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New Testament History for Juniors

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New Testament History for Juniors
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Adopted for use in the Protestant Reformed Churches

by the Synod of 1963


This book has been prepared in accordance with the decisions of the Synod of the Protestant Reformed Churches in 1955-1960. Its purpose is to provide a basis for catechetical instruction for children of nine and ten years old.

The twenty-five lessons of this book are based on the New Testament and aim to emphasize the facts and chronology of Scripture. With a review following each five lessons, the book will serve a thirty-week catechism season.

This book is a companion book to the Old Testament History in Brief, prepared by Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, and it should be followed by the Old and New Testament Books for Seniors.

A workbook has also been prepared to accompany this book.

The author gratefully acknowledges the help of the Catechism Book Committee and the Catechism Reviewing Committee in the preparation of this book for use in the churches.

May our covenant God use this book for the spiritual instruction and edification of the seed of His covenant.

G. VandenBerg


LESSON 1 The Birth of John the Baptist

Luke 1

1. Whom did God send to prepare the way for Christ?

John the Baptist.

2. Who were the parents of John the Baptist?

The God-fearing Zacharias and Elisabeth.

3. What does the Bible tell us about the birth of John?

He was not born until his parents were very old.

4. Why did God wait until Zacharias and Elisabeth were old?

To show that John’s birth was a wonder of grace.

5. How was the birth of John the Baptist announced?

The angel Gabriel told Zacharias in the temple.

6. What was Zacharias doing in the temple?

He was offering incense in the temple.

7. What sign did Zacharias receive because of his unbelief?

He was not able to speak of the wonderful things which the angel had told him.

8. Why did not Zacharias believe the message of the angel?

Because both he and his wife were very old.

9. Did God enable Zacharias to speak again?

Yes, when John was named, Zacharias prophesied.

10. What does it mean that John the Baptist was a Nazarite?

That from his birth he was separated unto God.

Memory Verse: "And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins."

Luke 1:76, 77

LESSON 2 Jesus’ Birth and Early Childhood

Luke 2Matthew 2

1. Who announced the birth of Jesus to Mary?

The angel Gabriel, who had also told of the birth of John the Baptist.

2. Who was Mary?

A virgin of the royal house of David.

3. Where was Jesus born?

In Bethlehem, the city of David.

4. Who were the first to hear of the birth of Jesus?

Shepherds who were watching their sheep in the fields of Bethlehem.

5. What sign did the angels give to these shepherds?

"Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Luke 2:12

6. Where did Joseph and Mary take Jesus when He was forty days old?

To the temple to be presented to the Lord.

7. Whom did Joseph and Mary meet at the temple?

The aged Simeon, who prophesied and rejoiced in Christ’s birth.

8. Who came from the far east to see and worship Jesus?

Wise men who had seen His star and who asked king Herod where they could find the Christ.

9. What did Herod do when the wise men did not return to him after they had found Jesus?

He killed all the small children in Bethlehem.

10. At the age of twelve, where was Jesus found?

In the temple at Jerusalem, talking with the scribes, asking and answering hard questions.

Memory Verse: "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn...." (see your Bible)

Luke 2:7-14

LESSON 3 The Ministry of John the Baptist

Luke 3:1-20Matthew 3:1-12

1. Where did John the Baptist labor?

In the wilderness near the Jordan River.

2. What did John eat and how was he dressed?

He ate locusts and honey and wore a coat of camel’s hair.

3. What was John’s work or calling?

He preached and baptized.

4. What did John preach?

He called the people to repentance, telling them that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

5. Did many believe John’s preaching?

Yes, many believed and were baptized.

6. Who came to John to ask him who he was?

A delegation of priests and Levites from Jerusalem.

7. How did John point out the Christ on the following day?

He said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world." John 1:29

8. What did John urge his disciples to do?

To leave him and to follow Jesus.

9. What did Jesus later say about John the Baptist?

That John was the greatest of all the Old Testament prophets.

