Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Acts 23)
ASK some questions about the story.
- Who were the main characters? (Paul and the Jews.)
- What are the main story beats? (Paul is before the council; the Jews plot to kill Paul; Paul is sent to Felix the Governor.)
- What’s the main point? (When Paul was arrested, God protected him so he could preach about Jesus.)
CONNECT it to the family.
God protects us to do what he has called us to do. No matter what makes us fear, God will protect us. Just like your mom and dad love and protect you.
God, we thank you for the work you accomplished through Paul. We thank you for protecting us no matter what. We love your Lord. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (A Cheerful Giver)
- See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
When Paul was arrested, God protected him so he could preach about Jesus.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
- What makes you scared?
- Do you think God will protect you from that?
- How do you think Paul felt when he was arrested?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God protects us no matter what.
RELATE to them.
- Mom and Dad have been called to protect you, but God is our true protector
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
- At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
We know that God is our protector. He always protects us!
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.
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: When should we tell others about Jesus? We should always tell others about Jesus even when it is difficult.
Memory Verse: Philippians 1:20-21 – “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 34 - Session 1