Survey of the Early Church
You can post this list on a wall or in a notebook. If you put the date next to teach lesson you've completed, you and easily see your progress at any time. Give a sound introduction to the exciting book of Acts before beginning this series of lessons. We did this at the beginning of any new book in order to orient us as to what the book is about and to see how it ties in with other books of the Bible, God's plans, etc. For us, a short, powerful introduction sets an exciting atmosphere that arouses our curiousity and raises our expectations for what is to come. Even though I've read the book before, I get just as excited as Hannah as we go into new territory together.
It is here in the book of Acts where we learn about the Acts of the Apostles after the Lord Jesus ascended back up to heaven. He went back to heaven, but the power of Jesus continued. It was not over. These men turned the world upside down. It is here in the book of Acts that we are introduced to the great apostle Paul a man who wrought mightily for our Lord Jesus Christ and wrote 14 books of the New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Study format: pray for understanding and then go around the circle with the first child reading a verse (this is READING) and then that child explaining it (this is READING COMPREHENSION). Then go to the next child and proceed around the circle doing the same thing until the lesson is complete. I've learned to keep teacher comments to a minimum and let the scriptures speak for themselves. After the study, write several key verses from the lesson on the board for copying (this is PENMANSHIP, SPELLING, AND GRAMMAR). If you have older children in this class, you have other options for their work. For instance, they can write a summary of the chapter (this would be COMPOSITION) or take dictation and edit their work (this would be SPELLING, PENMANSHIP, etc.), or other exercises that you develop. See future years (Year 2 and onward) for different exercises we performed in our Language Arts and other classes.
Lesson No. Lesson Reference Date 1a The Commission to be witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, & unto the uttermost part of the earth Acts 1:1-11 1b A replacement for Judas Acts 1:12-26 2 Pentecost. The disciples filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:1-21 3 David prophesied of Jesus. Jesus sent the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:22-33 4 Jesus is both Lord and Christ. Repent and be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. Acts 3:34-47 THE POWER OF JESUS CONTINUES 5 Peter heals a lame man in the name of Jesus. Acts 3:1-16 6 Peter and John before the rulers Acts 4:1-22 7 Disciples pray for more signs, wonders, and boldness. Acts 4:23-31 8 The disciples share. Annanias & Sapphira Acts 4:32-37
9 More signs and wonders. Prison. Acts 5:12-33 10 Gamaliel's advice. Acts 5:34-35, 38-42 11 Stephen ministers and is arrested and lied on. Acts 6:1-15 12 Stephen recounts Israel's stiffneckedness. Stephen stoned. Acts 7:1-50 (summarize)
13 Saul consents to the stoning of Stephen. Saul makes havock of the church. Acts 8:1-8 14 The Ethiopian eunuch. Acts 8:26-40 15 Saul on the road to Damascus. Acts 9:1-19 15 Barnabus introduces Saul to the apostles. Acts 9:26-31 16 Peter heals man sick of the palsy and Dorcas Acts 9:32-43 17 Cornelius sees a vision. Acts 10:1-8 18 Peter sees a vision. Acts 10:9-23 19 Peter preaches Christ to Cornelius' household. Acts 10:24-48
Peter sees a vision.
Peter preaches Christ to Cornelius' household.
The disciples preach Christ.
James killed, Peter imprisoned & freed.
Death of Herod.
Beginnings of Paul & Barnabus' first missionary trip. Elymas.
Paul preaches Christ and the Jews persecute.
Paul & Barnabus persecuted, crippled man healed.
Paul stoned at Lystra but kept preaching. Back to Antioch to rest.
Paul & Barnabas at Antioch. New missionary partners--Barnabus & John, Paul & Silas.
Cast out spirit of divination (a spirit revealing secret things).
Paul and Silas sing in prison.
Released from prison and back to the house of Lydia.
Paul and Silas from Thessalonica to Berea.
Paul at Athens waiting for Silas and Timotheus.
Paul preaches at Mars Hill.
Paul in Corinth, meets Aquila & Priscilla
Sosthenes beat up.
Paul continues his missionary journeys. Apollos.
At Ephesus again (Asia hears the word), burn witchcraft books.
Diana of the Ephesians.
Eutychus falls down.
Grievous wolves shall come. Paul visits/confirms/says goodbye to the churches.
From here we systematically finished the book of Acts going over each chapter and each verse. This took us a school year and part of the summer. God is the Lord of the summer so we took no break from studying his word.