Look, Listen & Live 8
Outline: The Young Church and Paul. 24 sections. It has a picture book to go along with the recording.
|Theme:||Holy Spirit; Multiple themes|
Did you know that the (Holy) Spirit of the True God lives with people?
I will tell you how and when this happened.
Listen while you look at the pictures in the purple book.
Look at the next picture when you hear this signal. (Signal)
Picture 1. Jesus Goes up to Heaven
Jesus came to earth from Heaven many (2000) years ago.
He came from God to show us what God is really like.
He also came to bring us spiritual life.
Without Jesus, our spirits are dead. We have turned away from God.
Jesus came to turn us back to God.
Wicked men killed Jesus by nailing Him to a wooden cross.
But three days later He came alive again.
Many people (His followers, disciples) saw Him and He told them,
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes”,
“You will go to the ends of the earth and tell people about Me.”
Then Jesus was taken up to Heaven as you see in this picture.
One day He will return in just the same way. (Signal)
Picture 2. The Holy Spirit Comes with Fire
Ten days after Jesus went up to Heaven, all of His followers were together in one house.
(This picture shows how the Holy Spirit of God came to them.)
Suddenly there was a noise from the sky like a great wind.
The people saw something like flames of fire.
It spread out and touched each person
and they were all filled with the Spirit of God as Jesus had promised.
They received power and were able to speak in other languages. (Signal)
Picture 3. Peter Preaches to the People
Those followers of Jesus were in the city of Jerusalem (in Israel).
There were many people in Jerusalem from all over the world.
When Jesus’ followers received the Spirit of God
they spoke to the people in their own languages.
They told them about Jesus who had died and risen again.
Peter got up and said,
“What you see and hear is the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Each one of you must turn away from his sins
(things which do not please God),
and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ,
so that your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the Holy Spirit.”
Many of the people believed Peter. They were baptized with water
as a sign of cleansing from sin. They received the Holy Spirit too and
began to follow the ways of Jesus. (Signal)
Picture 4. The Church Family
The people, who received God’s Spirit, stayed together like a big family.
They were called a Church (or Christian Church).
They shared their money and possessions and helped those in need.
Everyday they praised God and prayed together.
The disciples taught them about Jesus.
Sometimes they ate bread and drank (wine) together in a special meal.
Jesus had commanded His followers to do this.
We should do this too if we follow Jesus’ Way.
The broken bread is to remind us of the body of Jesus
which was broken in death as punishment for our sins.
The drink (wine) reminds us of the blood of Jesus
which was poured out to cleanse us from our sin. (Music and Signal)
Picture 5. A Crippled Beggar is Healed
One day Peter and John went to the House of God (the Temple) to pray.
At the gate of God’s House sat a beggar.
He had never been able to walk.
He asked Peter and John for money, but Peter said to him,
“I have no money, but I give you what I have,
in the name of Jesus Christ, get up and walk!”
Peter took the man by the hand and helped him to get up.
At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong.
He was healed by the power of the Holy Spirit and
he believed in the Lord Jesus.
He had received a gift much better than money.
He went into God’s House walking and leaping and praising God. (Signal)
Picture 6. Peter and the Woman who Lied
Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, sold some land.
They decided to give all the money to God for His Church.
But then they kept back some of God’s money for themselves.
Ananias brought only part of the money to Peter,
but he told Peter it was the full amount.
Peter knew that he lied, so he said to Ananias,
“You have not lied to men; you have lied to God!”
Immediately Ananias fell down dead.
Some young men carried him out and buried him.
Soon Sapphira came in. She did not know what had happened.
Sapphira also lied to Peter about their money.
She also fell down dead and was buried beside her husband.
Friends, we must not allow the love of money to twist us.
We must not lie to anyone, and we cannot lie to God. (Signal)
Picture 7. Stephen is Killed
Acts 6:1 - 8:3
Stephen was a leader of the Church who helped the poor.
He spoke boldly about Jesus, therefore making the Jews angry.
They took him to court and accused him of doing wrong.
Stephen was not afraid. He knew that God’s Spirit was with him.
Stephen reminded those Jews that they had murdered Jesus
who had come from God (to bring spiritual life).
The Jews were so angry that they dragged Stephen out of the city
and they stoned him to death.
They laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Paul.
At the end, Stephen said,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!
Forgive these men for what they do”.
God’s Spirit will never leave a Christian, even in death. (Signal)
Picture 8. The Ethiopian Traveller
Acts 8:4-8, 26-40
In Samaria, Philip told the people about Jesus and many believed.
Then God told Philip to go to a desert place.
A very important man from the land of Ethiopia came along the desert road.
As he rode in his chariot, he was reading God’s Book.
The Book told of One who would suffer to save all men,
but the Ethiopian could not understand it.
The Holy Spirit told Philip to go up to him. Philip heard him reading.
He told him that the Book spoke of Jesus whom God had sent.
The Ethiopian wanted to follow Jesus too.
As they travelled together he said to Philip,
“Here is water. What is to keep me from being baptized?”
Philip baptized the Ethiopian and
he went back to his country with great joy.
