From the Sermon: Acts 9:32-43
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Acts 9:32-43
Our scripture passage this week taught us about some miraculous acts of healing. In the book of Luke, Jesus modeled for his disciples what it looked like to use his power to heal. Peter learned from Jesus and healed Aeneas and Dorcas. Pastor Jon focused on three main points: the pattern of Jesus, the power of Jesus, and the presence of 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 are some things you’ve learned simply by observing others?
- What does it mean to be certain in your faith in Jesus? What makes you feel certain or uncertain at times?
- What people/situations/circumstances tempt you to fear?
- When we are afraid, what is the lie we are believing about Jesus?
· 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 1:3-4; 8:51-55
- Acts 3:12, 16; 9:4-5
- 1 Corinthians 15:24-26
- Revelation 20:14
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:
PERSON: God the Son manifested on earth as an actual person like you and me. But Jesus was a person without sin, a perfect Son to the Father in heaven.
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.
REPENTANCE: Think about ways you struggle with lying. Lying to yourself about what is true, lying to others, or withholding truth. Repent of lying and ask God to give you the courage to be truthful in all you say and do.
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.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy!Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and serephim falling down before Thee,
Who was and is and evermore shall be.
Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
Got in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
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.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
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 8: What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?
Answer: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.