Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                              10 April 2021

Acts 4:32–35

          32The full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.


Psalm 148

Praise the Name of the Lord

1Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the | heavens;*

    praise him | in the heights!

2Praise him, all his | angels;*

    praise him, | all his hosts!

3Praise him, | sun and moon,*

    praise him, all you | shining stars!

4Praise him, you highest | heavens,*

    and you waters above the | heavens!

5Let them praise the name | of the Lord!*

    For he commanded and they were cre- | ated.

6And he established them forever and | ever;*

    he gave a decree, and it shall not | pass away.

7Praise the Lord | from the earth,*

    you great sea creatures and | all deeps,

8fire and hail, | snow and mist,*

    stormy wind fulfill- | ing his word!

9Mountains and | all hills,*

    fruit trees and all | cedars!

10Beasts and all | livestock,*

    creeping things and | flying birds!

11Kings of the earth and all | peoples,*

    princes and all rulers | of the earth!

12Young men and maidens to- | gether,

    old men and | children!

13Let them praise the name of the Lord,

    for his name alone is ex- | alted;*

    his majesty is above earth and | heaven.

14He has raised up a horn for his people,

    praise for | all his saints,*

    for the people of Israel who are near to him.

| Praise the Lord!




1 John 1:1—2:2

          1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.


          5This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.


          1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.



John 20:19–31

          19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.”


          24Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”


          26Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


          30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.