Brave Hearts Ministry

Acts Bible Merit


Memory Verse: “It is better to give than to receive.” Acts 20: 35

 

Author: Luke, the physician who traveled as a missionary with Paul.

Why written: Acts tells how the Christian faith spread.

Important people: Peter and Paul

When: A.D. 30 – 61

Location: Important Cities in the Roman Empire

 

Lesson 1: Acts 1:3-5, 7-9

 

     “After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive.  He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

 

     He said to them: ‘It is not for you to know the times of dates the Father has set by his own authority.  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.’  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.”

 

  1. Review Jesus’ resurrection with the girls.  Why do you think that Jesus felt he needed to provide proof that it was really him? (His disciples did not believe at first that it was him)
  2. Why do you think Jesus needed to continue to teach his disciples after his resurrection? (Jesus trained and taught his disciples preparing them to lead the first church)
  3. What is a witness? (A witness can testify about what they have seen and heard first hand – just like in a trial)
  4. Verse 8 speaks about the Great Commission of the Church. What is that commission? (Go throughout the world and tell people about Jesus)
  5. Is the Great Commission still applicable today? (yes)
  6. Teach the girls about how to put together their own testimony.  Start by sharing your testimony.  Let each girl share about what God has done in their lives.

 

Summary: As a Christian, we are commanded to be a witness for the good things that God has done in our lives.  People can learn about Jesus by the way we live, act, behave, and speak.

 

Lesson 2: Acts 2:38-41

 

    Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call’.

 

     With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”

 

  1. Spend a moment and talk about types of sin (as related to the girls’ age).  Let them go around a talk about areas that they struggle with.
  2. As Christians we are commanded to forgive one another.  Spend a moment and let the girls’ talk about people in their lives that they are angry with or have hurt them.  Then talk about how to forgive.
  3. Verse 2 talks about baptism.  Spend a moment and talk about what baptism is (submersion in water), the purpose of baptism (public commitment to follow Christ), the many different ways baptism can occur (in the ocean, a pool, a river, a baptismal in a church).
  4. What is the Holy Spirit? (Holy Spirit is a person just like God and Jesus. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to earth because he had to go to heaven. The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to move us closer to God. He is like the wind.  You cannot see him, but you can feel him and know that He is there)
  5. Verse 50 talks about a “corrupt generation”. What do you think a “corrupt generation” is? ( A corrupt generation is a people that seek to serve themselves and not God) Do you think it is true for today? (yes) Why? (answers will vary)
  6. How can the Holy Spirit save you from this corrupt generation? (The Holy Spirit will guide your decisions and keep you on the path of God’s purpose for your life)

 

Summary:  The Holy Spirit has been sent by Jesus to guide us and to bring us into a closer relationship with God. 

 

Lesson 3: Acts 3:1-3, 6-10

 

     “One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon.  Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.

 

     Then Peter said,’ Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet ad ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.  Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”

 

  1. What does “crippled” mean? (Someone who cannot walk because of illness or injury to the legs)
  2. Did they have wheelchairs back in the days of the Bible? (no)
  3. How did people with disabilities get around? (Someone had to carry them on a mat)
  4. Could someone with a disability work? (No. So they would be carried to the temple gates to ask for money for food)
  5. What did Peter tell the man? (Peter told him that he did not have money, but he gave him the gift of healing his legs)
  6. Which do you think the man would rather have? (Healing)
  7. How did Peter heal the crippled man? (Peter healed the man through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Peter could not have healed the man by himself)
  8. What did the man do after he was healed? (He went into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God)
  9. What happened to the people who saw him? (They were filled with wonder and amazement)
  10. Do you think that God can use the power of healing to bring people into the Kingdom of God? (Yes. Healing gets people’s attention and they know that God’s Divine power was at work)
  11. Do you think that God uses the power of the Holy Spirit to heal people today? (yes)
  12. Spend a moment and let the girls talk about times when they have been sick or injured and God has healed them.

 

Summary: The power of the Holy Spirit is working today in the lives of people who have accepted Jesus.  The power of the Holy Spirit is more important than money, or material objects, or status in life. 

 

Lesson 4: Acts: 1-9, 17-19

 

    “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.  He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.  As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’

 

     ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked.

   

      ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting’ he replied.  ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’

 

     The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone.  Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing.  So they led him by the hand into Damascus.  For three days he was blind, and he did not eat or drink anything.

 

     Then Ananias went to the house and entered it.  Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord – Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here – has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’  Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again.  He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.”

 

  1. If you were there as one of Saul’s friends, what do you think you would have done when you heard God speaking? (answers will vary)
  2. Do you think you would have been frightened?
  3. What does the word “persecute” mean? (The word persecute means to attack or harass someone).
  4. How was Saul persecuting Jesus? (He was putting people that followed Jesus in Jail).
  5. How did God get Saul’s attention? (He spoke from heaven and then caused Saul’s eyes to be blind).
  6. In chapter 13:9, Saul’s name is changed to Paul.  Paul is filled with the Holy Spirit and preaches throughout the area about Jesus.  In fact, he becomes one of God’s strongest preachers.  Why do you think that Paul was an effective witness for Jesus? (Because he was one of Jesus’ biggest adversaries before his conversion and now was preaching about the good news of Jesus.  People were amazed at the change they saw in him).
  7. Do you think that God can change people today? (Yes. Tell a story about someone you know that has been changed by God.  Let the girls talk about people they know that have been changed by God)

 

Summary: God has a plan for everyone.  He can also turn bad things and work them for His glory like he did with Saul’s life.  God can use all situations (even bad ones) to bring people to Jesus.

 

Lesson 5: Acts 12: 5-11

 

     “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

 

      The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.  He struck Peter on the side and woke him up.  ‘Quick, get up!’ he said, and the chains fell of Peter’s wrists.

 

     Then the angel said to him, ‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so.  ‘Wrap you cloak around you and follow me,’ the angel told him.  Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.  They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city.  It opened for them by itself, and they went through it.  When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.

 

     Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I know without a doubt that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clothes and from everything the Jewish people were anticipating.”

 

  1. Peter was an apostle of Jesus and went around to different cities preaching the good news about Jesus.  He was arrested because of what he did.  What do you think it was like in a prison back in Peter’s time? (Let the girls think about this one and discuss how difficult prison would have been)
  2. Do you think it helped that the “church was earnestly praying for Peter”? (Yes. God heard their prayer and sent an angel to free Peter)
  3. Do you think that it is important to pray for your friends and family? Why?
  4. List all of the miracles that occurred to set Peter free. (chains fell off his wrists; two soldiers guarded him, the iron gate opened)
  5. Did Peter think what was happening was real? (Not at first. He thought it was a vision)
  6. God saved Peter out of jail and from a trial with Herod.  Do you think that God saves people out of bad situations today? (Yes. Let the girls talk about different situations and how God has helped)

 

Summary: God answers the prayers of his people.  Even in really tough situations, we need to not give up hope on those we love and we need to continually pray for them.  God can work miracles in the lives of those around us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        

 

*The scriptures used for this study were taken from the “Young Women of Faith Bible New International Version” published in 2001 by the Zondervan Corporation.

                               

 

Study Revised 7/2008