Background: Doctor Luke wrote not only the gospel of Luke but also this additional historical account of the birth and the spread of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit of Christ. He called this book, Acts. Some call it the Acts of the Apostles or the Acts of the Holy Spirit.
We often wonder how God speaks to us. As Paul was going out and spreading the good news to the whole world, God used a variety of means to communicate with him where to go next. Here is one way…
Ask the children…
What means did God use to communicate with Paul in this situation?
“That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us!’” (Acts 16:9)
Who did Paul think had sent this vision and what did he do as a result?
“So we[c] decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.” (Acts 16:10)
Paul believed that God had provided this vision to give him direction where to go next. God still uses visions today and many other ways of communicating with us; the biblical word of God interpreted by the Holy Spirit, dreams, ideas that come into our minds, spoken words from the Holy Spirit, words from other people, events, prophetic words, etc. The bottom line is that our Father in heaven is a communicator who wants us to understand the plan He has for our lives so we can obey it and be blessed and bless others.
Ask your children if they hear from God? How does He speak to them? Because we are all created uniquely, God has different ways of speaking to us. Share as a group how y0u hear from God and then determine to be on the look out this next week how God is speaking and you are responding. Share those experiences with each other when they happen so you can be encouraged.
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