November 17 // God uses people.

Read Acts 8:39 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Who are you thankful for having in your life? 

 

Parent Note: This is an opportunity to remind your child that these people for whom they are thankful are in their lives because Jesus has a plan for their lives, and it is good. God brings people in and out of our lives. Even if they go, we should be thankful that God brought them to us. Although the meeting between Philip and the Ethiopian was short, they were both better for having met. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your Word and your Holy Spirit who guides us, encourages us, and gives us peace no matter what happens.
Help us to trust you and obey you in everything we do.
We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 16 // More than luck.

Read Acts 8:36 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever rolled the exact number you needed to win a game?  

 

Parent Note: The purpose of this question is to get your child thinking about the concepts of luck, coincidence, and divine intervention. In the case of games, God may not have made sure that the students rolled the exact number they needed, but there seems to be a lot more than luck or coincidence involved in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for the way You’ve planned my life.
I know that Your plan for me is much greater than any luck or coincidence.
Please help me use what You’ve given me to glorify You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 15 // Share the excitement.

Read Acts 8:35 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever suggested watching your favorite movie to someone who hasn't seen it? 

 

Parent Note: Telling someone about a favorite movie usually generates a lot of excitement. They have to explain why the movie is so great, and why this person has to see it, which mimics the excitement Philip experiences when he sees that the Ethiopian is reading Scripture prophesying the coming of the Messiah—someone about whom Philip is very excited to discuss. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for the good news of the Gospel!
I know that it is the best story every told, and even better- that it is true!
Please help me to be brave and share what You have done with everyone I meet.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 12 // Not everyone will believe.

Read Acts 8:26 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever liked something, like a baseball teamor a famous singer, that your family and friends didn't like? 

 

Parent Note: This question is meant to get the your child thinking about how it feels to disagree with the opinions of others in a light-hearted way. Many people in power in Jerusalem did not believe Jesus was the Messiah, and they did not like Jesus' followers spreading the Gospel. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for the direction You have for my life.
I know that Jesus is the Truth, even if others don’t believe it.
Please help me to be fearless and share the gospel with people around me.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 10 // We are God's family.

Read Acts 2:43 out loud with your family.

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever had a friend that was very different from you?

 

Parent Note: When the Holy Spirit came, he drew people together who would not usually be friends! Because they were all a part of Jesus’s family, the people lived together, shared their things, and took care of one another. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for sending your Holy Spirit to be with us and to give us strength and power. We have the same Spirit in us today.
Thank You for the good news that has gone out throughout the whole world for so many hundreds and thousands of years. We have heard it, and believe it.
Help us now to tell others. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 9 // Spread the Word.

Read Acts 2:38-39 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever tried something new and found that you're really good at it? 

 

Parent Note: A few hours before he stepped outside and started proclaiming the Good News to the thousands of people milling around the streets of the city, Peter and the other disciples were discouraged by the amount of work they had to do in spreading the Gospel. The Holy Spirit entered the scene and completely changed the disciples' outlook on their job. The Holy Spirit gave them the motivation to go out and do it, and He gave them the words to say to touch people's hearts and change people's minds. Leading 3,000 people to their salvation in Jesus isn't bad for a first day at work! 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for the gifts and talents You have given me.
I know that You have made me to do something special.
Please help me to use these gifts to share Your Word.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 8 // Waiting for God.

Read Acts 2:1-4 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Why didn't the disciples just go out and start telling people about Jesus? 

 

Parent Note: Sometimes action without an understanding of how that action will impact the overall goal can be a bad idea. Prayer can open our minds, hearts, and ears to what the Lord is leading us to do. If He has asked us to do something, He will help us figure out how to accomplish it. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit.
I know that You are always with me.
Please help me to live a life led by the Holy Spirit.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 7 // A quiet place.

Read Acts 1:13-14 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Do you have a quiet place?

 

Parent Note: Just as the disciples needed to find a quiet place to pray, sometimes our lives and families can get loud and hectic. It's a good idea to find a quiet place in your home where you can go to find peace. These places are especially good spots to pray and have conversations with God. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for Jesus’s example of finding a quiet place to pray.
I know that when I approach You, You are listening.
Please help me to have a great relationship with You through praying.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 6 // Jesus will return.

Read Acts 1:10-11 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever had a friend move far away or start going to a different school than you? 

 

Parent Note: At first the disciples were sad because Jesus had left them. But the angels told them that Jesus would come back someday. Getting to see a friend every day is definitely a better situation, but knowing that you will get to visit again soon makes it a little easier to deal with your friend's absence. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for being with me, even when I can’t see You.
Please help me to live my life in a way that pleases You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 5 // Spread the Gospel.

