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Kids Lesson: Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8)

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Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8)

Philip told the Ethiopian man about Jesus.


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He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. - Colossians 1:18

Bible Story - Philip and the Ethiopian

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Bible Story

One day, an angel told Philip to go to a desert road. So Philip went. On the road, Philip saw a man from Ethiopia. The man was an important official who worked for the queen of Ethiopia. He was riding in a chariot and reading the words of the prophet Isaiah. The Holy Spirit led Philip to go to the man. Philip ran up to him and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man said, “I need someone to teach it to me.” Then he invited Philip into his chariot. Philip sat with the man, who was reading these words from Isaiah: “He was led like a sheep to be killed, and just like a lamb is quiet when its wool is cut, He does not say anything. What happened to Him was not fair. His life was taken away.” The man asked, “Was Isaiah talking about himself or someone else?” Isaiah was talking about the Messiah— Jesus! Philip began to tell the man the good news about Jesus. As they traveled down the road, they came to some water. The man asked the chariot to stop. He wanted to be baptized because he believed in Jesus. Philip baptized the man in the water and the man went home happy.

Christ Connection: The man from Ethiopia knew what the Bible said, but he did not know the Bible is about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the man understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He is alive.

Bible Story Summary

  • An Ethiopian man was reading Isaiah’s words about Jesus, but he
    did not understand.
  • The Holy Spirit led Philip to the man.
  • Philip told the Ethiopian man about Jesus, and the man believed.

Discussion Starters

  • How did Philip know to go to the Ethiopian man? Who led him?
  • Name people who have taught you about Jesus.
  • What is the good news about Jesus that Philip told the man?

Family Activity

  • Research and choose one way for your family to experience Ethiopian culture, such as trying Ethiopian food, listening to Ethiopian music, or looking at pictures of traditional Ethiopian clothing.

Additional Resources

Coloring/Activity Pages

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Preschool Activity

Make a Bible Scroll

  • Write the story point in the center of a large piece of paper. Attach two dowels securely to the ends. Roll the scroll out on a table or the floor. Encourage children to decorate the scroll with pictures of Jesus from Bible story picture posters from past sessions, stickers of crosses and hearts, and their names. When the children are finished decorating the scroll, let them help you roll it up and tie it closed with a ribbon. Consider showing the scroll during snack and review.

  • Say: We made a big scroll! People in Bible times didn’t have printed books like we do. They wrote on thick paper and rolled it up like this scroll. The man from Ethiopia was reading a Bible scroll. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the man. Philip told the Ethiopian man about Jesus. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He is alive.

Elementary Discussion Questions

Help your kids find Acts 8. Ask the following questions:

  • Why did Philip travel to the spot where he met the Ethiopian official? (The Holy Spirit told him to, Acts 8:26)

  • Which prophet’s writings was the Ethiopian official reading (Isaiah’s, Acts 8:30)

  • How did the Ethiopian react to the gospel? (he believed it and was baptized, Acts 8:36-39)

  • How can we share the gospel with others? Guide kids to think about the importance of being prepared to speak about God. Stress the importance of studying God’s Word and praying for God to give us opportunities to share. Remind them that the Holy Spirit will guide us and give us wisdom to know what to say. Encourage them to look for ways to speak about the gospel in their everyday lives.

  • What should we do if someone rejects the gospel? Help the kids think about how to deal with rejection. Remind them that anyone who rejects the gospel is rejecting God, not us. We should be respectful and kind towards everyone, even those who reject the gospel. God doesn’t want us to be discouraged by rejection, but encouraged by His power so that we continue sharing.

  • Other than sharing the gospel, how can we show God’s love to others? Guide kids to think practically. They could help a classmate with homework, sit with someone new at lunch, share a cool toy with a sibling, or volunteer with their families to serve in a shelter or food bank. Help them see that there are many ways to show love, and all of them can lead to sharing the gospel.

  • Close with this: The Holy Spirit led Philip to tell the Ethiopian man about Jesus. We can share about Jesus too. Who do you know that can you share Jesus with?