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.
A prophecy was made over Paul that he would be bound when he went to Jerusalem and then turned over to the Romans. What is amazing is the way that Paul reacted compared to those who were with him.
Ask the children…
How did Paul’s friends react to this prophecy and what did Paul say?
“When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart!” (Acts 21:12, 13)
What did Paul say he was willing to do for the Lord?
“I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13)
Paul told the Lord that he would do whatever it took to get the gospel out. Those who wanted to protect him from jail were getting in the way of what the Lord wanted for him. You see, the kingdom life is upside down from the world’s way of doing things. We give up our lives so that we can find them in Christ.
Ask your children if they are willing to sacrifice in order to follow Jesus? What would they be willing to sacrifice? Why? Remind them of other stories in the book of Acts where sacrfice was required for the cause of Christ. Stephen for example. He gladly gave his life because God was with him. As one man said, “You can’t scare me with heaven!”
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