Year 2, Summer: Lesson 1
What we learned today
Big Idea: God Is Powerful. Acts 1—2; Luke 24v52–53. Jesus ascended into heaven and the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God’s spirit unifies, part 1
Philip: Acts 8v1–8, 26–40. Philip told an Ethiopian eunuch the good news about Jesus.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
In Acts we read how God’s Spirit united many different people to become His family. Acts 8 gives us a specific example of this as we see how God brought an Ethiopian eunuch into the faith community.
• This man wasn’t just a Gentile from a distant land; he was also a eunuch—a man who, because of his physical condition, was considered by the Jews to live in a constant state of ritual impurity (Leviticus 21v16–23).
• A prophecy in Isaiah held hope: “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me ... to them I
will give ... a name better than sons and daughters” (Isaiah 56v4–5). This prophecy spoke of the day when Jesus would fulfill the Law and give everyone the opportunity to join His family.
Connect as a family
One evening, after dinner, bring your family together and read Acts 8v26–40. Verse 29 tells us “the Spirit told Philip.” Share with your children that the Holy Spirit also speaks to us
in the natural moments of our everyday lives. Ask your children if they’ve ever felt led or nudged by the Holy Spirit. Then share a time in your life when you felt God’s Spirit leading you. Explain to your children that they can ask God to lead them through His Spirit, who unifies us as members of God’s family.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What did God’s Spirit tell Philip to do, and how did Philip respond?
How have you seen God’s Spirit bring people together in your faith community?
What do you enjoy doing with your faith community?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God is powerful into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you know the unity that comes from God’s Spirit. May you carry God’s message of hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.