This week’s lesson is based on Acts 3:1-10
- What does power mean? Authority, control, might, strength
- Who is the most powerful person you know? (Answers could include: The president, a bodybuilder or athlete, Superman. . . etc).
- In today’s video, who went to the temple to pray? Peter and John
- When they got there, they saw a man who couldn’t walk sitting outside the temple. Why did the man sit there every day? To beg (which means ask people for things he needed – like food or money).
- Peter said: I don’t have any money, but I’ll give you what I have! In the name of Jesus, ____what_____? Get up and walk!
- Peter reminded all the people that it wasn’t HIS power that healed the man, it was God’s power.
- When have you seen God’s power in your life? (Answers could include: God healing someone, providing something you really needed, a time when he spoke to you or through you, or the cool things he created!)
EGC Kids tip: Make a list as a family of the times you, or someone you know, has experienced God’s power in their life! This would make a neat poster to hang somewhere in your house to remind you how powerful God is!
Something that athletes have to do in order to be strong and powerful is build up their muscles. Here are some challenges for your family to complete: see if you can POWER through them together!
- Wall-Sit: Stand with your back against the wall and then squat down so that your upper legs run parallel to the floor (feet flat on the floor). Hold this position for as long as you can!
- Hold it Up: Find two small objects and hold them in your hands, and then stretch your arms out to either side: see how long you can hold your arms at shoulder height without dropping them!
- Plank: Kneel down and put your hands on the floor in front of you, palms flat. Then, stretch your legs out behind you so that your body is in a straight line (only your hands and toes should be touching the floor). Hold the plan for as long as you can, OR: Have a parent or older sibling see how long they can hold a plank with YOU on their back!
- Move the Giant: Choose one person (a parent or adult/older sibling) and have them stand and plant their feet on the floor. Your goal is to try to get them to move by pushing or pulling them (while they try to stand still). Hint: you can team up with another parent or sibling for this challenge!
- Whew! Some of those were really hard, right?! I’m sure glad God doesn’t expect us to be able to do everything in our own strength, aren’t you?!
- Everyone in today’s story could see the man who was sitting outside the temple. Some people probably even tried to help him by giving him some money. But Peter saw that what he really needed wasn’t money – he needed to be healed!
- Sometimes, we have to look at things differently. Instead of thinking: “that’s too hard” or “what could I do?” we need to ask “What can GOD do?” His power can work through YOU just like He did through Peter!
- Where do you need God to move powerfully in YOUR life? Can you think of anyone that needs God to help them, provide for them, or heal them?
- Once everyone in your family has a chance to share: take turns praying for each other that God would move powerfully in those situations!
To our parents / guardians: Have your children pray over the other members of your family, or the people they think of. If they are uncomfortable praying or don’t know what to say, encourage them that God loves them, that he wants to answer them, and that He can work through their prayers in a powerful way, just like he did through Peter in today’s story!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.Ephesians 3:20 NLT
To help you memorize your verse this week, print the file below and cut on the dotted lines. Mix up the sections of the verse and see if you can put them back in order again!
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing (based on Ephesians 3) over your child(ren):