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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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Sunday, January 7 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Romans 1:16
 
Big Picture Question: How did Jesus change Saul’s life? Jesus saved Saul from his sins.
 
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.
 
Dear Parents,
Over the next six weeks, kids will learn about Paul’s life-changing encounter with Jesus. Saul was a devout Jew who was born in Tarsus (Phil. 3:5) and inherited his Roman citizenship from his father. (His Roman name was Paul; his Hebrew name was Saul.) So when people began talking about this man named Jesus and claiming that He was the promised Messiah, Saul took notice.
 
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. 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).
 
Salvation, sometimes called 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 or her life is changed too. Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tim. 1:15) Jesus called Saul, who was once an enemy of Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior.
 
Activity: Pop some popcorn and talk about how the heat source causes the popcorn kernels to change. Eat the popcorn together as you open your Bible to Acts 9 and brie y review Paul’s conversion. Talk about how Paul’s life was very different. Talk about how God changes Christians from the inside out to be more like His Son, Jesus.
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