10. What did wicked Herod do when John reproved him for his sins?

He put John the Baptist in prison.

Memory Verse: "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."

Luke 3:16

LESSON 4 Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation

Matthew 3:13 - 4: 11

1. How old was Jesus when He began His public ministry?

Jesus was about thirty years old.

2. How did Jesus begin His ministry?

He went to the Jordan River to be baptized by John.

3. What happened when Jesus was baptized?

The heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon Him as a dove.

4. What did a voice from heaven say?

"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." Matthew 3:17

5. What took place right after the baptism of Jesus?

The Spirit led Him into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

6. Who is the devil?

He is the chief of the fallen angels, who is called Satan.

7. How long was Jesus in the wilderness?

He was there forty days and forty nights without food or drink.

8. How many times did the devil tempt Jesus there?

Three times and in three different ways.

9. Did Jesus listen to the devil?

No, He said, "Get thee behind me, Satan." Luke 4:8

10. Who came to Jesus when the temptations were finished?

Angels came to minister unto Him.

Memory Verse: "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

Hebrews 4:15

LESSON 5 The Beginning of Jesus’ Ministry

John 1:35 - 3: 36

1. How long did Jesus’ public ministry last?

About three and a half years.

2. What was one of the first things that Jesus did?

He chose some of His disciples.

3. Who were some of those first disciples?

Andrew, John, Peter, Philip, and Nathanael.

4. What took place at a wedding in Cana?

Jesus performed His first miracle, in which He changed water into wine.

5. Where did the Lord go after this wedding?

He went to Capernaum for a few days and then to Jerusalem.

6. What did Jesus do in Jerusalem?

He drove from the temple those who were buying and selling animals.

7. What did Jesus tell those who asked Him for a sign of His authority to do this?

"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." John 2:19

8. Who came to visit Jesus at night?

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and ruler of the Jews.

9. What did Jesus tell Nicodemus?

"Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3

10. Did John the Baptist complain when the people began to leave him to follow Jesus?

No, for he said, "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30


Memory Verse: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

John 3:36

LESSON 6 In Samaria and Galilee

John 4Luke 4:16 - 5: 11

1. Why did Jesus pass through Samaria on the way to Galilee?

To talk with a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.

2. What did Jesus tell the Samaritan woman?

He told her that He was the promised Messiah.

3. Did Jesus also preach to other Samaritans?

Yes, many came to hear Him and believed that He was the Christ.

4. Was Jesus received in Galilee?

Yes, because many Galileans had seen His miracles in Jerusalem.

5. What miracle did Jesus perform in Cana of Galilee?

He healed a nobleman’s son who was sick at Capernaum.

6. What did Jesus teach in the synagogue of Nazareth?

The Lord taught from the Scriptures that He was indeed the Christ.

7. Did His own people believe Jesus?

No, they rejected Him and even tried to kill Him.

8. Where did Jesus go from Nazareth?

To Capernaum, where He preached and performed many miracles.

9. What did Jesus do at the Sea of Galilee?

He performed the wonderful miracle of the catch of many fishes.

10. What did Jesus do at the time of this miracle?

He called His disciples to leave their work and to follow Him.

Memory Verse: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord."

Luke 4:18, 19

LESSON 7 The Galilean Ministry

John 5Matthew 5-10

1. Why did Jesus leave Galilee for a little while?

To keep a feast of the Jews in Jerusalem. John 5

2. What did Jesus do at the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem?

He healed a lame man on the Sabbath day.

3. How did this miracle affect the Jews?

They became angry and accused Jesus of breaking the Sabbath.

4. Was it true that Jesus had broken the Sabbath?

No, because He did good on the Sabbath.

5. What great sermon did the Lord preach when He returned to Galilee?

The sermon on the mount. Matthew 5-7

6. What was the main subject of this sermon?

The kingdom of heaven and the blessedness of its citizens.

7. Whom did Jesus heal in Capernaum a short time later?

The servant of a centurion who revealed great faith.

