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No Other Name

Acts 4:12
NLT:
There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.

NIV:
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

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ART: Salvation Bracelets
Materials: String, Scissors, One of each color bead per child: black, blue, red, white, purple, green, gold

OPTIONAL: You can make salvation booklets instead. Just cut each sheet of construction paper into small squares- use the colors that you would be using for the beads in the necklace. Help the kids staple, glue, or lace the pages together to form a little booklet.

We’re going to make a craft for you to take home to help remind you of a special gift God has given us– salvation! Do you know what "salvation" means? Well, we’re going to discover its meaning as we make our craft.

We’re going to make a "colors of salvation" bracelet to help us remember about salvation. The first thing we’re going to do is to tie off one end of the string so that our beads won’t fall off!

Next, let’s add a black bead to remind us of sin. Sin is something we do that keeps us from doing what God wants us to do. It is lying or stealing or having a selfish attitude. It is anything that makes God unhappy. Now the Bible tells us that everyone sins!

Sin makes us unhappy and causes all kinds of problems for us. Lots of times when someone is unhappy, people say theyre’ "blue." Being "blue" means being very sad. So let’s add a blue bead to remind us that sinning makes us and God unhappy. Now sin does more than make us unhappy. It keeps us from being close to God. God hates sin because it hurts people and He loves us and wants us to live happy, healthy lives. The Bible says that sin costs us something and we know it leads to all kinds of unhappiness. For example, if someone steals something they might end up in jail- a very unhappy place- and the person they stole from might not have enough money to buy food for their family, so everyone ends up being hurt by one person’s sin. In fact, when we sin, we must pay for our sin. The Bible says that sin costs us something really big- something more than we might even realize. Sin costs us death. In other words, when we sin, we are choosing to be away from God who gives life– we are actually choosing not to live for Christ, but instead to live for Satan and experience physical death and spiritual death–life apart from God!

The good news is that God doesn’t want us to have to pay this awful price. He paid the price for our sin by sending his Son, Jesus, to earth to die for us. Let’s add a red bead to remind us that Jesus shed his blood on the cross for us to pay for all the bad things we’ve done! All we have to do is to admit that we have done bad things (sinned) and believe that Jesus paid the price for us.

If we will accept Jesus’ free gift as payment for our sin, we can be clean in the sight of God! Let’s add a white bead to remind us of that!

Also, when we become Christians, God adopts us as his own children! We become like royalty- our Father owns the world! Let’s add a purple bead because purple is a symbol for royalty. We are now Princes and Princesses- God loves us that much!

Now when we get saved, we don’t just automatically know how to live or what to do next, so we have to read God’s Word, listen to Godly teachers, and pray to figure out more and more about how God wants us to be! We start out like babies and then grow and grow in our beliefs as we find out more and more! Let’s add a green bead to remind us that we never stop growing when it comes to learning more about God. Even 90 year old people learn new things about God!

Finally, let’s add a gold bead to remind us that one day we will be in a place called Heaven that God is getting ready for us. The Bible says it has streets of pure gold! No one knows exactly what Heaven will be like, but we do know that it will be a beautiful, wonderful place to be and we will be there forever!

Now, let’s tie off the other end of our bracelets and review what each bead stands for:

Black : Sin
Blue : Unhappiness
Red : Jesus’ Blood
White : Made Clean
Purple : Royalty
Green : Growth
Gold : Heaven

You can use your bracelet to help tell other people about salvation, too. The colors will help you remember!

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Acts 4:12 tells us that salvation is "found" in no other name than Jesus. In other words, salvation is something we all search for. God made us in a way that we are all looking for something special to make us feel complete. Some people try to find happiness in money. Some try to find happiness in friends or family or love. Some even turn to drugs or alcohol. The truth is that none of us will ever find true happiness until we find Jesus! It’s like we each have a God-shaped hole in our hearts that can only be filled with God’s love!

ACTIVITY: Word Search

Materials: Make two puzzles by writing out the verse in large letters very neatly on poster board and cutting it into puzzle shapes (one word per shape). Trace around each shape on a light colored sheet of paper or poster board so that the children will be able to tell where each piece fits. Hide all the puzzle pieces so the children will have to search for them. Think about numbering the pieces if you use two teams/puzzles so each team will recognize their own pieces. For example, on the back of each piece of team A’s puzzle, draw a large A, etc.

