HOME SUNDAY RESOURCE July 28th, 2019
The command to Follow: Be baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit
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:
Be baptized in water; Step 1:
Take both hands in front of you and close them like you are holding a piece of clothing.
Be baptized in water; Step 2:
Move your hands up and down next to your left side (as if plunging an item in and out of water)
Be baptized in the HS; Step 1:
Place both hands in front of your chest, palms facing you: interlock thumbs (makes the shape of a bird)
Be baptized in the HS; Step 2: wiggle your fingers/hands
SCRIPTURE PASSAGE: Acts 19:1-7
Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format on the Home Resource tab to facilitate the reading and discussion.
Returning to a previous city, Paul comes upon new believers, that had yet to hear about and receive the baptism of Fire, brought by Jesus, and proclaimed by John the Baptist.
Paul’s love of the Lord sustained his obedience to the Gospel, expanding the reach of the Kingdom to all the world. Now, he returned to Ephesus, where the Lord had already been working powerfully in the hearts of many in the city. Several had turned from their own way and began to follow the teachings of Jesus, and some already been baptized into repentance by water. As Paul engages these new disciples, he naturally asked if the Holy Spirit had been revealed to them, for water cleanses, but the Holy Spirit had come to refine and renew, bringing transformation from the inside out. Paul was astounded-these men had not even been told that there was a Holy Spirit. At this, Paul asks that the Promise of the Father would come. After laying hands and prayer, these 12 men were filled with the Spirit of God, and began to declare the mystery and the glory of God, prophesying and crying out in new tongues. The Kingdom of God, in the Holy Spirit, was moving.
Being baptized into the Lord Jesus, we receive the Spirit of God without measure (John 3:34) In fact, the Father is overjoyed to give us the Kingdom, in Himself. For in the Holy Spirit is the Kingdom of God (Romans 14:17) In the baptism of water, we celebrate the cleansing of all unrighteousness, purchased by the blood of Christ. We are buried with Him in the waters, and come out of the waters a new creation. This is a prophetic act declaring the resurrection of our spirits in Christ. But His goodness abounds more and more, giving us a baptism of the Spirit of God, bringing to life our spirit inside of us, and enriching us in our identity as children of God, and producing holiness in and through us. In this, we are clothed with power to be witnesses of Jesus to the whole world.
*Invitation to baptism in water.
*Invitation to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Here are three youtube links to songs that you can use during the 'worship' portion of the DBS
Questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids.
What is the difference in John's baptism and being baptized in the name of Jesus? (John's baptism only involved repentance or turning away from sin. Being baptized in the name of Jesus also involves turning towards God and living for Him with the power of the Holy Spirit.)
*How do you think Paul could tell that the disciples in Ephesus had not yet received Holy Spirit?
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.