Archive for May, 2015

Saul is Knocked to the Ground

Our hope is for our kids to know that: No one can resist the calling of God

Key Verse:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the father will give you”
John 15:16

(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 8:29 – 9:25) Saul (who later became the apostle Paul) started off by arresting Christians. Saul thought he was doing what God wanted him to do, because he didn’t believe Jesus was the messiah. One day, on his way to Damascus he encounters Jesus. A bright light from heaven shone down on Saul, and he heard Jesus ask him, “Why do you persecute me”. It was at that moment Saul knew that Jesus was “the way”, and instead of fighting for God he had been fighting against him. God chose Saul (Paul) to be an apostle, and spread the good news of Christ everywhere he went.

The Jesus Connection:
Saul heard a voice asking, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:4). He did not know who was speaking, so he asked, “Who are you, Lord?” To his amazement the response was, “I am Jesus.” Saul knew that Jesus had been a teacher, and that he had died on the cross. But Saul did not yet know and believe that Jesus was Lord, the Son of God, raised in power!
We, like Saul, are sinners who do not know Jesus. Our experience in coming to know Jesus is similar to Paul’s. While we are sinners God takes the initiative to move us toward himself. Saul was on his way to kill more Christians when Jesus revealed himself to him. Saul immediately realized that the stories of Jesus’ resurrection were true. Jesus was, and is, alive!


The Lame Beggar Walks

Our hope is for our kids to know that: There is Power in the Name of Jesus

Key Verse:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”
Romans 1:16

(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 3:1–4:31) Peter and John was stopped on their way to church one day by a crippled beggar. Instead of giving him money they healed him in the name of Jesus. Peter remembered that Jesus said “Truly I say unto you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son”. People were amazed at the miracle, so Peter preached the gospel. He didn’t take credit for himself, but gave all the credit to Jesus. Peter wanted to make sure everyone knew that Jesus is the messiah.

The Jesus Connection:
It was in the name of Jesus that the beggar was healed, and it was the name and gospel of Christ that Peter brought to the crowd and the religious rulers. After healing the crippled beggar, Peter was not going to miss an opportunity to share the gospel. Peter explained that if they repented and believed in Jesus, their sins would be forgiven. He appealed to them from the words of the prophets, and he quoted Moses (Acts 3:22–23). Peter ended his appeal by reminding them of Jesus’ call for them to abandon their wicked ways. This story is the gospel from start to finish.