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Unit 33: A Firm Foundation

Key Passage:
Acts 4:12

Big Picture Question:
What is the Bible about? the Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

Session 2: Paul’s Second Journey

Bible Passage:
Acts 4:12

Story Point:
Paul and Silas planted new churches.


Acts 4:12

Paul and Silas planted new churches.

Lesson

One night, God told Paul in a vision to go to Macedonia to share the gospel there. On the way, Paul and his friends stopped for a few days in a city called Philippi.  They went to the river to pray.  Some women were there, and Paul started talking to them.  A woman named Lydia was listening, and God opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying.  Lydia and everyone in her house were baptized.
On another day, a servant girl met Paul and Silas.  She had a spirit in her that allowed her to predict the future.  The girl followed Paul and Silas, shouting “These men are servants of the Most High God!”  Finally, Paul turned and said to the spirit in her, “By the power of Jesus, I command you to come out of her!”  And the spirit came out right away.
Now the girl’s owners were upset because she could no longer tell the future.  They grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them to the authorities.  The officials put Paul and Silas in jail.
About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing songs to God. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the jail.  All the doors flew open, and all the prisoners chains came loose.  The jailer woke up and thought the prisoners had escaped, so he took out his sword and was about to kill himself.
“Don’t hurt yourself!” Paul said.  “We are all here!”
The jailer took Paul and Silas outside. “Men, what must I do to be saved?” he asked.
They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”  The jailer and everyone in his household believed and were baptized.  Later that day, Paul and Silas were set free.
When Paul got to Athens, he was upset that the people there did not worship the one true God.  Instead, they worshiped many idols.  Paul told the people the good news about Jesus.  He said, “Men of Athens, I saw in your city an altar that said : ‘To an Unknown God.’ You worship without knowing.”
Paul told the people about the one true God.  He explained that God made everything.  He is not like the idols in Athens that are made of gold, silver, or stone.  God does not need anything, and He is not far away.  Paul also said that God wants everyone in the world to repent, to turn away from their sin and turn to Him.
When the people heard about Jesus being raised from the dead, some of them laughed; however, some people believed in Jesus.
Christ Connection:  Lydia, the jailer, and many others were saved because they heard the gospel and believe in Jesus.  Paul and Silas preached the same message to all people, no matter who they were: “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”

VIDEOS

Download the Gospel Project Bible Story

Download the Gospel Project Question from Kids

Questions

  1. Where did Paul and Silas meet Lydia?  (outside the city age in Philippi, Act 16:12-14)
  2. What did Paul and Silas do in prison? (pray and sing hymns to God, Acts 16:25)
  3. What did the jailer ask Paul and Silas after God rescued them with an earthquake? (“What must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:30)
  4. How is anyone saved? Guide kids to discuss Paul and Silas’ response to the jailers question about salvation.  Lead kids to understand that faith is all we need for salvation, and remind them that after salvation, the Holy Spirit helps us obey God in love.
  5. Who can be saved? Guide kids to see that Lydia, the slave girls, the jailer, and the people of Athens were all very different- yet they all had the opportunity to be saved by faith.  Paul and Silas preached the same message to everyone.  Everyone who has faith in Jesus will be saved.
  6. Why does God save people? Guide kids to see that God’s plan to save people glorifies Him and shows His love to the world.  Help kids understand that God doesn’t save us because He needs us [see Acs 18:24-25] but rather because His love and power are so great He chooses to use us in His plan to glorify Himself. 

    FAMILY STARTING POINT
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  • The Bible is God’s Word.
  • We are saved when we hear and believe the gospel.
  • God sent Paul on another trip.
  • Paul and Silas told Lydia about Jesus.
  • Paul told people about Jesus even in jail!
  • What is the Bible about?  the Bible is the story of God’s plan to save people through Jesus.

Prayer Time

1- What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?
2- What does this story teach me about myself?
3- Whom can I tell about this story?

ACTIVITY PAGES 

Download the Gospel Project Activity Page 4yo- 2nd grade  

Download the Gospel Project Activity Page 2nd-5th Grade