TOPIC OF THE MONTH OF APRIL–CALL TO MINISTRY
Jesus never calls people to himself just so they can learn about him. As wonderful as study and reflection are, Jesus calls servants to himself to . . . serve. This month, we see Jesus calling his followers into action. We are not spectators—we are participants on the field, and he gives his servants the work of the kingdom.
April 7—Called to Mission: Matthew 10: 1-15
In classic Western movies, we often see the sheriff deputizing willing volunteers to be more effective in enforcing the law or tracking down criminals. In this week’s lesson, we see Jesus granting authority to his disciples to carry Jesus’ own ministry of healing and casting out demons in every direction at once.
Key Verse: When he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. —Matthew 10:1
April 14—Called to Remember: Matthew 26:1-13
At ballgames after a tragedy, the fans are sometimes asked to observe a moment of silence, in which they are to remember the ones that have been lost. We honor someone’s life and contribution when we stop to remember them. In this week’s lesson, a woman does a kindness to Jesus that the Lord himself said would be memorialized for all time.
Key Verse: Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her. —Matthew 26:13
April 21—Called to Believe the Resurrection: Matthew 28:1-15
When we desperately want something “impossible” to happen, we sometimes have to fight the temptation to disbelieve it when it looks like it’s actually coming to pass. We don’t want to get hurt by getting our hopes up, only to have them dashed. In the first hours and days after Jesus’ resurrection, it seemed too good to be true. We are all called to believe that the impossible thing we most wanted to happen, did happen.
Key Verse: Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid; go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. —Matthew28:10
April 28—Called to Make Disciples: Matthew 28:16-20
There are moments in our lives when we realize that everything that has gone before—even our greatest failures—were necessary lessons that prepared us for now. Standing on what went before, we understand what must happen next. As Jesus prepared to ascend to heaven, He showed his followers that everything he’d taken them through had been to prepare them for what was next
Key Verse: Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen—Matthew 28:19-20
Remember when you give your life to Jesus you begin a journey of discovery. Once you are introduced to the Master you need to take his yoke upon you and learn of Him. What better place to learn of Him than Sunday School. Please join us, we have a class for you!