Weekly Video Lesson
This week our Sunday School classes continues our study on the book of Acts with a lesson from Acts 2, The Holy Spirit Arrives. Check out the video lesson and discussion questions from our Children & Family Minister Daniel Sheaffer below:
Video Discussion Q+A
1) What did the disciples hear and see when the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost? What was the Sign that the Holy Spirit was with them?
– They hear a mighty rushing wind and see tongues like fire come to rest on the heads of each of the apostles. The Holy Spirit filled the disciples with his presence, just like Jesus said he would. The sign was that people were hearing the disciples speak in other languages to hear about the mighty things that God has done.
2) What did the people in Jerusalem do when they heard the disciples speaking in their languages?
– They were first amazed and astonished to hear these men speaking their language and they wanted to hear what was being said. When God confused the nations languages in judgment in Genesis 11, here we see Babel reversed so that through Jesus, the blessing of hearing the Gospel can come to all the nations.
3) What Old Testament Prophet does Peter quote to show the people what was really happening? Why?
– Peter quotes the prophet Joel. Joel was prophesying about the coming judgment and salvation of God. Often the prophet speaks of them both coming at the same time as one event, but here, Peter quotes Joel because the judgment of God will come later but the pouring out of the Holy Spirit is happening now. Now is the time to believe before the judgment of God soon comes.
4) What King does Peter compare Jesus to? How does he contrast them?
– Peter compares David and Jesus because Jesus is David’s Son. But in contrast, even though Jesus is David’s Son, he’s also David’s Lord because he is God. David’s body was not yet resurrected, but Jesus’ body was resurrected after 3 days in the grave. The promise God made to David, is fulfilled in Jesus. Jesus was resurrected and raised to heaven and has now sent the Holy Spirit to be with his people.
5) What are the two names God the Father gives to Jesus? Why does this matter?
– The two names that God the Father gives to Jesus, are the names Lord and Christ. Jesus has always been God, but now through the cross, we see Jesus to truly be the Lord and Christ as the anointed messiah of God. This is the one the Jews were waiting for the fulfillment of all God’s promises, and they killed him! If anyone was deserving of judgment, it was them!
6) When the people hear the news about a crucified messiah, what do they do? What does Peter tell them?
– When the people hear they killed the messiah, they are cut to the heart and ask Peter what they could even do! It was a cry of help and despair! But Peter tells them to repent, be baptized into the name of Jesus, and they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God offered them full forgiveness and pardon for the sin of crucifying the messiah, but Jesus is amazingly willing to forgive them and for them to become a part of his people.