Hi everyone 🙂
Here’s this week’s resources looking at Acts Chapter 4 1-31. As usual there is videos with me going through most of the content, but links to the video have to be accessed here due to copyright faffs that mean we can’t add them into mine! There’s a few daft ones this week for those that like them!
If following on Sunday, you will need:
- Printed colouring/activity sheets
- If you want to make the dancing puppet man craft, as well as the template printed off, you will need: Paper Cup, Craft/lolly Sticks, Card, Clear Tape, Crayons or Coloured Pencils, Wool, Heavy Duty Thread, Hole Punch and Scissors.
Have a few rounds of ‘Would you Rather’ and tailor your suggestions to suit your household. Make each choice one that would require a certain degree of bravery, boldness or confidence! For example, for a younger child who you know doesn’t like insects, you might ask ‘Would you rather let an ant crawl on your hand or a ladybird?’ For older children you might ask ‘Would you rather sing in front of people at school or dance?’. Obviously you know your children and so will pick things relevant to them!
The link with the passage is that Peter and John were gifted a new level of boldness by the Holy Spirit to speak out not just the name of Jesus, but all that He offers.
Here is the passage from the International Children’s Bible:
(It’s quite a long passage again this week so you might want to read it yourself and re-tell to younger children 🙂)
Peter and John at the Council
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, a group of men came up to them. There were Jewish priests, the captain of the soldiers that guarded the Temple, and some Sadducees. 2 They were upset because the two apostles were teaching the people. Peter and John were preaching that people will rise from death through the power of Jesus. 3 The Jewish leaders grabbed Peter and John and put them in jail. It was already night, so they kept them in jail until the next day. 4 But many of those who heard Peter and John preach believed the things they said. There were now about 5,000 men in the group of believers.
5 The next day the Jewish rulers, the Jewish elders, and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander were there. Everyone from the high priest’s family was there. 7 They made Peter and John stand before them. The Jewish leaders asked them: “By what power or authority did you do this?”
8 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them, “Rulers of the people and you elders, 9 are you questioning us about a good thing that was done to a crippled man? Are you asking us who made him well? 10 We want all of you and all the Jewish people to know that this man was made well by the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth! You nailed him to a cross, but God raised him from death. This man was crippled, but he is now well and able to stand here before you because of the power of Jesus! 11 Jesus is
‘the stone that you builders did not want.
It has become the cornerstone.’ (Psalm 118:22)
12 Jesus is the only One who can save people. No one else in the world is able to save us.”
13 The Jewish leaders saw that Peter and John were not afraid to speak. They understood that these men had no special training or education. So they were amazed. Then they realized that Peter and John had been with Jesus. 14 They saw the crippled man standing there beside the two apostles. They saw that the man was healed. So they could say nothing against them. 15 The Jewish leaders told them to leave the meeting. Then the leaders talked to each other about what they should do. 16 They said, “What shall we do with these men? Everyone in Jerusalem knows that they have done a great miracle! We cannot say it is not true. 17 But we must warn them not to talk to people anymore using that name. Then this thing will not spread among the people.”
18 So they called Peter and John in again. They told them not to speak or to teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “What do you think is right? What would God want? Should we obey you or God? 20 We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard.” 21-22 The Jewish leaders could not find a way to punish them because all the people were praising God for what had been done. (This miracle was a proof from God. The man who was healed was more than 40 years old!) So the Jewish leaders warned the apostles again and let them go free.
The Believers’ Prayer
23 Peter and John left the meeting of Jewish leaders and went to their own group. They told them everything that the leading priests and the Jewish elders had said to them. 24 When the believers heard this, they prayed to God with one purpose. They prayed, “Lord, you are the One who made the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in the world. 25 Our father David was your servant. With the help of the Holy Spirit he said:
‘Why are the nations so angry?
Why are the people making useless plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepare to fight.
