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Sunday, February 11 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Romans 1:16

Big Picture Question: Who deserves our worship? Only the Lord—the one true God—deserves our worship.
 
Christ Connection: The men of Athens worshiped a false god. Paul explained to them God’s plan of salvation. He said that only God should be worshiped. Paul talked about Jesus and the resurrection. People can know God because Jesus took the punishment for sin that separates people from God.
 
Dear Parents,
 
I hope you find true accounts of Paul’s missionary journeys encouraging and empowering. In today’s Bible story, Paul and Silas traveled to Thessalonica and began preaching in the synagogue about Jesus. Some became believers, but others wanted to attack them. Paul and Silas escaped and went to Berea. The Jews in Berea studied the Scriptures to make sure Paul was telling the truth. Many of them believed! But when the Jews in Thessalonica heard what was happening in Berea, they hurried there and caused trouble. So Paul and Silas went to Athens.

The city of Athens was a cultural center. People in Athens loved to hear about and study the latest ideas. Paul spoke with the Jews and the philosophers in the city. Athens was also full of idols to every kind of god. There was even an altar to an unknown god.

Paul began preaching, telling the people that they worshiped a god they did not know. But people can know the Lord God! The one true God made the world and everything in it! God was not like their idols. “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. Paul told the people that God wanted them to turn away from their sins. Then Paul told them about Jesus and how He was raised from the dead. Some people made fun of Paul, but others believed.

From Athens, Paul went to Corinth. He tried to persuade the Jews in the synagogue that Jesus is the Christ, but they would not listen. Paul spoke to the Gentiles, and many of them believed and were baptized. God continued working through Paul.

The men of Athens worshiped many false gods. Paul explained to them God’s plan of salvation. He said that only God should be worshiped. Paul talked about Jesus and the resurrection. People can know God because Jesus took the punishment for sin that separates people from God. Only the Lord—the one true God—deserves our worship.
 
Activity:  Read to your kids Paul’s description of the one true God in Acts 17:24-31. Invite your family members to think of someone at school or in the community who might believe something different about God, or who might believe that there is no God. Set aside time this week to pray for the opportunity to share with that person the good news about Jesus.
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Sunday, Feb 4th in Early Childhood KidzTown

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)

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