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Sunday, January 14th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 28, Session 2: Peter Healed a Beggar

This week our Preschool & Pre-K classes continued our unit titled The God who Empowers. This unit has an emphasis on how the Holy Spirit helps us, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. This week our lesson focused on how the Holy Spirit empowered Peter to heal a man in Jesus’ name.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • The Holy Spirit helps us.
  • Peter and John went to the temple.
  • Peter healed a man in Jesus’ name. <--Main Point
  • Only Jesus rescues and heals people.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: With the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples were empowered to carrying out Jesus’ mission for them—to take the gospel to all the nations. More and more people believed in Jesus. They met together at the temple to praise and worship God, and the first church began. 

One afternoon, two of Jesus’ disciples—Peter and John—went to the temple to pray. They encountered at the gate a man who could not walk. Rather than give the man money, Peter gave him something much more valuable: immediate physical healing in Jesus’ name. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: After Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to begin working. With the power of Jesus’ name, Peter healed a man who was lame. Not even the religious leaders could stop Jesus’ followers from sharing the good news about Jesus.

 As you talk with your kids about this Bible story, keep three things in mind. First, Peter’s healing the beggar was not magic; it was a miracle. Beginning in Acts 3:12, Peter responded to the people who were amazed at what had happened. “Why are you amazed at this … as though we had made him walk by our own power?” The man wasn’t healed because Peter was a super-believer. Peter explained that it was by Jesus’ power the man was healed.

Second, the man’s healing made him happy and thankful. He entered the temple and rejoiced! Consider the wonderful miracle of salvation. We are dead in our sin, and God makes us alive in Christ! How we should rejoice and give thanks to the Lord!

Finally, Peter and John were bold in their witness. When confronted by the religious leaders, they did not shy away. Peter and John preached about the salvation found in Jesus. In fact, they said they were “unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). 

The same power that enabled Peter to heal the man who was lame—the power of the Holy Spirit—enables believers today to live on mission for Jesus. Pray that God would give your kids a willingness to be used by Him for His glory and for the fame of Jesus’ name.

 Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

ACTIVITY IDEA: Peter and John helped the beggar at the temple by sharing about the salvation found in Jesus. Brainstorm how you can share Jesus’ love as a family with someone in your community this week and work together to do that. It could be anything from witnessing to a friend or family member to completing an act of kindness.

NEXT WEEK: “The Ethiopian Official Believed” (Acts 8:26-40)

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Sunday, January 7th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came

Before December we covered the weeks leading up to Jesus' death on the cross. We will be jumping around chronologically as we are saving Jesus' Death, Resurrection, & the His time with the disciples until his Ascension for Easter & the weeks after. Leading up to Easter, our units focus on the Church on Mission. This Sunday, we will started a unit specifically on the impact of the Holy Spirit titled: The God who Empowers. This unit has an emphasis on how the Holy Spirit helps us, especially when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. This week our lesson focused on the coming of the Holy Spirit & how it empowered Jesus disciples (and still empowers us!) to share the gospel. 

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians.

 FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • God sent the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers. <--Main Point
  • Jesus’ friends told people about God’s plan.
  • People who trust in Jesus receive the Holy Spirit.

 BIBLE STORY DETAILS: When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.

 The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.

 During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.

 The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!

CHRIST CONNECTION: God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus.

 Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

 ACTIVITY IDEAS:

  • To help your preschooler visualize 3,000 people, look up the seating capacity of venues familiar to your family (ex. Verizon center, FedEx Field, Nationals Park, etc.). Make the connection that the Holy Spirit helped the disciple tell about God plan and 3,000 people believed God’s plan and received salvation!
  •  Listen to worship songs in a language different from your own. Make the connection that the Holy Spirit helped the disciples speak in different languages so all of the people in the temple could hear God’s plan in their own language. 

NEXT WEEK: “Peter Healed a Beggar” (Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31)

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