Homeschool Lesson Over Acts 3-4:12

A free week’s worth of lessons from “The Book of Acts: A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum!”

Guess what? I just updated my Acts Hands-on Homeschool Bible Curriculum! I am super excited about the new look — and especially the updated worksheets that go with many of the lessons! I want you to have the opportunity to see what this curriculum is like — so here is a week’s worth of lessons taken directly from The Book of Acts:A Hands-on Homeschool Curriculum. Enjoy!

Cheri

Acts  lesson over Acts 3-4:12 (pdf)

 

Sample Lesson 

Memory Verse: Acts 4:12

Day One

Needed: Bible, journal, Stuffed animals, action figures or other toys, box that can be made into a temple gate

Read Acts 3:1-11 with your student. Say: Now you are going to have the opportunity to make your own dramatic production of this Bible event.

Have your student choose three toys to represent each of the characters. Also have him make his own scenery out of cardboard boxes, paper, or other objects that you have around the house. When he has designed his “set”, have him act out the event using the toys he has chosen. Encourage him to be as creative as possible. If you are able, record his final project so that he can watch himself.

When the project is finished, ask the following questions:

  • Where were Peter and John headed? Prayer service at the temple

  • Who was at the temple gate? A man who had been lame from birth

  • What did he ask Peter and John? To give him money

  • What did Peter reply? I don’t have money, but what I have I will give to you. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, walk.

  • What did the man do? He went walking and jumping and praising God.

  • How did the people respond? They were amazed.

  • What can we learn from this? Answers will vary, but may include: nothing is impossible with God, God can help anyone no matter how long they have had a problem, God can use ordinary people to do His work.

Have your student write this week’s memory verse in his journal as copywork.

Spend time memorizing the verses with your student. Spend time in prayer together.

Day Two

Needed: Bible, Journal

Have your student begin today’s lesson by performing his play from yesterday over Acts 3:1-11. Then

Read Acts 3:12-26 with your student. Ask: What did Peter take this opportunity to do? tell about Jesus. Say: Notice that Peter took every opportunity he could to tell others about Christ. The Old Testament is a prophecy about Jesus. The entire Bible points to Jesus. However, the Jews did not want to believe that Jesus was the actual fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Why do you think this is the case? Allow your student to answer.

Read Matthew 28:11-15. Say: The Jewish leaders wanted lies spread about Jesus. These lies are still spread today. There are many Jews who are still waiting for a Messiah. They still follow the Old Testament laws (over 600 of them!) and they refuse to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. In fact, they believe that the idea that the Messiah would be a sinless sacrifice to save mankind is wrong. Instead, they believe the Messiah will be a political leader who will restore the temple and the Jewish nation. Furthermore, they believe many lies about Jesus himself. (For an example of many of the lies they believe about Jesus, see the Jews for Judaism website, www.jewsforjudaism.org ),

Have your student choose one of the following Journal prompts to write as a journal entry for today. Give him 5-10 minutes to respond to the journal prompt he chooses and then have him share his response with you. Once he has shared, spend time praying for Jews today.

Journal Prompts:

1. Pretend you were one of the soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb. Write your account of what happened the day of his resurrection. Be sure to include the response of the Jewish leaders and how you feel about their response.

2. If you could talk to a Jew, what would you want to tell them about Jesus? Write a letter sharing what you think they should know.

3. Search the Old Testament for as many of the rules as you can find. Write these down in your journal. Make a big X over all the rules and write, “We are saved by GRACE through JESUS CHRIST!!” Write a letter to Jesus thanking him for his free gift of salvation.

Day Three

Needed: Bible, Journal, Optional: Stories of martyrs, posterboard and art supplies

Review the last lesson. Say: Remember how the Jews didn’t want to believe? Well, let’s look at what happens next.

Read Acts 4:1-4. Say: The Saduccees didn’t believe in any resurrection at all, so they were really upset when they heard what Peter said. Now Peter and John have been put in prison because of their belief in Jesus. Let’s see what Peter has to say about the this.

Read 1 Peter 4:12-19. Say: Peter tells us that it is not unusual to suffer for believing in Jesus. What are some ways people today suffer for believing in Jesus? Allow your student an opportunity to respond. Accept any answer, but be sure to stress that there are people today who are still put in prison, persecuted and sometimes even killed for their belief in Jesus.