And the Good News of Jesus began to spread to many places. (Music and Signal)
Picture 9. Peter’s Vision of the Animals
One day Peter went onto the house-top to pray.
There he saw a vision sent by God.
A large sheet was let down from Heaven.
In the sheet were many kinds of animals.
Peter was hungry and a voice said to him,
“Get up Peter; kill and eat!”
The animals which Peter saw were unclean according to the laws of the Jews.
So Peter said,
“Certainly not, Lord! I have never eaten anything unclean.”
But the voice said,
“Do not call anything unclean that God has made clean.”
This same vision occurred 3 times,
and then the sheet went back up to Heaven. (Signal)
Picture 10. Peter and the Romans
Acts 10:1-8, 17-48
Just as Peter finished praying, three men came to find him.
They came from another town, sent by a man called Cornelius.
Cornelius was a Roman leader who wanted to honour God.
He had seen an angel of God who told him to find Peter.
Jews considered the Romans to be unclean,
but God showed Peter in the vision that no race is unclean.
So Peter went with the men to the house of the Roman.
Cornelius tried to worship Peter, but Peter said to him,
“Stand up! I am only a man. Why did you send for me?”
Cornelius told Peter about the angel,
so Peter told Cornelius about Jesus who shows God to men.
Cornelius and his family believed in Jesus and received the Spirit of God.
God loves all people, whatever their language, tribe, or skin colour.
He wants all to trust in His Son and serve Him. (Signal)
Picture 11. Peter in Prison
Herod the king began to persecute the Church in Jerusalem.
He killed the disciple called James, and he put Peter in prison.
One night Peter was asleep. He was chained between two guards.
Suddenly an angel of God appeared, and a light shone in the prison.
The angel woke Peter and said,
“Hurry! Get up!...and come with me!”
At once the chains fell off Peter’s hands.
He followed the angel right out of the prison.
The gate of the prison opened by itself and no one stopped them.
Then the angel disappeared. (Signal)
Picture 12. Peter and His Friends
While Peter was in prison many friends gathered to pray for him.
When he was released Peter went straight to the house where they were.
He knocked at the gate. A servant girl went to answer it
but when she heard Peter’s voice she ran to tell the others,
“Peter is at the gate!”
They said to her,
“You must be mad!”
Peter kept knocking, so they opened the door of the gate.
They were all amazed.
Peter told them how God had saved him from Herod.
God hears the prayers of His Church (His people).
“Where two or three come together in My Name, I am with them.”
Just as His Spirit was with that first Church,
so He is with all who follow Jesus today. (Music)
Book 8. Side B. The Story of Paul - Introduction
How can the whole world hear that Jesus came to save them
from sin and death? This story of Paul shows how it can be done.
Be ready to look at the next picture when you hear this sound. (Signal)
Picture 13. The Light and the Voice from Heaven
Paul was a Jewish leader who persecuted (troubled) the Church of Jesus.
He stood by and watched as Stephen died,
and he threatened many believers with death.
One day he travelled to the city of Damascus.
He intended to persecute (seize) the believers there also.
As he went along the road, suddenly an amazing thing happened.
A great light flashed from Heaven. Paul fell to the ground.
A voice spoke from Heaven saying,
“Paul, Paul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?”
The voice said,
“I am Jesus whom you persecute.”
The men with Paul also heard the voice but they saw no one.
Paul got up, but he could not see.
The men had to lead him by the hand into Damascus. (Signal)
Picture 14. Blind Paul and Ananias
For three days Paul was blind. He would not eat or drink.
Then God sent a man to Paul. He was a believer called Ananias.
Ananias knew that Paul persecuted believers,
but he still went to Paul and said,
“Brother Paul, Jesus, whom you saw on the road, has sent me
so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Ananias laid his hands on Paul. At once he could see again.
Paul was filled with the Spirit of God.
He was baptized to show people that he was now a follower of Jesus.
Instead of persecuting the Church, he began to tell everyone about Jesus.
Picture 15. The Church Prays for Paul & Barnabas
Later, Paul and his friend, Barnabas, went to teach the Church at Antioch.
One day as the leaders of the Church fasted and prayed
the Holy Spirit spoke to them saying,
“Let Barnabas and Paul be given to Me for the work I have called them to.”
God wanted them to go to people who had never heard about Jesus.
So the Church leaders placed their hands on Paul and Barnabas and prayed for them.
Then they sent them out to distant places to proclaim the Good News.
The Church of God today should send out missionaries too,
for Jesus said,
“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” (Signal)
Picture 16. Paul Preaches about Jesus
Paul and Barnabas went to many towns.
They met with the Jews in their prayer houses and taught them like this:
“The God of the Jews chose our fathers,
and made them a great people (nation).
He gave them great leaders and teachers.
They told of One who would come to save them from sin.
He is the Lord Jesus Christ. But the Jews did not recognize Jesus
when He came because they did not understand their teachers.
Jesus did no wrong, but they killed Him.
However, God raised Him from death. He will never die again.
Now everyone who puts his trust in Jesus will be made right with God.
Those who doubt and laugh at the truth will die.”
