HOME SUNDAY RESOURCE July 14th, 2019
The command to Follow: Repent and Believe
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:
Repent; Step 1: Take your right hand and stretch it in front of you.
Repent; Step 2: Turn your outstretched hand towards your heart
Believe; Step 1: Place both hands, at your temples: palms facing forward, fingers touching your temples
Believe; Step 2: Raise both arms in the air: hands open and facing forward
Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format on the Home Resource tab to facilitate the reading and discussion.
Paul and Silas have been thrown into prison for ministry in the streets of Philippi. While praying and worshipping the Lord, the prison is shaken and salvation comes to the jailer and his hold household.
Amidst those accused and already condemned prisoners, the sent ones Paul and Silas, offer their prayers and worship before the Lord. He has delivered them before, and their confidence is not in the least bit shaken; He will deliver them again. These sounds must have been the last thing the other prisoners had planned on hearing, yet they were attentive to songs of hope in the midst of hopelessness. In the midnight hour, the prison was shaken and freedom was only a few steps away. But not for all inside. At this moment, while all those in chains saw life, the jailer could only anticipate death. He would lose his life with the escape of all he had charge over. When a voice cried out “all are here”, fear and wonder overcame him. Could it be that the God who releases captives, considers the captors, as well? Perhaps, he was actually a captive longing for freedom. “What must I do to be saved?” This is the burning question on the hearts of both jailers and captives alike. Paul’s response to this man echoes through time, revealing the invitation of Jesus to all. There is only one way to experience true freedom and that is to turn from your own way and yield to Jesus. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…”
Here are three youtube links to songs that you can use during the 'worship' portion of the DBS
I Love You Lord
We would love to encourage each group to sing this together a cappella, with no youtube video, etc. Sing through I love you Lord, and I lift my voice, and then the second time We love you Lord, and We lift our voice...and allow Holy Spirit to rejoice in each of us at the unity that comes from singing to Jesus together! If one or two have a spontaneous phrase that glorifies Jesus, encourage them to sing out- just like "popcorn prayer" we can do this in worship too.
Questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids.
What were Paul and Silas doing that showed their trust in God? (they were singing hymns and spiritual songs, they stayed in the jail even after the earthquake How did their trust in God bless others? (their songs blessed others in jail because they stayed the jailer didn’t kill himself and he and his household came to repent and believe in God)
*Why do you think Paul and Silas DIDN’T run out of the jail after the earthquake? Would you have?
*If you were stuck in jail what spiritual song would you sing to keep your spirits up?
And for more general ideas on how to structure the time with kids in the mix 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 retell back to everyone in their own words.