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Family Devotions

Check back each week for 5 devotions based on what both the adults and kids learned on Sunday.

Acts 4 Devotions

Day 1

Say:

Did you know that both you and I learned some of the same things on Sunday? We are both learning about the book of Acts. This week we're going to spend some time talking even more about what we learned about on Sunday.

Read:

Acts 4:1-31

Ask:

1. Do you remember what Jesus told Peter, John, and the rest of his friends to do before he went back up to heaven? (He told them to tell the world about him.)

2. What did the religious leaders tell Peter and John to do? (Not to tell people about Jesus.)

3. God wanted Peter and John to do one thing and the religious leaders wanted Peter and John to do something else. Peter and John had to choose who to obey - God or people. Why might it have been scary for Peter and John to choose to obey God? (These were powerful people who could arrest them, they would upset people, they might get hurt, etc.)

4. Why do you think Peter and John decided to obey God instead of people? (God is king over all the earth and deserves to be obeyed more than anyone else, God always has a good reason for the things he tells us to do, etc.)

5. Should we be surprised when we make people mad by obeying God? Why not? (No, we should not be surprised. Sometimes people will want us to do something that God tells us not to do. People might be mad at us because we choose to obey God instead of them.)

6. Can you think of a situation where you might have to choose between doing what God wants you to do and doing what a friend wants you to do? (Let your child share. Examples may include a friend at school wanting him or her to exclude a new kid or kids wanting him or her to make fun of someone because he is different.)

7. Choosing to obey God can sometimes be hard because people might get mad at us. But God helped Peter, John, and the rest of the church. How did God help them after they prayed? (He gave them boldness to continue to obey him and tell people about Jesus.) God will help us obey him too!

Pray:

Jesus' friends prayed that God would help them obey him by giving them boldness in telling other people about Jesus. Ask your child to share a situation where he or she would like help with obeying God. You can then share a situation where you would like help with obeying God. Pray together that God will help both of your obey him

Day 2

Say:

Yesterday we talked about how Peter and John chose to obey God instead of people. Today we are going to learn about three more men who chose to obey God instead of people.Their names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. 

 

Read: 

Daniel 3

Ask:

1. What did King Nebuchadnezzar want Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to do? (Bow down and worship the gold statue he set up.)

2. What did God want Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to do? (Worship only him.)

3. God wanted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to do one thing and King Nebuchadnezzar wanted them to do something else. The men had to choose who to obey - God or people. Why might it have been scary for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to choose to obey God? (They would make the powerful king angry, they would be thrown into a fiery furnace, etc.)

4. Why do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego decided to obey God instead of people? (God is king over all the earth and deserves to be obeyed more than anyone else, God always has a good reason for the things he tells us to do, God would save them if he wanted to, etc.)

5. Is it wrong if we make people mad at us when we obey God? Why not? (Sometimes people will want us to do something that God tells us not to do. People might be mad at us because we choose to obey God instead of them. But it is never wrong to obey God instead of obeying people.)

6. Can you think of another situation where you might have to choose between doing what God wants you to do and doing what a friend wants you to do? (Let your child share. Help him or her brainstorm if needed.)

7. Choosing to obey God can sometimes be hard because people might get mad at us. How did God help Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego when they obeyed him? (He kept them safe when they were in the fiery furnace.) We can pray for God's help too!

Pray:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were in a very scary situation, but God was able to help them and he did. Sometimes we face scary situations. Ask your child to share one situation that he or she is scared about right now. You can then share one situation that you are scared about right now. Then pray together and ask God to help you with both of these scary situations.

Day 3

Say: 

Yesterday we talked about how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego chose to obey God instead of people. Today we are going to learn about two women who chose to obey God instead of people. Their names were Shiphrah and Puah.

Read: 

Exodus 1

Ask:

1. What did the Pharaoh want Shiphrah and Puah to do? (Kill the baby Hebrew boys.)

2. What did God want Shiphrah and Puah to do? (Protect the babies and let them live.)

3. God wanted Shiphrah and Puah to do one thing and the Pharaoh wanted them to do something else. The women had to choose who to obey - God or people. Why might it have been scary for Shiphrah and Puah to choose to obey God? (They would make the powerful king angry, they could be punished or killed, etc.)

