(Sunday Service resources)

(Youth resources)

(Children's resources)

18 April 2021

It’s the last day of school holidays and hopefully you’ve all had a great break. But Acts continues on with another reading from chapter 4. In the meantime, be encouraged by another flashback to last year when we discovered that God uses people of all shapes and sizes.

WATCH:

Kids talk flashback:

This kids talk was aired on August 23 when Melbourne was still in lockdown. Jesus turns a child’s lunch into a banquet in John 6:1-14. I bet his Mum or Dad weren’t expecting that when they packed his lunchbox in the morning.

***** VIDEO LINK *****

READ:

And now for this week’s reading:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”),

37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.

Acts 4:32-37

WATCH:

We watched this clip a few weeks ago, but it fits really well this week too. It explains what the church is and what happens when it works properly.

***** VIDEO LINK *****

SONGS:

In our Bible reading the people sold land to give to the ministry of Jesus. But what can you do if you don't have land to sell? This Matthew West song gives a few suggestions. But beware, it’s not only really catchy, but also joyfully challenging.

***** VIDEO LINK *****

DISCUSS:

  • What does it mean when the Bible says the believers were “one in heart and mind”?
  • We know some of them sold land. What else might they have done for each other?
  • Do you think the believers ended up being really poor?
  • Do you find sharing your stuff easy or hard?
  • Most of you probably don’t own land! So what sort of things can you do to help other believers?
  • There are probably lots of people who you could help. Who do you want to help the most?

DO:

CRAFT

Here’s something different. Its a “generosity bingo” grid with activity suggestions of how to demonstrate generosity at home. See how many of these you can tick off. Each activity is useful and fun.

COLOURING:

The Bible reading mentions a bloke named Joseph, but people also called him Barnabas. He ends up being pretty famous. Here he is donating some money to the disciples.

Please share any of your completed crafts or activities on the StAKs Online Facebook page or email Ross and Naomi.

VERSE OF THE WEEK:

These are the words of Jesus in Matthew 10. It fits pretty well with how the believers lived.

Matthew 10:42

42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward

Last week’s verse

29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.

Acts 4:29

PRAY:

It’s time to bring back the SPIT prayers. We introduced this to StAKs Online back in April last year:

S = sorry

P = please

I = I love you

T = thanks

Step 1 - use the attached sheet to write down something you want to say thanks or sorry for. Also jot down something you might want to ask God for (next to please). Finally, tell God something you love about him next to the “I love you” heading.

Step 2 - pray.

Step 3 - pray some more.

CONTACT:

StAKs Online Facebook page

TALK TO US ABOUT THIS SERVICE:

StAKs Online service comment
Your Details
Please fill in all form fields with (*).
Format 03 9999 9999 or 04 xxxx xxxx
Your Query
200 word limit
Sending