Unit 30, Session 4: Guarding the Truth
In New Testament times, Corinth was an important city in ancient Greece. About eighteen years after Jesus’ death on the cross, Paul preached the gospel to the Corinthians and established the church there. (See Acts 18.) He stayed in Corinth for at least 18 months.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul wrote to help believers solve some problems within the church. In his second letter, written just a few weeks later, Paul wrote to encourage the church and to assure them that God loved them—even when they had troubles. Of all Paul’s letters in the New Testament, none reveals his heart as much as 2 Corinthians. In it, Paul showed his passion for Christ as he fiercely defended his ministry against false teachings.
Paul wrote of the dangers he faced as a disciple of Christ—stonings, beatings, imprisonment, hunger, and hardship. But he also wrote of the comfort and the strength to endure that Jesus gives to those who trust in Him. Nothing could keep Paul from sharing the good news of Jesus—a lesson for the believers at Corinth and for all believers everywhere.
God gives us power to stand up for the gospel. Paul cared about the believers in Corinth, and he wanted them to be faithful to Jesus and remember the gospel. Paul may not have been an eloquent speaker like those who preached lies, but he refused to back down. Paul suffered and nearly died to share the gospel.
Second Corinthians teaches us that sharing Jesus with the world is not always easy. There will always be some who try to stop the good news from spreading. God calls believers to follow and obey Jesus no matter what. Like Paul, we guard the truth because God, the Father of the Lord Jesus, deserves to be praised.
Guarding the Truth
(2 Corinthians 11)
Sharing Jesus with the world is not always easy. There will always be some who try to stop the good news from spreading. God calls believers to follow and obey Jesus no matter what.
Family Discussion Questions
- What lies did Eve believe? (See Genesis 3:1-4.)
• What lies about God are you tempted to believe?
• What would you say to someone if he or she claimed the Bible isn’t true?
- What does it mean to stand up for the gospel?
• How can you stand up for the gospel?
-Place a small beanbag in the center of the room.
-Choose someone to guard the beanbag without touching it.
-The rest of the group will form a circle around the guard.
-Direct everyone to face right and walk around in the circle.
-The goal is for another kid to quickly and quietly steal the beanbag behind the guard’s back before being tagged.
-If successful, he is the new guard.
-Repeat as time allows, giving multiple kids an opportunity to be the guard.
"To be a good guard, you need to be active and alert. You have to know your opponents’ strategies and be ready to defeat them. Did you know that the Bible
tells us we are to guard the truth about the gospel? Listen closely to our Bible story to find out more."
Think of a way you can serve the people around you in your neighborhood this week. (Examples: Make them cookies, leave them kind notes, shovel their sidewalks, etc. )