In Case the Take-Home-Page didn't make it home this week. This is what we talked about in RAKlets on June 28, 2013:
Churches Baptize New Believers - Baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death and resurrection -- Lydia believes and is baptized- Acts 16:11-15
This week we looked at one of the symbols or reminders that God had given to the church to help us remember that Jesus died in our place. This symbol was baptism and we talked about how baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death and resurrection and how baptism is a way to show people that you believe in Jesus and are following Him.
Day 1- Read Acts 16:11-15- - This was our main story for the week. Draw a timeline of what happened in Lydia’s life in these few short verses. Think about what happened between meeting Paul and being baptized.â€¨ â€¨
Day 2- Read Matthew 3:13-17 - - Why do Christians get baptized? The first reason is because Jesus was baptized and we follow Jesus. Jesus‘ baptism was different because He wasn’t showing that He had repented of sin (He is sinless) and believed, but His baptism marks the start of His ministry. â€¨
â€¨Day 3- Read Matthew 28:16-20- - Why do Christians get baptized? The second reason is because Jesus commanded it. The last command that Jesus gave to the disciples was to go everywhere and tell people about Him, teach these people, make them into disciples and baptize them. Being baptized is a sign that you are a disciple of Jesus.â€¨
â€¨Day 4- Read Acts 2:36-41- - This is a familiar passage that we’ve looked at recently. The first part of the chapter is Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. Peter ends his sermon by saying that Jesus is Lord and Christ. When the people hear this good news about Jesus, they ask what they should do. How does Peter respond? Peter tells them to repent (turn away from) of their sin and be baptized.
Day 5- Read Acts 8:26-40- - Draw this story in a cartoon style. Focus on the conversation that took place in the chariot. The man in the story was reading from Isaiah 53. What did he understand about Jesus after Philip explained it to him? How did this man respond after believing in Jesus?
THIS WEEKS STORY: Lydia Believes in Jesus- - Acts 16:11-15 (Lay out some blue fabric & sit along the edge of it.... wear a Bible times costume and tell the story from the point of view of Lydia).
“Hi, my name is Lydia. You can read about me in the Bible. I have always believed in God and tried to follow His law. Every Saturday I come out here to the river (point to the blue fabric) and meet other ladies (put scarves on kids head) who believe in God and we spend time praying. This is a special time for us to pray and worship God.
One Saturday morning while we were out here praying an amazing thing happened. Some men came and joined us in our prayers and sat down and started talking to us. One of the men was named Paul and he told us about a man named Jesus. He told us that because of sin we were all separated from the God we worship and that nothing we do could make us good enough for God.â€¨â€¨
Then, he told us that God sent His perfect Son, Jesus to earth. He told us that Jesus lived as a man and never sinned and then He did something amazing....Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sin.
When I heard this good news about Jesus I knew that I was a sinner and I believed that Jesus died for my sin.
After I believed in Jesus, I was baptized to show that I believe. Baptism is when someone who believes in Jesus gets put under water and brought back up from the water to remember that Jesus died and was buried and came back to life.”
Play “Can You Hear Me Now?”- Find a small tub that you can put a little bit of water in and a towel to place it on. Have the kids come over a few at a time and splash in the water a bit. As they play in the water, talk about baptism and how in our story Lydia was baptized to show that she had believed in Jesus. Tell the kids that we learn about baptism in the Bible and remind them that [Bible Phrase] the Bible is God’s Word.
Learn the Memory Verse
- “Let us- - point to each other
- not - - wave finger like saying NO
- give up meeting together, - - make a pretend book by holding your hands in front of you