8. What great miracle did Jesus perform at Nain two days after this?

He raised from the dead the son of a widow.

9. Who came to Jesus about this time?

Two of the disciples of John the Baptist who asked Him whether He was the Christ.

10. How was John the Baptist put to death?

He was beheaded by Herod Antipas. Matthew 14:3-12

Memory Verse: Learn the beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-9.

LESSON 8 Second Tour of Galilee

Matthew 11-13Luke 7, 8

1. What form of teaching did Jesus use at this time?

He taught in parables.

2. What are parables?

They are earthly happenings which picture to us the things of the kingdom of heaven.

3. Mention two of the first parables Jesus spoke.

The parables of the Sower and of the Tares and Wheat.

4. Why did Jesus speak judgments on the cities of Capernaum and Bethsaida?

Because He had performed many mighty works in these cities, and they did not believe.

5. Who came to Jesus while He was eating at the house of Simon the Pharisee?

A sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet.

6. Why did the sinful woman anoint Jesus’ feet.

To show her love because her sins had been forgiven.

7. What happened when Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee?

A great storm arose while Jesus was asleep in the boat.

8. How did Jesus show His power and authority?

He stilled the storm and then rebuked His disciples for their unbelief.

9. What miracle did Jesus perform on the other side of the sea?

Two men possessed of devils were healed, and the devils were allowed to enter a herd of swine. Matthew 8:28-32

10. Whom did Jesus raise from the dead in Capernaum?

The daughter of Jairus.

Memory Verse: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Matthew 11:28-30

LESSON 9 Third Galilean Tour

John 6Mark 6-8

1. Why did Jesus send out His twelve disciples?

To preach the gospel and to heal the sick.

2. Where did Jesus go when He heard about the death of John the Baptist?

Into a desert place on the other side of the Sea of Galilee.

3. What miracle did Jesus perform near Capernaum?

Jesus fed more than five thousand people with five loaves and two fishes.

4. What was the result of the feeding of the five thousand?

The people wanted to make Jesus their king.

5. Was Jesus willing to become their king?

No, because His kingdom is heavenly and not of this earth.

6. Did the people still follow Jesus when He would not be their king?

No, they went away and followed Him no more.

7. What did Peter say when Jesus asked the disciples if they too were going away?

Peter said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life." John 6:68

8. What miracle did Jesus perform in the country of Tyre and Sidon?

He healed the daughter of a Gentile woman who had great faith.

9. Why did the Lord return through Decapolis instead of Galilee?

Because after these things He would labor in Galilee no more.

10. What miracle did Jesus perform in Decapolis?

He healed a man that was deaf and had an impediment in his speech.

Memory Verse: "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

John 18:36

LESSON 10 The Transfiguration

Matthew 17Luke 9John 10

1. What did Jesus now begin to tell His disciples?

That He would suffer and die in Jerusalem and be raised again on the third day.

2. What did Peter say about Jesus when they were in Caesarea Philippi?

"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16

3. Where did Jesus go after Peter’s confession?

To a mountain with three of His disciples to pray.

4. What happened while Jesus was praying on the mountain?

He was transfigured in the presence of His disciples.

5. Who spoke with Jesus while He was transfigured?

Moses and Elijah, who talked with Jesus about His suffering and death.

6. About what did the disciples quarrel?

They argued about which of them would be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

7. To which feast of the Jews did Jesus go about this time?

To the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem.

8. Why did the Pharisees become angry with Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles?

Because He healed a blind man on the Sabbath day. John 9

9. What did Jesus teach concerning Himself?

That He is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep.

10. What did He tell the unbelieving Jews?

"Ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep." John 10:26


Memory Verse: "For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount."

II Peter 1:17, 18

LESSON 11 The Raising of Lazarus

John 11Luke 11-17

1. Where did Jesus go after the Feast of Dedication?

To Perea, where many believed on Him. John 10:42

2. What message came to Jesus while He was in Perea?

He was told that His friend Lazarus was very sick.

