Yak Pak Week of May 17th – 23rd

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Stephen Forgives His Accusers as They Stone Him

Key verse:

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
(1 Peter 3:15)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We stand up for Jesus

(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 6:8 – 7:60) Stephen was someone who stepped in to help when the church began to grow. He had wisdom and a love for Christ, which made the Sanhedrin angry with him. Their anger led them to create false accusations against Stephen, so they went to bring charges against him. When they asked Stephen if the allegations were true, he stood his ground and gave a speech, hoping to lead the Sanhedrin to repentance. Instead the Sanhedrin grew angry at him and proceeded to hurl stones at him. As Stephen was being slowly executed, he spoke the words similar to what Jesus said. He asked God to forgive his accusers and killers. Stephen was an example of how we stand our ground and stand up for Jesus. We may not face the same type of persecution, but we can feel secure in knowing that people will see the grace of God through our faith.

Ask your kids the following questions, and encourage a family discussion on sharing your faith. How can we share our faith with words? What are some actions that share our faith? What gets in the way of sharing our faith? Why is it important to use both words and actions when we’re sharing our faith? How have you seen someone use both words and actions to share faith in Jesus? What’s one way you’ll commit to sharing your faith in words and actions this week?

Activity/Challenge for Families:
1) Make heart-shaped cookies, and share them with people. If the opportunity presents itself, tell the people you share the cookies with about what having Jesus in you has meant for your life.. Then with gentleness and respect, just as our Key Verse says, invite those people to learn more about Jesus. Pray that you will make an impact in someones life by introducing them to Jesus!



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