THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 92nd EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: HELPING ONE ANOTHER
Printed Text: Acts 28:1-10 (NIV)
Key Verse: Acts 28:8 (NIV)
His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012-2013
Often we can tell something about the character of people by observing how they respond to difficult situations. What conclusions might others draw from observing our actions? The people of Malta recognized something extraordinary about Paul—because through his faith in Christ a man was healed.
One of the most important truths that emerge from this period in Paul’s life is the reality of God’s promise of protection and provision. God’s will was going to be accomplished in Paul’s life, and although they had run into a period of extreme conditions, they were not the terminus of the apostle’s life—just a short detour on the journey. Believers can always be encouraged and take heart in knowing that God’s plan for our lives will come to pass. We can do all things through Him that strengthens us and empowers us to overcome the most challenging circumstances (see Philippians 4:13). Finally, there are times in life when we will find the most unusual blessings in the most unlikely places. Who would have ever thought Paul would experience such warmth and hospitality in the latter days of his life after enduring such a life-threatening time at sea! Rather than Paul enduring harsh treatment on his journey, God opened the hearts and doors of people to treat him with kindness. It is true that we reap what we sow—in this life and in the life to come.
Heavenly Father, help us to so love others that we will always be moved to practice the ministry of hospitality and kindness. Grant that Your servants will never grow weary of doing good to others. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.