4. Why do you think Shiphrah and Puah decided to obey God instead of people? (God is king over all the earth and deserves to be obeyed more than anyone else, God always has a good reason for the things he tells us to do, they believed that God wanted them to do what was right, etc.)

5. Is it wrong if we make people mad at us when we obey God? Why not? (Sometimes people will want us to do something that God tells us not to do. People might be mad at us because we choose to obey God instead of them. But it is never wrong to obey God instead of obeying people.)

6. Can you think of another situation where you might have to choose between doing what God wants you to do and doing what a friend wants you to do? (Let your child share. Help him or her brainstorm if needed.)

7. Choosing to obey God can sometimes be hard because people might get mad at us. How did God help Shiphrah and Puah when they obeyed him? (He was good to them and gave them families of their own.) We can pray for God's help too!

Pray:

Shiphrah and Puah obeyed God by protecting the little babies who needed help. God used them to save many lives. Ask your child to think of one person they know of who needs help. You can then share one person you know of who needs help. Then pray together and ask God to help these people.

Day 4

Say: 

Yesterday we talked about how Shiphrah and Puah chose to obey God instead of people. Today we are going to learn about another woman who chose to obey God instead of people. Her name was Rahab.

Read: 

Joshua 2

Ask:

1. What did the king of Jericho want Rahab to do? (Give up the Hebrew spies who were hiding in her house.)

2. What did God want Rahab to do? (Protect the spies.) If you would like more evidence of this, take a look at Hebrews 11:31.

3. God wanted Rahab to do one thing and the king of Jericho wanted her to do something else. She had to choose who to obey - God or people. Why might it have been scary for Rahab to choose to obey God? (She would make a powerful king angry, she could be punished or killed, etc.)

4. Why do you think Rahab decided to obey God instead of people? (Rahab had heard about what God had done for the Israelites and believed that he was powerful, she believed that God is king over all the earth and deserves to be obeyed more than anyone else, etc.) 

5. Is it wrong if we make people mad at us when we obey God? Why not? (Sometimes people will want us to do something that God tells us not to do. People might be mad at us because we choose to obey God instead of them. But it is never wrong to obey God instead of obeying people.)

6. Can you think of another situation where you might have to choose between doing what God wants you to do and doing what a friend wants you to do? (Let your child share. Help him or her brainstorm if needed.)

7. Choosing to obey God can sometimes be hard because people might get mad at us. How did God help Rahab when she obeyed him? (He protected her when Jericho was destroyed and she became part of Israel AND part of Jesus' family tree!) We can pray for God's help too!

Pray:

Rahab chose to obey God because she was so amazed by the wonderful things he had done. Ask your child to share something he or she things is amazing about God. You can then share something you think is amazing about God. Then pray together and praise God for those things that are so amazing about him.

Day 5

Say: 

Yesterday we talked about how Rahab chose to obey God instead of people. Today we are going to learn about another man who chose to obey God instead of people. His name was Daniel.

Read: 

Daniel 6

Ask:

1. What did King Darius want Daniel to do? (Not pray to anyone but him for 30 days.)

2. What did God want Daniel to do? (Pray only to the true God.)

3. God wanted Daniel to do one thing and King Darius wanted him to do something else. He had to choose who to obey - God or people. Why might it have been scary for Daniel to choose to obey God? (He could be thrown into the lion's den.)

4. Why do you think Daniel decided to obey God instead of people? (Daniel loved God and was thankful for the things he had done, he believed that God is king over all the earth and deserves to be obeyed more than anyone else, etc.) 

5. Is it wrong if we make people mad at us when we obey God? Why not? (Sometimes people will want us to do something that God tells us not to do. People might be mad at us because we choose to obey God instead of them. But it is never wrong to obey God instead of obeying people.)

6. Can you think of another situation where you might have to choose between doing what God wants you to do and doing what a friend wants you to do? (Let your child share. Help him or her brainstorm if needed.)

7. Choosing to obey God can sometimes be hard because people might get mad at us. How did God help Daniel when he obeyed him? (He protected Daniel in the lion's den.) We can pray for God's help too!

Pray:

When Daniel chose to obey God and prayed to him, he spent time thanking God. Ask your child to share something he or she would like to thank God for. You can then share something you would like to thank God for. Then pray together and thank God for these things.