3. Did the Lord go to Bethany to heal Lazarus?

No, He waited until Lazarus had died.

4. Why did Jesus wait until Lazarus had died?

To show His power by raising Lazarus from the dead.

5. What was the result of this great miracle?

Many believed, but the wicked rulers made plans to kill Jesus.

6. Where did the Lord go when the rulers planned to kill Him?

To the city of Ephraim, where He spent the last weeks of His ministry.

7. What did the Lord tell the rich young ruler who came to Him seeking eternal life?

"Go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor." Matthew 19:21

8. What miracle did Jesus perform near Jericho?

He healed blind Bartimaeus.

9. Who climbed a tree in order to see Jesus?

Zacchaeus, a publican, to whose house Jesus brought salvation.

10. What did Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, do in Bethany?

She anointed Jesus with very costly ointment.

Memory Verse: "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."

John 11:25, 26

LESSON 12 The Passion Week

Luke 19-22

1. What is the last week of Jesus’ life called?

The Passion Week, which means the Week of Suffering.

2. What did Jesus do on the first day of this week?

He rode into Jerusalem on the colt of an ass.

3. What did the people who followed Him shout?

"Hosanna to the Son of David." Matthew 21:9

4. What did the Lord do in the temple on Monday?

He drove out those that made His Father’s house a den of robbers.

5. What did Jesus do on the way from Bethany on Monday morning?

He cursed the barren fig tree.

6. What did Jesus do on Tuesday?

He taught the people for the last time.

7. What did Jesus foretell on Tuesday evening?

He spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem and of His second coming.

8. How did the Lord spend Wednesday of the Passion Week?

He was alone with His disciples, whom He told about His coming death.

9. What did Judas Iscariot do on Wednesday?

He agreed to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

10. Why did Judas betray Jesus?

Because Judas was wicked, and Satan had entered his heart.

Memory Verse: "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."

Hebrews 2:10

LESSON 13 Jesus’ Arrest and Trial

Matthew 26, 27John 18

1. What did Jesus do on Thursday of the Passion Week?

Jesus ate the last Passover with His disciples in an upper room.

2. What did Jesus do to His disciples in the upper room?

Jesus washed His disciples’ feet.

3. What did Jesus do after He had eaten the Passover with His disciples?

He sent Judas away and instituted the Lord’s Supper.

4. Where did Jesus go with His disciples from the upper room?

To the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed while His disciples slept.

5. Who came to the garden of Gethsemane to capture Jesus?

Judas, with a large company from the rulers of the people.

6. Could the mob capture Jesus?

Not until Jesus willingly surrendered Himself.

7. What did the disciples do when Jesus was captured?

They forsook Him and fled.

8. Where did Jesus’ enemies take Him first?

To the rulers of the Jews to try Him.

9. What did Peter do during the trial of Jesus?

He denied his Lord three times.

10. Who finally sentenced Jesus to die?

Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor.

Memory Verse: "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

Matthew 26:39

LESSON 14 Jesus’ Crucifixion

Luke 23John 19

1. How did Pilate show that he was a wicked judge?

Although he knew Jesus was innocent, he condemned Him to death.

2. What did Judas Iscariot do after he had betrayed Jesus?

He returned the money to the chief priests and went out and hanged himself. Matthew 27:3-10

3. Where was Jesus crucified?

On the hill of Golgotha, just outside of Jerusalem.

4. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

In order to save His people from their sins.

5. With whom was Jesus crucified?

With two malefactors, or thieves.

6. What did one of the malefactors say to Jesus?

"Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Luke 23:42

7. What did Jesus say to the penitent malefactor?

"Today shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke 23:43

8. What did Jesus say before He died?

"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." Luke 23:46

9. What took place the moment Jesus died on the cross?

The veil of the temple was rent, the earth quaked, and the graves of many were opened. Matthew 27:51-53

10 By whom was Jesus’ body buried?

By Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus.

Memory Verse: "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."

