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Sunday, Feb 18th in Early Childhood KidzTown

BABIES & TODDLERS: ABRAHAM & SARAH

Our youngest littles learned about Abraham & Sarah. We talked about how God made Abraham & Sarah a promise and blessed them with their baby Isaac. We also talked about how your little one is a blessing to your family!

ACTIVITY IDEA: Abraham, Sarah, & Isaac were a family. Talk about the members of your family. Thank God for your family and each member of it! 

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: The Message: “Christ Alone” (Unit 30, Session 3)

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:

  • Christians tell about Jesus. <-- Main Point
  • Some people were confused about the good news.
  • Paul said that only Jesus saves people.
  • Anyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.

 BIBLE STORY DETAILS: 

The church in Antioch praised God for His grace to Paul on his first missionary journey. Though Paul and Barnabas were strongly opposed in some places, many people heard the gospel and believed. Paul and Barnabas took the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. But a problem arose when some Christians began saying that the new followers of Jesus—the Gentile believers—needed to obey the Law of Moses in order to be right with God.

 Paul and Barnabas debated this issue with other church leaders in Jerusalem. They met together to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? When Paul addressed the council, he insisted that God saves Gentiles the same way He saves Jews: through the grace of the Lord Jesus.

 Paul testified to the things God had done among the Gentiles. God had given Gentiles the Holy Spirit. James cited the prophets Amos and Isaiah in support. The group agreed that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He alone is all we need to be saved. They also agreed that they should not make salvation more difficult for Gentiles by adding unnecessary rules.

 The church chose two men—Judas and Silas—to go with Paul and Barnabas to the church at Antioch. They wrote a letter for the Gentile believers there, encouraging them and giving them instructions for how to live as followers of Christ.

CHRIST CONNECTION: The church leaders met in Jerusalem to answer a tough question: Can a person be saved by faith alone or was something more needed? The early church agreed that because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, He alone is all we need to be saved.

The message for the Gentile believers was important: Whether Jew or Gentile, salvation comes only through faith in Christ. No one is saved by the law but by grace alone. Emphasize to your kids that, while the Bible does give us plenty of instruction for how to live, sinners are made right with God only by the grace of Jesus. Salvation is a gift. To receive this gift, Jesus is all we need!

 ACTVITY IDEAS:

  • As you discipline your preschooler this week, remind them of their inability to obey perfectly because of sin. Point them to Jesus, who obeyed perfectly on their behalf.
  • Write encouraging notes to your church leaders.

 NEXT WEEK: Paul’s Second Journey (Acts 16:11-34)

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Sunday, February 18 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Romans 1:16
 
Big Picture Question: What did Paul tell people to do? Paul told people to turn from their sins and trust in Jesus.
 
Christ Connection: Paul shared the gospel with people who didn’t know Jesus, and he encouraged believers in the church to keep loving Jesus. God changed the people’s hearts, and they turned away from their sin. The good news about  Jesus is powerful and life- giving.
 
Dear Parents,
 
Today’s Bible story picks up with Paul’s third missionary journey. Paul traveled from place to place, teaching about Jesus and encouraging the believers. Luke, the writer of Acts, records that a major disturbance arose in Ephesus concerning Christians. Ephesus was a large city in Asia Minor. It was a central location for politics, religions, and business.

Some men there made their living by making silver shrines for false gods, like the goddess Artemis. If people started to believe what Paul was saying, they could lose their livelihood! The men started a riot. Paul wanted to speak to the people, but the disciples would not let him. They feared for Paul’s life. After the uproar was over, Paul left for Macedonia.

In Troas, a city in Macedonia, Paul spoke about Jesus late into the night. One young man named Eutychus (YOO tih kuhs) was sitting on a window sill, listening, when he fell asleep. He fell out the window from the third story and died. But Paul—through the power of God—brought him back to life.

Sometime later, Paul decided to go back to Jerusalem. Along the way, a prophet named Agabus came to Paul. He took Paul’s belt and tied his own feet and hands. Then he said that the Jews in Jerusalem would bind Paul’s hands and feet in the same way. Paul’s friends begged him not to go. But Paul was not afraid to be arrested—or even to die—for the name of Jesus, so Paul kept going toward Jerusalem.

Paul told about Jesus even when he was in danger. Paul shared the gospel with people who didn’t know Jesus. He told people to turn from their sins and trust in Jesus, and he encouraged believers in the church to keep loving Jesus. God changed the people’s hearts, and they turned away from their sin. The good news about Jesus is powerful and life-giving.
 
Activity:  Read Acts 21:10-14 to your family. Talk about Paul’s willingness to suffer and even die for the good news about Jesus. Talk about some ways Christians in your neighborhood, city, or country face trouble for being disciples of Jesus. Pray for Christians all around the world to be encouraged. 
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