Loved By Jesus

{We are going through a study with the kids in our Jr. Church program and I absolutely love the simplicity, straightforwardness, and practical application of it. (If you are looking for something for your own church I highly recommend it. You can find Rock-Solid Followers here.) I want to share with you weekly the main scriptures from the lessons. These kids (I teach 3-5 year olds) are soaking this stuff up and are making such an impact on me, and I want to share the Jesus love!}

Romans 8:39, No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (The New Living Translation)

(Acts 14:8-20 New Living Translation)

Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe

While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting  and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!”  They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker.  Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting,  “Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them.  In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways,  but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.”  But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead.  But as the believersgathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Life Focus:

Every day I can see evidence of God’s love for me.

Week One: Saved By Jesus

Week Two: Help From Jesus

Week Three: Sent By Jesus

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