Let’s play a game to help us learn this important Bible verse.

I have the back of a puzzle here but all the pieces are missing. It’s your job to find the pieces and put the puzzle together! Each person should try and find one puzzle piece and bring it back. First team done wins!

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Ok, now we have the whole picture. Acts 4:12 says, " Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Now, let’s try and say the verse again with one word missing. (Take away one word- continue to do this until the class can say the verse together with no words showing)

So, the verse says that salvation is found in no one else. Who do you think the verse is talking about? Let’s read the verses out around this one to see if we can find some clues…

1The priests and the captain of the temple guard…came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. 2They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. 4But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. 5The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem…7They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name did you [heal the crippled man]?" 8Then Peter… said…: "Rulers and elders of the people! 9If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, [whom] you crucified but God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11[Jesus is the foundation of our faith.] 12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

So, Peter and John had just healed a crippled man and the rulers and priests and important people were worried about it. They wanted to know who had given them permission or authority to do this. What they were really worried about was that Jesus would become a real king and take them out of their positions- take over their authority and power. They didn’t have to worry about that, though. Jesus was already in heaven by this time! Peter was letting them know that the ONLY way for us to be saved is through Jesus! A lot of people today don’t like this statement either. They want to try and be happy with their own answers. Some serve false gods. Some serve no god. Some serve only themselves. They don’t want to give up their own ideas, so they threaten Christians. Have you ever felt threatened because you believe in God? Have you ever been made fun of because of it? God said in his Word that people wouldn’t always agree with us and that they might even try to harm us for our beliefs. But God loves us and promises to take care of us in all things!

But we have to remember that the ONLY way to heaven is by believing in Jesus’ death and resurrection! There’s no other way!

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Let’s play a game now to remind us that there is only one way to heaven:

GAME: A-Maze-Ing Friends

Make a grid 5 squares wide and 5 squares deep, with a different number in each square, like this one:

(You may use any numbers in your grid!) Use masking tape or construction paper taped to the floor to make this grid in a way that children will walk on it, like a maze. Now, on a piece of paper that you will not share with anyone, make a "maze of numbers." Just write down any number that is on the bottom row of the maze, then another number that is touching the first number, etc. until you have reached the top row. For example, using the grid above, your maze of numbers might be 29, 36, 54, 21, 24, 13, 69, 98, 63, and 14. In other words, if you follow those numbers through the grid, you will have gone from the bottom row to the top row by stepping on only numbers that are touching one another~ a path through the maze.

Next, have one child begin by standing at the bottom of the grid and taking a step onto a number of his choice. If the child steps on the first number you have listed, you say, "Go." He then takes a step onto another number that is touching the number he’s standing on. If he chooses the same number you have listed second, you say, "Go." If the child steps on a number that is not on your list, or out of order, say, "Stop" and that child must step off the maze and allow another child a chance to try and make it through the maze. The children should help one another remember where the correct numbers are and decide where to go from there, so that it truly is a team effort! Remember that each child must start from the beginning and walk the entire maze! The game’s over when a child successfully walks the maze in the exact order you have listed on your "secret" map.

After playing the game, say "When you just look at the maze, it appears that there are many ways to reach the end. However, each round, there’s only one RIGHT way– the way that the leader says is the right way. That’s how it is with God. He made a way for us to be forgiven, to serve Him, to live a happy and healthy life, and to go to heaven. There is one difference in this game and the game of life, however. God NEVER changes the way- the only way is Jesus! Always!

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Music Suggestions: Jesus, You’re Name is Life; One Door and Only One; Oh, You Can’t Get to Heaven

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Snack Suggestions:

Serve candy canes (J shape for the name of Jesus);
Let kids write their names on cookies with icing or their initials on cupcakes with m & m’s;
Serve a colorful snack using one food for each of the colors of salvation: black licorice, blue blueberries, red strawberries, white whipped cream, purple grapes, green apple slices, and gold covered chocolate coins to decorate the table;

by Angela Simmons

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