Hi All, how’s your week been? This week we look at Acts Chapter 18:18-28 and it gives us a bit of a break from Paul (!) and introduces Apollos 😊 There’s no videos this week as I used the time looking at the responses from the survey we sent out. (Thanks to all who filled it out for us 😊) The idea is to look over this with Neil and Ian at and think of how it influences what I do in the future. 😎
- For those kids who know the alphabet- So you know the alphabet, huh? Easy is it? Great! Time how long it takes you to say it. Backwards!! As in start with Z…😱 Not so easy now, eh? Take turns with anyone else in your household if you want some competition. The point of the game is sometimes we can be boastful about knowing things or being able to do things well. It’s good to remember to keep ourselves humble, which means we don’t think ourselves as more important or better than others but are ready to learn new things and act in ways that show we see everyone as equals.
- For younger children- Can you think of all the lovely things you do for other people or that people do for you? For example, pass them their toy, share your coloured pens, open a door for others, wash your dirty clothes…How many did you come up with? When we have humble attitudes, we find it easy to help others in the small things of life as well as finding it easy to learn from others 😊
Here’s the passage from the International Children’s Bible:
Paul Returns to Antioch
18 Paul stayed with the believers for many more days. Then he left and sailed for Syria. Priscilla and Aquila went with him. At Cenchrea, Paul cut off his hair. This showed that he had made a promise to God. 19 Then they went to Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. While Paul was there, he went into the synagogue and talked with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay with them longer, he refused. 21 He left them, but he said, “I will come back to you again if God wants me to.” And so he sailed away from Ephesus.
22 Paul landed at Caesarea. Then he went and gave greetings to the church in Jerusalem. After that, Paul went to Antioch. 23 He stayed there for a while and then left and went through the countries of Galatia and Phrygia. He travelled from town to town in these countries, giving strength to all the followers.
Apollos in Ephesus and Corinth
24 A Jew named Apollos came to Ephesus. He was born in the city of Alexandria. He was an educated man who knew the Scriptures well. 25 He had been taught about the Lord. He was always very excited when he spoke and taught the truth about Jesus. But the only baptism that Apollos knew about was the baptism that John taught. 26 Apollos began to speak very boldly in the synagogue, and Priscilla and Aquila heard him. So they took him to their home and helped him better understand the way of God. 27 Now Apollos wanted to go to the country of Southern Greece, so the believers helped him. They wrote a letter to the followers there, asking them to accept him. These followers had believed in Jesus because of God’s grace. When Apollos went there, he helped them very much. 28 He argued very strongly with the Jews before all the people. Apollos clearly proved that the Jews were wrong. Using the Scriptures, he proved that Jesus is the Christ.
This one is from Saddleback Kid’s Slapstick Theatre range and goes beyond today’s passage in talking more about Apollos, but that’s not a bad thing. It’s also the only good one I could find!!
Today’s passage is fairly short. Here’s a way of retelling it, if you would like to use it 😊
Paul, Priscilla and Aquilla left a place called Corinth and travelled to some other places before Priscilla and Aquilla stayed in a place called Ephesus, while Paul travelled around a bit more. Everywhere he went, he kept telling people about Jesus.
While Priscilla and Aquilla were in Ephesus, they heard a name called Apollos teaching people about Jesus and he was a really good teacher! He knew loads and was a very clever man. But when they listened, they realised he didn’t know everything and he wasn’t teaching people properly about getting baptised. He didn’t know about being baptised in the Holy Spirit. So, they invited him to their house so they could help him to understand more about baptism and having the Holy Spirit. They didn’t shout out when Apollos was teaching others and say “Er, no, that’s wrong! You don’t know about being baptised with the Holy Spirit!” and it’s a good thing too, because that would have been embarrassing for Apollos. They took him into their house so they could all talk about it together.
Apollos didn’t say “I don’t want to listen to you guys, I know lots of stuff already and actually, I am very clever indeed, so don’t talk to me.” And that’s a good thing too because he would never had heard the truth and would have carried on telling people the wrong thing about baptism. He didn’t think he was so important that he knew everything or was always right, but knew and you can always learn something new, if you a ready to be corrected and listen.
After this, Apollos wanted to go to Greece, where he could teach more people about Jesus, so that’s what he did!
Use the pointers below to have a discussion about what we can learn from the passage. Adapt anything/leave anything out you feel your child/ren won’t understand 🙂
- Apollos was a clever man but he didn’t think he was so important or that he was always right. There is a word for this; humble. If you are humble, you don’t think you are super important or proud. It’s a good way to be. It means we can learn new things and can admit when we are wrong. It also means we can do things for others who might need our help, or just to show we don’t think we are more important than them, like opening a door for someone.
- You might want to pray with your child/ren that they would know how to be humble and see others the way Jesus does.
- Do you know what the word ‘Humble’ means?
- Apollos was a clever man but he didn’t think he was so important or that he was always right. He was humble. If you are humble, you don’t think you are super important or proud. It’s a good way to be. It means we can learn new things and can admit when we are wrong. It also means we can do things for others who might need our help, or just to show we don’t think we are more important than them, like opening a door for someone. When you act humbly, you act with humility.
- Priscilla and Aquilla were also pretty humble. They didn’t shout out in the synagogue when Apollos was teaching people the wrong thing about baptism. They could have been a pair of show-offs and shouted out in front of everyone, proving their knowledge. But that would have been tight on Apollos and they were humble people who acted with humility when they invited him to their house instead, so they could teach him there.
- Can you think of ways that you act humbly or with humility? Is it easy for you?
- Pray to God to thank him that he teaches us the best ways to live. Ask for any help from the Holy Spirit to keep humble, or learn how to be humble in situations where you might find it difficult (like when the SAME person beats you in a game or when others don’t return the manners you show them).
Can you create something like this?
It shows that someone with a humble heart is always ready and busy serving and helping those who need it 😊
Why not make a Humble Bumble?! I’ve attached a template to make your own Bumble Bee- paint it, colour it, shred yellow and black tissue paper and collage it, whatever! Make a Humble Bumble to remind you to keep humble 😎