Sunday Wrap-Up for October 7, 2018
Thanks for reading the Sunday Wrap-Up! This short message contains the lessons that were covered in our SPF Kids environments on Sunday as well as ways that you can discuss and apply these truths as a family this week!
Our children learned about Paul before rulers.
Paul was in custody in Caesarea, the capital of the Roman province of Judea. The Jewish leaders had brought serious charges against him, so Paul now stood before Felix, the governor. Felix listened to Paul’s defense but delayed a ruling. He met with Paul off and on for two years. When his time as governor ended, Felix left Paul in prison because he did not want to upset the Jews.
Festus succeeded Felix as governor. The Jews presented their accusations against Paul and asked Festus to bring him to Jerusalem. They hoped to ambush Paul as he traveled and kill him. But Festus invited Paul’s accusers to make their case in Caesarea. When Festus heard Paul’s case, he asked if Paul wanted to be tried in Jerusalem. Paul, knowing his rights as a Roman citizen, appealed to be heard by Caesar.
Several days later, King Agrippa visited Festus and heard about Paul. He asked to listen to Paul’s defense himself. Festus wasn’t sure how he would justify his sending Paul to Caesar without substantiated charges, and he hoped this hearing would provide stronger evidence against Paul. Agrippa told Paul he was out of his mind, but determined Paul could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.
With these events, Paul was positioned to go to Rome, just as God had said he would. (See Acts 19:21; 23:11.) God had chosen Paul to take the gospel to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites. (See Acts 9:15-16.) Paul was confident that Jesus has the power to save people from sin, and he was willing to do whatever it took to share the gospel.
This week, help your kids think about how Paul might have felt as he spoke before rulers and remained in custody for two years. Lead them to consider how God was at work to keep His promises in Paul’s life.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ God is always with us.
○ Paul told rulers about Jesus.
○ Paul wanted everyone to hear and believe the good news.
○ We can tell people about Jesus.
○ When should we tell others about Jesus? We should tell about Jesus all the time.
○ Paul preached about Jesus to rulers.
○ When should we tell others about Jesus? We should always tell others about Jesus even when it is difficult.
○ Paul preached about Jesus to governors and kings.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Philippians 1:20-21 (Philippians 1:21 for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers)
● “The Shipwreck” (Acts 27:13-44; 28:11-16)
On Family Worship Sundays (the last Sunday of each month) you may have noticed that we recite questions and answers from the New City Catechism. “Catechisms take students through the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, and the Lord’s Prayer—a perfect balance of biblical theology, practical ethics, and spiritual experience. Also, the catechetical discipline of memorization drives concepts deeper into the heart and naturally holds students more accountable to master the material than do typical discipleship courses. Finally, the practice of question-answer recitation brings instructors and students into a naturally interactive, dialogical process of learning.” If you’re interested in furthering your children’s understanding of Christian doctrine (which I hope you are!), I would recommend using New City Catechism’s new Apple/Android app- which you can find here. The mobile app not only has the questions and answers, but puts includes kid-friendly songs to help in memorizing.