From the Sermon: Acts 13:1-12
Preacher: Pastor Rusten Harris
Scripture: Acts 13:1-12
MAIN POINTS: 1)God sends, 2)God confronts, and 3)God convert
Pastor Rusten reminds us with this passage that we all participate in God’s mission. Some are sent and others are senders. God’s mission of spreading the Gospel is for all people of every nation! Next, we see Paul confront the magician who is teaching false things about God. God confronts people with their sin; some turn to him while others run away from God. In this story, the Roman governor was converted to love Jesus. As we share the truth about Jesus, people will be saved!
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 God’s mission? How are you a participant in it?
- What are some ways God confronts people?
- What does it mean to be converted? Who does the converting?
- Spend some time praying for our leaders and governors, that they would be converted to love Jesus like in our Bible passage today.
· 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.
- Colossians 1:16-20
- Matthew 28:18-20
- Ephesians 2:9-10; 14-16
- John 3:19
- Acts 9:15b
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:
PEACE: God’s peace is bigger than what we can understand. In him there is no conflict because he is perfect and true. We look forward to living in perfect peace one day 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.
- God’s provision for a bigger building as our church continues to grow.
- For God to ambush our government leaders like he did to Saul so they may come to Christ.
- Provision and protection for families facing job loss due to our government’s unjust mandates.
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.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
All praise to Thee, who safe has kept
And hast refreshed me while I slept
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake
I may of endless light partake.
I would not wake nor rise again
And Heav’n itself I would disdain,
Wert Thou not there to be enjoyed,
And I in hymns to be employed
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.
1 John 1:8-9
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
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 9: What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?
Answer: First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.