Sunday, March 12, 2017

12 March 2017

Toddler Class
Coach Ochie
Asst. 1 : Arleen
Asst. 2 : Tirza & Theresia

Primary Class 1-3
Coach Shianty
(Asst. Dewi & Daniel)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Savitri



Write on a sheet of paper the following passage of scripture in 
Acts 8:32b- 33:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.”

Roll up the paper like a scroll, and ask one of the children (with good reading skills) to read.

(You can make a scroll by using 2 chopsticks or rolling up pieces of paper to make sticks for the top and bottom end of the scroll.)

Ask them who they think the passage is about.

This person was like a sheep being led to its slaughter (was going to be killed) and a silent lamb before its shearer (the person whom shaves its wool off).

It is about a person who did not do anything wrong but did not fight or speak out to defend himself when he was facing death as a punishment.

It was about Jesus.

Who wrote this? A prophet named Isaiah wrote it about 700 years before Jesus was born. God told him what would happen.

STORY (Acts 8:1-8, 26-40)


“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Last week, the disciples chose 7 men to help with the serving and caring of the people. One of them was Stephen, who was not afraid of telling people about Jesus, even when they were stoning him to death, he kept looking and Jesus and was full of joy.

Another of those 7 men was Philip. We will hear more about him today.

The persecution caused more people to hear the good news.

Remember that there was one man who was approving the killing of Stephen? What was his name? Saul.

After Stephen was stoned to death, a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, many believers were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him.

But Saul was trying to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragged out believers and put them in jail.

Where were the believers before the persecution?

In Jerusalem.

After the persecution? Judea and Samaria.

Do those names sound familiar to you? (Show the children the places in the map)

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he said told the believers that they will be his witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. He knew it was going to happen.

Even when Satan tried to get rid of the church, God made good come out of it.
Everywhere the believers went, they told people about Jesus. 
If the persecution didn’t happened, people outside Jerusalem would not get to hear about Jesus. This includes you and me.

Philip went to the city of Samaria and told them about Jesus. He also healed many weak and crippled people there. People in that city heard the good news and were full of joy.

God wanted people to hear about Jesus and be saved. He arranged for believers to meet people to tell them about Jesus. One of the people who got to know Jesus was a man from Ethiopia.

Philip and the Ethiopian

God’s angel said to Philip, “Go to the desert road that leads from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So Philip did what the angel said and he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official who was in charge of all the Ethiopian queen’s treasures. (If asked, explain that a eunuch was a man who served in the palace and was not allowed to have a girlfriend, wife or children.)

This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and was on his way home. He was sitting in his chariot reading from the scroll, the writings of Isaiah the prophet, which was the passage we read at the start of the class.

The Holy Spirit told Philip to run up to the chariot and Philip did so. Philip heard the man reading and he asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

The man didn’t understand, so Philip began explaining that passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus — Jesus was like a sheep being led to its slaughter and a silent lamb before its shearer. He allowed himself to be caught, beaten and killed because he took the punishment for our sins so that we can have eternal life.

Philip told the eunuch that if he believed in Jesus, he too would have eternal life. He told him to get baptized if he believed. The eunuch believed.

As they travelled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch wanted to be baptized. So Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.

Philip, however, appeared at another town and traveled about, sharing with people about Jesus in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

Pix illustrations can be found here: 


Even when it looked bad, God made good come out of it

Satan tried to get rid of the church. Stephen was killed. Saul tried to destroy the church. Believers were put in jail. All the remaining believers, except the apostles, ran away to different places in Judea and Samaria. They lost their homes.

But everywhere the believers went, they told people about Jesus. More and more people got to hear the good news and believed in Jesus.

Even when things look bad — like the believers facing persecution and death — God was able to work things out for good. (Romans 8:28)

When things look bad, eg you got scolded by the teacher, your brother/sister broke your favorite toy, your grandparent is sick etc, let’s remind ourselves of what God’s word says — He works things out for our good — and trust that He will do what he said.

God puts us where he wants us to be

When Philip ran away from Jerusalem, he went to Samaria and the people in Samaria got to hear the good news. God sent his angel to tell Philip where to go to meet the Ethiopian and because Philip did what the angel told him, he met the man, told him about Jesus and the man believed.

There are times when God may put us in a place which is new to us, maybe a new class/school/ neighbourhood/town/city/country. Don’t be afraid. God is with you. He may have someone special he wants you to meet, to encourage, to help or to share the good news.

Let’s not stop talking about Jesus
Many believers ran away to different places in Judea and Samaria. They lost their homes.

But everywhere the believers went, they told people about Jesus. Even though they facing persecution and death, they kept telling others about Jesus everywhere they went.

Let’s continue to keep our eyes on Jesus and tell our friends and family and neighbours about how much Jesus loves them and what He has done for them on the cross.

Ask the children if they have received Jesus as their Savior. If not, pray with them to receive Jesus.

Get the kids into small groups to pray for who they want to share Jesus with.

SONG: No other Name (with actions)

DANCE: Salvation is here

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