If you have a book about martyrs, read some of the stories of persecuted Christians together. You may also choose to visit the Voice of the Martyrs website at www.persecution.com for modern day stories. They also have a children’s website, www.kidsofcourage.com, that gives several ideas of ways your student can get involved in helping the persecuted church.

Say: It is important that we are 100% sold out for Jesus. We should not be afraid of suffering for Jesus; instead, we should count it as an honor. Often, we are afraid of being teased or called names because we are Christians. However, there are people even today who suffer much greater persecution for their faith.

Have your student make a poster challenging others to stand up for Jesus. If it is possible, have your student hang that poster on a bulletin board at church or share it with a Sunday School class.

Spend time praying for the persecuted church and also for the courage to stand for Jesus no matter what.

Day Four

Needed: Bible, journal, blocks

Give your student a pile of blocks. Tell him he needs to build a pyramid as tall as he can with all the blocks he is given. The pyramid must not fall over for at least 30 seconds. Once the pyramid is built, check it to see if it can stand for 30 seconds. Discuss what it took to make a strong pyramid. Stress that the strength of the pyramid depended on the bottom row, or the foundation. If the foundation was strong, the rest of the pyramid was able to stay together. Optional: If you have multiple kids, have them try to make their own human pyramid.

Read Acts 4:5-12. Say: Our foundation needs to be Jesus. Jesus is what our faith is built upon. If Jesus is our foundation, our life will stay strong even in the hardest of times.

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10. Ask: Do you know what a cornerstone is? Allow your student an opportunity to answer. Say: The cornerstone is that part of the building that keeps all the rest in place. If our lives are built on a solid foundation, we will not fall away. The only solid foundation we can have is Jesus.

Read Matthew 7:24-27. Say: Once again, our foundation needs to be Jesus.

If we are wise, we will build our entire life upon Jesus. What are some things that might come against us to try to get us to collapse?

Have your student make a list in his journal of those things that might come against us and try to destroy our faith. Discuss the list with him. Discuss what he can do in each situation to stay strong for Jesus. Spend time praying with him.

Day Five

Needed: Bible, Journal, Cult awareness worksheet (located in the pdf for this lesson)

Read Acts 4:12. Recite it together several times. Say: This verse is vital to the Christian faith. Many people try to tell you there’s a different way to get to heaven and try to lead you astray. That is why it is important to have Jesus as your foundation and to be grounded in the word of God. Otherwise, you may be led astray. You can remember how cults try to lead others astray by remembering your math lessons. There are four primary ways that cults try to lead us astray. They are through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Let’s look at each one of these in greater detail.

1. Addition – Cults try to add to the Bible or provide other books besides the Bible. Read Revelation 22:18-19.

2. Subtraction – Cults subtract from who Jesus Christ is. They say he’s less than who he is by claiming that he is just another prophet or good teacher. Read John 1:1-3 and John 14:8-11.

3. Multiplication – Cults try to multiply the requirements for salvation. Read Acts 4:12.

4. Division – Cults try to divide loyalty between God and man. They try to make you follow what another person says.

Read Acts 4:19. (Note: Discuss how we need to submit to authorities, but when someone tells you to do something contrary to scripture, you need to obey the Bible!) After discussing these patterns of the cults, give the cult awareness worksheet. Have your student tell what pattern each statement is following and then have him respond using the scriptures talked about. When he has finished the worksheet, spend time praying together.

 Extended Activities for Lesson Four

Language Arts

. Compare and Contrast Judaism and Christianity. Use a Venn Diagram or other organizational tool to compare the two. Discuss how, though there may be some similarities, there is one major difference that makes all the difference in the world. Discuss how that difference, belief in Jesus as the Messiah, means that those who practice Judaism are still lost and in need of a savior.

. Choose a cult and do a report on it.

History/Geography

. Choose a martyr and do a report on his/her life and death.

. Find pictures of what the temple gate may have looked like. Make a model of the temple gate.

Math

. Find 3:00 in the afternoon on a clock.

. Look at your clock right now. How long will it be until (or has it been since) 3:00 in the afternoon?

. Do a variety of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. Discuss the patterns of the cults as you do these problems.

Science

. Build a house out of different types of food. Decide what types of food you want to use (examples include pretzels, frosting, marshmallows, chopped fruit or vegetables). Try to make the strongest, yet edible, house you can. Decide which type of food would make the best foundation. Eat your creation.

Preschool Pointer

. Build a house out of sand. Then build a house out of rocks. Take a bucket of water and pour it over both houses. Which one stood? Which type of house would you want to live in? Why? Discuss how Jesus can help us stand during storms.

