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SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES: For Everyday People

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for some great resources on Silence and Listening, as well as resources on the Spiritual Disciplines focuses from past months.

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Series: Kingdom Reversalist
This week: 
Finding Strength...In Meekness
Passage: Matthew 5:5
Speaker: Dr. Don Page




Don has provided us with some great questions and other resources for reflection and growth:
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CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

May Series: ACTS | Radical

SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:1-19, Acts 9:19b-31, Acts 13:1-3, Acts 13:4-12, Acts 14:1-7
Radical can mean awesome and amazing. It can also mean something that has an impact so intense that it affects the very root of the thing. The triune God has a radical impact in our lives—so awesome and amazing—that it changes us at our very core. And that's radical.

BIG IDEA: God uses Christ-followers in radical ways.
ACTS | RADICAL
Ananias and Saul

Key Verse “When anyone lives in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone! The new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

What do you think the word “radical” means? Describe a series of events. Kids will choose the number they think best represents how radical it is: 1 = not radical at all and 5 = very radical! Read the following scenarios, pausing after each one for the kids to vote by number: • An exploding volcano affects everything surrounding it. How radical is the impact of a volcano? • Putting your clothes in the laundry will make your room much tidier (and less smelly!). How radical is putting clothes in the laundry? • Cleaning up litter on beaches and in parks can drastically improve the habitats of birds, animals, and insects. How radical is the impact of picking up garbage? • Being kind to other people can have a huge impact on how they feel. How radical is being kind?
• Jesus healed the sick, made blind people see, and even raised people from the dead! How radical is the power of Jesus?

Remember that God uses Christ-followers in radical ways. That means God can use each of us in amazing ways when we follow Jesus!

Have you ever felt that God was using you in some way? If so, what happened?

In today’s God Story, a man named Saul has a radical, life-changing encounter with Jesus. It changes Saul’s heart and the way he lives. Another man, Ananias, also hears the Lord speak and is given an important message for Saul.

Look up in your bibles and read Acts 9:1–19.
(Answers below)
Radical: Refers to being amazing or really dedicated. It also means something that has an intense impact on something else.
1) What was Saul doing to Jesus’ followers?
2) Who did Jesus say Saul was persecuting?
3) What happened to Saul on the road to Damascus?
4) What did the Lord tell Ananias to do?
5) Why didn’t Ananias want to go?
6) Did Ananias listen to Jesus and pray for Saul even though he was nervous?
7) What is the radically different plan Jesus had for Saul’s life?
8) What happened when Ananias prayed for Saul?
9) What do you think it was like for Saul and Ananias to hear Jesus speak to them?
10) Does God still speak to people today?
11) What are some of the ways we can hear from God?
12) Have you ever heard from God? If so, what did he say to you?

Pray, “Thank you, Jesus, that when I come to you, you transform my heart and make me new, just as you did for Saul. Please help me learn how to listen to you and recognize your voice. Thank you that you are always loving and you are always good. I love you! Amen.”

Answers:
1) Threatening, arresting, and killing believers; verses 1–2
2) Jesus; verse 4
3) A light from heaven shone around Saul; he fell on the ground; he heard Jesus’ voice; Saul got up and he was blind; his friends led him to Damascus; v 3–8
4) Find Saul, lay hands on him, and pray for him; verses 10–12
5) Knew what Saul was doing to believers; verse 13
6) Yes
7) To take his message to Jews, non-Jews, and even kings; verse 15
8) Saul regained his sight and was baptized; verses 17–18
9) Personal answers
10) Yes
11) Varied answers (e.g., through reading the Bible, other believers, nature, worship music, praying and asking God, “What are you saying to me, Lord?”)
12) Personal answers

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