We are Worshipping Warriors
-Holy Spirit gives us power to worship God in difficult times.
This month we will review all that we have learned about becoming worshipping warriors. We will introduce the story of Paul and Silas worshipping God while in prison as an example of evidence of a worshipping warriors. Here is a devotion that speaks to the heart position needed to be a true worshiper.
Paul and Silas were treated like criminals, when all they did was do the work of God. And now they sat in a jail cell beaten and flogged. Who would have blamed them for being angry with God? We would all understand if it was recorded that they lamented that night about all of their suffering. But that is not what happened! Our text for today tells us that Paul and Silas prayed and sang hymns all night. They worshiped and praised God even though they had been treated the way they had. How is this possible? What allowed them to be in this state of mind? It was the attitude of their heart. Their lives were so focused on the ministry of the kingdom of God that they were willing to experience anything, even suffering, for what they were doing. They believed and trusted that God could work through their bad times as well as He did through their good times. How about you and me? Do we believe that? We need to have the same attitude in our hearts as Paul and Silas had. We need to praise God through the good and the bad. We need to trust that He can, and will, work His will in and through all the circumstances we face in this life. This is the hear position of a true worshiper.
Scripture: Acts 16:16-40
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Video of sign language for memory verse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3AX_wiRPDI
1. Acts 16:16-40 is in the New Testament. It was written as an example of what our response should be to difficult circumstances
2. We praise God because of who He is.
Our strength comes from the holy spirit who guides us and teaches us.
3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must live a life of faith in God.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long
Storytime: Paul and Silas lesson ideas and poem: lesson_83_paul_and_silas_are_in_jail
Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:Paul and Silas song
Hop and Stop: preschool game
Let’s play Blanket Ball. In this game, we will remind each other of our Bible Memory Verse
(Zephaniah 3:17a): “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.” Each time we toss
the ball into the air and catch it in the blanket, we will say a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse.
1. Children stand in a circle holding the edges of the blanket.
2. Place a ball or balloon in the center of the blanket.
3. Together, the children quickly raise the blanket to toss the ball or balloon into the air.
4. As the ball lands, lead children in saying a phrase of the Bible Memory Verse. Phrases can be divided
as follows: “true worshipers/ will worship the Father / in the Spirit/ and in truth
5. Play several times.
5-12 Year Old Powerzone Workshops
Storyteller’s Tent/ Drama/Games
Scripture/Bible Game: GAME: Jail Tag
Lesson ideas :
Work sheets and coloring sheets:Sunday School Lesson Activity 815 Paul Silas survive and Earthquake in Jail with the Philippian Jailor Mini Book BW
Children will make up a skit that shows worshiping God during a difficult time and film it for others to see.
Brainstorm ways that we can worship God. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three ways that they could worship God during difficult times. Look at Acts 16:16-40 for help.
Each child will design a silhouette filled with what makes them (evidence) a true worshiper.