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Jesus Called Disciples (August 29)
Our story this week comes from Matthew 4. Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when He called his disciples. Jesus told the men He called that He would teach them to fish for people. But they wouldn’t use nets or boats, they would use their words to gather people and tell them about Jesus.
- What were Simon Peter and Andrew doing when Jesus saw them? (Fishing)
- Who were the other fishermen Jesus saw fixing their nets before Jesus called them? (James and John)
- What was the special job that Jesus gave His disciples? (work with Jesus and tell others about Him)
Grade School Questions
- Why do you think Jesus picked fishermen and tax collectors to be His disciples instead of kings or religious leaders? (The Bible says God uses people who have nothing to offer to show His power and strength through them.)
- What do you think might keep someone from following Jesus? (Everyone follows something, and we follow what we value the most. Some people live for family and friends, for themselves, for popularity, or for money. The Bible says we must follow Jesus and nothing else. We can pray that God will soften the hearts of those who do not follow Jesus so that they would come to know and love Him.)
Activity: God’s Plan for us
Supplies Needed: Paper and Markers
Do: Use the above image to read through the Gospel with your kids. Have each of your children recreate the Gospel
on their piece of paper by drawing out the images and writing what each image means.
Practice as a family telling the Gospel to each other.
Say: Jesus told His disciples to tell others about Him, and we are Jesus’ disciples when we trust in Him. Everyone in the world needs to hear the good news about Jesus. The gospel is good news, the message about Jesus, the kingdom of God, and salvation. You can draw these five pictures anywhere to explain the good news to others.
Jesus’ Early Miracles (September 5)
The early miracles recorded in Mark 1 demonstrate Jesus’ power and authority as the Son of God. Jesus drove an unclean spirit from a man in the synagogue; showing that even the demons obey His commands. Then Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and that evening the people in the town brought to Jesus all those who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits. What did Jesus do? He healed them! (Mark 1:34)
Jesus’ miracles continued and He healed a man with leprosy. Leprosy is a skin disease that would have marked a person as “unclean,” requiring him to be separated from the community. Jesus had compassion on the man and healed him immediately. Help kids make the connection that through Jesus, God did what is impossible for us to do on our own. He provided forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life for all who would trust in Him. Help your kids find Mark 1.
Preschool Questions: Read aloud select verses.
- Where was the synagogue in which Jesus taught? (Capernaum, Mark 1:21)
- Why did Jesus say He came? (to teach, Mark 1:38)
- Why did Jesus heal the man with leprosy? (Jesus had compassion on him, Mark 1:41)
Grade School Questions
- What do these miracles show about Jesus? Guide kids to discuss Jesus’ power as God’s Son. Jesus had authority over evil spirits and over the sickness people faced. We also see Jesus’ love and kindness toward people. Jesus meets physical needs and spiritual needs.
- Why was Jesus’ preaching more important than His miracles? Help kids understand that Jesus’ miracles helped to show His power and authority, but the purpose was to support the truth of His teaching. A person healed of a sickness might later become sick again and is still spiritually dead in sin. A person who understands Jesus’ teaching and has faith in His death and resurrection is forgiven and gains eternal life.
- How can we be like Jesus? Discuss Jesus’ compassion, kindness, and preaching. Help kids see that we can show God’s love in the way we treat others. Explain that our love and kindness will help support the message of truth when we share the gospel. Actions may “speak louder” than words, but words are still essential for explaining the gospel.
Activity: Prayer Time
Supplies Needed: None
Do: Open your Bible to Mark 1:35.
Say: People came to Jesus, and He healed them. Jesus has power because He is the Son of God. Even though Jesus has incredible power to work miracles, He still needed time to pray to God. If Jesus chose to spend time praying, it must be extremely important for us to spend time praying too. Prayer is talking to God. We can talk to God just as we would talk to a friend or our parents. We can pray about anything.
Lead your kids in a time of guided prayer. Remind them that they do not have to pray aloud if they feel uncomfortable doing so. Encourage them to pray about more than just things they want, but also to pray as a way to praise God and thank Him.
Jesus Taught in Nazareth (September 12)
Help kids find Luke 4. Remind kids that Luke is part of the Gospels, along with Matthew, Mark, and John. Jesus was
about thirty years old when He began His earthly ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was
tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then He headed north to Galilee. He went through
the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman.
After, Jesus went to the town of Nazareth, where He had grown up. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue to teach. He read aloud the
words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone’s eyes were on Him as He explained, “Today as
you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” Jesus was saying, It’s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some
people remembered Jesus from His youth.
