Sunday, March 26, 2017

26 March 2017

Toddler Class
Coach Carrie
Asst. 1 : Ruth
Asst. 2 : Tesa

Primary Class 1-3
Coach Iwan
(Asst. Shevica)

Primary Class 4-6
Coach Kent
(Asst. Joel)




Materials: Half glass bottle of Water, Half glass bottle of Cooking oil, Dishwashing liquid.

(You should practice beforehand so you know how much detergent to put in etc)

Some things just don’t mix together. Like oil and water. They are always separate from one another.

[Pour the water into the oil and swish them around in the bottle. The liquids may seem to mix together for a while, but will then return to 2 distinct layers]

Previously, God’s special people, the Jews, would not mix with anyone who is NOT a Jew. Those people (NOT-Jews) were called Gentiles. The Jews followed God’s laws, so they considered themselves “clean”. The Gentiles didn’t follow God, so they were “unclean”. They were like oil, and Gentiles were like water. They didn’t mix.

Today we will learn how Jesus came to die and save … not just the Jews, but also the Gentiles. It is Jesus who breaks the barrier between the Jews and the Gentiles so that we can all be one family of God in Christ.

[Pour a little bit of detergent into the glass bottle and swish it around again. This time, the water and the oil will form one mixture.]

In today’s story, we learn how God had to teach Peter (a Jew) that even the Gentiles can receive God’s gift of salvation.

STORY (Acts 10)

BACKGROUND (for older kids)

Under the Old Covenant, God called the Abraham out as His special friend. Abraham’s descendants/family would be God’s special people. These were the Israelites, also called the Jews. The Jews were God’s special people. God’s perfect Savior was going to be born from the Jews.

God had special laws for the Jews to follow. These laws were to protect His people and also to make them different from the other people (called the Gentiles) who worshipped idols/false gods. Are you a Jew or Gentile?

One of the laws they followed was the type of food they could or couldn’t eat. Jews could only eat the food that God said were “clean”. They were not allowed to eat any food that were considered “unclean”. It’s a bit like the Muslims and their “halal” or “non-halal” food.

The laws about being “clean” and “unclean” were not to allow the Jews to think they were better than the Gentiles. The Jews may not have fully understood, but God’s plan was to one day allow Gentiles to be a part of His family.

And after Jesus, the promised Saviour, came to die for the sins of the whole world (not just the Jews), God began revealing His gift of salvation to the whole world.

Meet Cornelius
Today we learn about a man named Cornelius.

Acts 10:1-2 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

What do we know about Cornelius?

·         He lived in Caesarea

·    He was a centurion of the Italian Regiment (A centurion: A commander in charge of up to 100 men. Regiment: battalion/legion of about 6,000 men.)

·      Cornelius was NOT a Jew, but he lived a life following the example of devout Jewish people.

·         He gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.

Although Cornelius was a good man, he was not saved. His was had sin, which blocked him from God. He had not heard the Good News that Jesus died on the cross for his sins.

One day, God sent an angel to speak to Cornelius by sending an angel to speak to him while he was in prayer. God told Cornelius to send for a man named Peter in Joppa. So Cornelius sent 3 men to bring Peter back to him.

Peter’s Vision

(Suggestion: Prepare a large white sheet with several “unclean” soft toy animals in them. Get 4 kids to hold the 4 corners and move the sheet up and down as you tell the story)

While the 3 men were on the way to find Peter, God was also busy preparing Peter’s heart. Why?

Because Cornelius was a Gentile (not a Jew). And to Peter, a Jew, Gentiles were “unclean”. Jews were NOT supposed to mix with Gentiles.

In Acts 10:9-14, God sent Peter a dream. Peter was praying and G, around noon time, he started feeling hungry. While waiting for the food to be prepared, he fell into a trance/dream-like state.

He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds uncleaned animals — four-footed creatures, reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”

Peter resisted. He was a good Jew. He couldn’t eat unclean animals. “Surely not, Lord! I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

The voice said, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

This happened again. And again. After he third time, immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

Peter wasn’t sure what the vision meant. But as he was thinking about it, the 3 men sent by Cornelius arrived at the house and asked for him.

The Holy Spirit told Peter, “Three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”

So Peter welcomed them in.

Peter tells Cornelius about Jesus

The next day, Peter went to Cornelius’ house with the 3 men and some other believers from Joppa.

Cornelius greeted him warmly, and his house was full of people waiting for Peter.

Peter said to them, “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.

“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

Peter told them all about Jesus and what He did when He was on earth, how He died on the cross and was raised from the dead, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from Him.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all those in the house. The Jewish believers were surprised to see the Holy Spirit touching the Gentiles (the “unclean” people) — they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God!

Since God already poured out His Spirit on the Gentiles, Peter decided to baptize all those who wanted to believe in Jesus. “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”


Sin makes us unclean. Jesus makes us clean.

Before, Gentiles couldn’t go near to God because of sin. Even the Jews could not go near to God unless they made all the sacrifices for their sin and washed themselves to make them clean.

Jesus’ death on the cross cleansed everything unclean. When we have Jesus, we are clean enough to stand before God.

God’s love is for everyone. Jesus’ gift of Salvation is for everyone.

God doesn’t look at people the same way as we do. He doesn’t like people or not like them based on their skin color, size or where they live. He doesn’t care if they are smelly and dirty, or big and important. God sees the heart of every man, woman, boy and girl. And He loves us all.

When Jesus died on the Cross, He died for every one of us. So that you and I, who are Gentiles, can now be part of God’s family.

So now … let’s share this Good News to everyone who does not know Jesus yet!

MEMORY VERSE: Acts 10:34-35 “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.”

Get the kids into small groups to pray for those whom they want to share Jesus to.

SONG: Jesus loves the little children 

DANCE: Salvation is here 

SONG: Refuge 

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