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Sunday, February 25th in Early Childhood KidzTown

BABIES & TODDLERS: Joseph

This week our story was on Joseph and how families can forgive each other. We spoke about how sometimes we want something that other people have, which is called being jealous. Joseph’s brother were jealous, but he forgave them and shared his food with them.

 ACTIVITY IDEA: This week as your preschooler navigates jealousy & sharing in their relationships, remind them that we can forgive the people we love, just like Joseph did.

PRESCHOOL & PRE-K: Paul’s Second Journey (Unit 30, Session 4)

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.
  • God sent Paul on another trip
  • Paul told Lydia about Jesus.
  • Paul told people about Jesus even in jail.
  • Paul and Silas told all kinds of people about Jesus. <-- Main Point.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Paul and Silas had been released from prison in Philippi (FIH lih pigh). Before leaving the city, they met with believers at Lydia’s house and encouraged them. Then they traveled to Thessalonica and stopped at the synagogue to explain to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. A large number of Greeks and influential women believed in Jesus.

Before long, Jews in the city became jealous and forced Paul and Silas out of the city. Even though the Jews opposed Paul’s preaching, the number of believers in Thessalonica grew and the church there was established.

Paul made his way through Berea, where people heard the gospel and believed. The Jews from Thessalonica followed him and caused trouble, so Paul went to Athens. Athens—about 200 miles from Berea—was a cultural center. People in Athens loved to hear about and study the latest ideas. The Jews and the philosophers in the city were interested in what Paul had to say, but Paul was troubled by what he saw. Athens was full of idols to every kind of god. There was even an altar to an unknown god.

The people obviously had a religious desire. Paul knew that their hunger for God could be satisfied—in Jesus. Paul began preaching, telling the people that they worshiped a god they did not know. He said that people can know God! God made the world and everything in it! “We ought not to think that God is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man,” Paul said.

Then Paul told them about Jesus and how God wanted them to turn away from their sins. Some people made fun of Paul, but others believed. Paul explained God’s plan of salvation.

CHRIST CONNECTION: The men of Athens worshiped a false god whom they did not know. Paul explained to the men God’s plan of salvation. He said that God is not like the Greek idols. Only God deserves our worship! Paul talked about Jesus and the resurrection. All people can know God because Jesus took the punishment for sin that separates people from God.

 ACTIVITY IDEA:  Have a scavenger hunt! Search the house for things made of purple cloth. Read Acts 16:9-15. Paul told Lydia, a woman who sold purple cloth, about Jesus. Lydia and everyone in her household trusted in Jesus. Think of someone who has not trusted in Jesus as Savior and pray for the opportunity to share the gospel with them.

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 Preached in Europe” (Acts 17: 16-34)

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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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