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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Saul is Converted -- Acts 9

Tonight we will discuss Saul's conversions. We were first introduced to Saul at the stoning of Stephen. Now we are going to see why Luke introduced him back there. Saul is to become the apostle that spreads the gospel to the Galatia, Macedonia and eventually to Rome. My class is memorizing Paul's (Saul eventually changes his name to Paul) sermon in Acts 17. We are almost through copying it one verse per class and several of the kids seem to have the memory part down fairly well. Tonight we will get to uncover another row on our conversion chart that will show us what Saul did to be saved.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 9

Today's lesson: Saul's Conversion

Salvation Station: Go over the 5 steps to Salvation and recite in unison the passages that teach them. We did this Sunday AM, but we'll do it again tonight.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 9th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch -- Acts 8

Wednesday night we had our 2 semi-regular visitors again. This time I gave them each a project folder of their own and told them I expected them to come back every time. They are neighbors of one of our members and apparently beg her to bring them. I hope they'll keep it up. The older one was answering some of the questions. That was very encouraging to me. He was not only listening, but he was understanding as well.

Tomorrow's lesson is on the baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch. This is a great lesson to discuss what baptism means and how it is done. I've seen many pictures of Philip and the Eunuch going down into the water (like the Bible says) and then Philip pouring some water on top of the Eunuch's head. Baptism is a burial or immersion in water. The 2 men didn't need to both go down into the water if all they were going to do was pour a little water on the Eunuch's head.

Acts 8 talks about the gospel beginning to spread into the areas around Jerusalem. The Bible says it was spread to Samaria and Judea. With the salvation/conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch, it was now sure to be spread into Africa since that's where he was headed.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 8

Today's lesson: Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch

Salvation Station: Go over the 5 steps to Salvation and recite in unison the passages that teach them. We also get to uncover another row on our salvation chart. This will be our 3rd conversion we've talked about so far.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 8th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Gospel Spreads to Samaria -- Acts 8

Tonight's lesson we get to see how what Jesus told his apostles in Acts 1 (...and you shall be wintesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.) begins to come to pass. Because of the persecution the church was beginning to experience, the Christians scattered. This allowed the gospel to begin spreading outside of Jerusalem.

In Acts 8 we get to follow Philip and see what his contribution to the spread of the gospel was. We also get to see what happened when someone who had become a Christian by believing in Christ and being baptized does if he then sins. Today there are many people that believe once you are saved, you can't be unsaved. Simon the sorcerer was a Christian and he sinned. Philip ordered him to repent of his wickedness and pray for forgiveness. If Simon had chosen not to repent and pray for forgiveness, he would still be in sin. Someone in sin cannot spend eternity in Heaven (or be saved).

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 7

Today's lesson: Philip and Simon the sorcerer

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 7th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Bible Class Review Activities -- Introduce the activity folder for Stephen. Put it in the station's box so they can do it when they have time.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Stoning of Stephen -- Acts 6-7

Wednesday night, I didn't get a lesson plan up, but we did have class. We talked about the 7 being chosen to help with the Grecian widows. It was a nice short lesson which allowed me to spend some time on talking to them about church organization. We're memorizing Philippians 1:1 to help them understand it better. Since our lesson was so short, they were able to spend a lot of time at their stations which they seemed to enjoy.

We continue to have visitors. Wednesday evening we had 4. Two of them are friends of one of my students and 2 are relatives of a couple in the congregation. It looks we might have all 4 of them on a semi regular basis.

Today's lesson is on the stoning of Stephen. This is such a great story about the bravery of a new Christian. It describes how he became at odds with "the powers that be" and how he taught them. His sermon will take the main portion of our class time this morning. He reminds his accusers of their history and how Jesus fits in to that history.

From the beginning of this class, I've taken time periodically to tell the same story Stephen told -- the story of how God chose the Israelites to bring His son into the world. Today's lesson will give me another opportunity to tell the story and encourage the children to learn the story well enough to be able to tell it themselves. Stephen's sermon would be great for memorization, but a little too long to tackle in this class.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
We won't be spending any time in our stations once class begins. We've got a lot to talk about this morning.

Acts cards -- I introduced Acts 6 Wed PM. I'll wait until this coming Wednesday to introduce chapter 7 unless we just have some extra time.

Today's lesson: Stephen is stoned.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 7th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Peter and John Arrested...Again -- Acts 5

I love the way God shows up people that don't believe in Him. This lesson is a prime example. Peter and John are arrested again. An angel comes to them in the night and tells them to go and preach publicly. They do, much to the dismay of those that arrested him. Before they are even missed, these men are standing out in public preaching the very thing they were arrested for. The guards and everyone involved were confused and humiliated. This time, the much revered rabbi Gamaliel steps in. He tells them to let the men alone. If they are from God, then they will not be able to stop the teaching. If they are from men, they will go the way of all the others that have tried to teach that the Messiah had come.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 5.

Today's lesson: Peter and John arrested again.

Worship -- discuss new activities in worship station and go over some of the vocabulary words involved.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 6th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ananias and Sapphira -- Acts 5: 1-11

Tonight we will talk about Ananias and Sapphira. When I was young (and not so young), I had trouble differentiating between Ananias and Sapphira of Acts 5 and Aquila and Priscilla that we meet later on in Acts. Aside from their being similar, the two couples are quite different. I think I'll try to remember to make a folder activity contrasting the two once we meet Aquila and Priscilla.

Since the day the church began until Acts 5, things (as far as we know) were going smoothly. People were submitting themselves to God through baptism. God was adding them to the church. They all shared what they had so that none lacked. Then, Acts 5.

Ananias and Sapphira sold what they had and they wanted to give the proceeds of it to help out. Their only problem was that they wanted to keep some of the money back but let everyone think they were giving it all. They could've kept some of it back. They weren't even required to sell what they had. They wanted people to think they were doing something wonderful. They lied. Their punishment: death. I imagine this shook everyone up. Imagine how the news spread about their death. God certainly made His point quickly, swiftly and with great surety.

After the death of Ananias and Sapphira, the gospel was still preached, Peter and the apostles did many signs and wonders and believers were still being added to the Lord. It was now evident (if it wasn't before) that God expected obedience. He expected honesty.


My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 5.

Today's lesson: Ananias and Sapphira lie to the Holy Spirit

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 6th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: If there's time let them choose a song to sing.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Peter and John Arrested -- Acts 4

Wednesday night was our monthly singing, so we didn't have class. I enjoy teaching the class, but it sure is nice once a month to get a little break.

Tomorrow we'll be studying from Acts 4. After Peter healed the man at the gate called Beautiful, he was given the opportunity to speak to the large crowd that gathered around and marveled at the miracle. The Jewish leaders didn't like them speaking about Christ being raised from the dead, so they arrested them. This gave them another opportunity to teach about Christ. They were threatened and told not to speak about Christ anymore. Of course, this didn't stop them. They meet up with all the Christians and pray to God for boldness.

I hope to instill in the kids the appreciation for the boldness the early Christians had. They didn't back down and stop telling what they knew to be the truth. We need to all strive to have that kind of trust in God. Trust that no matter what happens, God will be with us. Not that He will necessarily keep us from being harmed, but that He will be with us through whatever hardship we suffer for His cause.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Encourage the kids to start at the stations when they come to class. Let them spend 5 or 10 minutes at them after class starts.

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 4.

Today's lesson: Peter and John's arrest

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Copy the 5th verse of it in their project folders. Try to have the time to recite it from memory in unison.

Sing: We probably won't have time for a song, but if we do, I'll let them decide what to sing.