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Saul is knocked to the ground

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

“No one can come to me, unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person on the last day”
John 6:44

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 9:1-19) Saul was a Pharisee who was persecuting followers of Jesus. He did not believe that Jesus was the son of God. One day, on his way to Damascus, Jesus appeared to him and blinded him. For three days he was blind until God sent Ananias to pray for him and to let him know that he was chosen by God to spread the Word to the Gentiles. It took Ananias awhile to be convinced because he was afraid of Saul, but once he went to Saul and prayed for him Saul’s sight was restored. Saul then became Paul and began preaching in the name of Jesus. God has called all of us to spread his Word and make disciples.

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!

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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

Read:
(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!

Spring Into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We should keep following God

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 12:1-18) In this passage Herod Agrippa is persecuting Christians to try and win favor with the Jews. This Herod is the third in a line of bad Herod’s, the first one tried to kill Jesus when Jesus was just a baby. Agrippa had already killed James, and now he arrested Peter. Peter was heavily guarded but God still used his power to free him. Even though there were sixteen guards, he escaped and was led by the angel through the gates to the street. Peter went to the others, who in their disbelief left him knocking at the door! Rhonda, the servant girl was so excited she ran to tell the others without letting Peter in. The others thought Herod killed him and that the person at the door was a guardian angel there to tell them the news. However, when they went to the door to see for themselves, they were truly amazed! Peter had been protected, a true answer to prayer!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share an example of experiencing God’s help. It could be from your own personal experience or from the experience of someone you know. Maybe God healed someone in your family or supplied a job just when you needed it. Then talk with your kids about ways God helps us. Sometimes he answers our direct prayers, sometimes he gives us what we need before we even ask, and sometimes he sends his angels to work on our behalf. Then together, thank God for his help.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Look up the word angel to find scripture references regarding angels. Make a list of ways God used angels in bible times. When you’ve made your list, work together to make an angel food cake. While the cake bakes, imagine ways God might use angels to help your family today. Then think of ways that you, as a family, can serve God and others. As you enjoy eating your cake, thank God for loving you enough to send angels to help you.

 

Spring Into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We should keep following God

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 9:36-43) This week’s passage reminds us that prayer is powerful and effective.  We see that Peter was called because a believer named Tabitha had passed away. Normally they would bury her immediately, but they waited patiently for Peter, in hopes that he would save her. When Peter arrived he told everyone to leave the upper room, and he began to ask what God wanted him to do. From his actions we can see that God wanted Peter to tell her to rise. Peter’s prayer was heard by God, and he raised Tabitha form death and instantly restored her. We know that miracles like this do not happen all the time, but our prayers are always heard and God always answers. It is important to remember that its Gods will that will be done, but he does love us, and acts on our prayers.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share about a time you prayed for something specific. How did God answer that prayer? Encourage our kids to share examples of what they’ve prayed for in the past and how God has answered their prayers. Then ask your kids to think and talk about the following questions: What kinds of things can we pray about? When can we pray? How do we know if God has heard our prayers? What kinds of answers does God give to prayers?

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Sit in a circle on the floor, and have a cell phone handy. Pass the phone around the circle, and as each family member receives it, he or she will share a prayer God has answered. That person will then say the bible point, “God answers when we pray” and pass the phone to the next family member.

 

Spring Into Action!

Key Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Our hope is for our kids to know that: We should keep following God

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Acts 9:1-20) Before Paul became the great Apostle that he is, he was Saul and he killed Christians. Saul was a devout Jew, and he did not like the idea of people saying Jesus was the Messiah. A man named Stephen was proclaiming Jesus was the Messiah and told everyone he was killed by the Jews. Because of this, Saul was there to approve of the stoning of Stephen. Later, as Saul traveled on the road to Damascus, he was blinded by a great light, and Jesus revealed himself to Saul. From that moment, Saul knew that Jesus was who he said he was, and began to spread the word about Christ, just like the people he wanted to kill! Saul changed his name to Paul and became a great witness for Christ.  

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Discuss a significant life change you experienced. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one that involved God. Maybe it was a move across country, or maybe it was the loss of a job. Talk about how it felt to experience that change. How was your experience similar to or different from Saul’s? What was the outcome? Then ask your kids to take a few minutes to think about changes they’ve experienced as a result of being friends with Jesus. Encourage your kids to think about how their experience has been similar to or different from Saul’s.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Spend an evening looking through old family photo albums and other memorabilia. Compare old pictures with new pictures, and note the changes you see. Talk about what you remember from the times pictured and what changes have taken place since then. Look and discuss evidence of changes Jesus has made in the life of your family.