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Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 15 “Philip Preaches the Gospel”

Featured Passage: Acts 8


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After Stephen was killed the Christians began to be persecuted more than ever before.  A young man named Saul received permission from the authorities to hunt down Christians and put them in prison. Many of the Christians began to move to other places to get away from the persecution in Jerusalem. The Apostles stayed in the area, continuing to preach the good news. Philip, a recently ordained deacon, was one of those who went out from Jerusalem preaching the gospel, making an impact everywhere he went. One day, an angel spoke to Philip and sent him on a very particular mission.

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Discuss:

  1. What is persecution? What was Saul doing to the Christians?  
  2. What was the name of the magician who had astonished the people of Samaria? Why was he following the Apostles? What did Peter tell him? 
  3. Where did the angel tell Philip to go? Whom did he meet? How was he able to catch up with him? 
  4. What part of Scripture was the Ethiopian reading when Philip overtook the chariot? What is it in this passage that Philip could use to preach the gospel? 
  5. How did the Ethiopian respond after Philip explained the passage? 
  6. Where did Philip go after he left the Ethiopian? How did he get there? What do you think he did when he got there?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 8:12 

“But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 14 “The Church Begins”

Featured Passage: Acts 2-7


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Before Jesus ascended into heaven He had told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the power of the Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost had come and many people were in Jerusalem to keep it. The disciples were gathered together in a house to keep this Holy Day. As they were meeting suddenly they heard sounds like a mighty wind and something extraordinary happened!

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Discuss:

  1. What happened when the disciples heard the mighty wind? 
  2. What does it mean to speak in tongues?
  3. At the end of his message, what did Peter tell the people to do? How many people were baptized that day?
  4. What miracle happened when Peter and John went up to the temple? 
  5. Why do you think the Jewish leaders didn’t want Peter and John to preach in Jesus’ name? What happened after they told them not to?
  6. Why do you think Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money they were giving? What happened to them?
  7. Why was the office of deacon created? Who were the first deacons?
  8. What was Stephen accused of when he was arrested? Why do you think the Jews were so angry with Stephen after he spoke?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 2:38 

“Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 13 “A New Apostle”

Featured Passage: Acts 1


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Jesus had died, but now He was alive!  For forty days after He was resurrected Jesus Christ had been seen by different people – He talked, walked, and ate with them. Jesus showed the people that death had no power over Him and gave them hope in resurrection from the dead for all human beings who choose to follow God. Soon it was time for Jesus to return to His Father in heaven. The disciples gathered together to receive final instructions from the Lord.

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Discuss:

  1. What did Jesus tell the disciples they were to do once they received the Holy Spirit?
  2. How many apostles were there at this time? Why do you think it was important for there to be twelve apostles?
  3. What were some characteristics the apostles looked for in selecting a new apostle? Who were the two men between whom the choice would be made? 
  4. How did they choose between the two? 
  5. Who was selected to replace Judas? What will be his reward in the kingdom (Matthew 19:28)?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 1:8

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 12 “Breakfast with Jesus”

Featured Passage: John 21


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Jesus was dead, and now He was alive! He had been resurrected from the dead, which was a wonderful miracle. The disciples were so excited, but now what were they to do? The disciples had been taught by Jesus for three and a half years, but they hadn’t yet understood the full reason of why they had been called. They decided to go back to what they used to do – fishing! One morning, after spending all night trying to catch something, a man appeared on the shore. At first they didn’t recognize Him, but once they did they raced toward the beach to meet Him. They didn’t know yet, but Jesus, the Son of God, was about to give them a purpose and a mission that would change the world.

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Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Peter decided to go fishing? Who were some of the disciples that went fishing with Peter? 
  2. What did the man on the shore tell the disciples to do? What happened when they listened?
  3. Who was it that recognized the man speaking was actually Jesus? How do you think he knew it was Jesus?
  4. Who made breakfast? What do you think it would be like to eat breakfast with God? 
  5. What question did Jesus ask Peter after they had eaten? Who is represented by the lambs and the sheep that Jesus instructed Peter to feed? What was Jesus really telling Peter to do?
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Memory Challenge:

John 21:25 

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 11 “The Empty Tomb”

Featured Passage: John 20


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After being betrayed, Jesus was taken away and was killed even though He had done nothing wrong. He died for the sins of every person in the world (John 1:29, 1 Corinthians 5:7). Jesus was laid in a tomb, and His disciples were very sad, but God’s plan was not over. Early one morning, after Jesus had been buried for three days, some women came to visit the tomb. They were surprised to see that the stone covering the entrance of the tomb was pushed open. They ran to tell the other disciples to come and see. One of the women named Mary Magdalene began to cry, thinking that someone had stolen Jesus’ body. That was when a man, who she thought was the gardener, began to speak to her.

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Discuss:

  1. When did the women come to the tomb? 
  2. Who did the women tell first that the tomb was open? What did they do when they heard the news? 
  3. Why was the tomb open? Where was Jesus? 
  4. Who did Mary see when she looked into the tomb again?
  5. To whom did Christ first appear? Why did Jesus tell Mary not to touch Him? 
  6. When did the disciples see Jesus Christ after He was resurrected? What do you think it would have been like to be with the disciples when Jesus appeared?
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Memory Challenge:

John 20:31

“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 10 “A Disciple’s Betrayal”

Featured Passage: John 13


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After Lazarus had been resurrected, Jesus went up to Jerusalem with His disciples. It was almost time for the Feast of Unleavened Bread to start. Jesus spent lots of time teaching the people at the temple, but the Jewish leaders were very jealous. They didn’t want the people to follow Jesus instead of them, so they began plotting about how they could kill Jesus, and Lazarus. The only problem was, they didn’t know how to catch Him without making themselves look bad in front of the people. One day, a man secretly came to them and told them he would be willing to help them catch Jesus, as long as they would pay him. The Jews were happy they now had a way to carry out their evil plot, for one of Jesus’ own disciples agreed to look for the right moment to betray Him.

