Friday, January 12, 2018

2. Peter's Vision & Cornelius

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This is such a good lesson and there are so many things to learn!
For the preschool level, I created a Jesus Loves Me Spinner they will love. 
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Cornelius was a centurion (captain of 100 men) soldier. He was faithful and feared God. He gladly gave gifts to the poor and he prayed a lot.

At about 3 in the afternoon an angel of God went to him and said “Cornelius.” He was scared when he saw the angel! The angel told him that “God has heard your prayers.” The angel told him to "Send for Peter and he will tell you what to do." The angel left and Cornelius told two servants and a soldier to find Peter and bring him to the house.
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The next day, at about noon, Peter went to the housetop to pray. He was very hungry and he fell into a trance. He saw the heavens open up and something like a huge sheet tied by its four corners come to earth. It had all different kinds of animals, reptiles and birds on it. Peter wondered what that meant. This happened three times, and then the sheet and animals went back up into heaven.

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While Peter was thinking about the vision he just saw, the men sent by Cornelius knocked on Peter’s door. After the men explained why Cornelius sent them, Peter invited them into his house.
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The next morning, Peter took six men with him to see Cornelius. It took them two days to arrive at Cornelius’ home. He had invited people to see Peter and everyone was waiting.
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God sent Peter to teach Cornelius and his family about Jesus. Peter told them that God loves everyone. God wants everyone to love and be faithful to Him. Peter told them about Jesus and His life, that He died and is in heaven. Jesus wants us to tell others about Him. The gospel is for everyone!

When the people that were with Cornelius heard what Peter had to say, they believed in Jesus. Peter told them to be baptized in the name of Jesus and they asked Peter to stay for a few days with them. They were so happy to hear about Jesus!

Lesson is found in Acts 10:1-48.
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I usually have some type of display like this when I teach this lesson. Peter is made to look like he is sitting on a rooftop. The blanket is hung from the ceiling with clear fishing line. Click here to see more about this display with lots of directions.
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This is super easy to use and includes the color and black & white to print. There is a blank spot so the students can draw a picture of themselves. Or, if you have a photo, they can glue that in the blank space. Click here to download.
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