Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The people were so excited to hear Paul preach, he preached all day!
The lamps were lit and Eutychus fell asleep and fell out of the window.
Review: Last week we studied about a silversmith from Ephesus called Demetrius. He made a lot of money making silver idols called Diana. He heard about Paul preaching about idols made from hands were not the real God to worship. He called other silversmiths together to warn them and try to stop Paul. There was a crowd shouting and most of them didn’t even know what was going on! A city clerk finally quieted the people down and told Demetrius to go to court if he thought Paul was a problem.
Lesson: Today's lesson is found in Acts 20:7-12.  Read Acts 20:7 Paul and some other Christians sailed to Troas. They were there 7 days, and on the first day of the week…which is??…Sunday, the Christians gathered together to worship and break bread, just as Jesus commanded them to. Here’s another example of why we worship and have communion EVERY first day, which is Sunday, of the week. Not just when we feel like it, or on special days. The Bible says the first day of the week.

Paul was planning to leave the next day, so he preached all day… until midnight!! Another part of worship that Jesus told us to do, on the first day of the week, is preaching. 
The people had a lot of lamps lit. They were together in an upper room.
There was a young man named Eutychus. He started to fall asleep, a deep sleep! Eutychus fell asleep and while Paul kept preaching, he fell out of the window! He fell from the 3rd floor and died.
Paul went down to him and fell on Eutychus. Paul held him and told everyone “Don’t worry! There’s life in him.”
The people went back to the upper room and ate and talked until the sun rose. Then Paul left and the people were thankful that Paul had brought Eutychus back to life. They were thankful that they had gotten to spend time listening to Paul preach.
This is a project for today to remind the kids that God wants us to make time for Him. Sometimes the early Christians worshipped all day. God wants us to think about Him. I wanted to make the hands so that they could be added with a brad, but they were too small. I wanted to keep the watches small enough for the kids little wrists, so since I had to just pick a time, I made it the time when our Bible class starts on Sunday morning. Within reason, if you want the hands on a different time, leave a comment and I will add it. Pick one of the downloads you would like another time added and the time. They are really too small to cut and paste. (There are 2 per page) 
This last choice is what I am printing. The watch face is on a different page from the band, so I can print on different colors. I will print the watch face (which has color on it) on white, and the watch bands on different colors for the kids to choose what they like. (This has 5 per download)
 This is what they will see when they come to class, they will pick up a watch face, Velcro and pick a color they like for the watch band. The second photo is the finished watch, front and back. The Velcro placement will depend on where they need it for their wrist. You can print it here.


Here is a requested watch for 1 O' Clock (like the above, enough for 12 faces and 6 bands). 
Let's talk a little bit about worship, and why we are even here. First of all, God told us to worship Him on the first day of the week. We know that is Sunday. We worship in the church building. The people are the church. He didn't tell us how long to worship, but He did tell us how He wants us to do it. There are 5 specific parts of worship He commanded. We are going to have a lesson about worship, so we will just talk about the basics that God wants. Paul wrote about worship in his letters, and we are going to study about some of Paul's letters when we are finished with this study of Acts. Click here to print the worship booklet.
Romans 16:16   ASV The churches of Christ greet you.   NKJV The Churches of Christ salute you.  salute: to pay respect to or show honor, possibly by raising the right hand to the side of headgear A church building can't greet or salute anyone, so the people are the church.. Can a church building say Hey, (Hi, or Hello), how are you? That is how we greet someone, or shake their hand or give a hug. Can a church building do that? No, of course not, so the people are the church, the church building is a ... church building.
Parts of worship that Jesus told us to do on the first (Acts 20:7) day of the week are:

1. Take communion Acts 20:7

2. Sing Eph. 5:19

3. Preach Acts 20:7(about what, Who, and where do we get our knowledge from?)

4. Give 2 Cor. 9:7 (what & why)

5. Pray 1 Thess. 5:17  (to who?)

I used Acts 20:7 for several, just because they go with our Bible lesson today.
The early Christians worshipped God with the same rules that we have. But, when all the disciples of Jesus that had the power to perform miracles died, then miraculous works died too. God doesn't give people the ability to perform miracles, like Paul brought Eutychus back to life. They were given the power to show people that didn't believe in Jesus, what He could do through them.
Click here to print the Eutychus worksheet.

You can find all the Acts worksheets here.

Passport: Troas

Bible Verse: Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. Acts 20:7 (NKJV)
You can find all the links for the Life of Paul lapbook.

Here is today's lapbook printable.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. I want to print the last choice for the Eutychus watch. Can you make it say 1 o'clock? I would like to use this craft for Jesus healing the official's son at 1 o'clock. I haven't been able to find a different craft for my preschoolers for that story. Thank you! It's OK if the photo of Jesus won't fit. Freda

    1. Hello Freda, the 1 O'Clock time has been added, it is the last link after the watches. Thanks for the request and the idea!

  2. Thank you! I'll be using this craft this Sunday! I always get the best ideas from you! Blessings! :)

  3. Thank you so much for your ideas. I love the watches! What a clever way to teach the story of Eutychus! I am going to use it with my preschool class on Wednesday night.

  4. thank you!! just what i was looking for! ~Linda

    1. Thanks Linda! Glad you can use it! Thanks for the comment!

  5. This is a wonderful lesson and it seems as though your students are learning so much! One detail i would point out is that God told us to worship Him, not on the first day but actually on the 7th, see Ex. 20. In the 10 commandments, God specifically said that "the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God." God bless you for the wonderful work you are doing for Him! :)

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Exodus being the Old Law, the people were required to worship Him on the Sabbath, being Saturday. They also were not permitted to do anything on the Sabbath. Under the Old Law, they were were required to sacrifice animals, too. They were restricted to the meat they could eat: Clean vs. Unclean. These are a couple of the rules that changed when Jesus died on the cross. If you look at any days of assembly in the New Testament after Jesus died, under the New Law, people worshipped on the first day of the week. That is Sunday. In every account in the book of Acts, Luke tells us that they gathered together to worship on the first day of the week. Even our memory verse today: Bible Verse: Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight. Acts 20:7.

  6. THank you for these great plans and ideas! I teach everyweek and appreciate the thought that you've put to these scriptures.


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