December 6
 
The Holy Spirit Came
Bible Passage: Acts 2
Story Point:  God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit
Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. 
 
God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who trusts in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
 
December 13
Peter Healed a Man
Bible Passage: Acts 3-4
Story Point: The Holy Spirit gave Peter power to heal a man.
Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. 
 
After Jesus returned to heaven, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to begin working. With the power of Jesus’ name, Peter healed a man who was lame. Not even the religious leaders could stop Jesus’ followers from sharing the good news about Jesus. 
 
December 20
Jesus Was Born
Bible Passage: John 1
Story Point: Jesus came to bring us life
Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. 
 
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world as a human to bring us life. He brought light into darkness and showed us what God is like. 
 
December 27
Faithful in Hard Times
Bible Passage: 1 Peter 1-2
Story Point: Peter encourage believers who faced persecution
Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. 
 
The Bible says Christians will suffer for following Jesus. Peter encouraged believers who faced persecution for their faith. Through suffering, God can make us more like His Son. Jesus gives us hope and true life so we can live joyfully for Him, even in hard times. 
 
January 3
Living Like Jesus
Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1
Story Point: Peter instructed believers to live like Jesus
Key Passage: 2 Peter 1:3
Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God’s glory. 
 
Jesus lived a perfect life and died the death we deserve for our sins. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and changes our hearts. Jesus calls and empowers His followers to live like Him. 
 
January 10
Bible Passage: Acts 4-5
Story Point: Ananias and Sapphira lied about their gift to the church.
Key Passage: Romans 12:5
Big Picture Question: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.
 
Ananias and Sapphira wanted to look generous, but they were greedy. The Holy Spirit changes our hearts to want to share with those in need because Jesus generously gave all He had so we can share in His riches and have forgiveness and eternal life. 
 
January 17
Stephen’s Sermon
Bible Passage: Acts 6-7
Story Point: Stephen preached about Jesus no matter what. 
Key Passage: Romans 12:5
Big Picture Question: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.
 
Stephen was killed because he was a Christian. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted- hated, hurt, or even killed- for loving Him. Jesus also said that those who suffer for Him would be blessed. We can face suffering in this life because Jesus suffered first. He died then rose again, and He is waiting for us in heaven. 
 
January 24
The Good News
Bible Passage: Romans 5-6
Story Point: God sent Jesus into the world to rescue sinners. 
Key Passage: Romans 12:5
Big Picture Question: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.
 
Because God created everything, He is in charge of everything. Everyone sins, or disobeys God. Our sin separates us from God. The good news of the gospel is that God sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment we deserve. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved. 
 
January 31
Doers of the Word
Bible Passage: James 1-2
Story Point: James said that faith without works is useless.
Key Passage: Romans 12:5
Big Picture Question: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.
 
Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:23). James reminded believers to be doers of the word. Jesus rescues us from sin and frees us to live a life that honors God. By doing what is good and right, people who trust Jesus can show that they really believe in Him. 
 
February 7
Philip and the Ethiopian
Bible Passage: Acts 8
Story Point: The Holy Spirit led Philip to tell the Ethiopian man about Jesus.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:18
Big Picture Question: Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus
 
The Ethiopian official knew what the Old Testament prophets said, but he did not understand that they spoke about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to help the official understand the good news about Jesus: Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead, just like the Old Testament prophets said. 
 
February 14
Paul Met Jesus
Bible Passage: Acts 8-9
Story Point: Jesus saved Paul and chose him to spread the gospel.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:18
Big Picture Question: Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus
 
Jesus appeared to Saul and changed him inside and out. Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Jesus called Paul, who was once an enemy to Christians, to spend the rest of his life telling people the gospel and leading them to trust in Jesus. 
 
February 21
New Life In Jesus
Bible Passage: Colossians 2-3
Story Point: Jesus gives new life to people who trust in Him
Key Passage: Colossians 1:18
Big Picture Question: Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus
 
God changes us when we trust in Jesus. He adopts us into His family and makes us new! Jesus calls us to turn away from our sinful ways and live in a way that honors Him. 
 
February 28
Guarding the Truth
Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 11
Story Point: God gives us power to stand up for the gospel.
Key Passage: Colossians 1:18
Big Picture Question: Why does the church exist? The church exists to glorify God by worshiping Him, showing His love, and telling others about Jesus
 
Sharing Jesus with the world is not always easy. There will always be some who try to stop the good news from spreading. God calls believers to follow and obey Jesus no matter what. 

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