74 Good news about Jesus

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Acts 8:30b–31a.

 If you had to describe your life in just a few words, what would you say?

What would you include and what might you miss out?

If you had to describe Jesus’ life in just a few words, what would you say?

What would you include and what might you miss out?

If someone handed you a Bible, would you know where to look to find something about Jesus?

 

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The story so far…

After Stephen died, there was more trouble for the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. Many were put in prison and others went from place to place, telling people about Jesus as they went. One of these was Philip, who went to a town called Samaria.

Now read Acts 8:26–40 together.

 

What happened next…

Philip went on his way, telling people about Jesus wherever he went. By now the followers of Jesus had taken God’s message a long way from the starting place in Jerusalem. And more adventures were ahead…

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 96 together.

 

Did you know…?

Philip Like Stephen, he was one of the men chosen to make sure that the poor people in the church were helped. There was another Philip, who was one of Jesus’ 12 close friends.

Ethiopian The man whom Philip met was an important official in running the country of Ethiopia: he was the queen’s treasurer.

The Book of Isaiah The books of the Old Testament were written in Hebrew and later translated into Greek. The Ethiopian was reading a Greek version of the book of Isaiah. Philip could hear him reading because people read aloud, in those days. (The Ethiopian was reading the part of Isaiah that you can read in Challenge 10!)

Try it out

Did you notice how the Ethiopian found out about Jesus? He read what Isaiah had written; and then Philip explained it to him.

Talk to your Bible Coach about how you first heard about Jesus. You may have people in your family who are Christians, so you heard about him when you were very young; or you may have found out about him at school or on holiday. Maybe you read about him in a book. Very often, we hear about Jesus through other people telling us. This is often how God speaks to us – through other people.

What about your Bible Coach? How did they first hear about Jesus?

Have you ever helped someone else to find out about Jesus? God wants to speak to people through you, too!

It often helps to practise telling people about Jesus. Imagine that you are Philip. What would you have told the man about Jesus? Tell your Bible Coach something about Jesus. This could be things that you know from the Bible or ways in which he has helped you in your own life. After a minute or two swap over and let your Bible Coach have a turn.

Remember that we can all be God’s messengers and, if we have a chance, we can tell others about Jesus.

 

Talk to God

“Dear God, thank you for the people who help me to understand things about you, people like …………………………….”

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