While we are unable to meet for Sunday School, I will post an adaptation of the youth Sunday School lesson every Wednesday. Think of the lesson as a guide to discuss a passage of Scripture as a family. Each lesson will include some introductory material, a Scripture reading, questions for discussion, and a short prayer. I encourage you to take just 15 minutes every week over dinner, at the end of the day, or whenever best fits your family schedule to actively engage your students in this opportunity to grow together as a family in faith.
This lesson picks up halfway through the second chapter of Acts. Big things have happened right beforehand. This story takes place just 50 days after Easter. In less than 2 months’ time, the disciples have watched Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross, resurrection from the dead, and ascension into Heaven.
Our story today takes place on Pentecost. Pentecost is the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. We will talk more about Pentecost in several weeks, but you may remember that Pentecost is the day that it looked like tongues of fire descended on the disciples and they began to speak in different languages. The disciples were able to share the good news about Jesus to people from all over the world in their own languages. Our story today is part of a message that Peter delivers on Pentecost.
- Have each person share something from the passage that seems to be one of the most important ideas. Write each idea down.
- Take each of these ideas and together write one sentence that states the meaning of the passage and incorporates each of the ideas.
- Read your main idea sentence together. Have each person share something they feel that this main idea calls them to do.
Before Jesus’ death, there was a lot of disagreement about who he was. Even his closest disciples didn’t really understand who Jesus was or what he had come to do. After his death and resurrection, though, they were better able to see that he was the promised Messiah, the Christ.
Peter’s impromptu sermon at Pentecost proclaims the power of the resurrection to those who didn’t really know anything about Jesus as well as to those who just weren’t really sure who Jesus was. Peter wants everyone to understand what he knows to be true – that the world changed with the wonder of Jesus’ resurrection. Through the resurrection, Peter understands and wants everyone to know that death no longer has the final word and that in Jesus all things – including us – are made new.
- What makes it hard to tell other people about your faith or God’s love?
- What difference does your faith make in your life that you would want others to know?
- What can you say or do to share your faith with others?
Dear God, we give you thanks for the people who have walked this faith journey ahead of us – for family, for friends, and for those whose faith stories we can only read about. We ask you to guide us as we figure out our own paths on our journeys of faith. Help us to bear witness to your life-changing love in what we say and in what