- Where did Jesus grow up? (Nazareth, Luke 4:16)
- From whose scroll did Jesus read? (the prophet Isaiah’s, Luke 4:17)
- How did the people react to Jesus? (amazed and confused at first, then angry; Luke 4:22,28)
Grade School Questions
- How do we know Jesus really is the Messiah? Guide kids to discuss the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Remind them of all the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, such as His birth in Bethlehem. Point out His power to heal people and remind them that God called Jesus His Son. Jesus’ claim in this story is well supported by other evidence.
- What does it mean to accept Jesus rather than reject Him? Help kids see that when our faith is in Jesus, we are doing more than admitting that He is the Messiah, we are also saying that He is the Lord of our lives. When we believe in Jesus, we are saying that we want Him to guide and control our lives. We want to obey Him out of love and serve Him to glorify God.
- What can we do if we know someone who rejects Jesus? Remind kids that we cannot save anyone. Our job when we believe the gospel is to teach other people about Jesus. Help kids understand that God is the One who saves people. Discuss the importance of prayer in leading others to Jesus. Make sure they know that we treat everyone with kindness and respect, even if they don’t yet believe the gospel.
Activity: Sort it Out
Supplies Needed: Buttons, coins or other small objects
Do: Provide each kid with a small handful of buttons. Ask kids to sort the buttons by color, size, or shape. Then instruct the kids to count their buttons and reject all the buttons that have a given trait, such as those that are red, have two holes, or are not round. You may instead use coins, plastic gems, or other small objects.
Say: You may have a good reason to remove certain objects. For example, if you are replacing a button, you might reject buttons that are the wrong size or color. Today we learned about a time people rejected Jesus because of what He taught.
Jesus and Nicodemus (September 18)
Help kids find John 3. Jesus’ ministry had begun. His early miracles included turning water into wine, casting out demons, and healing people. John 2:23 says that “many believed in his name when they saw the signs he was doing.” Jesus likely spent a large part of His day teaching. When the day was done, He spent time alone or with His disciples. One night, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews; that is, he was a religious leader who taught God’s law. He was also a member of the Sanhedrin—a Jewish governing body. Nicodemus held to the belief that if a person was a law-abiding Jew, he would be accepted by God. Jesus gave Nicodemus a lesson that would turn his belief system on its head. Emphasize to kids that every person is born a sinner—spiritually dead and alienated from God. It is by God’s Spirit—not our own effort—that we are born again. We look to Jesus and His finished work on the cross for our salvation.
- How did Nicodemus know that Jesus had been sent by God? (because of the miracles Jesus performed, John 3:2)
- What did Jesus say must happen for a person to see the kingdom of God? (The person must be born again, or born of the Spirit; John 3:3-6)
- Jesus said that He had been sent by God not to punish the world, but to do what? (save the world, John 3:17)
Grade School Questions
- What does it mean to be born again? Prompt the kids to think about the ending of their old, sinful lives and the start of their new lives in Jesus. Remind them that God declares sinners righteous when they believe in Jesus. God no longer sees believers as sinners, but as saints. Our new and eternal life with God starts as soon as we believe the gospel.
- What does it mean to have eternal life? Discuss the idea that eternal life with God is not just regular life that never ends, but joyful, loving, obedient life that goes on forever. A believer’s new life begins right away. Even after physical death, our souls live with God forever. When Jesus returns, we will continue living with God in glorified bodies.
- Why did God send Jesus to save us? Remind the kids that God loves people and always does what is for His glory and our good. We are special to God, and He wanted to save us from sin to show His goodness and love.
Activity: Bubble Pop
Supplies Needed: Bubbles and Bubble Wands
Do: Form two teams. Provide each team with a bottle of bubbles, including a bubble wand. The players of each team
will take turns blowing a bubble and catching it on the bubble wand. Time how long the bubbles last. Whichever team has
the longest lasting bubble earns a point. Play additional rounds. After each player on both teams has a chance to blow and
catch a bubble, add up the scores and declare the team with the most points the winners.
Say: It was really hard to make a bubble last. It was here only for a moment before it popped. In a way, that reminds us of our lives on earth. In the big picture, our lives on earth are pretty short.
However, when we believe in Jesus, we inherit everlasting life with God. No matter how short our present lives might be, we will still live forever with God. Jesus taught that we must be born again to experience everlasting life.
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman (September 26)
Jesus broke down barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria. Even more surprising, Jesus stopped at a well around noon and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jewish men did not speak to women in public. But Jesus was kind to her, and He offered her a gift: living water. The woman didn’t understand, but Jesus revealed His knowledge of her past. He even gave her a glimpse of the future. The Samaritan woman expected a Messiah to come and fix everything. Jesus said, “I am He.”
