“July 22–28. Acts 16–21: ‘The Lord Had Called Us for to Preach the Gospel’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“July 22–28. Acts 16–21,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019
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Invite the children to tell you how Paul is like missionaries today. Ask, “Have you ever shared the gospel with someone else?”
Do the children you teach know what missionaries do? How can you help the children understand that they can share the gospel with others?
Help the children act out Acts 16:25–34 as you summarize the account of Paul and Silas sharing the gospel in prison (see also “Chapter 61: Paul and Silas in Prison,” New Testament Stories, 158–60, or the corresponding video on LDS.org). Explain that missionaries today also teach people about Jesus and help them prepare to be baptized.
Create missionary name tags for the children to wear, and help them write their names on the tags. Teach the children simple statements of doctrine that they can share with others, such as “God is our loving Heavenly Father,” “God speaks through a living prophet,” or “Jesus Christ is our Savior.”
Invite the children to share details about someone they know who is on a mission. They could draw a picture or write a note to send to a missionary.
Though some of the children you teach might not be able to read yet, you can help them develop a love for the scriptures and see how they testify of the Savior.
Place several copies of the scriptures around the room, and let the children find them. Help one of the children read the phrase “They … searched the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11). Invite the children to point to each day of the week on a calendar as they repeat this phrase with you.
To teach the children that the scriptures testify of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, help them turn to a chapter in the scriptures, like Acts 17 or 18, and find instances of the words God or Lord. You may want to mark these words so the children can find them more easily. Each time they find one of these words, invite them to share something they know about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
On Mars’ Hill, Paul taught basic truths about the nature of God, including the truths that we are His children and that He is “not far from every one of us” (Acts 17:27). How can you help the children feel close to their Heavenly Father?
Invite the children to repeat the phrase “We are the offspring of God” (Acts 17:29), and explain that offspring means child. Bear your testimony to each child, one by one, that he or she is a child of God. Ask them how they feel when they hear that they are children of God. Invite them to share how they feel about their Heavenly Father.
Show pictures of children with their families (if possible, use pictures of the children in your class). Explain that we are the children of our mothers and fathers, and all of us are spirit children of our Heavenly Parents.
Sing a song about Heavenly Father, such as “I Know My Father Lives” (Children’s Songbook, 5). With help from the children, write words or draw pictures on the board that represent things we learn about Heavenly Father from the song.
Read to the children these words from Acts 17:27: “He be not far from every one of us.” Talk about times when you have felt close to Heavenly Father, and invite the children to do the same.
How can you help the children be like Paul and share with others what they are learning about the gospel?
Invite the children to read Acts 16:14–15, 25–34; 18:7–8, 24–28 and make a list of the people Paul and Apollos shared the gospel with. Then invite them to make a list of people they can share the gospel with. Let the children role-play how they might tell these people about Jesus Christ or invite them to church. You could also invite the children to write notes bearing testimony of a gospel truth to these people.
Invite current full-time missionaries, returned missionaries, or ward missionaries to visit the class and tell about their experiences with sharing the gospel. Encourage the children to ask questions about how they can share the gospel with others.
All of the prophets testify of Jesus Christ. How can you teach the children to find Him in the scriptures, even when He isn’t mentioned by name?
Invite the children to share their favorite stories about Jesus that they have learned from the scriptures this year. On slips of paper, write scripture references that teach about the Savior, and hide them around the room. Then invite the children to find them. Help the children look up the references they find, and ask them to share with each other what each scripture teaches about Jesus.
Ask the children to help you create a simple chart that they can mark when they read about or learn about Jesus from the scriptures. Display it each week for the rest of the year, and help the children find places in the scriptures that teach about Jesus.
How can you help the children remember that they are children of God?
Show the children a stone, and explain that in Paul’s day, people worshipped gods they made out of stone and other materials. Ask the children to read Acts 17:27–29. What do we learn about God from these verses? Explain that offspring means children. Ask the children how it makes them feel to know that they are children of God.
Ask the children to read Acts 17:27. Invite the children to draw pictures of ways they can “feel after” or seek God. When have they felt that He is “not far from [them]”?
Encourage the children to look for a scripture this week that teaches about Jesus Christ (this could happen during their personal or family scripture study). Next week, invite them to share what they found.