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.