From the Sermon: Acts 3:17-26
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Acts 3:17-26
This week’s scripture was the second half of Peter’s sermon. Peter loved to use the Old Testament to show how the whole Bible is about Jesus! God’s Word is one big story written over thousands of years that tells of God’s promise to rescue his people from sin. Jesus is the Rescuer that God promised – and that promise is for you and me! Our sin keeps us from God. But if we love and believe in Jesus, he takes our sin away and gives us new life. What an amazing promise from God! All of God’s Words are important because they all tell us of God’s promises and Jesus.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- What is sin?
- Who has the problem of sin and what does that problem mean for us?
- What does God do about the sin problem? (Use this time to share with each other how God saved you personally from your sin.)
- Why is it important for us to read and know what the Bible says?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your normal routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter. Model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- Acts 2:16
- Acts 2:25a
- Psalm 22
- Isaiah 53
- Revelation 21:2-5a
- Revelation 19:11-16
- Revelation 20:11-15
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. These are also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
LOVE: God is love. God’s love never fails and is forever. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist in love and community with one another.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
FAMILY: Pray for family members who do not love Jesus.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
Bound For Glory
This world is not my home
I’m here but for a moment
It’s all I’ve ever known
But this world is not my home
This fight is not my own
These burdens aren’t my future
The empty tomb has shown
I am bound for glory
I am free because I’m bound
I am bound for heaven’s gate
Where my feet will stand on holy ground
I am bound for glory
The saving work is done
Death is not my ending
My God has overcome
I am bound for glory
All my pain, hurt and shame
Gone when Jesus calls my name
Endless joy, endless praise
All when Jesus calls my name
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Question: What is our only hope in life and death?
Answer: That we are not our own but belong to God.