Family Unity

Acts 2:1; 42-47 (ESV)

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place … And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

I have always read this passage thinking solely of a church setting. They all gathered, they devoted to teaching and fellowship, etc.

This past week, when I was thinking about this passage, I thought what happens if I apply these verses to my home life?

I mean the early church was pretty unified, so maybe these disciplines helped create unity with themselves, and if applied to home perhaps we can have more unity in the family.

We are all believers, and we gather together every day with each, so how well do we match up to the early church?

  • Are we devoted to teachings?
    • No
  • Are we devoted to the fellowship?
    • Yes
  • Breaking of Bread and Prayer?
    • Yes
  • Do we share our possessions?
    • Yes
  • Do we attend church together?
    • Yes
  • Generous?
    • Depends – we have young kids.

Not to shabby with the assessment, but the one that stuck out to me was the very first.

Devoted to teaching.

We have separate devotions, but we don’t share our thoughts. So there is learning but no teaching.

Even though we are missing one occasionally two (again we have two young kids), that one is a huge one. Teaching is fundamental in the upbringing of kids. So we have changed this, and it wasn’t very hard.

We just read the Gospel Passage from Book of Common Prayer at dinnertime, and then we ask one question. One question usually gives five to ten minutes of discussion with each other.

That is it. Have we been unified? Time will tell, but dinnertime has been more meaningful and thought provocating.

Give it a try yourself.

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Worship God Always: Creative and Active Groups

When we break up into small groups during our Midweek, I let them choose if the children want to try a creative group or an active group.

This week, we were looking at the story in Acts 16, where Paul and Silas were in prison praying and singing songs to God.

The main idea is that even in tough times, we can always worship God and think of the blessings He has already given us.

Here is what the children did during this time.

Creative Group: Song of Praise

Items Needed: Paper Clipboards and Pencils

Say: In our story today, we talked about Christians getting arrested for helping out a little girl that was being taken advantage of for money. We can assume that they were not happy with the situation, but instead of being overwhelmed with anger, they started singing songs of worship?!

Ask: Does anyone here want to share a moment of frustration or anger?

Say: For our activity today, I want you to write a song or poem of worship to God that might help you in bad times.

Example: Don’t give up don’t quit. Remember good things take time. God will give you strength.

**Afterward**

Ask: Does anyone want to share their poem or song?

>> This activity went over well with kids. One child gave up free time to finish her song and even drew illustrations to go with it. Super simple and very engaging.

Active Group – Hard Stretches

Items Needed: Nothing

Say: Get in a large circle. We are going to something a little unusual before we start a game. We are going to stretch.

Do: Have the kids do some hard stretches.

Ask During The Stretches: Are these stretches easy? Are they annoying? Are they bothersome? Are they important?

Say Before The Game: I am not a big fan of stretches and there are a lot of times, that I complain during the stretches. But they are important because they help me get ready for what is ahead. In our lesson today, we learned that bad times are coming. Not everything in life is going to be good or fun. Stretches help your body can ready for the activity, similar to how worship is beneficial for the soul. We need to be in worship whenever we can get so that when bad times happen, we can still praise God during those times. Alright, since we stretched, let’s play my favorite game of tag ______________________ for a few minutes

>> I thought the kids would rebel or complain about the stretches since this is usually the hypergroup. The opposite it happened, they did the activity and listened very well.