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Before Jesus was taken into heaven to live with God, he instructed his followers to be a witness for him. The book of Acts tells the story of how they did that. Jesus’ followers received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and went on to spread the good news that would restore God’s kingdom over the world. Because of the hostility of the Romans and the Jewish leaders, the believers spread out across the region. They continued to preach, and over time the church at Antioch was born.
- In the Old Testament, we learned about God’s presence living with his people. This incredibly powerful and holy presence was too much to bear and the people built the tabernacle (and later, the temple) to filter it enough that they could experience it. At that time God did not live in the hearts of his people so they needed a physical place to go to worship him. Acts 2 tells the story of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came down in a rush of wind to where the disciples were. Holy fire appeared above their heads and they were given the power to speak in a language that let everyone understand them. God was now able to be in the room with the disciples and live in their hearts. Thousands of new believers were baptised just on that day alone.
– What had changed that allowed God’s presence to come so close to his people now?
– Why was Pentecost so important for the early church?
– You can take a virtual tour of what the tabernacle would have looked like online! You can find one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgqLsnzG6gM or by searching for “virtual tabernacle tour” on Youtube. There are a few of them to choose from.
- The early church was a community that took care of each other:
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4:32-35)
– What would this have meant for people who didn’t already have family to depend on?
– What was the point of living as a family community?
- The early Christians spreading the gospel had many encounters with very hostile Jewish leaders and Romans. They were often interrogated, beaten, and/or thrown in jail. A man named Saul was furious with Jesus’ followers and began a merciless campaign against them. He would round them up and chase them down… he was determined to get rid of them all. Then, one day…
As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. (Acts 9:3-19)
– What do you think was going through Ananias’ mind as he approached the house to speak with Saul?
– After this experience, Saul’s name was changed to Paul. Why the name change?
– Paul joined the Christians and over time became one of their leaders. Do you think that it was easy for the other Christians to trust him?
Now it is time to move into some creative response time! Think about today’s video and the discussion questions… do they inspire you to create something? Let your imagination lead you as you work. You can use any of the materials or technology from your home to show us your thoughts and feelings. We would love to see what you come up with so get a parent to help you post it on our church Facebook page when you are done. 🙂
- YOUTH GROUP: If you want to jump in for ZOOM youth group on Monday nights, email our Youth Group Leader Isaac Veurink at email@example.com.
- WED PRAYER: If you would like to join in for Wed night prayer at 7:39pm, click this link at 7:39 on Wed or shortly before to jump in
- HOME GROUPS: Stay tune to hear from your home group leader for more information about your group. If you would like to join in a home group, please email our home groups leader Carolyn Whatley at firstname.lastname@example.org
- BIBLE CAMP: If you’d like to join in our weekday Bible camps, click here at 1:00pm M-F for some dancing and a Bible story. This is geared for kids, but everybody is welcome.
- Grade 5-6 Buds: Calling all Gr. 5-6 kids! You are invited to join us every Wednesday at 2:00 for a Zoom meeting just for you and your roots and shoots class. There will be games, music, challenges, special guests, learning about God, and my more.
Zoom link: https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/
- CARE AND SERVICE: If you are in need of any kind of support, please email email@example.com