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
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.
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)
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
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.
Focus Scripture: Luke 4:1-13
- 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.”
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.
** 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.
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.
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?
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.
Scripture Focus: Matthew 3 and Luke 3
- 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