April 7, 2024

We are starting a new unit on the persecution of the New Testament church. During this unit, we will be remembering how Jesus suffered and died for our sins. The question for this unit is, “Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.”  Our memory verse for this unit is Isaiah 53:5 (NIV), “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Try memorizing the verse as a family. (Preschoolers will memorize the bolded portion.)

This week, we will be in Acts 5 as we learn about the apostles were arrested when they would not stop preaching about Jesus. We will see how “amidst many uncertainties and challenging circumstances, the apostles remained steadfastly assured of the power of the gospel to save anyone who believes. On this truth they placed their hope as they rejoiced in their suffering. Jesus calls His followers to be faithful and tell others about Him, even in times of trouble. Just as Jesus experienced rejection and suffering, so will His followers. We can have joy in suffering, knowing God uses our suffering, like Christ’s, for His glory.”

Check out the Learn More At Home button for discussion questions and activities you can do to reinforce learning and application at home. There is also a QR code that leads to Preschool and Elementary videos of the Bible story.