Jesus Calls the Twelve Disciples Object Lesson

 

What does it mean to be a disciple and who were Jesus’ first disciples? Use a fishing rod and net to teach children about the first disciples and how disciples today can work together to fish for men.

What does it mean to be a disciple and who were Jesus' first disciples? Use a fishing rod and net to teach children about the first disciples and how disciples today can work together to fish for men.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:17-22; Mark 1:14-20;2:13-17; Luke 5:1-11; 27-32; John 1:35-51

Materials:

  • fishing rod
  • fishing net

Geography: Galilee, Capernaum

Background: It was Passover and Jesus went into the temple and drove the animals and the money changers out. A few days later Jesus had a remarkable conversation with Nicodemus. This is where John 3:16 comes from.

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Inviting Special Needs Children into Our Church Classrooms

 

Then He turned to the host. “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned—oh, how it will be returned! —At the resurrection of God’s people.”  Luke 14:12-14 (MSG)

Ministering to special needs children and their families is a missing focus for many churches. Here are a few simple tips you can implement today as you think about ministering in the future.

Each week as the leaders in the church, we have the opportunity to invite the broken into our classrooms. We get to welcome those who are misfits in this world: those with disabilities – who don’t look, talk, walk, learn, or hear the same as typical people do. Those who seem broken to the outside world. Often the words “special needs” or “disability” is used to define these broken people. Scripture refers to “disability” over 450 times, so it is certainly something that is close to the heart of God. Continue reading

Jesus in the Wilderness ~ Object Lesson

 

So many things in the world tempt us and our kids. There are good things that tempt and evil things that tempt. The goal is for our kids to recognize WHEN they are being tempted and then what to do about it. This fun Jesus in the Wilderness Object Lesson uses candy to discuss the difference between temptation and sin, and how to battle the enemy.

This fun Jesus in the Wilderness Object Lesson uses candy to discuss the difference between temptation and sin, and how to battle the enemy.

Focus Scripture: Luke 4:1-13

Materials:

  • a package of your favorite candy (mine is M&Ms!)
  • a bowl

Geography: Jordan River

Background: The people wondered if John was the Messiah. But he told them that One would be coming Who would baptize with the fire of the Holy Spirit, and not with water. One day Jesus showed up at the Jordan River to be baptized. John said, “It is I who should be baptized by You!” But Jesus told him that He needed John to baptize Him to “fulfill all righteousness.” After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened up. The Holy Spirit took on the form of a dove and flew down to Jesus. God the Father spoke from heaven saying, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.

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The Crippled Lamb ~ Christmas Book Lesson

 

Books are great conversation starters, and this one is no different. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado can be found at your local public library or church library.

The Crippled Lamb** If reading this book to a group of children, be sensitive to the fact that this deals with physical disabilities, being an orphan, and feeling left out. Talking about God’s sovereignty, purposes, and goodness can be hard ideas for children to grasp, but they need to be talked about.

Children need to hear that – no matter what – God is always near. Children need to hear that – no matter what – God always has a plan for His children. Children need to hear that – no matter what – God is good, even when we do not understand.

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Jesus as a Child Bible Lesson

 

There’s a song on one of my kids’ CDs called, Jesus Was a Little Kid Too. It’s strange to think about Jesus being a little kid, but He was. There aren’t many verses in the Bible that tell us about His childhood, but the ones we can read must be important. This Bible Lesson on Jesus as a Child includes three main things that happened during Jesus’ childhood.

This Bible Lesson on Jesus as a Child includes three main things that happened during Jesus’ childhood.

Scripture Reference: Luke 2:25 – 52

Materials: board to draw timeline

Geography: Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Egypt, Judea, Nazareth

Background: Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The angels appeared to the shepherds. The shepherds went and worshiped Baby Jesus. What happened next?

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John the Baptist Object Lesson

 

You can tell a lot about a person by what they do. It’s called fruit. In this John the Baptist Object Lesson you will discuss repentance and what fruit the Lord wants to produce in those who choose to follow Him.

In this John the Baptist Object Lesson you will discuss repentance and what fruit the Lord wants to produce in those who choose to follow Him.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 3 and Luke 3

Materials:

  • jar of honey (with honey comb would be perfect!)
  • piece of fruit

Geography: Jordan River

Background: About thirty years have gone by since Jesus was born in Bethlehem. So much happened to Jesus and his family when He was born. Then there was almost silence until Jesus appeared at the Jordan River to meet His cousin. Continue reading

The Nativity Object Lesson

 

Have you looked at your nativity scene lately? Have you ever thought if it matches up to what scripture says? In this Nativity Object Lesson take a fun and in depth look at what scripture really says happened the night Jesus was born.

In this Christmas Story Object Lesson, discuss preconcieved notions about the nativity and what the Bible actually says.

 

Scripture Focus: Luke 2:1-20 and Mathew 2:1-12

Materials:

  • Your baby picture;
  • Empty picture frame;
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The Annunciation Object Lesson

 

Splitting the red sea and walking on dry land…city walls falling down…chariots of fire? The Bible is filled with impossible sounding events. Angels? Talking to people? In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

In this Annunciation object lesson, discuss the conversations Gabriel had with Zacharias and Mary and how God continues to do the impossible.

