From the Sermon: Acts 19:1-10
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Acts 19:1-10
MAIN POINTS: 1)John’s Baptism, 2) Christian Baptism, and 3) Speaking Boldly
In the beginning of Acts 19, we come to a unique instance of baptism. Pastor Jon explained the difference between John’s Baptism, (a baptism of preparation), and a Christian Baptism, (a sign and seal of salvation). Nothing is more important in your life or the life of your neighbor than knowing and believing the truth about Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin. Now is the time to speak boldly of the good news of Jesus! If you have questions about salvation or baptism, please email our pastors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 does it mean to be baptized?
- How to we respond when we read a passage in the Bible that is confusing or seems contradictory?
- What are some things that prevent us from speaking boldly about Jesus?
- What are some lies the world tells us and how can we fight against those lies?
· 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.
- Luke 1:41a, 76
- John 1:22-27
- Matthew 28:19
- Romans 6:4-5
- Acts 18:25
- Proverbs 14:12
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:
MYSTERIOUS: God, in his infinite being, is beyond anything we can fully understand. He reveals himself to us according to his wisdom, while some of who he is remains a mystery.
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.
COMMUNITY: Spend time this week praying for your neighbors and for opportunities to speak boldly to them about 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.
Before The Throne Of God Above
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
One with Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God!
Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace,
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
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.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
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:
Questions 9-12: Review questions 9-12 that talk about the 10 commandments. To view these questions and listen to the accompanying song, download the free New City Catechism app!