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Discuss:

  1. What festival was Jesus and His disciples observing when they sat down together to have a meal? 
  2. Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet? What lessons can we learn from His example?
  3. Who was the disciple that betrayed Jesus? How do you think Jesus knew which one would betray Him? 
  4. When Judas left the supper after Jesus gave him bread, why do you think Jesus said “What you do, do quickly”? What did the other disciples think He meant?  
  5. After Judas left, what did Jesus tell His disciples? Why do you think He encouraged them to remember to love one another? 
  6. How do you think Jesus felt to be betrayed by His friend? What can this story teach us about being a good and loyal friend?
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Memory Challenge:

John 13:34

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 9 “Lazarus”

Featured Passage: John 11


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The Pharisees wanted to stone Jesus and tried to catch Him, but Jesus escaped out of their hands. He went to a region beyond the Jordan River where John used to baptise people and many came there to listen to Jesus teach. During this time, one of His dear friends, named Lazarus, became very ill. Jesus had healed many people, so He could certainly heal his friend too! However, the disciples reminded Jesus it was dangerous to travel back to Judea because the Jews still wanted to kill him. Jesus was not worried about that, but He delayed going to Lazarus for another purpose.

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Discuss:

  1. Who were Lazarus’ sisters? Can you think of any other stories in the Bible that talk about them?
  2. Why do you think Jesus waited until Lazarus was already dead before He decided to go to him? 
  3. How long had Lazarus been dead when Jesus arrived? Why do you think this was important? 
  4. What did Jesus say to Martha about the resurrection? What things do you know about the resurrection? 
  5. What was Jesus’ response when Mary came to Him crying? What can we learn about who Jesus is from His reaction? 
  6. How did the Pharisees react to Lazarus being raised from the dead? Why did they consider Jesus a threat to their positions?
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Memory Challenge:

John 11:25

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.’


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 8 “The Good Shepherd”

Featured Passage: John 10


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After Jesus healed a man who was blind from birth, the Pharisees wanted to know who He was. Some of the Jews thought He was evil and crazy, while others realized His good works could not be performed by an evil person. Jesus had compared those who did not understand His message with those who could not see, saying they were spiritually blind. He then spoke a parable to them about something most people understood during that time – sheep and shepherds. The Pharisees, not satisfied with Jesus’ answer, surrounded Him hoping that this time He would not get away!

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Discuss:

  1. Why did Jesus often use parables when speaking to the people? (Hint: Look in John 10 or Matthew 13 for the answer)
  2. Who are the sheep in the parable? What do you think sheep can teach us about being Christians?
  3. What does Jesus mean when He calls Himself the door to the sheep? How does Jesus describe those who do not come through the door?
  4. How does Jesus describe a good shepherd? In what ways is Jesus the good shepherd?
  5. What reward does Jesus have for His sheep? 
  6. Why did the Pharisees want to stone Jesus?
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Memory Challenge:

John 10:11

“I am the good shepherd. The shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 7 “Jesus Heals a Blind Man”

Featured Passage: John 9


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As Jesus  taught and worked many wonderful miracles, the Jewish leaders were becoming very jealous and angry. One day, when Jesus was teaching in the temple, He said something that made the Jews so mad they wanted to stone Him! Jesus quickly hid and escaped out of the temple, but as He was leaving He noticed a man who had been blind from birth. Jesus’ disciples asked Him why the man was born blind and He told them God had something very special planned for this particular man.

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Discuss:

  1. What explanation did the disciples say was the reason the man was born blind? How did Jesus answer them?
  2. What did Jesus do to heal the man? What instructions did he give to the man? 
  3. On what day of the week did this miracle occur? 
  4. When questioned, who did the man say had healed him? Why do you think the Pharisees wanted the man to deny that Jesus had healed him?
  5. Why did the Pharisees question the man’s parents? 
  6. What did the Pharisees say was their reason for not believing Jesus was from God? Why did the man who was healed believe that Jesus was from God?
  7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “those who see may be made blind”? 
  8. What things did you learn about who Jesus is in this passage?
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Memory Challenge:

John 9:39 

“For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 2: NT Lesson 6 “Jesus Goes to the Feast”

Featured Passage: John 7


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Jesus was becoming popular, and everyone was talking about Him. Who was this man? Was He the prophet of who Moses had written about (Deuteronomy 18:15)? Was He the Messiah who had come to save them, or was He just deceiving people? Jesus’ own family did not even believe Him, and the Pharisees and chief priests were out to kill Him! It was time to keep the Feast of Tabernacles as God had commanded. Jesus needed to keep the feast in Jerusalem, but how could He go when it was so dangerous? 

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Discuss:

  1. What did Jesus’ brothers tell Him to do? What was Jesus’ response?
  2. Why did Jesus not go up to Jerusalem with His brothers? What did He do instead?
  3. Why were the people arguing about Jesus?
  4. Where did the people believe Jesus was born? Why did it matter?
  5. What is doctrine? From whom did Jesus say He received His doctrine?
  6. How did Jesus make His presence known at the Feast?
  7. What did Jesus preach about on the eighth day? What do we call the eighth day of the feast? 
  8. Why do you think God did not allow the Jews to capture Jesus?
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Memory Challenge:

John 7:28-29

Then Jesus cried out, as He taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from; and I have not come of Myself, but He who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.”