. Act out Acts 3:1-11 using sock puppets.

Act On It

. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or take some food to a food pantry.

. Check out the Voice of the Martyrs website (www.persecution.com) for some ideas on how you can get involved in helping the persecuted church. Do one of their activities as a family.

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Bold Faith: A Lesson over Matthew 8:5-13

Free Lesson over bold faith from Bold: A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches. Includes ideas for games, crafts, snacks, a Bible lesson, a Bold Believer Biography and more!

I would like to introduce you to my new 10 week Bible curriculum for families and churches. This study is called Bold:A 10 Week Study for Families and Churches, and it is based off the Bible Reading Plan for Summer 2017. Each lesson contains an opening skit and activities, a strong Biblically solid lesson, a Bold Believer Biography, and additional activities to reinforce the lesson. Topics covered include bold love, bold faith, bold service, bold giving, bold prayer, bold actions, and more. Bold biographies include such heroes of the faith as George Mueller, Hudson Taylor, C.T. Studd, Martin Luther, William Wilberforce, and Brother Andrew.

Following is a free sample lesson from this study for you to use with the kids in your life! I hope you enjoy it . . . and that you will consider purchasing the entire study. Thank you!

Cheri

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Lesson Two – Bold Faith

Opening Skit:

(Scene opens with the Leader standing on stage. Adult comes hobbling in, dressed like an “old” person . . . white hair, shawl around shoulders, glasses down on the nose, walking with a cane.)

Leader: Welcome to week two of our BE BOLD series!

Adult: (hobbling in, talking like an “old person”) Wait for me! I’m here! I’m coming!

Leader: What in the world? What are you doing?

Adult: I’m here for the Be OLD series! It took me awhile, but I got myself all dressed up and I am ready to Be OLD with you!

Leader: Be old with me? What are you talking about?

Adult: The series we’re doing with the young’uns! Be OLD! Now, I admit, I thought it was kinda strange at first, but I guess I can see the value in it. After all, there are a lot of OLD people in the Bible. Who are we going to learn about first?

Leader: We’re not going to learn about the old people of the Bible! Our theme is not Be OLD, it’s Be . . .

Adult: Eh? What was that? Can you speak a little louder and clearer? I’m having trouble hearing you today.

Leader: I said, “Our theme is not be OLD, it’s BE . . .

Adult: Now, wait a minute you young whipper-snapper. I don’t quite appreciate the tone you are using with me. Back in my day, if a young-un talked to his elder that way, he’d be . . .

Leader: His elder? You’re not my elder! And what’s with this crazy outfit, the theme is not be OLD, it’s Be . . .

Adult: (Straightening up and talking in his normal voice) Come on, I worked really hard putting all this together to follow our theme of Be OLD! Some of us have to work harder than others to fit in with this theme!

Leader: (speaking very deliberately and loudly) Ok. Listen to me. Listen very carefully. Our theme is not BE OLD, it’s BE BOLD. BOLD! B . . B . . B . .

Leader & Adult: Bold

Leader: Yes BOLD!

Adult: Oh.

Leader: Now, why don’t you go change out of that crazy outfit you have on and join us for the rest of the day. I’m sure I can find something for you to do.

Adult: Okay. I’ll go change out of this. But what about you?

Leader: What do you mean “what about me”?

Adult: Aren’t you going to change out of your outfit, too? After all, the theme isn’t BE OLD, it’s BE BOLD? (short pause) Oh, I forgot, you can’t change out of your outfit! That’s your natural look!

(Adult 1 runs off the stage while Leader 1 chases after saying something like, “Why

you . . . “

Another adult should come forward and lead the kids in “Be Bold, Be Strong” (or whatever song you are using as a theme song) at this point.

Opening Activities:

1. Have an obstacle course relay race with your group. Beforehand, make a fun obstacle course for the kids to attempt. At the end of the obstacle course, have an item that they have to touch. (The item will represent Jesus). Then divide your kids into teams and have a race to see which team can get through the obstacle course first (with each member running through the obstacle course and touching “Jesus” at the end.)

Say: In this game, there were several obstacles you had to go through to get to Jesus. It would have been easy to have gotten discouraged and to have given up. Sometimes there are obstacles in our life, too, but we need to keep going . . . to push through those obstacles and to reach out to Jesus. We need to have BOLD FAITH!

