Lesson 30: “God Is No Respecter of Persons”

New Testament Class Member Study Guide, (1997), 18


  • How did some Church members react when they heard that Peter had been teaching the gospel to Gentiles? (See Acts 11:1–3.) What should we do when we receive new instructions from our Church leaders, even if we initially dislike the instructions or find them difficult to understand? (See John 7:17; 2 Nephi 28:30; D&C 6:11, 14–15.)

  • What does the calling of Saul and Barnabas show about how Church members are called to God’s service? (See Acts 13:1–3.) What experiences have helped you know that Church callings are inspired by the Spirit?

  • Paul and Barnabas return to the cities where they had established branches of the Church to help the Saints “continue in the faith” (Acts 14:22; see also verses Acts 14:21 and Acts 14:23). What can you do to support new members of your ward or branch?

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Discuss the experiences of Saul and Barnabas as missionaries (Acts 13–14). Share experiences you had as a full-time missionary, or invite a returned missionary to share his or her mission experiences. Discuss how the experiences of Saul and Barnabas are similar to the experiences of today’s missionaries. As a family, write a letter to a missionary. As part of family prayer, ask Heavenly Father to bless and protect the missionaries.

Scripture Chain: “God Is No Respecter of Persons”