This week’s lesson was a continuation of last week’s lesson on the healing of the lame man by the gate called Beautiful; however, where last week’s lesson focused on the story itself and the healing of both body and soul, this week’s lesson focused on the power of healing in the name of Jesus. While I do think the lesson is a good one, I will admit that I wish I had found a way to integrate this concept more strongly into the activities. If you have any ideas of how to tweak them, please let me know!
Goal: Today we will learn that there is power in the name of Jesus, including power to heal.
Key Scripture: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8, NIV
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Poster with lyrics to “Walking and Leaping”
- Musical instruments
- Ace bandage
- Poster with a sad face and a red line
- Chalkboard with Acts 1:8 printed on it
- Device to play Youtube video
- What I Have I’ll Give worksheet
Introduction: Ask the children what they remember from the story last week. After the children have shared, sing “Walking and Leaping” to review (Provide the poster with lyrics as well). Provide musical instruments for the children to shake during the chorus.
Lesson: Ask the children how they think the lame man was healed (Was it by Peter’s power?). Explain that Peter did not heal the lame man by his own power, but by Jesus’ power. Point out that Peter says “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” before he says “rise up and walk.” This means that Peter is saying that by Jesus’ power the lame man will be healed. Explain that this isn’t some sort of magical saying (We can’t just say, “In the name of Jesus Christ, give me a bicycle!” and have a bicycle appear.). Healing the lame man helped the lame man to understand the power and love of Jesus, which is why Jesus allowed Peter to perform the miracle.
Do a bandage relay with the children. Have them line up on one end of the room. One by one, have the children wrap another child in an ace bandage, have the child do his/her best to walk from one end of the room to the other and back, then have the team unwrap the child. While unwrapping, have the children say, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Have a poster prepared with a large face. Give the face a frown or sad expression and, somewhere on the face, make a red line representing a wound. Give each child a Band-Aid and, one at a time, blindfold a child and have him or her try to place his or her Band-Aid as close to the red line as possible.
Move over to the chalkboard with the key verse printed on it. Read the verse aloud. Talk about what the word “witnesses” means, then explain that after Peter healed the lame man he was able to tell all of the people around about Jesus. That is an example of being a witness!
Sing “You Will Receive Power” to this tune. Use the following motions:
You will (Point right index finger out, point left index finger out)
Receive power (Hold arms up in a flexing position)
When the Holy Spirit comes on you (Wiggle fingers in front of face to look like rain)
You will be my witnesses (Point right index finger out and sweep arm from right to left side)
In Jerusalem (Hold hands in the shape of a roof – like a house)
In all Judea and Samaria (Hold out right hand, hold out left hand)
And to all the ends of the earth (Hold arms out wide)
Acts 1:8! (Pump fists in the air on each beat)
This song was a huge hit with the kids! They love to sing.
Conclusion: Have the following activities prepared in case extra time remains.
What I Have I’ll Give: Have several copies of this worksheet prepared.
Memory Verse Building: Have the Lego and cup building sets laid out. Allow the children to sing the song or practice building the verse.
Bandage Relay: Allow small groups of children to play the bandage relay again.
But, wait! There’s more! Check out the rest of our lessons from the book of Acts so far.
- A Miraculous Catch (John 21:1-25)
- Jesus Ascends to Heaven (Acts 1:1-11)
- The Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13)
- The Holy Spirit Can Live in Your Heart (Acts 2:1-13)
- There’s a System in Place (Acts 2:14-21)
- Go, Team Fillmore! (Acts 2:42-47)
- Peter and John Heal a Lame Man (Acts 3)