2. Today’s lesson will be looking at the faith of the Roman Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant who was paralyzed. Give the kids an opportunity to think about the challenges a paralyzed person would face through the following (very messy) activity:

Choose a few kids or adult volunteers to come up front and try this activity or, if time and space allows, let all the kids try. Have the volunteers stand in front of a table with their arms behind their backs. Say: You are going to have an opportunity to have a special treat today – a banana split – but there is one important rule you have to follow. You must keep your hands behind your back at all times, and the only part of your body that you can use to make and eat your banana split is your neck on up.

Place the following items in front of your volunteers: a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, a banana (still in the peel), a small cup of chocolate syrup and a small cup of sprinkles. When you give the signal, each volunteer must open the banana, put it in the cup of ice cream, add chocolate syrup and sprinkles and then eat the snack.

Make sure you have a camera ready to record this activity!

When the volunteers finish (or when you decide to end the activity) use the following questions to aid your discussion:

  • What was the hardest part about this activity?

  • What do you think it would be like if you could only use your neck and above for every activity you had to do?

  • What would be the biggest challenges you would face?

Say: Today’s Bible lesson is about a person who was paralyzed – that means he couldn’t move all of his body. It’s quite possible that he was only able to move his neck and head. Life would have been very tough on him . . . but we are also going to learn how someone’s BOLD FAITH changed everything in this person’s life!

3. Object Lesson: Beforehand, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl. Add a few drops of water and stir it together. Dip a cotton swab into the mixture and then use it to write the word “Faith” on a white piece of paper. Set the paper aside and make sure it dries completely before you use it with the kids.

Take out several pieces of white paper, the one with the secret message included. Say: What would you say if I said that there was a secret message on one of these papers? Would you believe me? Discuss. Say: Well, you are just going to have to believe me when I tell you that one of these papers has a secret message on it. In fact, the secret message is on THIS one! (hold up the paper with the word on it). Do you believe me?

Sometimes we have to believe things that we can’t always see. When I flip on the light switch, I have to believe that the light will turn on, even though I can’t see the electricity itself. Choosing to believe in something that you can’t see is called FAITH, and today we are going to talk about what it means to have BOLD faith.

Hold the piece of paper over a flame or candle (be very careful not to burn the paper) until the message reappears. As the lemon juice warms up, it should show the word. As this is happening, say: God wants us to have faith in Him . . . a faith so strong that we are willing to do anything for Him and that we trust Him with everything. When things around us start to heat up and get difficult, our faith shines through. Show the word on the paper: FAITH. Today we are going to talk about what it means to have BOLD FAITH.

The Lesson:

Beforehand, prepare a “centurion helmet” and gather a bunch of post-it-notes and pens.

Hold the centurion helmet up in front of the group. Say: This is a helmet that I want you to imagine was worn by a Roman Centurion from long ago. This centurion was in charge of many people. He made sure that his group was ready to do whatever was expected at a moment’s notice. Each person in his group knew that they must obey what he told them to do. If he said to “jump” everyone in his group would jump. If he said “spin around in a circle” everyone in his group would spin in a circle. He was in charge and, if you were in his group, you had better do what he said!

How well do you think you could obey a Roman Centurion? Let’s play a little game to find out. Play a quick game of “Centurion Says”. Whenever you say “Centurion Says” the kids have to do what you say. If you give them a command without saying “Centurion Says”, they should not obey. Wear the helmet while you are pretending to be the centurion. You might also choose to let a couple of the kids take a turn being the centurion as well. Whoever is wearing the helmet is the centurion and must be obeyed!

When you are finished playing the game, have all the kids sit down. Say: You did a great job playing this game. Now, let’s see if you can listen well and do what I say during the rest of this lesson. Every time I say, “Centurion says” followed by an instruction, you have to do what I tell you to do. Do you think you can do that? Great! Let’s start the lesson.

Today’s lesson is about one particular Roman Centurion and how he showed BOLD FAITH!

This centurion, like other centurions, was in charge of a lot of men. One of the men he was in charge of was very sick. In fact, the Bible says that this man was paralyzed. That means that he could not move! Centurion says “put your arms straight by your side and sit perfectly still – don’t move!”

The centurion in today’s lesson heard about a man named Jesus. He heard that Jesus could heal people – that he made sick people well and lame people walk again. He knew that if he could get to Jesus, Jesus could heal his servant! So, the Centurion walked to where Jesus was. Centurion says “move your legs up and down like you are walking”.

