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Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 15 “Establishing Congregations (Part 1)”

Featured Passage: Acts 16-17


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God started His Church in Jerusalem with over 3,000 people baptized on the same Pentecost when Jesus Christ sent the Holy Spirit. As the apostles continued to preach the gospel, and news of Jesus Christ’s resurrection traveled, the church quickly grew.  Though many of the original followers came from the areas around Jerusalem, a growing number of people from other regions and nations were also interested in learning about Christ and following God’s way. The apostle Paul and some others traveled near and far to cities all around Asia minor to teach the people about God’s way and to set up congregations for the brethren. Their mission was exciting, but also rather dangerous.

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Discuss:

  1. After being in Jerusalem for a conference with the other leaders in the church, what reason did Paul have to go on another trip (Acts 15:36-41)? 
  2. Who was Timothy? Why do you think Paul wanted Timothy to come with him?
  3. What were the people in Philippi doing by the riverside on the Sabbath? Who did Paul and Silas meet from that group of people?
  4. Why were Paul and Silas arrested in Philippi? What were Paul and Silas doing in the prison that night? What do you think caused the jail keeper to become a believer? 
  5. To what city did Paul and Silas go to after leaving Phillipi? How did the Jews there respond to the gospel message? What did they accuse Jason and the other Christians of doing (Acts 17:6)? 
  6. When Paul taught in Berea how did the people there receive the truth? What can we learn from their example?
  7. When Paul spoke to the people in Athens, how did he introduce the true God? Why do you think he took this approach? 
  8. Imagine that someone asked you something about your beliefs. What are some ways you could answer them? Have you ever had to explain what you believe to someone? Are you always going to be able to explain things the same way? Why or why not?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 17:30-31 

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 14 “Peter’s Message”

Featured Passage: Acts 2


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Jerusalem was bursting at the seams with Jews from throughout the world. They had come for one of the pilgrimage festivals, the Feast of Pentecost. Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem to receive power from on high. They were to receive the Holy Spirit. When the day of Pentecost came, through an amazing miracle, Christ’s followers received the Holy Spirit. With this gift they immediately began to fulfill the commission Jesus Christ had given them – to preach the Gospel to all nations.

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Discuss:

  1. What happened as soon as the disciples received the Holy Spirit?
  2. Can you name some of the nationalities of the people who were in Jerusalem? What language did each person hear spoken?
  3. What prophecy did Peter say was being fulfilled when the disciples received God’s spirit? 
  4. What did Peter talk about in his sermon? How did the people respond when they realized that they had murdered the Christ? What did Peter tell them they needed to do? 
  5. What type of attitude did the brethren have toward one another at that time? How did they express this?
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Memory Challenge:

Acts 4:29-30

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 13 “The Great Commission”

Featured Passage: Mark 16


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While Jesus Christ lived on earth as a human being, during His ministry He served and taught people everywhere He went. What was He teaching? The good news of the coming Kingdom of God (aka: the Gospel). As He taught the people about the wonderful truth of God, though they did not fully understand it at the time, Jesus was training His disciples for a very important, and urgent mission. After His resurrection, Christ told the disciples that He needed to return to His Father, but first He had to give them the instructions for the mission.

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Discuss:

  1. What mission did Jesus give to the disciples? How was this mission a continuation of Jesus’ ministry? 
  2. What are the signs that Jesus said would be with those who believe? What do you think is the purpose of the signs?
  3. Is the mission over? When does God say the mission will be over? Who is responsible to carry out the instructions of Jesus Christ today? What responsibilities do you have in the mission?
  4. What are the main topics of the Gospel? If you were to explain to someone what the gospel of the Kingdom is, what would you say?
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Memory Challenge:

Mark 16:15-18

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 12 “The Resurrection”

Featured Passage: Matthew 28


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Jesus had died. A man named Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate and asked if he could take Jesus’ body and properly bury Him. Pilate agreed, so Joseph took Him and wrapped the body and put it in a tomb. Even though they had witnessed Jesus’ death, the Jews were not quite satisfied. They remembered that Jesus said “After three days I will rise.” So they asked that the tomb be guarded day and night just in case one of His disciples might try to take Him away. They did not understand that God is the one who has power over life and death and He had a special plan for His own Son.

