A few weeks ago, we started a brand-new series called Exponential!
In this series, we’re looking at the book of Acts. Acts = Story of the first Christians.
There were only a few Christians… (about 120). Today, there are millions of Christians all over the world! The book of Acts helps us understand how the Spirit worked through the early Christians to spread the good news about Jesus Christ. It wasn’t an accident. It didn’t just happen. It took a lot of work and bravery. The Church had to be Exponential- multiplying the good news from person to person.
Sometimes, telling people about Jesus can be hard. In those moments, we have the power of the Holy Spirit. In Acts Chapter 4, we learn about John and Peter. They told people in the temple about Jesus and made Temple leaders very angry. The Temple leaders told John and Peter they would be in big trouble if they didn’t stop sharing about Jesus.
What did John and Peter do? They went to other Christians and together they prayed for two things; courage and miracles.
Note: They didn’t pray that God would take the hard things away. Instead they prayed for courage to endure the hard things. Actually, their prayer reminds me of this week’s Point.
The Point: “God is bigger than anything!”
Sometimes, God’s plan isn’t to take those hard things away. Hard things can be good for us. Things like; exercise and math can be hard, but they make us stronger and smarter. Because the Christians didn’t run away from hard things, they were able to spread the word of God around the world.
Ask your Treeline & Summit Kids;
Why did the first Christians pray for courage and more miracles?
(So that they could continue doing God’s work, even if it was challenging.)
Do you think they were still scared after they prayed this?
(Yes, they were still human. However, they were aware of how powerful their God is.)
Do you have something in your life right now that’s really hard? What may God be asking you to do?
As always, I’ve enjoyed sharing with y’all.
See you next week to discover, know and follow.