Scripture Focus: Luke 1: 5-40

Materials:

The Time Between the Testaments Object Lesson

 

Waiting…it can be hard to do. Why is it important to know what happened in history between the Old and New Testaments? Use a fun science experiment to discuss waiting and what God was doing between the testaments.

Use a fun object lesson to discuss waiting and what God was doing between the testaments.

Scripture Focus: Galatians 4:4  (poster)

Materials: balloon, water bottle, index card, water, baking soda, citric acid (found in the canning section of the grocery store)

Geography: Greece, Rome, Israel

Background: The Old Testament was over. This was the time between the books of Malachi and Matthew. God became silent. Continue reading

Skittles, Water, and Ezra Object Lesson

 

When a person is in the middle of a sinful situation, it is hard to make correct choices. Use Skittles and warm water for this Ezra Object Lesson and teach children that God’s commands are for our protection.

Use Skittles and warm water for this Ezra Object Lesson and teach children that God's commands are for our protection.

**NOTE: This section of scripture can be hard for kids to hear, especially for those who are in divorced families. Sometimes scripture doesn’t make sense to us humans. And we know that God is good and loves families. It is important to remember that God has a HUGE plan we know little of…AND that His objective is to get rid of sin so He can be glorified. Be sensitive to those kids who might have questions about their own families after this lesson and be sure to reassure them that all people and families can be redeemed through Jesus Christ.

Focus Scripture: Ezra 9-10

Materials: dinner plate, 15-20 Skittles, warm water [I used hot tap water.]

Geography: Persia, Jerusalem

Background: Zerubbabel returned with many of the exiled Jews to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple. Afterwards, Esther, a Jewess who was a Persian queen, saved her people from annihilation. Twenty years later, Ezra brings another large group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Continue reading

Patriot Day (September 11) Bible Study Pack

 

Use this 12-page Patriot Day (September 11) Bible Study Pack to talk about some difficult topics with children 4-8th grades.

 

This 12-page Patriot Day Bible Study Pack will help you to talk about some difficult topics with children 4th through 8th grade.

Use a conversation between Jesus and the people He was teaching to discuss tragedies and how God looks at humanity in the broad scheme of His plan of salvation.

This pack (on sale for $1.99) includes:

  • One Bible Lesson
  • Inductive Thinking Questions
  • Two Scripture Memory Copy Work Pages
  • Two age-appropriate Journaling Pages
  • Critical Thinking Questions
  • Two Scripture Memory Card Games
  • Think and Pray Life Application Page

**Due to the nature of this topic, it is advised that parents and teachers speak openly about hard questions. And it is OK to say there are things people do not understand. Continue reading

Solar Eclipse Bible Study Pack

 

Are you prepared to watch the solar eclipse?

Maybe you have the science covered, but what about how the eclipse glorifies the Lord?

Solar Eclipse

In this 12-page Solar Eclipse Bible Study Pack, you will receive a simple-to-teach Bible lesson from the book of Romans and activity pages to help reinforce spiritual concepts. Continue reading

Esther’s Courage Object Lesson

 

Being a Christ-follower can be difficult because sometimes we might be persecuted for what we believe. Use this Esther Bible lesson to teach children that God gives us faith and courage to handle any situation when we trust entirely on Him.

Esther

Focus Scripture: Esther 4

Materials: Ceiling fan, or ceiling tiles; string or yarn; tennis ball {Tie the string around the tennis ball and then hang the ball using the string from the ceiling. It should be 2-3 feet from the floor. Be sure to have room for the ball to swing in the room.}

Geography: Persia, Susa

Background: The people of the Northern Kingdom had been scattered by the Assyrians. Those of the Southern Kingdom were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. After 70 years, Zerubbabel took the first group of Jews back to Israel and rebuilt the temple because of a decree made by the new Persian King. Thirty-eight years after the temple was completed, a young Jewess name Esther found favor with the next Persian King and was crowned queen of all Babylon. Continue reading

Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Temple Object Lesson

 

Sometimes being a Christ-follower is difficult because we can be mocked and discouraged by other people. Use this Zerubbabel Bible lesson to teach children that when God gives them a task to do, it is much better to obey Him, than to listen to discouraging people.

Zerubbabel

Focus Scripture: Ezra 4

Materials: Blocks of various sizes and shapes; small table

Geography: Persia, Jerusalem

Background: The people of Israel split into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom of Israel had no kings that feared the Lord. In time, their enemies conquered Israel and scattered those tribes throughout the known world. The southern kingdom of Judah had eight kings who followed the ways of the Lord. Because of this, God’s mercy was extended for a time. However, eventually all of the people and the leaders went after other gods and the One True God allowed the people of Judah to be exiled to Babylon. Continue reading

Our Standard of Measurement for Life Object Lesson

 

Discuss the history of measurement with this object lesson as you teach children why we need a measure, or standard, for living: The Bible.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-13, Proverbs 20:10

Materials Needed: paper, pencils/pens, scissors, Bible

Bible Object Lesson:

{Have the kids trace one of their feet on a piece of paper and cut it out. Depending on the number of kids, this could be done individually or in groups. Have each person or group measure the length of the room with the foot they cut out and record their findings. You might want to do this also to provide a bigger contrast.} Continue reading