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Discuss:

  1. What does the word resurrect mean? 
  2. When did Mary Magdalene and the other women arrive at the tomb? What did the women find when they came to the tomb? 
  3. Jesus said He would be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights (the same amount of time that Jonah was in the whale). Since Jesus was put in the tomb on Wednesday evening, counting three days and three nights, when did Christ rise from the dead?
  4. What did the women do when they discovered Christ was not in the grave?
  5. Where did Jesus instruct the disciples to meet Him? 
  6. How did the Jewish authorities plan to cover-up the truth about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead?
  7. What final instructions did Jesus give the disciples before He ascended to heaven?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 28:18-19

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 11 “Taken to Pilate”

Featured Passage: Matthew 26


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Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem did not sit well with the chief priests and elders. Besides, not many days before that, Jesus had resurrected Lazarus from the dead in front of a host of witnesses. Many of the people started to believe that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, and the religious rulers were determined that He must be stopped. They looked for an opportunity to take Him without the people knowing it, and the opportunity presented itself.

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Discuss:

  1. What happened when Jesus and His disciples were at the house of Simon the leper? Why were the disciples upset by this? 
  2. What was Judas promised for his betrayal? Where in the Bible is there a prophecy that this would happen?
  3. Where did Jesus and the disciples eat the Passover meal? 
  4. How did Jesus tell the disciples to prepare for what was about to happen to Him? How did they respond? What did Jesus say Peter would do?
  5. What did Christ do to prepare for what was about to happen? 
  6. Who came to arrest Jesus? How did the Jews know who Jesus was to arrest Him? What did the disciples do? 
  7. What crime did the high priest and elders say Jesus had committed? Was Christ guilty of that crime? Why or why not?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 26:39

 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 10 “Passover and Plotting”

Featured Passage: Matthew 26


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Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem did not sit well with the chief priests and elders. Besides, not many days before that, Jesus had resurrected Lazarus from the dead in front of a host of witnesses. Many of the people started to believe that Jesus was the prophesied Messiah, and the religious rulers were determined that He must be stopped. They looked for an opportunity to take Him without the people knowing it, and the opportunity presented itself.

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Discuss:

  1. What happened when Jesus and His disciples were at the house of Simon the leper? Why were the disciples upset by this? 
  2. What was Judas promised for his betrayal? Where in the Bible is there a prophecy that this would happen?
  3. Where did Jesus and the disciples eat the Passover meal? 
  4. How did Jesus tell the disciples to prepare for what was about to happen to Him? How did they respond? What did Jesus say Peter would do?
  5. What did Christ do to prepare for what was about to happen? 
  6. Who came to arrest Jesus? How did the Jews know who Jesus was to arrest Him? What did the disciples do? 
  7. What crime did the high priest and elders say Jesus had committed? Was Christ guilty of that crime? Why or why not?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 26:39

 “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 9 “The Messiah Enters Jerusalem”

Featured Passage: Matthew 21


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It was nearing the time for the Passover, and Jerusalem was beginning to fill with pilgrims traveling from many different places near and far. The streets were abuzz with talk about a man from Nazareth called Jesus. Many had witnessed His miracles of healing the sick and heard about His unique teachings. Some said they knew for a fact that He had raised a man, Lazarus, from the dead (John 12:1, 9-11). Many wondered, could this Jesus be the Messiah, the Savior of Israel who would come from the line of David? Imagine their excitement when they saw Jesus entering the city in a way which fulfilled a special prophecy about the Messiah. 

