11am Service 18 October 2020
Hi Everyone, here are some reflection questions we’ll be using in our Wednesday sermon discussion on Zoom.
Dear GCBC Parents:
As some of you might remember, this would have been our GCBC weekend away at Castledaly Manor. Stonebriar Community Church from the States would have been here bringing God’s Word to encourage us in our faith journey. Instead, Jason will be preaching to us from Acts 11:19-30 about Jesus followers in Antioch who were faithful to preach the Gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. We can learn from the Christians in Antioch about being faithful followers of Christ by sharing the Good News with those around us. Heaven will be filled with people from every tribe, language, people, and nation (Rev. 5:9, 7:9, 14:6). Let’s make sure our children and teens understand this and pray for eyes to see and hearts to love everyone around us especially when they do not look or sound like us.
Sunday, 18th October Links:
Digging Deeper for Children (print the Digging Deeper worksheet or write out the following Scripture passage on your own piece of paper and follow the instructions below; then answer the questions listed after the verses)
- Circle the word “believers” in the verses below. How many did you find? _____
- Underline every time you read “Antioch” and “Gentiles”
Acts 11:19-26 (NLT)
19 Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews. 20 However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus. 21 The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the Lord.
22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
20 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
What do the following verses say about telling others the Good News of Christ? Think about how the believers in Antioch were faithful followers.
- Acts 1:8 – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” [Jesus said this]
- Mark 16:15 – “And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” [Jesus said this]
- Revelation 14:6 – “And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people.”
- Romans 10:15 – “And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!””
Family Links –
- Right Now Media – “Torchlighters: The William Booth Story” about faithful followers of Christ in the East End of London that resulted in the Salvation Army
- Right Now Media – Seeds Family Worship, “Power of Encouragement,” Song 10 “Go (Matthew 28:19)”
- Bible Project video great for older children/teens on Luke and Acts (watch the video for Acts 8-12 for this week’s sermon) – https://bibleproject.com/explore/gospel-series/