From the Sermon: Acts 4:23-31
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Acts 4:23-31
It’s easy to be afraid when bad or scary things happen. The early Church was having some really bad things happening to them! But they remembered that God is in control. They focused on God’s powerful and perfect plan. Instead of running away in fear, they came together and took care of each other! God used what people meant for evil to bring his Church together in unity. God’s plan is always the best plan, and we can trust it no matter what.
Family Discussion Questions:
- What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage? (Look back at your Sermon Notes for help remembering!)
- Read Acts 4:34-35. In what ways did the early Church take care of one another? How can we model this behavior now?
- When we are afraid, what are we forgetting about God?
- What does it mean that God is sovereign? How does that help you understand God better?
- How has God provided for you?
· 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 4:19-20
- Psalm 2:1-4
- Psalm 115:3
- Colossians 2:15
- Psalm 2:9-12
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:
SOVEREIGN: God rules over all things, God is in control over all things, and God ultimately determines all things.
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.
REPENTENCE: Pray for forgiveness for the words that come out of your mouth that do not bring glory to God.
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.