Family Discipleship for Sunday, May 31

May Theme:
DETERMINATION—Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

May Memory Verse:
“Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9

Say: This month we’ve been looking at a part of God’s Big Story that happened not long after Jesus died, rose again, and went back to heaven. The early church was growing every day, and the leaders of the church chose a few men to help the believers who needed food or special care. We talked last week about a man named Stephen who was a part of this group. Sadly, Stephen was killed by a group of religious leaders who didn’t agree with him.

There was a man named Philip who was a friend of Stephen’s. Philip was also a part of the same special group of leaders who were helping the new believers.

Read Acts 8:26-40

Ask: What was the most amazing part of that story to you?

Say: There was a lot that happened in that story. Let’s watch it now so we can understand it even better.

Worship & Story Video:

Family discussion and prayer:

Ask: What did God (through the angel of the Lord and the His Spirit) tell Philip to do?

Say: I love it that Philip just obeyed right away. He didn’t ask why—he just obeyed. God loves it when we trust Him and obey quickly with the right hear attitude. Philip couldn’t know it at the time, but God was giving him help to fulfill the Great Commission. God was bringing Philip to someone who needed to hear the Gospel.

Ask: What book was the Ethiopian man reading? (Isaiah) Did he understand it?

Ask: Does it surprise you to hear that an adult could be reading from the Bible and not understand it?

Say: It’s OK to have questions and not know all the answers. When you don’t understand something we (your parents and church) will help you find the answers in God’s Word!

Say: When Philip explained the Good News about Jesus to the Ethiopian man, he realized that the Gospel changes everything! He wanted to stop right there and show he believed by being baptized.

Ask: How has the Good News of the Gospel changed your life? (This would be a great chance to share some of what God has done in your life with your kids!).

Say: The Gospel truly does change EVERYTHING. Saying YES to Jesus is the most important thing you can do. If you ever have questions about that, we want you to just ask. If we don’t know the answer, we will help you find it.

Pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for the Good News of the Gospel. Help us to understand it like you helped the Ethiopian. Help us to respond to the Good News with obedience and trust. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to help us, as well as other believers who can help us understand. But we know that even during those times when we have questions, we can keep going because we know we can trust You. Please help us to follow You and learn more about You every day. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

To Do: Watch the Live Loud video and talk about what they’ve learned about determination this month.

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