Read Acts 1:8 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever had a big job or project to do? 

 

Parent Note: Remind your child that when faced with something that seems overwhelming, they should pray. God promises to give us wisdom when we seek it, and the Holy Spirit will guide us. Jesus told the disciples that they were responsible for sharing the gospel with the world, and that the Holy Spirit would help them accomplish just that.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for letting me be a part of Your mission to share the gospel.
I know that You are a loving God that wants everyone to be saved.
Please help me to do my part in making sure that the world hears about You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 3 // Share Jesus with others.

Read Matthew 5:14-15 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What would happen if you never told anyone about Jesus?

 

Parent Note: There would be a lot of people who would never hear about him! Just like a lamp is useless without its light, we are meant to share the news of Jesus with everyone we know.

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for being the light that saves us from sin and guides us toward You and eternal life.
Help us to reflect Your light to those in our lives.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.

November 2 // Shine for Jesus.

Read Matthew 5:14-16 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Answer this riddle: How are you like the moon? 

 

Parent Note: The moon doesn’t shine at night because it produces its own light; it reflects the light from the sun. As Christians, we experience the love and truth of God. This is such a huge force in our lives that it shows in our words and actions. If we live our lives for Jesus and in His example, we are shining His light in this dark world full of sin and sorrow. By following Jesus, we become beacons to others struggling with sin, helping them to realize their need for Jesus. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for making me a part of Your family.
I know that You will use me to make Yourself known.
Help me to walk in Your light so that others will see You.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

November 1 // Jesus is light.

Read John 8:21 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: How did the first people who sailed across the oceans find their way without maps?  

 

Parent Note: They used the position of the sun and stars to guide them. The wise men used the star that appeared after Jesus’ birth to find Him and worship Him. While we may not have anything quite as obvious to follow on our journey through life as we make our way on the path God has set for our lives, we do have a guide. His directions are not as obvious as those of a GPS telling us when to turn right or left, but directions have been and will be given every step of the way. Jesus illuminates the path of righteousness that leads to Heaven and eternal life. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for sending Jesus to be my light.
I know that with Jesus leading the way, everything will be alright.
Help me to stay on the path that You have set before me.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

October 31 // Jesus is truth.

Read John 8:18 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: You get a brand new bike, but it requires you to put it together. Could you read the instructions in the dark? 

 

Parent Note: Not only could we not read the instructions, we wouldn’t be able to see any of the parts or tools necessary to put it together. The instructions show us how to build the bike correctly so that it is functional and safe. Jesus is the only source of spiritual truth in this life. In order to make good choices and stay on the path God has set for us, we must follow Him. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for showing the world Your truth.
I know that without You, I would be lost in darkness.
Help me to rely on the truth of Your Word.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

October 30 // We need Jesus.

Read John 8:24 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: What things are necessary to grow a garden? 

 

Parent Note: Soil, water, and light. Without any one of those ingredients, the plants will fail. Humans are similar in that we have basic needs, such as food, water, and shelter; however, we have more advanced needs. We were created to worship God, and without His light, we wither. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for making Yourself known to me.
I know that I need You in my life.
Help me to walk in Your light.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

October 29 // Jesus is the way.

Read John 8:12 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Have you ever used a compass? 

 

Parent Note: The Earth is a magnet, and compasses contain magnets attracted to the Earth’s North Pole, meaning that a compass always points north. It can be challenging at first to use one, but after a bit of practice, equipped with a compass, we can always find our bearings. Jesus always points us toward good, righteousness, and love. He is the absolute standard by which all good and evil is judged. He is the only source of truth. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear God, thank You for showing me the way to life.
I know that as long as I trust and obey You, everything will be okay.
Help me to follow You all the way through my life.
We ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen. 

October 28 // Story Recap

BIBLE STORY:     

LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

BIBLE PASSAGE:

JOHN 8:12-30

 

KEY VERSE:

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” - JOHN 8:12

 

CHRIST CONNECTION:

Like a light, Jesus reveals what is true. 

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God wants to use us for his glory.

October 27 // Wait for God's time.

Read Luke 9:36 out loud with your family.


Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.



Q: Have you ever kept a secret for someone?    


Parent Note: God had revealed His plan for salvation to these disciples. They were ready to hear and understand this message, but the rest of the world was not. The time for this plan and what it meant to humanity was not yet ready to be revealed, and the disciples were asked to keep this knowledge to themselves until it was time to tell the rest of the world. 


 

 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:


Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:


Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for temporarily giving up Your right as God and humbling Yourself to be our Savior.
Help us to place our trust in You as the One who saves. Help us to trust and obey Your words as the final authority. Help us to understand and be encouraged by Your everlasting love.
In Your name we pray, Amen.