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Why is the book of Acts so important? It tells us the story of the history of the church. The Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us about the life and words of Jesus, and the book of Acts is like the next chapter in that story. It tells us about cities and dates and people that were affected by the Good News. In the second half of Acts, Paul becomes a main character. He goes through a lot… he is beaten, arrested, lost in the court system for years, and almost dies several times. And through out it all, his faith in God never waivers.
- In Acts 15, disciples had to travel to one of the new churches and meet with the leaders there. This meeting and the arrangements that they made there were called the Council of Jerusalem. Along with preaching the ways of Jesus, the new church had been teaching people that they needed to follow the old ways in order to be saved. This meant following the Law of Moses from the Old Testament… treating certain foods as unclean, washing themselves in purifying ritualistic ways, and being circumcised. They had to learn that Jesus had changed things so that the old ways of being seen as “good enough” were no longer needed. It was a huge change to consider everyone equal before God without having to do anything to earn salvation.
– Is there anything you have to do to earn salvation?
– Did God ever care about things like us washing our hands the right way or refusing to eat certain foods, or was that just a human rule? If he did care at one time, what changed?
– Are we really all equal before God? Why?
- The new church faced a lot of hostility from both the Jews and the Romans as they spread the Good News. They were beaten, interrogated, arrested, and thrown out of towns. Once when Paul and Silas were in a Roman town called Philippi, they were met with anger:
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (Acts 16:22-34)
– Why was the jailer so afraid when he thought that the prisoners had escaped?
– Why didn’t Paul and Silas escape when they had the chance?
– What convinced the jailer that he should turn to the Lord?
- Paul spent years going through trial after trial as the Jewish leaders kept trying to have him found guilty and killed. He was tossed from court to court, moving up the chain of power and traveling far and wide. During that time he endured a lot! A group of Jewish leaders tried to have him killed in the streets on the way to court, he lived through a terrible storm and a shipwreck, and he was bitten by a viper and lived to tell the tale. He also spread the Good News everywhere he went and stayed firm in his beliefs. At the end of Acts he is in Rome, under house arrest. He was allowed to have visitors, so he welcomed people to come see him and learn about Jesus. He preached there for 2 years and many hearts were changed.
– Paul’s life was difficult. What kept him going?
– Why did God allow so many bad things to happen to Paul?
– How do you think Paul’s legal problems will end?
Once you have discussed the questions with your family, it is time to move into creative response time! Think about Paul and his journey… what did you learn? What does it make you think about? Use materials that you have available in your home to show your thinking. We would love to see your work… get a parent to help you post it on our church Facebook page!
- 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 WORSHIP AND PRAYER: This week, Wed, June 17, 2020 at 6pm, we will be hosting a parking lot worship service for up to 70 people. If you would like to sign up, head to this link and sign up for just you you or your family all at once. We will stick around for prayer afterwards, starting at 7:39pm, to which you can link up from home as well: 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