Key Passage: Romans 1:16
Big Picture Question: How did God help Paul on his journey? God protected Paul so he could keep telling people about Jesus.
Christ Connection: Paul’s work to spread the good news of Jesus continued in Rome. No punishment or suffering stopped Paul from telling others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives believers power to share the gospel all over the world so people will know and love Jesus.
Last week, kids learned that through the prophet Agabus, the Holy Spirit had told Paul that he would be bound if he went back to Jerusalem, and that’s exactly what happened in today’s Bible story. Some Jews in Jerusalem accused Paul of teaching against God. They tried to kill him, but a Roman army commander stopped them and arrested Paul. Paul had been born a Roman citizen, and his status as such protected him from an unjustified beating.
While in prison, the Lord told Paul that he would one day teach about Him in Rome. Rome was one of the most powerful and influential cities of that day. But Paul spent two years in prison before he was sent to Rome to give his defense to Caesar. Along the way, the ship Paul was sailing on wrecked near the island of Malta. But God kept everyone safe, and Paul had a chance to pray for people who lived on the island. He even healed some of them.
Months later, Paul reached Rome. He was still a prisoner, but he was allowed to stay in a house by himself with a guard. He taught everyone who visited him about Jesus and the kingdom of God. Everyone there knew Paul was in prison for teaching about the Messiah. (Phil. 1:12-13)
Paul’s work to spread the good news of Jesus continued in Rome. No punishment or suffering kept Paul from telling others about Jesus. The Holy Spirit gives believers power to share the gospel all over the world so people will know and love Jesus.
Activity: If weather permits, take a trip with your family to a lake, pond, or creek. Make boats out of leaves and twigs and sail them on the water. Open your Bible to Acts 27 and brie y review Paul’s shipwreck. Invite a family member to read Acts 27:24-26. Guide kids to write “Take courage” on sticky notes as a reminder that God helps us carry out His mission.