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Saturday, September 29, 2007

The First Journey Ends -- Acts 14

This is our last class for this quarter. It has been interesting to say the least. With the younger kids moving up and the regular visitors, the class has doubled in size. There have been several classes where we didn't have enough places for everyone to sit. It has been a challenge, but very enjoyable.

One of the visitors asked a couple of weeks ago if I had a Bible she could have. It old her I would get her one. Well, being the forgetful person that I am, I didn't do it. She came up to me every time she saw me to ask if I had gotten her Bible yet. Well, I finally ordered 10 Bibles -- one for her, one for her brother and the other to keep in the classroom. They should be in early next week. I'm glad I'll finally be able to tell her that her Bible is one its way.

We are finishing up with the end of the first journey. It is the last part of this journey where Barnabas and Paul are mistaken for gods. The priest of the temple of Zeus was even preparing to offer sacrifices of oxen to them. Of course, to the Greeks, this would be the highest form of a compliment, but Barnabas and Paul were not happy about it. They made it clear that there was only one true God and that is who they should worship.

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders in the congregations as they passed back through on their way home. This will be another good opportunity to talk about the organization of the church.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Project Folders: Since this is the last class of the quarter, take some time to praise the students that completed the Bible reading. I think about 4 of them read all of the reading required. Also recognize those that did some memory work.

Acts cards -- Review the Acts cards.

Introduction to lesson: Using the Eyewitness book on Ancient Greece, introduce the Greek culture. Especially the part about the gods they worshiped.

Unknown God: Review the Unknown God. Paul says some of the same things in this sermon as he does in Acts 14.

Today's lesson: Review the first part of the first journey and then go over the end of the journey in chapter 14.

The Church (It's Organization) Station: Go over each verse.

Sing: We're having our 5th Sunday Singing this afternoon. The theme of it is the Resurrection. To get them thinking on this, sing The Resurrection by Richard Morrison

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The First Journey Continues -- Acts 13:13 and following

As the first journey continues, Paul and Barnabas are in Antioch. They first talk with the Jews in the synagogue, but after being rejected take their message to the Gentiles. The sermon Paul preaches in the synagogue in Antioch again reminds the Jews of their history and how Christ is the one that was promised long ago. I hope to, again, impress on the students the whole story and how it fits into God's plan.

I was asked about the Unknown God that I keep referring to. This is the sermon in Acts 17 that Paul preaches to the Athenians. It is a wonderful sermon for the kids (and anyone else) to memorize. If you ever find yourself doubting who God is, this is the place to go. Paul had a wonderful opportunity to use what the Athenians knew -- idolatry -- and teach what they needed to know. He told them that the God they worshiped without knowing -- the unknown God -- was the one and only God.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Review the Acts cards.

Introduction to lesson: Quickly review the whole story starting from creation. This will set up the sermon that Paul preached in Antioch.

Today's lesson: After review of the beginning of the journey, continue with the events that happened in Antioch.

Paul's Journey Station: Go over the events in the first journey.

Project Folders -- I haven't gotten to spend as much time on the mission and organization of the church as I would have liked. I hope to spend some time tonight helping them with this station and this part of their project folders.

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

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Paul's First Journey Begins -- Acts 13

Someone asked me what the Acts cards were that I keep referring to. I hope to get a picture up soon, but they are cards my husband did to help kids learn what's in each chapter of Acts. He drew pictures that help with the memory such as: Acts 12, when Herod died of worms, there is a crown with worms crawling all around it. He also did this for each book of the New Testament.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 13

Today's lesson: First journey begins. We'll talk about beginning and going through Cyprus all the way to Perga where John Mark left.

Paul's Journey Station: Introduce the 1st journey. Most of the kids have done the activities at this station. I want to make sure they are doing the work in their project folders and get them ready to recite the first 2 journey by memory. We didn't do this Wednesday night, so we'll have to do it today.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. They should have copied the entire passage by now. I hope some can recite it this morning.

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Peter in Prison Again -- Acts 12

This is the last lesson before Paul's First Missionary Journey. It is a chapter that covers not only Peter's miraculous release from prison, but Herod's miserable death. I was greatly helped with background information by reading Bob Waldron's Go Tell The Good News.
I highly recommend it.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 11 and 12

Today's lesson: Herod persecutes the church, Peter is miraculously released from prison and Herod dies a miserable death.

Paul's Journey Station: Introduce the 1st journey. Most of the kids have done the activities at this station. I want to make sure they are doing the work in their project folders and get them ready to recite the first 2 journey by memory.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. Introduce the last verse of Paul's sermon. Do a vocabulary activity from the Unknown God station as a group.

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

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Cornelius -- Acts 10 and 11

This lesson is actually from last Wednesday night and for this morning. Wednesday evening we studied the conversion of Cornelius. This event marked a huge change in what the Jews understood the church to be. Of course, God had it planned all along. Now, Gentiles that obeyed God's word could now become Christians. If it wasn't for this part of God's plan, most of us would not be part of God's family -- the church.

Today, we be studying from Acts 11. After Peter goes back to Jerusalem (from being with Cornelius), he is confronted by some of the Jewish Christians. They did not understand why he would be taking the gospel to the Gentiles. Peter tells them what happened and in the end, they all rejoice over this event.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 11

Today's lesson: Peter's Explains Cornelius' conversion to the Jewish Christians

Worship Station: Go over whatever they seem to need help with.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. They should now be copying the entire passage in their project folders. I expect some of them to be able to recite the entire passage from memory soon.

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

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Peter Sees A Vision -- Acts 10

I got busy last week and didn't get my lesson on here for September 2. We studied the end of Acts 9 - Aeneas was healed and Dorcas was raised from the dead. It gave me another opportunity to point out the complete and immediate affect or miracles (as opposed to a healing today that is not immediate or complete).

Today we'll talk about the Peter vision saw while in Joppa. I plan to go back to the beginning and review up through the giving of the law. I want to stress how God set aside the Israelites as his people and stress the laws of eating clean and unclean animals. Without knowing these two parts of the Old Testament, understanding what happens in chapter 10 doesn't really mean anything.

My lesson plan:


Time at Stations:
Spend some time in stations

Acts cards -- Introduce Acts 9

Today's lesson: Peter's Vision

Worship Station: Since we'll be talking about Jewish laws today, this will be a good time to go over the acts of worship at this station. If we don't have time to do it today, we'll do it Wednesday PM.

Project Folders -- Read the entire Unknown God passage. We'll introduce the next to the last verse on Wednesday PM.

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