Paul’s first journey to go and share the gospel was not an easy one. Though some people became believers, many rejected the gospel and became very angry with Paul and Barnabas. Some people were so upset that they drove him out of the city, beat him, and threw rocks at Paul and Barnabas. Still, Paul never gave up. In fact, the very next day after they were beaten, Paul and Barnabas set out to a city called Derbe to continue their mission to make followers of Jesus from every nation by the power of the Holy Spirit. And that is the answer to our Big Picture Question this month.
As Paul and Barnabas were empowered by the Holy Spirit to make disciples, our FaithKids Seniors looked at different case study examples and played a guessing game based on one fact we read about a child to determine whether or not they were a disciple of Christ. We learned that some people may appear to be disciples because of the good things that they do (even if they go to church and bring others to church), but following rules is not what makes a person a true disciple of Christ. It is simply by our faith alone. In fact, the Bible says that we are all sinners, so it is clear that we are far from perfect. But God gives us His Spirit to help us when we sin, when we are tempted, when we are going through hard times…so that we can repent and turn our hearts back to God. Can you guess which of the following are disciples of Christ?
Our FaithKids Seniors were then asked to write down their own story to share how they are a disciple of Christ (or how they may be still struggling with wanting to be a disciple because they are not yet sure if they believe). We then ended our lesson by writing down names of people in our lives we can disciple either by teaching them about Jesus, helping them with the money God has given to us, telling them about Jesus, being their friend, showing kindness to them, or praying for them.