Their leaders make plans together
against the Lord
and against his Christ.’ (Psalm 2:1-2)
27 These things really happened when Herod, Pontius Pilate, the non-Jewish people, and the Jewish people all came together against Jesus here in Jerusalem. Jesus is your holy Servant. He is the One you made to be the Christ. 28 These people made your plan happen; it happened because of your power and your will. 29 And now, Lord, listen to what they are saying. They are trying to make us afraid! Lord, we are your servants. Help us to speak your word without fear. 30 Help us to be brave by showing us your power; make sick people well, give proofs, and make miracles happen by the power of Jesus, your holy servant.”
31 After they had prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke God’s word without fear.
Here are some daft videos! The first one recaps what we heard last week:
The next one continues and looks at this week’s passage:
This is a more serious recap of last week and this week’s passage:
Ages 3/4 -7: The main thing to help your child/ren to understand from this passage is that there is power in the name of Jesus, it is through Him the lame man was healed and that no one, even the most powerful people should ever stop us saying His name or telling others about Him. Ask:
- Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but you were asked not to tell? Or maybe you helped plan a surprise for someone and you had to keep it secret so as not to spoil it! Was it easy to keep quiet?
- For Peter and John they knew something about Jesus that they couldn’t wait for others to know about. But it wasn’t a surprise that would spoil anything, it was the opposite! It would let everyone know that Jesus has the power to do anything! The power to heal really sick people, the power to save. They couldn’t just keep quiet about that and even when the priests in charge at the temple told them they had to stop, they said they wouldn’t because God had told them to do it and they didn’t want to disobey Him! Even though they were put in jail, they didn’t let that stop them wanting to tell anyone about Jesus.
- Can you make a list of all the powerful things that Jesus can do?
Ages 7-11: The main points we are going to consider from today’s passage are that Peter and John continued with this new-found boldness in telling anyone who asked or would listen of who Jesus is. It wasn’t just that they had confidence, but the Holy Spirit gave them the words that made them sound like they had been educated and studied the law, when they were just ordinary tradesmen. And let’s not forget it wasn’t too long ago that Peter denied knowing Jesus but look at him now!
After reading or watching the videos, ask:
- What strikes you from the passage? Anything odd? Anything you don’t understand?
- Do you know what a ‘Sadducee’ is? (It was a member of a Jewish sect or party at the time of Jesus. They didn’t believe in the resurrection of the dead, life after death or in the existence of spirits or angels. They were often priests in the Temple.)
- When God is working in people’s hearts and doing great things, the devil doesn’t like it, so we shouldn’t be surprised that efforts are made to silence those telling the good news of Jesus resurrection.
- Have you ever wanted to share something with someone and another person has asked you not to tell? I don’t mean a secret, but something else. Maybe you arranged to go the park with a friend and you want to invite someone else but your friend asked you not to. You can’t see why they wouldn’t want an extra person to play at the park with, in fact you think it would be better! Did you invite them anyway or did you feel a pressure to please the other person?
- Have you ever been told not to do something by a teacher, parent, carer, grandparent or another adult? Is it always easy? Have you ever been told not to do something but you can’t see why you shouldn’t? Often when we are told not to do something it’s because those who have asked us not to know more than we do about why it would be a bad idea, or simply because it is a naughty thing we were doing. This was different. Peter and John were being told not to preach about Jesus because the priests and religious leaders didn’t like that so many people were becoming Christians after hearing (and seeing) the power of Jesus name and they knew that if loads more people started following Jesus, then they wouldn’t be following them any more. And they didn’t like that idea.
- Peter and John went to jail for a night in this passage for speaking the truth about Jesus. They weren’t afraid of those in power and said they would always obey God over anyone else, even if that meant prison. The boldness they had from the Holy Spirit wasn’t just the courage to speak up, but it was courage to keep going even when they knew it might mean difficulties for them.
- What would you risk in order to tell others about the good news of Jesus?
- Read verses 23-31. After spending a night in jail and then being told not to speak of Jesus again, does this prayer surprise you? What might you pray if it were you?
- Print off one of colouring sheets below for an easy craft!
- Help them with the ‘I choose to follow Jesus’ sheet and talk about how Peter and John chose Jesus over any other ruler, even though it meant they could get into trouble.
- Open the Lame Man Cup Puppet Craft and it has all the instructions and a template to make one of these:
Here’s another song with Ian 😊