Gather around the table or cozy up on the couch and read this week’s part of The Big God Story.
All you’ll need is a Bible – you can use a physical copy, biblegateway.com, or the YouVersion app on your phone. Choose a translation that’s easy for kids to understand – the NIV is good, but the New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) is probably even better.
After you read, use the discussion questions as a guide to have a conversation.
To end your time together, pray a blessing over your child. (You can use the one below or make up your own!)
The Big God Story:
When the Holy Spirit came to earth after Jesus rose up to heaven, everything changed! What were some of the amazing things that happened on Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came? Invite your child to respond. Great thoughts. They heard a sound like a great wind and saw what looked like tongues of fire resting above those who believed. They spoke languages they didn’t know, proclaiming the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and three thousand people put their faith in Jesus that day!
Where does the Holy Spirit live? Invite your child to respond. He lives inside each person who’s chosen to trust and obey Jesus. And when God’s Spirit lives inside you, you start to see things differently. God helps us to see people and circumstances differently—clearly, with his perspective. God helps us to see how powerful he is.
One person who saw God’s power change everything was the apostle Peter. Open your Bible to Acts 3:2 and invite your child to follow along as you read. The Bible says that one day, as Peter walked to the temple to pray, “a man who was [crippled] from birth was being carried to the temple gate…where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts” (Acts 3:2). Do you think Peter had seen this man before? Invite your child to respond. Jewish people went to the temple three times a day, so if this man begged at the temple every day, Peter had probably seen him many times before.
But God’s Spirit lived inside Peter now. So when the crippled beggar asked Peter for money, the Bible says Peter “looked straight at him” (Acts 3:4). And what did he see? Peter said to the man, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6). Wow! Peter told this man who had lived his whole life without the use of his legs to walk! What do you think happened? Invite your child to respond. Yes. The man stood up and walked! He jumped up and praised God!
What did Peter say to the man before he was healed? Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” By saying this, Peter was recognizing that only through the power of God could the man be healed. It was God who helped Peter to see the beggar with compassion. It was God’s power that healed the man.
God used this situation to bring people to believe in him. Peter wasn’t the only one who had seen the man begging every day at the temple gate. Almost everyone at the temple had seen this man begging. And now what did they see?
Invite your child to turn to verses 9-10 and follow along as you read. The Bible says, “When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him…and they were filled with wonder and amazement” (Acts 3:9-10). They wanted to know how this man had been healed. So Peter told them. He told everyone who would listen that Jesus’ power had healed this man. And more people came to believe in Jesus!
God’s power is just as active today as it was in the days when Peter was alive. When we believe in Jesus, God’s Spirit still comes and lives inside us. His Spirit still changes everything in our lives. God still wants to do amazing things as his power works through us. Throughout The Big God Story and even today, we consistently see God’s power at work.
As a child of God, the Holy Spirit can work through you in conversations, relationships, giving to others, and many other ways. God can work through you to change lives just like he worked through Peter to change the life of the beggar. When God’s Spirit lives inside us, God helps us to see how his power changes the world.
– How did God show his power in this part of The Big God Story?
– How have you seen God show his power in the world today/in your lifetime?
– How might God want to work through you to show his power to others and help them come to know Jesus?
Look your child in the eyes, say their name, and then speak this blessing to them: May you know that God loves you, that he’s always with you, and may you become all that he’s created you to be. May you love God with your whole heart for your whole life.