Wonder @ Home // May 21-27
This Week In God's Big Story
An angel instructs Cornelius to meet Jesus’ disciple Peter. Peter, a Jew, learns that God’s Holy Spirit is for everyone, including non-Jews like Cornelius.
Wonder Truth: The Holy Spirit is For Everyone Who Believes
Scripture: Acts 10
Word of Wonder
Work together this week on memorizing this verse!
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. Then you will tell people about me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. And you will even tell other people about me from one end of the earth to the other."
Acts 1:8 (NIrV)
Wonder About It
- What is one thing you are learning about God and the wonder of His big story?
- How do you see God’s story as part of your own story?
Families, use this to prompt conversations at the table, in the car, and anywhere else your family experiences life together.
- In what ways were Peter and Cornelius different?
- Who told Peter it’s okay to eat with Cornelius?
- Why does Jesus want a relationship with all people and not just some people?
- How do you feel knowing that God will give you His Holy Spirit if you believe?
- In God’s big story, Peter learned something new. What is something new that God is teaching you?
Box Full of Prayers
The next time your family gathers for a meal or is seated together, challenge everyone to name five acquaintances or friends to remember in prayer. While naming family members is great, encourage your children to think about people with whom you come in contact each day (teachers, people at the grocery store, etc.). Have everyone write down each name on a separate slip of paper (you may need to write down the names for younger children). Place these names in a box or container. You could also decorate it together for fun! Every day at mealtime, or a time when your family gathers, pull out one name. Pray for that person, that she would believe and receive God’s Holy Spirit. If this person is a follower of Jesus, you could pray that God will bless and guide this person by His Holy Spirit. God gives His Holy Spirit to everyone who believes, and He invites us to pray for those who are a part of our lives!
Cookies and Care
For some children (and adults too!) the idea of talking to someone about Jesus like Peter did might seem intimidating. However, God invites us into His story, which means sharing His love with others so that they too will believe and receive His Holy Spirit.
There are a lot of different ways to show the love of God. God has given each of us different talents that we can use to share His love and goodness with others. Many kids enjoy baking cookies or making lemonade for a lemonade stand. If your children would enjoy this activity, plan a stand together. With the money you bring in, make a donation to a favorite organization whose ministry involves telling others about Jesus. If you have older children, encourage them to research different Christian organizations to decide where to send your donation. By coming together to use your gifts, you can all participate in a fun and practical way to share the love of Jesus