Galatians 6:14

LESSON 15 The Resurrection

Matthew 28John 20Luke 24

1. What happened on the first day of the week?

Jesus arose from the dead, even as He had said.

2. What did the women who followed Jesus find when they came to the grave?

That the stone was rolled away, and the grave was empty.

3. Who told the women about the resurrection?

The angel who was sitting on the stone which he had rolled away from the tomb.

4. How did the rulers of the Jews deny the resurrection?

They said that the disciples had come by night and had stolen the body of Jesus.

5. To whom did Jesus first appear after the resurrection?

To Mary Magdalene at the tomb.

6. To whom did He appear a short time after this?

To a group of women who were returning from the grave.

7. To whom did the Lord appear later that same day?

To Peter and the two disciples traveling to Emmaus.

8. What did Thomas say when he heard about Jesus’ resurrection?

He said that he would not believe until he saw Jesus.

9. For how long a time did Jesus appear to His disciples after His resurrection?

For forty days.

10. Why did Jesus appear to His disciples during these forty days?

To teach His disciples many things about the kingdom of heaven.


Memory Verse: "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

I Corinthians 15:20-22

LESSON 16 The Ascension and Pentecost

Acts 1, 2

1. What took place forty days after Jesus’ resurrection?

Jesus was taken up into heaven before the eyes of His disciples.

2. What promise was given the disciples when Jesus went up into heaven?

That Jesus would return as they had seen Him go up.

3. What did the disciples do after Jesus ascended into heaven?

They went to Jerusalem to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

4. When was the Spirit given to the disciples?

On Pentecost, ten days after the ascension.

5. Upon how many was the Spirit poured out?

Upon one hundred and twenty believers who were gathered together in one place.

6. What did the disciples do when they had received the Holy Spirit?

They spoke in many languages of the wonderful works of God.

7. What did the wicked Jews say of the disciples when they heard them speak in tongues?

That the disciples were drunk.

8. What did Peter preach on Pentecost?

That the Spirit was poured out by the risen Lord, as spoken by the prophets.

9. How many believed Peter’s preaching?

About three thousand believed and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

10. Mention the signs that accompanied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

A sound as of a mighty rushing wind, cloven tongues as of fire, and the speaking in many tongues.

Memory Verse: "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions, and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit."

Joel 2:28, 29

LESSON 17 The Early New Testament Church

Acts 3, 4

1. What can be said about the church immediately after Pentecost?

It continued in the apostles’ doctrine and grew rapidly.

2. How is this rapid growth of the church to be explained?

The Lord added daily unto the church such as should be saved.

3. What wonderful miracle took place at the gate of the temple?

The healing of a man who had been lame from his birth.

4. How was the lame man at the temple gate healed?

Peter said unto him, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." Acts 3:6

5. How were the people affected by the miracle of the healing of the lame man?

They were filled with amazement and listened eagerly to Peter’s preaching.

6. How did Peter explain the miracle of the healing of the lame man?

That this miracle was performed by the power of the risen Lord.

7. What effect did Peter’s preaching have upon the rulers?

They became angry and put the apostles in prison.

8. What did Peter and John tell these rulers the next day?

That they could not stop preaching in the name of Jesus.

9. What did the apostles do when they were set free?

They reported to the church the things that had happened.

10. How did God answer the prayer of the church?

The place was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 4:31

Memory Verse: "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

Acts 2:39

LESSON 18 Troubles in the Early New Testament Church

Acts 5-7

1. How did sin become manifest in the New Testament church?

Ananias and Sapphira lied to the apostles and to God.

2. How were Ananias and Sapphira punished?

They fell dead at the feet of the apostles.

3. How did the Lord show His power through the apostles?

Even Peter’s shadow healed many sick.

4. How did the rulers react to the miracles of the apostles?

They became very angry and again put the apostles in prison.

5. How did the apostles escape from prison?

An angel of the Lord came and led them out.

