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This resource is designed to allow your family to have time in God’s Word BEFORE your children attend church. Because God’s plan is for parents to be the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith, we want YOU to be the one to introduce this part of The Big God Story to them. For additional support in spiritual parenting and to learn more about creating transforming environments in your home, be sure to pick up HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource from your church or download at HomeFrontMag.com. You can also access the HomeFront app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
3.11 God’s Love Helps Us to Respond
• Antioch enjoyed a prosperous economy due to its strategic location at the crossroads of trade routes south to Palestine and Egypt, east to Persia, and west to the Asia Minor Peninsula. • Antioch was ranked the thirdgreatest city in the Roman Empire, with a population of more than 500,000. • When the Jerusalem church heard of the growing number of believers in Antioch, they sent Barnabas—a godly and faith-filled man—to visit. • It’s in Antioch that believers were first named Christians (christianous or “little Christs”).
Part of The Big God Story Acts 11:19–30 Church in Antioch
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When your child’s attitude shifts from being cooperative and pleasant to being stubborn and upset, try to maintain a composed, loving demeanor, even when you’re frustrated with him.
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Teachable Moments After reading Acts 11:19–30, discuss the following together: • Why do you think the people scattered?
• What made the people want to share God’s love with others?
• Is there a way God wants you to share His love with someone?
LOVE AND RESPECT Above all, love each other deeply. 1 Peter 4:8a
For more information about blessing your child, see the Blessing section in HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Insert name of child), may you know God’s love and show that love to others. © 2014 David C Cook. TruResources are developed in partnership with ROCKHARBOR Church and a national network of family and children’s ministry leaders. All rights reserved.
This preteaching tool for parents encourages families to spend time in God’s Word together before children arrive at church.