BABIES & TODDLERS: Creation
We started a new curriculum with our Babies & Toddlers! Each week we will be looking at a different story from the Bible. This week our story was on Creation & how we can care for God’s creation. Our lesson focused on observing and thanking God for plants, animals, colors, and us!
ACTIVITY IDEA: Observe out loud God' creation in your every-day activities with your baby/toddler this week.
You can find out more about the Frolic curriculum here: https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/kids/frolic/ . If you’d like to purchase your own Bible to read along with us at home, we are using the Frolic First Bible. You can purchase it from the publisher or through many popular online stores.
PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: Paul’s Conversion & Baptism (Unit 30, Session 1)
This week we started a new unit on the God Who Sends. Over the next six weeks, we will learn about the ministry of the Apostle Paul
UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do people hear about Jesus? God uses Christians to tell others about Jesus.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS:
- Paul did not love Jesus at first.
- Jesus sent Ananias to tell Paul about Him.
- God changed Paul’s heart to love Jesus.
- Jesus saved Saul from his sins. <-- Main Point.
BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Saul was no stranger to religion. He grew up in a religious household. He was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul was defensive.
Saul believed strongly in the Jewish faith of his ancestors. He violently persecuted God’s church and tried to destroy it. (Gal. 1:13-14) He dragged believers from their houses and put them in prison. He approved of the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Saul thought he was doing the right thing by defending Judaism, but God’s purposes could not be stopped. As Saul was on his way to arrest believers in Damascus, the Lord stopped him in his tracks.
Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, and Saul was never the same. He was struck blind and led into Damascus, where a believer named Ananias placed his hands on Saul. Suddenly, Saul could see again. Saul was convinced that Jesus is Lord. Saul later described the experience as being like dying and receiving a new life. (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 5:17)
God had a purpose and a plan for Saul. He had set Saul apart before Saul was even born. (Gal. 1:15) God said, “This man is My chosen instrument to take My name to the Gentiles” (Acts 9:15).
Jesus changed Saul’s life. As you talk with your kids, clarify that conversion happens when a person recognizes his sin, repents, believes in Jesus, and confesses Jesus as Savior and Lord. Jesus changes a person’s heart, and as a result, his life is changed too.
CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus called Saul, also known as Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
ACTIVITY IDEA: Spell Jesus with magnets. Write JESUS on a sheet of paper and display for your little one to see. Set out magnet letters. Invite your child to search through the letters to find the letters in Jesus’ name. Help them place the magnets in the correct order on a cookie sheet. Say, "Jesus came to earth to save sinners like Saul and you and me. Jesus saved Saul from his sins. When we trust in Jesus, God changes us from the inside out."
Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional (http://gatewaychurch.org/whats-up-in-kidztown/using-the-gospel-project-as-a-family-devotional/)
NEXT WEEK: “Paul’s First Journey” (Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-28)