Explain to kids that the living water Jesus offers is the Holy Spirit. (See John 7:37-39.) The Holy Spirit is a gift that He is eager to give us when we ask Him. Those who receive His grace will never be thirsty again. Help kids find John 4.
- What did Jesus ask for when He first saw the Samaritan woman? (a drink of water, John 4:7)
- What did Jesus say would happen to a person who drinks the living water? (He will never thirst again. It will become a well in him. He will have eternal life; John 4:14)
- Where did Jesus say people will worship God? (anywhere, in spirit and truth; John 4:23-24)
Grade School Questions
- What is the living water Jesus spoke about? Guide kids to see that the living water is a picture of what the Holy Spirit is like. When we believe the gospel, Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to live within us. He helps us to love and obey God and fills our lives with joy and love so that we can “overflow” joy and love onto other people.
- What does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth? Discuss how everyone worships something, but only believers worship the one true God. Point out that worshiping in spirit means that our very core, including our emotions, is involved in worshiping God. Explain that worshiping in truth means we worship the true God when we understand the wonderful truth of what He has done for us.
- How can we receive “living water”? Remind the kids that the Bible teaches everyone who believes the gospel will be saved. Help them understand that when we believe the gospel, we repent of sin and love G. God forgives our sin, gives us new hearts, and sends the Holy Spirit to live in us and help us obey God out of love.
Activity: Blessings Overflow
Supplies Needed: Paper, Pencil and a Cup
Do: Provide a sheet of paper and a pencil to each child. Ask them to write about or draw pictures of a few things they
consider to be blessings. Help them think through things like their families, their school, their friends, their church
family, and so forth. Then challenge the kids to wad their papers into balls and toss them into the cup. Allow them a few chances, or they may simply place their paper wad in the cup. By the end, the cup should be overflowing with paper wads.
Say: God blesses us in so many ways. It is good to remember the blessings we have from God. The Bible teaches that every good gift is from God. The best gift we could receive is salvation from sin. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who believe. When we have the Holy Spirit living with us, our hearts overflow with joy, and the blessings in our lives can be used to bless other people too.
Jesus Healed Ten Men (October 3)
Open your Bibles to Luke 17. Explain that the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all tell about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Today’s story is found in Luke. Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. Read aloud Luke 17:15.
In this story, Jesus healed ten men and one was saved. The man who returned to Jesus in faith thanked Him and gave glory to God. He was healed physically and spiritually. The Bible says all of us have sinned. Our sin makes us unclean, but we can cry out to God like the men with leprosy: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”. God hears our prayers and answers them for His glory and our good.
- Why did the ten men cry out to Jesus for help? (They had a skin disease and wanted Jesus to heal them.)
- What did the man do when he returned to see Jesus? (The man praised God, fell down at Jesus’ feet, and thanked Him.)
- What did Jesus tell the man? (Jesus told him to go on his way and that he was saved because he had faith.)
Grade School Questions
- What did the man who was healed realize about Jesus? (The man’s reaction to his healing was that he returned to thank Jesus. The man recognized that Jesus had healed Him and He praised God.)
- How should our lives change when we trust in Jesus for salvation? (People who do not trust Jesus are guilty before Him. Those who trust in Him are declared righteous and have complete forgiveness and eternal life. A believer’s life should be marked by gratitude and worship for what Jesus has done.)
Activity: Thank-you Notes
Supplies Needed: Construction paper, markers, stickers
Do: Have every family member grab a piece of paper and some markers. Make thank-you notes for those that have given you a gift. Not all gifts may be physical. They could be something like words of encouragement, support, or friendship.
Say: What kinds of things did everyone say “thank-you” for? God is good and He gives good gifts. The Bible says that every good gift comes from Him. Sometimes God blesses us through the generosity of others. In all things, we can thank God for His love and care. God’s greatest gift to us is His Son, Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again so we can have forgiveness and life with God forever.
Jesus Healed a Woman and a Girl (October 10)
Open your Bible to Mark 5. The Gospel of Mark is the 2nd book in the New Testament. It is the shortest of the four Gospels. Jesus healed a woman and raised a girl from the dead. Was Jesus angry that the woman had touched His clothes? No! He spoke kindly to her, calling her “Daughter”. Jesus did not want her to feel guilty. She was completely healed. Read Mark 5:33-34.
- What did Jairus ask Jesus to do for him? (Jairus asked Jesus to come to his house and heal his daughter.)
