurrected Lord is about to ascend to the Father. The Holy Spirit will descend in a matter of weeks and the New Testament church will be created. The book of Acts is volume two of the gospel of Luke (Luke 1:3-4) and is extremely important to understand the work of the Holy Spirit and establishment of the church. It would be confusing to go from the gospels to Romans. [Read more…]



By Dr. Terry Kirby
Senior Pastor, Alpha Baptist Church, Morristown

Sunday School Lesson Bible Studies For LifeFocal Passage: Acts 4:23-31

When Jesus was arrested His closest followers, including the apostles scattered.  Peter was accused of being one of Jesus’ followers and denied Him three times. The only followers of Jesus that are mentioned at the cross are some women. The lone exception to that is found in the Gospel of John which mentions that John was there.  At Jesus’ greatest moment of need, the men Jesus had invested Himself in for three long years vanished. They were hiding in the upper room, the location of the first Lord’s Supper, not knowing what to do.

After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to His followers on several occasions including the Ascension.  Matthew’s Gospel records the famous command of Jesus called The Great Commission. Jesus gave all of His followers, present and future, instructions to make disciples in all the nations.  These encounters with Jesus and Pentecost gave the Apostles and the other followers of Jesus great courage and power to be fearless in the face of opposition. In the coming days they would need it.  [Read more…]