HOME SUNDAY RESOURCE MAY 12TH 2019
A NOTE: This Sunday is Mother's Day. Take a moment during your gathering to honor and celebrate the mothers amongst you. Mother’s Day also gives us an opportunity to celebrate the single moms in our community (there’s a good chance no one else is). Be creative in how you as a community can love on the mothers!
Acts 10: 30-48
Use the simple Discovery Bible Study (DBS) format at the end of this resource to facilitate the reading and discussion.
After a vision and confirmation, Peter travels to speak to Cornelius and his household concerning the good news of Jesus. This is the revelation of the Gospel to the Gentiles, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel of Peace, the word of Reconciliation, has been preached just as Jesus commanded. The Apostles’ have been faithful to the word of the Lord, declaring His goodness and his Resurrection to the Jews. All the while, the Lord has been stirring in the hearts of those beyond the walls of Jerusalem. In response to the hunger in his heart and prayer, Cornelius receives an angelic visitation, leading to a call for Peter to come and speak the wonderful things concerning the Lord. In faithfulness to God, Peter obeys and beholds the kindness of God is given to both Jew and Gentile; the Holy Spirit continues to be poured out on all flesh.
As a community, let’s identify the core elements of the Gospel that Peter proclaimed to Cornelius’ household.
Rehearse the Gospel and the Gift hands attached below.
Here are two youtube links to songs that you can use during the 'worship' portion of the DBS
We also, want to encourage you to sing out a simple song a capella together such as the Doxology, or I Love You Lord (and I lift my voice...). Lift your voices together whether or not anyone can sing well or play an instrument. Hearing our own voices raised together brings unity in a special way!
Questions for comprehension & imagination amongst kids.
In verses 38-43 Peter tells Cornelius and his household the Gospel, how does he share it with them? (maybe make a bullet point list of the important things he shares)
Why do you think God didn’t just have the angel tell Cornelius about the Gospel, but instead had Cornelius send for Peter?
See our dedicated page for more questions to explore with kids and easy activity to engage them in learning The Gospel and The Gift
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. Perhaps ask them how they heard the text, and invite them to retell back to everyone in their own words.