- What happened to the woman when she touched Jesus’ clothes? (The bleeding stopped; Jesus healed her.)
- What did Jesus do for the girl? (Jesus took her hand, told her to get up, and she became alive again!)
Grade School Questions
- How was the woman with a bleeding problem healed? (When the woman touched Jesus’ clothes, she was healed. The woman came to Jesus in faith, believing He could heal her. Jesus’ clothes weren’t magical; the healing power came from Jesus Himself.)
- How can we seek healing today? (Even though Jesus is not physically on earth today, we can pray to Him in faith and ask God to heal people who are sick and hurting. God has the power to heal, and He brings ultimate healing through His Son, Jesus, by forgiving our sins.)
Activity: Clothespin Grab Game
Supplies Needed: clothespins (2 per person)
Do: Give everyone two clothespins. Instruct each person to clip a clothespin at waist level on both sides of his or her clothing. Explain that kids will move around the room, trying to reach out and grab others’ clothespins while also protecting their own. Kids may not cover or touch their own clothespins; they may only protect them by trying to keep them out of reach. The player who collects the most clothespins when “time” is called is the winner.
Say: In our story this week, a woman reached out and touched the edge of Jesus’ clothes and something amazing happened!
Jesus Healed a Man who was Lame (October 17)
Our story this week comes from John 5. John wrote this Gospel so that people would believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus went to the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. Jesus healed a man who could not walk. Read aloud John 5:8-9.
- Whom did Jesus meet by the pool? (a man who could not walk)
- What did the man do after Jesus healed him? (Obeyed Jesus; got up, picked up his mat, and walked)
- Why were the Jewish leaders angry with Jesus? (He broke their rule about not working on the Sabbath and said that He is God’s Son.)
Grade School Questions
- Why did Jesus heal the man who was lame? (He had been disabled for a long time and seemed hopeless. The man did not even recognize Jesus, but Jesus showed compassion on the man and healed him- instantly and completely. The man experienced Jesus’ power. Jesus does not always heal people; sometimes His plan for someone involves sickness. But we can trust that Jesus is always working for His Glory and our good.)
- How does Jesus give hope to sinners? (The man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.)
Activity: Clay Figure Theater
Supplies Needed: Bible
Do: Choose a few members of your family to be the “Clay”. They will portray Jesus, the man who was lame, and a few Jews. Choose one family member to the be sculptor.
Instruct the volunteers to stand at the front of the room. Read John 1:1-15 aloud and have the sculptor move their bodies around to act out the story. They should recreate the scene by repositioning volunteers’ arms, legs, or heads. Volunteers should hold the pose as if they are clay.
Say: We learned in this week’s Bible story that Jesus healed a man who could not walk. The man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.
Jesus Healed a Man who was Blind (October 24)
Our story this week comes from John 9. The religious leaders in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. His authority challenged theirs. He had power that they didn’t have and He spent time with people they didn’t like. Read aloud John 9:24-25. Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind. The man had been blind since birth, and Jesus told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. The pool was in Jerusalem. After the man washed, he could see. The man learned that Jesus is the Son of God and he believed in Jesus.
- Why did Jesus say the man was blind? (So people could see God’s power)
- What did Jesus do with the mud that He mixed together? (Jesus put it on the blind man’s eyes and told him to wash it off.)
- What did the man do after he learned that Jesus was God’s Son? (The man believed and worshipped Him.)
Grade School Questions
- Why was the man in today’s Bible story born blind? (Jesus said that the man’s blindness was not a consequence of their sin. Sometimes our suffering is caused by our own sin, but often suffering is the result of living in a fallen world.)
- How can you share your story to tell others about Jesus? (When his neighbors and the religious leaders asked the man what happened to him, he told them how Jesus had healed him. We can share how Jesus saved and changed us.)
Activity: Dirt and Worms
Supplies Needed: Oreos, chocolate instant pudding, milk, gummy worms, and cups
Do: Crush the cookies into crumbs in a ziplock bag. Whisk together the milk and pudding according to the
package ingredients. Put a cookie layer in the bottom of the cups, followed by a pudding layer and finish it
with more cookie crumbs. Top with one or two gummy bears. Refrigerate until serving.
Say: When you enjoy your dirt and worms dessert, remember that Jesus gave sight to a man who was blind. Jesus used dirt to make mud and put it on the man’s eyes. When the man washed off the mud, he could see! Our sin makes us unable to see the truth about God. Jesus came as light in a dark world. He came to give us sight: true understanding of God and His kingdom. Those who trust in Jesus see who He is and worship Him.