6. What did the apostles say when commanded not to preach in Jesus’ name?

They told the rulers, "We ought to obey God rather than men." Acts 5:29

7. What other trouble arose in the church?

Some of the poor Grecian widows were not cared for.

8. What office did the Lord provide for the care of the poor?

The office of deacon, to which seven men were appointed.

9. What later happened to Stephen, one of the deacons?

The wicked Jews accused him of blasphemy and stoned him to death.

10. Who watched while Stephen was being stoned?

Saul of Tarsus, who later became the apostle Paul.

Memory Verse: "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

Psalm 34:7

LESSON 19 The Persecution of the Church

Acts 8-10

1. What followed upon the death of Stephen?

A great persecution against the church at Jerusalem.

2. What was the effect of this persecution upon the church?

The church was scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.

3. Who was sent to Samaria to preach the gospel?

Philip, the deacon and evangelist.

4. What happened when Philip was sent to Gaza by the Spirit?

An Ethiopian eunuch was instructed and baptized by Philip.

5. Why did Saul go to Damascus?

To persecute the believers there.

6. What happened while Saul was on the way to Damascus?

The risen and exalted Lord appeared to Saul.

7. Why did the Lord Jesus appear to Saul on the way to Damascus?

To call him as an apostle and missionary to the Gentiles.

8. What vision did the Lord give Peter at Joppa?

The vision of unclean animals.

9. What was the meaning of this vision of Peter?

That the gospel is for the Gentiles as well as for the Jews.

10. Why was this shown to Peter?

Because he had to go to Cornelius, a Gentile, in Caesarea, to preach the Word.

Memory Verse: "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf."

I Peter 4:16

LESSON 20 The Church at Antioch

Acts 11, 12

1. Why is the church at Antioch important?

Because it became the center of later mission activity.

2. Who was sent to Antioch from the church at Jerusalem?

Barnabas, who labored there with much fruit.

3. How did Herod begin to persecute the church at this time?

He killed James and put Peter in prison.

4. Was Peter then also put to death?

No, the Lord delivered him from the prison.

5. How did God punish wicked Herod?

God sent an angel to kill Herod.

6. Why did the Lord punish Herod?

Because Herod let the people say that he was a god.

7. How did the church at Antioch help the believers in Judea?

They sent money to them during the time of famine.

8. What do we read about the church during this period?

It grew and multiplied through the Word of God.

9. Whom did Barnabas and Saul take with them from Jerusalem?

John Mark.

10. Who sent Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey?

The Holy Spirit, through the church at Antioch.


Memory Verse: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

I Peter 2:9

LESSON 21 The First Missionary Journey

Acts 13-15

1. What can be said about all of Paul’s missionary work?

Paul always preached first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles.

2. Who opposed Paul on the island of Cyprus?

Bar-jesus, a sorcerer, who was made blind.

3. How did Bar-jesus oppose Paul?

He tried to turn the deputy of the island from the faith.

4. Who left Paul and Barnabas when they came to Pamphylia?

John Mark, who went back to Jerusalem.

5. Was the work of these missionaries easy?

No, for they were often persecuted by wicked Jews.

6. Who believed the preaching of Paul and Barnabas?

"As many as were ordained to eternal life believed." Acts 13:48

7. What did the people do at Lystra when Paul healed a lame man?

The people tried to worship the apostles as gods.

8. What did Paul and Barnabas do on their return to Antioch?

They visited all the churches which they had established.

9. What trouble arose in the churches between the Jewish and Gentile Christians?

There was trouble about questions of the law and circumcision.

10. What did the church decide about this matter in a meeting held in Jerusalem?

That the Gentile believers did not need to be circumcised.

Memory Verse: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28

LESSON 22 The Second Missionary Journey

Acts 16

1. Why did not Paul and Barnabas go together on the second missionary journey?

Because they could not agree about taking John Mark along with them.

2. Did Paul then go alone on this journey?

No, Paul took Silas with him while Barnabas took John Mark.

3. Whom else did Paul take with him from Lystra?

Timothy, who became a faithful helper.