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Discuss:

  1. How did Jesus enter Jerusalem? How did the multitudes respond as Jesus entered the city? What do you think it would have been like to be there? (This fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9)
  2. What happened when Jesus arrived at the temple? What did the religious authorities think about all this?
  3. What lesson did Jesus intend the disciples to learn from the death of the fig tree?
  4. When the chief priests and elders questioned His authority, Jesus asked them a question in return. Why do you think they would not answer Christ’s question?
  5. In the parable about the landowner who leased his vineyard, who represented the landowner, vinedressers, and the son? What punishment did the elders say should be administered to the vinedressers?
  6. What was the point Jesus was making when He quoted Psalm 118:22? Do you think the chief priests and Pharisees knew what Jesus was talking about?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 21:9 

“Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!’”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 8 “The Narrow Gate”

Featured Passage: Matthew 7


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Jesus Christ taught His disciples about how they should conduct themselves as they go through this life. After giving principles of how we should not worry but seek the kingdom and put God first Jesus concluded His message with some very wise and very important advice for Christians. One thing He made clear is that trying to follow God and His teachings is not easy, but it is worth it!

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Discuss:

  1. What does it mean to have a “plank in your eye”? 
  2. How does a person ask, seek and knock? What does God promise to those who do?
  3. Verse 12 is often called the “Golden Rule”. What is the “golden rule” and how can you follow it? 
  4. What did Christ mean when He spoke of the narrow gate and the broad way? How does a person enter through the “narrow gate”? Why would you say it is worth it to take the difficult, narrow gate even though the other way is way easier?
  5. Christ used the analogy of a wolf in sheep’s clothing to describe false prophets. How did He say we could tell the difference?
  6. What does Christ say about those who call Him Lord, but do not obey the law? 
  7. When Christ tells us to build on the rock, what does He mean? How can we make sure we aren’t building our house on the sand?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 7 “Put God First”

Featured Passage: Matthew 6


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In the message He gave on the mountain (often known as “The Sermon on the Mount”), Jesus first encouraged His disciples in the attitudes they should have to be blessed and happy. He then began to address the importance of keeping the Commandments – emphasizing that Christians should keep the spiritual intent of the law and not just the letter of the law. Jesus Christ continued the message by talking about everyday circumstances that people have and the usual concerns that this life brings. Christ told them, and tells us today, that the answer to life’s problems is to put God first.

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Discuss:

  1. What does it mean to do “charitable deeds”? Can you think of some charitable deeds that you could do?
  2. When we do a good deed, should we tell everyone? Why or why not?
  3. What does it mean to fast? What are some instructions Jesus tells us about fasting in this passage?
  4. Do you worry about things? What does God say about worrying? What are some solutions to keep from worrying about things?
  5. What things did God say we should seek first? What is righteousness? How do we seek the kingdom and God’s righteousness?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 3: NT Lesson 6 “The Model Prayer”

Featured Passage: Matthew 6


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Prayer is something that God wants us to do. When we pray, we are coming before the Eternal’s magnificent throne to talk to our Heavenly Father. You may be curious about how to pray and wonder if you are doing it correctly. No worries! You are in good company; the disciples also wanted to learn how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus Christ left us instructions written in His word so that we can know how to pray.

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Discuss:

  1. What does Christ say about prayers that are recited to get attention? Where did Christ say we should go when we pray? Does this mean we have to be in a specific place when we pray? 
  2. How often should we pray? Can you think of any examples of people in the Bible who prayed regularly? 
  3. To Whom did Jesus say we should address our prayers?
  4. What does the word hallowed mean? How can we hallow God’s name?
  5. Why did Christ say that we need to pray for God’s kingdom to come? What are some reasons that we need His kingdom to come? 
  6. What are some things we should regularly pray about? For each thing that you mention, why do you think God wants us to pray about those things? 
  7. Imagine someone you are close to. How did you build a relationship with them? How does praying help us build a relationship with God? 
  8. Why does God want us to pray?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 6:6 

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”