SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Peter Visits Cornelius (Acts 10)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God.  And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have any of you ever tried out for a sports team or tried to join a club and been told no? How did that make you feel? 

Read Acts 10

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where did an angel tell Cornelius?
  • Who visited Cornelius?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for this story of Peter and Cornelius. Lord we pray that we can have the faith of Peter to tell others about Jesus. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 5

This Week in SojournKids: The Ethiopian Official Believed (Acts 8:26-40)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  An angel instructed Philip to go to a desert road that went from Jerusalem to Gaza. There was an Ethiopian man heading home. He was reading the scriptures. The angel then told Philip to go and join the Ethiopians chariot. Philip asked the Ethiopian man whether or not he understood what he was reading. From there they discussed the story of Jesus. They then came upon a body of what and Philip baptizes the converted Ethiopian man.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever been on a road trip? Where did you go? How long did it take you to get there?

Read Acts 8:26-40

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where did an angel tell Philip to go?
  • What was the Ethiopian reading in his chariot?
  • What did Philip do with the Ethiopian when they found a body of water?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for this story of Philip and the Ethiopian. Lord we pray that we can have the faith of Philip to tell others about Jesus. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 4

This Week in SojournKids: Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph (Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-56)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Mary and Joseph were chosen by God to be Jesus’ earthly parents. They were both visited by a messenger of God or through a dream and told that they would parent a child that would go on to rescue the world. Mary and Joseph had their future as parents communicated them in a number of ways. They were surely scared, but they trusted God.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  How would you share a very important message to someone? Would you do it in person?  

Read  Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-56

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who visited Mary while pregnant?
  • How was Joseph informed about the birth of Jesus?
  • How was Mary informed about the birth of Jesus?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for Christmas. We pray that as Christmas approaches we can keep our focus on Christ and what he achieved on the cross. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.

Memory Verse: This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1st John 4:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 29 - Session 1

This Week in SojournKids: Peter Healed a Beggar (Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  Peter and John run into a beggar sitting outside the gate that is beautiful. This man can not walk. Peter tells the man that he can not give him anything that he is asking for, but he will give him what he has. Peter heals the beggar and tells him to stand up and walk. The beggar does so. Later in the story the chief priests hear about what happened and they asked Peter and John whose name they healed this man in. They told them that he was healed in the name of Jesus Christ. The chief priests did not like this and they commanded them to stop performing miracles in Jesus name. Peter and John said that they could not stop. The chief priests tried to capture them, but they had no way to punish them.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever broken a bone? What was the toughest part? What helped you to get through it? 

Read Acts 3:1-10; 4:5-31

Questions/Apply it:

  • Who did Peter and John heal?
  • What did the man do when he was healed?
  • Who did not like that Peter and John healed the beggar?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. We thank you for this story of a miracle performed in the life of a beggar. Lord we pray that we can remember that you healed us from our sins just like the beggar was healed from his disability. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 2

This Week in SojournKids: The Holy Spirit Came (Acts 2:1-4; 22-42)

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background:  The time had come for the promise made by Jesus to be fulfilled. At this point Jesus had ascended into heaven. The disciples were all together on the day of Pentecost. Suddenly a mighty wind came through the room. Flaming tongues were on the heads of the disciples. They were able to speak new languages. They shared the message of Jesus to the people there and around three thousand people became Christians.

Opening/Ice Breaker:  Have you ever done anything hard? What made it hard? What helped you to get through it? 

Read  Acts 2:1-4; 22-42

Questions/Apply it:

  • Does God keep his promises?
  • Is anything impossible with God?
  • How many people became Christians?

Prayer: Lord we thank you for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word. Just like the apostles we have been called to make disciples. We pray that we can be reminded of that on a daily basis. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What does the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit helps Christians follow Jesus.

Memory Verse: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 28 - Session 1