Explore the Bible at Home - Week of Feburary 4
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Grandparents,
On Sunday, Feburary 4th we celebrated "Family Sunday," and our students age Kindergarten and older joined us in the service. The worksheet for our elementary students that followed along with Dave's message can be found here. In the Toddler and Preschool classes our lesson was from the book of Acts. Acts records the history of the early church. In this Bible story, boys and girls heard about how God empowered His people with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enabled the people to share the gospel message with many, and about 3,000 people - men, women, and children - believed in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Our students learned in class this week that the Holy Spirit is also helping them share the gospel with others. As a family, take time to think about family members, friends, or neighbors that need to hear the message of Jesus. Can your family reach out and build relationships with some of the people named in order to share life with them and offer them the hope and truth of the gospel?
Bible Passage: Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-42
Memory Verse: Acts 2:36b
Younger Kids Text Truth: The Holy Spirit helps us tell others about Jesus.
Older Kids Text Truth: The Holy Spirit empowers us to share the gospel with everyone.
God Sent the Holy Spirit | Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-42
After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He spent some time with His followers on earth. Jesus told His followers to stay in Jerusalem until God fulfilled His promise. Jesus said, “You will be given power when the Holy Spirit—the Special Helper—comes. You will tell everyone about Me in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus returned to heaven and the disciples obeyed His instructions to stay in Jerusalem. They were waiting for the special helper—the Holy Spirit—to come just as Jesus had promised.
The disciples were gathered together when suddenly they heard a sound like a rushing wind. The sound filled the house they were staying in. Suddenly, Jesus’ followers knew the special helper had come to help them. The Holy Spirit helped the people to speak different languages.
Jesus’ followers went outside. A crowd of people from many different nations had come to Jerusalem. Jesus’ followers began to tell the people about Jesus. Suddenly, the people could hear someone talking to them in their own language. They were shocked and surprised. “Why can we hear someone speaking our language?” they all wondered.
Peter stood up and began to teach the people about Jesus. Peter explained that God had told them about Jesus through the Scriptures. Jesus had performed miracles, wonders, and signs. The people had killed Jesus on a cross, but God had raised Him from the dead.
Peter said, “We saw all of these things that happened. Now Jesus is with God. Jesus is Lord and Messiah!”
Many people in the crowd realized that they were sorry for their sins. They asked Peter, “What should we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent. You will be forgiven.” That day about 3,000 people repented of their sins and trusted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.