Archive for April, 2015

New Believers

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Promised Holy Spirit is Poured Out  

Key Verse:
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”

Romans 15:13

(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 2:42-47) The disciples had already witnessed and experienced the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Afterwards, everyone felt a sense of awe and many wonders and signs occurred. The believers began to share everything they had among each other, and really felt had a great sense of unity and community. The Holy Spirit was working in the believers which allowed them to witness all over the world. Jesus always told his disciples that they would do greater things than he did. Peter showed a good example of this when he preached a sermon and over 3000 people were saved! Jesus knew they would do greater things because of the Holy Spirit. It’s great to know that we, as present believers have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us as well.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?

The behavior of the very first converts in the book of Acts shows us the fruit of the gospel through the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. These people were transformed from being mockers of Christ. In fact, some of them were probably in the crowd who had demanded that Jesus be crucified. Yet now, we see them selling their possessions to share with other Christians who had need. Peter, affected by this first dramatic gospel transformation, went on to exhort all new believers to reject their sinful past and live holy, upright lives (see 1 Peter 1:14–15).

The gospel takes someone’s worldly self-focus and turns their heart heavenward. The first converts went from hating Jesus to loving him. They served others and worshiped God through Christ. Only the Spirit of God can change hearts this way. The gospel continued to transform lives as more new converts were added each day.