When the centurion saw Jesus, he said, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, fearfully tormented.” Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him”. Jesus was willing to go to the Centurion’s house and heal his servant! That’s great news! Centurion says, “Clap your hands and cheer”.

But do you know what the Centurion did next? The centurion said, “Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it!” The centurion knew that all Jesus had to do was say the word and his servant would be healed! The centurion had BOLD FAITH!

Jesus was very pleased with the centurion’s faith. In fact, Jesus said that the centurion had greater faith than anyone he had seen in Israel! Then Jesus told the centurion to go back home and his servant would be healed. Centurion says, “Move your legs up and down like you are running really fast. Faster! Faster!”

When the centurion got home, he discovered that his servant was completely healed! The centurion had BOLD FAITH and Jesus rewarded that BOLD FAITH by healing his servant!

We need to have BOLD FAITH, too! We need to trust God no matter what! Are there areas where it is hard for you to have faith? Do you need to ask Jesus to give you faith like the centurion in today’s lesson?

Give each child a post-it note and a pen. Have them write one area where they need to have bold faith. Encourage them to write it in one word. (Examples include the following: home, school, money, food, doctor, etc). When the kids have written their one word that represents where they need BOLD FAITH have them bring the post-it notes up front and stick them on the helmet. Spend a few moments praying for the kids using the words that they wrote as a guide.

Bold Believer Biography:

Today’s bold believer biography is about George Mueller. Use the video “Bold Faith: The Incredible Story of George Mueller (for kids) by Cheri Gamble found here:  

or use the following narration to tell the story yourself.

(Beforehand, gather some bread or rolls and cartons of milk. Keep them hidden until needed in the story.)

Say: When I think of someone who had BOLD FAITH, I think of a man named George Mueller. George grew up in Germany in the early 1800s, and he wasn’t really a very nice kid. He would steal from people – he even stole from his own parents – and he liked to make fun of Christians.

One day, he went to a Bible study. The reason he went was to make fun of the Christians, but God had other plans for him. The words he heard at that Bible study changed his life, and he became a brand new person! He was 100% on fire for Jesus!

God used George in amazing ways, but what we are going to look at today is the BOLD FAITH that George had! George and his wife ended up opening up an orphanage for children who had no parents. George trusted God to provide for everything they needed. He never asked people for money to help run the

orphanage . . . he simply took everything to God in prayer and trusted God to provide.

One day, the orphanage was completely out of food. The kids were hungry, but there was nothing to feed them! George had all the kids sit at the dining room table and then he prayed, thanking God for the food He was about to provide. The thing is – there was NO FOOD in sight! What would they do?

Well, guess what happened next? There was a knock on the door. When George opened the door, he saw the town baker standing at the door with a basket of bread. (take out the bread). The baker told George that he had woken up in the middle of the night feeling that he needed to bake some bread for George and the orphans! He baked the bread at 2 in the morning and brought the bread to the orphanage right when it was needed!

The story doesn’t end there. A short time later, there was another knock on the door. The milkman’s truck had broken down right in front of the orphanage! It was going to take awhile for the truck to get fixed, and all the milk would be spoiled by the time the truck was ready to go! The milkman offered all that milk to the orphans! What an amazing answer to prayer! (take out the milk.)

George Mueller had BOLD FAITH! He trusted God with every detail of his life, and God took care of him! God will take care of you, too! Will YOU have bold faith?

Optional: pass out the bread and milk as a snack for the kids to eat while they watch the video mentioned below.

A fun video to help tell this story is found here:

  

 

Additional Activities:

1. Make an “invisible ink” painting. Have the kids make their own invisible ink using baking soda and water. Then have them draw a design using this invisible ink on white paper and set the paper aside. Later in the day, after the paper has had time to dry, pass out the white paper (make sure everyone gets a different paper from the one they made). Give the kids grape juice concentrate and have them paint over the paper to reveal the secret message. Remind the kids that, even though we can’t see God, we need to have faith that He is there and that He will take care of us!

2. Make homemade bread and/or milk shakes to remind the kids of the BOLD FAITH of George Mueller.

3. Have the kids make centurion helmets of their own. Find a template here:  

4. The Bible tells us that we should not worry about anything because God will take care of us . . . we are worth more than the sparrows and He takes care of them! Do a craft that will tie in the BOLD FAITH of George Mueller and also remind the kids that they are worth more than the sparrows! Help the kids make bird feeders out of old milk jugs! Find instructions at the following sites: 

5. Teach the kids the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” and sing it together!

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