Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Was Learned in Preschool Sunday School

There was a powerful lesson in Preschool Sunday School last Sunday. Even though it was chaotic and disorganized I know at least one person in the class got it.

The lesson was on Acts 16:16-40 when Paul and Silas cast a spirit out of a slave girl that had been following them around. Her owners got mad because she could no longer tell the future and make them big bucks. So they hauled Paul and Silas to court where they were beaten and jailed.

Acts 16:25-28
"About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose. The jailer woke up and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"

Lesson: When in trouble, pray and praise. When beaten down, pray and praise. When treated unfairly and unjustly, pray and praise.

Lesson: God is in control of everything.

Lesson: When given the opportunity to escape, do the right thing and stay.

Lesson: Don't be ashamed of your faith. Don't hide it. Just go ahead and pray in a crowded restaurant or within earshot of someone else.

Lesson: Care more about others than yourself.

Lesson: Speak up when you can help someone out.

Lesson: Continue to pray and praise always, whether an earthquake comes to save you or not.

Acts 16:29-34
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, "Men, what must I do to be saved?"
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved - you and your household." Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them, and the whole family was filled with joy, because they had come to believe in God."

Lesson: Tell others about Jesus.

Lesson: Know the word of the Lord so you can speak it to others even if you are in prison at midnight and just had an earthquake.

Lesson: When the Spirit moves, go along! Go to the jailers house to baptize him and his family. Don't wait until morning.

Lesson: Let others serve you. Allow them the joy of washing your wounds.

Lesson: God loves everyone and wants them to come to him.

I'm not sure the kids got all that out of pretending to be in jail and singing "My God is so Great". They might not have gotten it from making a jail out of marshmallows and toothpicks. Their teacher is not very crafty.

But someone got it. It seems some people learn things better when the content is aimed at 3-4 year olds.

1 comment:

Peter and Nancy said...

Ha! We just did the marshmallow & toothpick thing for my son's birthday party -- only the boys were building spacecraft. Not much in the way of Biblical truth there, but it kept 9 boys busy for 15 min. :o)