Kids - LIFE
Joy: Ananias and Paul - Week 2
May 11-12, 2019 |
This four-week series will show kids the best way to live – that’s a life with Jesus. Jesus promises that he brings life to the full, which doesn’t necessarily mean a life that is easy or without problems. It means a life with purpose, joy, protection, adventure, and so much more.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full,” John 10:10.
- In our story today God asked Ananias to do something that was a little strange. What did God ask Ananias to do? (Go find Saul and heal him.)
- Do you think Ananias might have been worried about going to Saul? Why? (Yes. Saul arrested and hurt people who lived life with Jesus.)
- What stopped Saul from hurting the people who lived life with Jesus? (A huge light from Heaven struck him down and blinded him. The light was Jesus.)
- What happened when Ananias went to Saul? (Scales fell off of Saul’s eyes and he could see again. Then he made a decision to live life with Jesus!)
- When we live life with Jesus we can have a life of joy. What is something that brings you joy? (Take responses.)
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Acts 8-9
Saul had quite the impressive resume when it came to his religious education. Picture him walking down the road to Damascus with full confidence; nothing standing in his way. And then he bumped into Jesus. Everything he knew to be true had changed, and his life from that moment on would look different. So different, in fact, that his new message was much simpler:
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified,” 1 Corinthians 2:2.
It’s not very often you hear someone of great significance admitting they have committed to know nothing. But he knew what was important now: Jesus. There is so much significance in his name. One encounter with him and your life is forever changed. And now you have a story that nobody can tell you is wrong because it’s, well, your story.
Paul was able to share his story of what happened on that road to Damascus numerous times, and the world is changed because of it. And it’s all because we have a God who is powerful and writes our stories. Maybe your story is like Paul’s where your first encounter with Jesus changed everything and you decided to follow him right then and there. Maybe your decision to follow Jesus came after months, years, or decades of hearing about him. Whatever the journey, you’re where you are now, and your story is powerful. Plus, you have a unique opportunity to share Jesus with kids on the weekend. If you could only know one thing and it was Jesus, that’d be ok. Because God’s power has so much room to move in that and he will use you.
When was the last time you told your story of why you decided to follow Jesus?
How have you seen God use your story for his glory?