Kids Lesson: Paul's First Journey (Acts 13-14)
Paul's First Journey (Acts 13-14)
Paul obeyed the Holy Spirit and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. People tried to stop Paul, but Paul did not give up. Many people believed in Jesus, and the church grew. The Holy Spirit wants us to tell others about Jesus so they can be saved from their sin.
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Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20
Bible Story - Paul's First Journey
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Paul and his friend Barnabas helped start the first churches. The Holy Spirit told Paul and Barnabas that they had an important job to do. The church put their hands on Paul and Barnabas and prayed for them, and they left their city to go do the work God wanted them to do. God led Paul and Barnabas to other cities to tell the good news about Jesus to both Jews and Gentiles— people who were not Jews. Paul and Barnabas went to the city of Lystra (LISS truth). A man was there who had not been able to walk his whole life. Paul healed the man! When the people saw this miracle, they thought Paul and Barnabas were gods! Paul and Barnabas shouted, “No! We are not gods. We are men just like you. We want to tell you the good news of God.” Then some Jews came from the other cities Paul and Barnabas had visited. They made trouble in this new city, and the people decided to fight against Paul and Barnabas too. They threw rocks at Paul and dragged him out of the city. The next day, Paul and Barnabas went to the city of Derbe (DUHR bih). They told the people about Jesus, and many of them believed. Finally, they returned to the church and told the other believers everything that God had done on their journey and how God helped them share the good news about Jesus with everyone.
Christ Connection: Paul obeyed the Holy Spirit and shared the gospel with anyone who would listen. People tried to stop Paul, but Paul did not give up. Many people believed in Jesus, and the church grew. The Holy Spirit wants us to tell others about Jesus so they can be saved from their sin.
Bible Story Summary
God led Paul and Barnabas to other cities to tell the good news of Jesus.
Paul healed a man in the city of Lystra then Paul and Barnabas told the people the good news.
Paul and Barnabas told people in the city of Derbe about Jesus.
Many people believed in Jesus.
How do you think Paul and Barnabas’ friends in the church felt about sending them off?
Why would Paul not give up spreading the good news of Jesus when people tried to stop him?
Name someone you can tell about Jesus. Pray for that person.
- Use The Gospel: God’s Plan for Preschoolers poster to practice sharing the gospel as a family. Access it at gospelproject.com.
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Maple Leaf Missions
Give each kid a maple leaf cutout to color. Invite them to tape their completed leaves to the tree drawing. If possible, consider providing real or artificial maple leaves for preschoolers to make leaf rubbings.
The maple leaf is on Canada’s flag. What is our mission as Christians? Our mission is to make followers of Jesus from every nation by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Fasolino family obeyed the Holy Spirit, like Paul and Barnabas, and moved to Toronto, Canada to tell the people there about Jesus. When we see these maple leaves, we can remember to pray for them and other missionaries in Canada. Let’s pray that people in Toronto, Canada, will hear about Jesus.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Acts 13. Ask the following questions:
Who decided that Paul and Barnabas should go on a missionary journey? (the Holy Spirit, Acts 13:2)
How did the people of Lystra react to Paul and Barnabas at first? (They worshiped Paul and Barnabas as gods, Acts 14:11-13)
What did Paul and Barnabas do everywhere they went? (preached the gospel, Acts 13:38,49; 14:1)
How should we react to those who reject Jesus? Guide kids to see that Paul and Barnabas preached to the Gentiles when the Jews rejected their message. Help kids understand that we are called to love everyone, even our enemies, but that when people reject the gospel, we can simply share with others, instead of taking it
Who will accept and who will reject the gospel? Lead kids to realize that we cannot know who will accept the gospel and who will reject it. That is part of the reason it is so important to share the gospel with everyone we meet. Only God knows who will and will not believe, and it’s not our job to cause people to believe, only to tell them the truth so they have the chance to.
What should we do if we are nervous or afraid to share the gospel? Guide the kids to see that Paul and Barnabas preached no matter what hard times they faced. They were set apart for the work, and they prayed, worshiped God and fasted before going out. We too can prepare for life on mission by praying, worshiping God, studying His Word, and fasting.
Close with this: Paul and Barnabas told Jews and Gentiles about Jesus no matter what trials they faced. And with the Holy Spirit’s power, we can boldly share the gospel.
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