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Jesus Grew the Church Unit Overview Page

Every lesson in God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers fits into a unit that contains either four or five free lessons. A listing of all of the units can be found on the site along with access to all of the lessons. This page (below) and the downloadable and printable PDF is an overview of the Jesus Grew the Church Unit (NT10).

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Unit Overview

In John 16:7, Jesus told His disciples they would benefit after His departure because He would send the Holy Spirit to them. Early in Acts we see the birth of the Church; subsequently we observe its growth. Working in and through God’s people, the Holy Spirit bore witness—and bears witness—to the truth about Jesus. Jesus’ redemptive work was now complete, but without the ever-expanding witness of the Church, people would never know they could have salvation as a free gift from God when they come to Him on His conditions. The Holy Spirit also empowered the Church to be salt and light in an otherwise bland and dark world, upholding God’s truth in every area of life. Learning about the growth of the Church in Acts positions believers to effectively aid in its continued expansion today. This is God’s unfolding story, a story of which everyone is a part. Even preschoolers can cooperate with God to reveal and uphold His truth, bringing freedom to those held captive by Satan’s lies.

Kingdom Perspective

When Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s Spirit to come upon them and then to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, He had no “Plan B.” Yet, empowered by the Holy Spirit and keenly aware that Jesus rose from the dead, the early believers “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Cooperating with God to spread His life-giving truth worldwide, believers in Christ have the privilege of helping to further God’s kingdom today, continuing to turn the world upside down (or rightside up)!

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