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Footprints In The Sand Fun Days – Jesus’ Teachings

on September 24, 2012

     Jesus’ Teachings – Week 4

This event has a beach theme.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19 

Bible Truth: We must follow Jesus.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Fishers Of Men

After Jesus left the wilderness He was walking by the Sea of Galilee. There He saw the brothers Simon and Andrew fishing.  Jesus told them that if they followed Him that He would make them fishers of men. They left their nets and followed Him. Then two other men, James and His brother John, joined them.

Matthew 4:18-22  NKJV    

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”

What is a fisher?

A fisher is a person who fishes; a person who catches fish as a sport or occupation.

What is a fisher of men?

A person who wins souls for the Kingdom of God.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 4:19  NKJV    

“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

5. Jesus Chooses Twelve Men

Jesus was a great teacher while He was here on earth. Jesus taught about God and His love for us. Jesus chose 12 men who traveled with Him everywhere He went and learned from Him. We call these men His disciples, because they were His followers.

Matthew 4:18-25  NKJV    

“And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.”

     These twelve men traveled with Jesus and helped Him spread the Good News. Together they went to temples and synagogues, to hillsides and seashores – anywhere people would gather and listen to Jesus. Everywhere Jesus went people would listen to Him. After Jesus’ ascension to heaven the disciples, except Judas, went on to evangelize their world. Much of the New Testament was written by them under the inspiration of God.

6. Game – Fishing Relay

Matthew 4:19  NKJV    

“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus’ followers (the disciples) were called to be fishers of men. We too, have been called to be fishers of men.

Need : 2 short fishing poles with a magnet at the end of the string instead of a hook, construction paper fish with a paper clip attached to each one, and a sign that reads: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Divide the class into two teams. Line the children up and give the first person on each team a fishing pole. At the signal the first person on each team is to run to the pond and catch a fish. They are to say “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then run back to their team with their fish. The next person in line will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Jesus’ Methods Of Teaching

Jesus used several method of teaching. Often He used sermons similar to what we hear in church on Sunday. On other occasions He would use parables.  A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly or spiritual meaning. At times Jesus taught in parables. Parables can also give us a glimpse of what heaven is like and what future things God has planned for us that we otherwise might not be able to understand. Jesus said He used parables to hide the truth from those who didn’t want to listen. He used parables to communicate truth to those who already believed in Him and He used parables to help people understand what He was teaching. Altogether, Jesus taught about 30 parables.

A few examples of the parables that Jesus taught are:

* The Parable Of The Sheep And The Goats

Matthew 25:31-46    

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

* The Parable Of The Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1-8  NKJV    

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

* The Wise And The Foolish Builders

Matthew 7:24-27  NKJV     “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

* The Parable Of The Vineyard Workers

Matthew 20:1-16  NKJV     “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’ “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”

* The Parable Of The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10  NKJV     “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

* The Parable Of The Prodigal Son  

Luke 15:11-32  NKJV     “Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’  “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;  for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.  So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

8. GameGo Into The World

Need: 1 ball designed like a globe or world, and music

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children the ball. Turn on some music and have the children pass the ball around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the ball when the music stops is out of the game.. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

9. The Sermon On The Mount

The Sermon on the Mount was one of Jesus’ more famous sermons. In that sermon Jesus taught us how He wants us to live when we believe in Him. The Beatitudes list ways that we can be happy. Also in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus answered several questions about living a Christian life.

Matthew 5:3-12  NKJV    

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall obtain mercy,

Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called the sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My

sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the

prophets who were before you.”

10. Game“Dividing The Sheep From The Goats“

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world. The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven. Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: white balloons, black balloons, 2 large trash bags and 4 baskets or boxes – label two of them “heaven” and the other two “hell”.

Blow up the balloons and divide them .Put half in one bag and the other half in the second bag. Divide the group into two teams.

Each team must form a line. The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them. White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The girl on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

11. Jesus And Children

Children were important to Jesus. He never turned them away.

Matthew 19:13-15  NKJV   

“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.”

     Once when someone asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called a little child to stand beside Him. Jesus honored children and sternly said that those who hurt children will be judged.

Matthew 18:1-6  NKJV   

  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea”

12. Game – Jesus’ Teachings Memory Board Game

Need:

9 note cards with the following written on them:

2 cards with “A parable is an earthly story with a spiritual meaning.” written on them.

2 cards with “The Sermon on the Mount was one of Jesus’ more famous sermons.“ written on them.

2 cards with “Children were important to Jesus.” written on them.

1 card with the memory verse written on it.

Divide the class into two teams. The teams take turns turning over two cards. If the cards match they will remove them and earn a point, if they do not match they will turn them back over. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

14. Challenge / Altar – Follow Jesus

Matthew 4:19  NKJV    

“Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

     We must follow Jesus. What does the word “follow” mean? It means to go along something such as a road or path, following the path, take same direction as someone, go as directed by someone, obey something or someone, to act in accordance with something or someone, develop in accordance with something or someone‘s behavior, or to imitate or do the same as somebody or something .

Are you following what Jesus taught ? Are you doing what God has called you to do?

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts 

17. Dismissal

 

CRAFT, NAMETAG, TREAT BAGS, GAME AND PROPS IDEAS

 

 

HANDOUTS

 

 

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