4. What did Paul see in a vision at Troas?

A man saying, "Come over into Macedonia and help us." Acts 16:9

5. What did this vision of Paul mean?

That the Holy Spirit called him to preach the gospel in Europe.

6. Who was the first convert in Philippi?

Lydia, whose heart the Lord had opened.

7. How were Paul and Silas persecuted at Philippi?

They were beaten and put in prison when they had cast out an evil spirit from a young girl.

8. What happened the night Paul and Silas were in prison?

While Paul and Silas sang praises to God, there was an earthquake, and the doors of the prison were opened.

9. What did the jailer ask of Paul and Silas?

"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30

10. What answer did Paul give the Philippian jailer?

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:31

Memory Verse: "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

Matthew 5:10-12

LESSON 23 The Second Missionary Journey

Acts 17, 18

1. What did the unbelieving Jews do in Thessalonica?

The Jews stirred up evil men to persecute the apostles.

2. Where did Paul go from Thessalonica?

To Berea, where the believers searched the Scriptures daily and received the gospel.

3. Why did Paul leave Berea?

Evil Jews from Thessalonica came there and stirred up the people against him.

4. How did the Athenians receive Paul’s preaching?

Many mocked when he began to speak about the resurrection.

5. Where did he go from Athens?

To Corinth, where he labored for a year and a half.

6. Who were Aquila and Priscilla?

They were tent-makers in Corinth with whom Paul stayed.

7. Were the apostle’s labors fruitful in Corinth?

Yes, for the Lord had many people in this city.

8. Who were among the believers in Corinth?

Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, and his family.

9. Where did Paul go from Corinth?

He returned to Jerusalem to keep the feast of Pentecost.

10. What can you say about this second missionary journey?

That the gospel was spread into Europe.

Memory Verse: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

Romans 1:16

LESSON 24 The Third Missionary Journey

Acts 19-22

1. Where did Paul spend much time on his third missionary journey?

In the city of Ephesus, where he labored nearly three years.

2. Did Paul do more than preach at Ephesus?

Yes, he also performed many miracles.

3. What unhappy news did the apostle receive when he was in Ephesus?

He heard about the evils in the church at Corinth. Acts 19:21, 22I Corinthians 1:11

4. Why did Paul leave the city of Ephesus?

Because Demetrius, a silversmith, caused a great uproar.

5. What took place at Troas?

While Paul was preaching, a young man fell from a third-story window.

6. What miracle did Paul perform at Troas?

Paul raised the young man from the dead.

7. Whom did Paul meet at Miletus?

The elders from the church of Ephesus.

8. What did Agabus the prophet foretell about Paul?

That Paul would be bound by the Jews in Jerusalem.

9. Was Paul afraid to go to Jerusalem?

No, for he said, "I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 21:13

10. What happened to Paul in Jerusalem when the multitude sought to kill him?

He was rescued from the wicked Jews by a Roman captain.

Memory Verse: "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

II Timothy 1:12 b

LESSON 25 Paul’s Imprisonment and Trip to Rome

Acts 22-28

1. Did Paul remain a prisoner in Jerusalem?

No, he was sent to Caesarea.

2. Why was Paul taken to Caesarea?

To escape the plot of the Jews to kill him.

3. What happened to Paul at Caesarea?

Paul was tried before Felix the governor.

4. Did Felix set Paul free?

No, he was later tried again before Festus and King Agrippa.

5. Why was Paul sent to Rome?

Because he had appealed to Caesar.

6. How did Paul suffer on the way to Rome?

Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Melita.

7. What did Paul do while he was a captive in Rome?

He preached the gospel in his own house.

8. What was the effect of Paul’s preaching in Rome?

Some believed, including some of the household of Caesar.

9. Was Paul concerned about the churches while in Rome?

Indeed, for he wrote several letters to the churches.

10. How does the apostle sum up his labors as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ?

He said, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7

Memory Verse: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

Revelation 3:10, 11

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