Year 2, Summer: Lesson 8
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus is the way, part I
The Ascension and Peter Proclaims the Gospel. Acts 1—2. Jesus ascends to heaven and sends the Holy Spirit to His disciples to help them share with the world that He is the way.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is the way, part II
Phillip and the Ethiopian Man: Acts 8. Phillip shares the good news with an Ethiopian man on a desert road.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
As the early church spread the good news about Jesus, they encountered great persecution. The church scattered but continued to preach the Word so others could know about Jesus.
An angel led Philip down a wilderness road to meet an Ethiopian eunuch, an important court official to the queen in Ethiopia. Philip might have chosen not to share the good news with this man due to differences in ethnicity, social status, and his physical condition. But the Spirit revealed to Philip that God wants everyone to know Him.
Philip shared the good news with the foreigner, baptized him, and fully accepted him into the faith community. We see one way in which God’s plan for all of humankind to know Him was being fulfilled.
Connect as a family
This week encourage your children to notice the people around them. Ask: “Who did we see today?” Encourage them to share things they remembered that were unique about people. After they describe several people, ask: “What’s one thing that’s the same about all those people?” Share with them that God loves everyone no matter how different they are, and He wants everyone to know Him. Read together Acts 8v26–35. Share with them that the queen’s official decided he wanted to know God after listening to Philip talk about Jesus.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
Who told Philip to go speak to the queen’s official?
What did Philip tell the Ethiopian?
What is the good news about Jesus?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus is the way 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 God loves you and sent Jesus to be the Way. May you know Him and share His love with others this week.