Determination

Our sermon series is about Determination!

“Keep Holding On”

Bible Story: Stephen (Acts 6:1-7:60)

Bottom Line: Keep going because God knows the end of the story.

Memory Verse: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Life App: Determination-Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what!

 

May 28th ACTIVITY:

Activity #1: Fun Bible Trivia: 

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Questions below.

 

WHAT YOU DO: Grab a friend and see how much you know. Keep score as you play. The first person to get 5 points wins. You can also make up your own questions. 

  1. Who is Stephen in Acts of the Apostles? 

  2. Where was Jesus born?

  3. What did Noah build?

  4. What 3 things did the Father give his son when he returned?

  5. What did David use to kill Goliath?

  6. What was the sea called that God parted for Moses and the Israelites?

  7. What is the tree called that Zacchaeus climbed into to see Jesus?

  8. How many days was Jesus in the tomb before he rose again?

  9. What animal did Daniel face in the den?

  10. What did Joseph’s father give him that made his brother’s jealous?

Bonus: Here are some True and False Questions that are also fun courtesy of www.pioneer woman.com! Answers included!

QUESTIONS 

  1. Daniel was killed in the lion’s den. (False.)

  2. Abraham was married to Sarah. (True.)

  3. Joseph’s brothers got rid of him by selling him to slave traders. (True.)

  4. The Bible was originally written in Latin. (False.)

  5. Isaiah was a king. (False.)

  6. After the flood, a dove brought back an olive leaf to Noah, a sign that the flood waters had receded. (True.)

  7. “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is faith.” (False.)

  8. King Solomon had many wives. (True.)

  9. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. (True.)

  10. Abel killed his brother Cain. (False.)

  11. Jeremiah, Jonah, and Joel were all prophets. (True.)

  12. Simon and Peter were the first two apostles of Jesus Christ. (False.)

  13. Lot and his family had to flee from Jericho before it was destroyed. (False.)

  14. Paul was the one who taught the Lord’s Prayer. (False.)

  15. Jezebel was a wicked queen. (True.)

  16. The verse, “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want” is found in the book of Psalms. (True.)

  17. The woman Jesus spoke to at the well was a Samaritan. (True.)

  18. Jesus was born in Nazareth. (False.)

  19. David defeated Goliath with only one stone. (True.)

  20. The last of Egypt’s ten plagues was a swarm of locusts. (False.)

 Activity #2: The Stories of Old

 

WHAT YOU NEED: Paper and a pencil, crayon or marker. 

 

WHAT YOU DO: Remind kids that in today’s story, Stephen told the Sanhedrin stories from Israel’s history. 

 

Ask kids to recall some of the stories they’ve learned throughout this year.

 

Encourage the kids to draw pictures of things they have learned.  

As kids work, ask them what they’re making and what the story was about. 

 

If kids need help remembering stories, here are some highlights: 

 

Noah 

Joseph’s story  

Moses and the burning bush 

Israel crossing the Red Sea  

David and Goliath 

Daniel and the lions’ den

Jesus’ birth  

Zacchaeus

The story of the lost son (the prodigal son) 

Jesus’ death and resurrection

 

(Have the children tell you about those stories)

 

WHAT YOU SAY: “You are all great Bible storytellers! So was Stephen. He told the leaders all about God and His chosen people, the Israelites, and about Jesus. But the leaders were angry with him. They didn’t like what he was saying. So they were very mean to him, they shouted at him, and they threw stones at him. It wasn’t fair! But Stephen kept going and kept living and speaking for God until his last breath. He even asked God to forgive the leaders. He knew that God knew the end of the story, and he trusted God with everything he had. We can do the same. We can keep going because God knows the end of the story. We might not ever be in a situation like Stephen is, but we face tough times sometimes, too. When we do, we can remember that God knows everything, and we can trust Him!”

 

 

 

Activity #3: The Stories of Today

 

We learned that Stephen was really good at telling stories! He was also good at telling people about Jesus…  

 

LET’S COMBINE the stories we discussed today and make a story book! Let’s make the story be about us and JESUS! The beautiful thing is that it is about YOUR relationship with Jesus. It can have words, pictures- whatever you want! Get a few pieces of paper, crayons, pencils, stickers and make a story about you and Jesus!