Godly Play I: Adventures of Paul
Summary: Last week children learned about the conversion of Paul. This week they will learn about Paul’s missionary journeys with Barnabas and Silas. You can find the accounts in Acts 13-16.
I Wonder… : why some people thought the Good News was scary? what it feels like to ‘hear the good news and let it change you’? how someone can know and love Jesus if they never met him before he died on the cross?
Additional Followup: Sing songs like Paul and Silas did in prison! Take out a map and see where all Paul went on his missionary journeys. Pray for our church supported missionaries as they seek to take the Good News to the world.
Memory Verse: For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. Psalm 16:10
*We are learning all of Psalm 16 over the next 10 weeks. We’ll add in one verse a week to cover them all!
Godly Play II and III: New City Catechism
What is idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator.
For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. . . . They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. . . . Romans 1:21 & 25
Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come.
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-6
Mealtime Conversation Questions
1. I wonder what you feel when you hear that God will not allow sin to go unpunished?
2. I wonder how God punishes sin?
3. I wonder what is an idol?