Some Jews, and other people too, believed the message of Paul
and more churches were formed. But many would not believe. (Music & Signal)
Picture 17. Paul’s Vision of the Man
Some years later, Paul went to visit all the churches.
He and his friends wanted to preach in the country of Bithynia too,
but the Holy Spirit stopped them.
They did not know where they should go next.
One night Paul had a vision.
He saw a man from the land of Macedonia.
The man said to Paul,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us!”
Immediately Paul knew that God was guiding them to go to Macedonia.
God will guide those who want to follow Jesus.
Sometimes He guides by dreams,
but usually God directs us through the words in His Book, the Bible. (Signal)
Picture 18. Paul and Silas in the Earthquake
Paul took his friend Silas and went across the sea to Macedonia.
There they taught the people about Jesus.
Some believed, but others became very angry.
They beat Paul and Silas and threw them into prison.
That night Paul and Silas prayed and sang to God in the prison.
Suddenly there was a great earthquake.
The doors opened and the chains of the prisoners came loose.
The jailer thought that all the prisoners would escape.
He was so frightened that he decided to kill himself because
he knew he would be held responsible.
Then Paul shouted to him,
“Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
The jailer called for a light, he rushed in and said,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
Paul said to him,
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.”
With great joy the jailer and all his family believed. (Signal)
Picture 19. Paul & the Altar to the Unknown God
In the city of Athens the people worshipped many idols.
The men of Athens wanted to know what Paul was teaching,
so he said to them,
“Men of Athens, I see that you are very religious.
As I walked around your city I found an altar ‘To an unknown God’.
I want to tell you about this God, the One you don’t know.”
Paul told them about the true God who created everything.
He told them that God is alive, He is not made from gold or silver or stone.
Paul told them about Jesus whom God has raised from death.
Some men just laughed,
but others believed him and found the way to everlasting life.
Through Jesus we too can know the One true God
whom we have not known before. (Signal)
Picture 20. Paul is Taken to Court
Paul went on to the city of Corinth.
The people of Corinth were very wicked,
and the Jews who lived there gave Paul much trouble.
One night the Lord Jesus spoke to Paul, saying,
“Do not be afraid, but keep speaking. Do not give up.
I am with you. No one will be able to harm you.”
So Paul stayed in Corinth and many people believed his message.
One day the Jews seized Paul and took him to court.
They accused him of teaching lies.
However, the Governor would not listen and he put them all out of the court.
Then the Corinthians beat the Jewish leader but Paul escaped unharmed.
God can give us boldness to speak too, even in times of danger. (Music and Signal)
Picture 21. Soldiers Rescue Paul from the Jews
Acts 21:1 - 22:24
Paul continued to visit the churches in many countries.
Some of the believers warned Paul not to go to Jerusalem.
They knew that the Jews wanted to kill him.
But Paul said,
“I am ready to die there for the sake of Jesus.”
So Paul returned to Jerusalem.
Immediately the Jews influenced the people against him.
They tried to kill Paul in the street.
Some Roman soldiers had to rescue him.
Paul stood on the steps outside the Roman barracks.
He told the people how he became a follower of Jesus,
but they only screamed,
“Away with him! Kill him!”
The soldiers had to put Paul in prison to save him from the Jews. (Signal)
Picture 22. Paul Preaches to Kings
Acts 25, 26
Paul stayed in prison for two years.
The Jews still tried to kill him, but Jesus appeared to Paul and said,
“Do not be afraid! You will tell people about me in Rome.”
Paul was brought before Agrippa, the king of the Jews,
but he was not afraid.
Paul boldly told the king and queen how Jesus had called him
to tell people everywhere about the Lord Jesus.
King Agrippa was almost persuaded to believe in Jesus too.
He knew that Paul had done nothing wrong,
but he had no power to release him.
He told Paul that he must go to Rome and appeal to the Emperor,
who was the most powerful ruler of all. (Signal)
Picture 23. The Shipwreck
Soldiers took Paul to Rome with other prisoners.
They had to travel in a ship across the sea.
The ship was caught in a terrible storm.
All the people thought that they were going to die.
An angel spoke to Paul, saying,
“Don’t be afraid, Paul. You must stand before the Emperor.
God will save the lives of all the people with you too.”
Soon the ship came near some land. It began to break up in the great waves.
The people had to jump into the sea, but they all got safely to the land.
God had a purpose (plan) for Paul and therefore no harm could come to him. (Signal)
Picture 24. Paul as a Prisoner in Rome
For two more years Paul remained a prisoner in Rome.
People came to him and he taught them about Jesus.
He wrote letters to the churches around the world.
Those letters are in the Bible. They are for us today.
Paul suffered much in order to share God’s message.
He was often beaten and stoned, hungry and homeless.
Eventually he was killed in Rome.
Then God gave him a great reward in Heaven.
For Paul’s words are true,
“I am convinced that neither death nor life...
nor anything in all creation will be able to separate us
from the love of God that is (shown) in Jesus our Lord.”
Friends, with the power of the Holy Spirit, let us spread this message too.
Then the whole world can know that Jesus gives everlasting life with God. (Music)