Year 2, Summer: Lesson 10
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus redeems
Paul’s Conversion: Acts 9; 26. Saul meets Jesus on a road to Damascus. Jesus claims Saul as his own, redeems him, and changes his life.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus changes lives
Paul and Silas in Prison: Acts 16v16–40. Paul and Silas sing hymns of praise to God in prison. A massive earthquake loosens the chains from the prisoners’ feet, and opens the prison doors. Paul reassures the jailer that the prisoners have not escaped and the jailer, relieved, devotes his life to Jesus.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
God often uses the lives of His people, directed by the Holy Spirit, to impact and change lives. Paul and Silas were called to proclaim the good news.
While traveling in Philippi, they were seized and publicly accused of introducing unlawful customs to the people.
As Roman citizens, Paul and Silas had rights that they temporarily laid aside to see what God would do. They could be joyful even in the darkest of prisons because their identity didn’t depend on their circumstances, but rather on their identity in Christ.
Connect as a family
This week sing praise songs with your children. You may choose to sing together in the car or have a praise party at home one night after dinner. After your family worship time, tell your children you’re going to read a part of The Big God Story where some people praised God, even in some really difficult circumstances. Read together Acts 16v25–34. Discuss how the jailer’s life was changed. Share with your children how believing in Jesus has changed your life.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What were Paul and Silas doing while they were in prison?
How did their singing affect their circumstances and the people around them?
What did the guard ask Paul and Silas?
How can Jesus change our lives?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus Changes Lives 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 the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him with your life. May you walk closely with Him all the days of your life.