HOME SUNDAY RESOURCE: November 17th, 2019
The command to follow: Gather/Leaders
Researchers have found that moving our bodies and adding actions to our learning significantly increases our ability to remember. Here is a hand action you can add to the command to remember it:
Take both arms and make a circle
Close the circle to emulate an embrace
SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Acts 2:42-47/ 1 Peter 5:1-7
Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format on the Home Resource tab to facilitate the reading and discussion.
In these two passages, we are exploring both the importance of gathering as the church, modeled in the first-century expression from Acts, and the need and intention of leaders for the Church. Both are necessary as they give a greater picture of the nature of God.
Commentary Acts 2:42-47
Many incredible signs and wonders were done amongst the new followers of Jesus. They devoted themselves to many things: teaching, prayers of all kinds, communion, and generosity. But perhaps, one of the greatest marks of this new movement was that nothing seemed to be done in isolation. There was something so contagious about the life of God in them, that the only reasonable response was to gather, enjoying the exchange of the life of God between them. The Scriptures tell us that daily they met together in the temple and from house to house, celebrating with each other all God had done for them, and was doing through them. It would seem that one of the great privileges of the Church is to gather with one another. This just might reveal to a watching world the heart of our God: a longing to be with and amongst His children.
*What were some of the markers of the Church in its beginnings in Acts 2?
*What are some other creative ways we could enjoy gathering together in fellowship and expressing the life of God?
Commentary 1 Peter 5:1-7
It is the kindness of God, never wanting us to be scattered about and alone, to give us leaders in the Church. Jesus said before being crucified, that He would not leave us as orphans. Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, has given to the Church, leaders to watch over us as we grow up in the faith. These leaders, or shepherds as Peter alludes in the text, are not to strong-arm or control. They are not to be forced to lead or enticed with material gain and position. These shepherds take the posture of a servant, keeping the best interest of the flock in their hearts and mind. Leaders like this are worthy before the Lord and the flock to be trusted and submitted to, as they themselves first submit to God, in humility, and to the body of Christ.
Lord, we invited you to reveal to our hearts the wonder of leaders, and your plan an purpose for them in the Church. We humble ourselves first under your mighty hand, to one another, and to the shepherds, you have entrusted us to for care. Amen.
Here are a few youtube links to songs that you can use during the "worship" portion of the DBS:
Scripture focus and introduction for kids:
Ask kids to share about their favorite gatherings; maybe it’s a Navah gathering, a birthday party, or family celebration. Ask them to share what made it show great and how the people there felt. Then explain you’re going to read a passage of scripture today that talks about one of the first times people who knew, loved and followed Jesus gathered together and what it was like.
For kids focus on Acts 2:42-47 & 1 Peter 5:5-7 ← this is a shorter portion of this scripture than the adults
Acts 2:42-47 (The Passion Translation)
Every believer was faithfully devoted to following the teachings of the apostles. Their hearts were mutually linked to one another, sharing communion and coming together regularly for prayer. A deep sense of holy awe swept over everyone, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had. Out of generosity they even sold their assets to distribute the proceeds to those who were in need among them. Daily they met together in the temple courts and in one another’s homes to celebrate communion. They shared meals together with joyful hearts and tender humility. They were continually filled with praises to God, enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord kept adding to their number daily those who were coming to life.
1 Peter 5:5-7 (The Passion Translation)
5 In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because:
God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.
If you bow low in God’s awesome presence, he will eventually exalt you as you leave the timing in his hands. Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.
For more detailed resources and activities for kids, click this link below:
For more general ideas on how to structure Home Sundays with kids, see our HOME RESOURCE IDEAS FOR KIDS
Be encouraged to include the kids as much as possible in your gatherings. Have them listen to the scriptures as they are read aloud, participate in communion, or lead you all in worship. Perhaps ask them how they heard the text, and invite them to re-tell back to everyone in their own words.