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Acts 16-21

The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel

Lesson Ideas:

1) Missionaries teach people about Jesus. (older children)

There are many activities for missionary role-playing in other lessons. If those don’t work for you, I’ve thought of a new one. First, print out the missionary badges for each of the kids. Have them sign their name.

Next print out the sheet below. It has on it various countries your class missionaries can visit. Each country contains different people you meet and the situations they find themselves in. Some are lacking faith, need repentance, baptism, or want to learn of Jesus. Read the situation to each of the kids and have them decide what they will teach from what they’ve learned so far of the gospel.

Although it may be difficult, encourage the children to use their scriptures. Much of this weeks lesson is about teaching the gospel. We can’t do that without the scriptures.

2) Read and Understand the Scriptures (younger/older children)

The scriptures themselves teach that to understand them, we must read and study them often. Below are three important scriptures from the lesson. In order to look them up, the children will need to translate the message using the key.

You can divide the class into three groups and have them translate their message and then read the full scripture. Ask each group to explain what it teaches.

.I’ve outlined the three scriptures below (and the symbol translations):

They … searched the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11)

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

He is “not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27)

When have you felt close to Heavenly Father?

Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

We are the offspring of God” (Acts 17:29)

God is not far away. He is as close as a prayer and watches over us. We have parents on earth and in we are spirit children of our Heavenly Parents. They love us.

Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

A scripture that plainly tells we are the children (offspring) of God.

3) What Helps People Believe in Jesus Christ (younger/older children)

In Paul’s day, people worshipped gods they made out of stone and other materials. It isn’t much different today, when people stop believing in God, that they replace Him with material things.

Acts 17:27–29

New Testament

27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

Invite an open discussion about what helps us believe in Jesus Christ? What invites and rewards our faith? Things that help as believe are:

– Reading and learning the scriptures
– Feeling the Holy Ghost teach you truth
– Living the gospel
– Praying to God
– Listening to Prophets
– Going to the temple and feeling the spirit there

4) What you Learned and Where it Came From (older children)

Invite the children to share their favorite stories about Jesus. Why does that story have meaning to you? Because of what you learn, do you change something about the way you live or try to live differently?

Where do you learn all things about Christ?
– The scriptures
– The living prophets / scriptures

As an activity, print out this chart and set up for everyone to see. (or write it up on the chalkboard)

You can do this several ways, but one idea is to divide the class into teams. They will rely on their memory today. Some principles and teachings from the scriptures are shown on the printout. The goal is to get three in a row as a game of tic-tac-toe.

To fill in a spot, the children must think of a story where the teaching is taught. For example: For the word “Forgiveness”, a child might think of how when Jesus was on the cross he forgave the people and said to God, “Forgive them Lord for they know not what they know not what they do”. If the child gets a story related to the principle, then mark that spot with a rock or something to let them know they got it.

Reinforce that it is difficult to live a Christlike life if you don’t study the scriptures. My thoughts being that you have to know the master to follow Him.

5) Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus Christ (younger/older children)

This activity idea comes from the primary LDS teaching manual. I’ve changed the content to fit my lesson.

Each puzzle piece contains words that reflect what it means to be valiant in the testimony of Jesus Christ. Print the puzzle sheet below. Hand out 1 piece to each of the kids.

Print the challenge sheet and role-play. When you read through a role play, a child can only take up the challenge if it fits the puzzle piece they have For example: If the child has the word “Repentant” And the scenario is about obeying parents, they will have a hard time challenging the role-play. However, the child with the word “Obedient” is a a sure match and they can add the piece to the puzzle when finished.

Supplemental Questions:

1) How can you teach the children to find Jesus Christ in the scriptures, even when He isn’t mentioned by name?

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