Fishers of Men

Scripture: Luke 5: 1 – 11 or pages 364 – 365 in The Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Luke 5 or pages 364 – 365 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • What was Jesus doing in the beginning of the story? Preaching to the people.
  • Who’s boat did He get into?  Simon’s boat. (Later Jesus would give him the name Peter.)
  • When Jesus finished preaching, what did he ask Simon Peter to do? To go out to deep water and put down the nets to catch some fish.
  • Why do you think that Simon Peter was reluctant to cast the nets? They had fished all night and there weren’t any fish so he didn’t think that they would catch any.  They were tired and needed to rest.  The nets were already cleaned.
  • But, Simon Peter agreed to do it anyway.  Why?  Because Jesus asked him to.
  • Are you willing to do what Jesus asks you to?
  • How many fish did they catch?  So many that their nets began to break and the boat began to sink.
  • What was Simon Peter’s reaction to this?  He told Jesus to go away from him because he was a sinful man.  He realized that Jesus was God.
  • How did Jesus answer him? “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
  • What did Jesus mean by making them fishers of men?  They would bring people to Christ.
  • Then what did Simon Peter, James and John do?  They left their boats and followed Jesus.
  • Jesus is asking you to follow Him, too. How do you follow Jesus?  Ask Him into my heart. Study my Bible.  Pray and talk to Him every day. Obey Him. etc.
  • What things might you do to “catch” men for Him?  Ask friends to Sunday School.  Tell others about Jesus.  Pray for friends who don’t know Him. etc.
  • Let’s pray and tell Jesus that we are ready to follow Him and fish for people…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Mark 1:17 (NIV1984)  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

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If you have a copy of “The Jesus Film”, play the clip of  this story for them.

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Bring a fishing pole and share this object lesson from Sermons4Kids. Combine it with this object lesson  from Christian Games and Crafts.

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Using the discussion questions above, play the Cross-That-Fish Game from Fishers of Kids.

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Here are some great ideas from the devotional “Wow! What a Catch!” by Betty Benson Robertson.  Find the song “Come Meet Jesus” here.

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Sing “I Will Make You Fishers of Men” or  “Twelve Disciples” by the Cedarmont Kids.  Your might want to play a music video of this song.  Or make your own music video of this song with your i-movie program.

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Make Fishers of Men story wheels.  Top wheel.  Bottom wheel.

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This fish mobile  is sure to be a big hit with bigger kids.

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Make fish from paper plates.  This one is great for younger kids.

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Here are some great activities from Sermons4Kids.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Page #1 ,  Page #2 ,  Color Page #3 .  An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Here are fish mazes.  This one   for the younger children, and this one for the older kids.

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Here are some discussion questions for older kids.

Here is a good work page for older kids.

Older kids might also enjoy this Fishers of Men video   and this song.

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Here are some fun snacks.  Fish in a cup  , Fishing Pole Cupcakes  , Toss Your Net to the Other Side Treats  ,  or since we need worms to go fishing with, serve “Dirt Cake with Worms”.  Here is the recipe.

Dirt Cake with Worms

  • 1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
  • 2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • gummy worms

Crush Oreos. Fill the bottom of individual snack cups with 1/3 of the crumbs.  Set aside.

Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.

Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.

Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.

Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the cups. Next, add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used ending with the crumbs on top.

Place gummy worms in the “dirt” as if they are crawling out.

Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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Fishers of Men Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about how Jesus called the disciples to be fishers of men from Luke 5.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Mark 1:17(NIV1984)

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

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Have your child cut and past this picture of the story. http://www.lessons4sundayschool.com/media/Fishers_of_MenCutPaste.pdf

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Use these devotions to reinforce the lesson. http://www.ccstpete.com/cm/devotionals/DEVNT219.pdf

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Download the song “Twelve Disciples” by the Cedarmont Kids from    i-tunes and teach it to your child.

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/fishers-of-men/

The Temptation of Christ

Scripture: Matthew 4: 1 – 11 or pages 362 – 363 in the Golden Children’s Bible

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:

 
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 4 or pages 362 – 363 in The Golden Children’s Bible. (If you are using The Golden Children’s Bible. Explain to them that Satan probably isn’t red with horns as in the illustration, but that he might even look appealing,  like an angel.)

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • Where did Jesus go after his baptism?  The wilderness
  • Why did He go there?  The Holy Spirit led him there.
  • It says that He was fasting for 40 days.  Do you know what fasting is?  Not eating – usually to focus only on prayer.
  • Do you think that you would be really hungry after fasting for 40 days?  Jesus was, too.
  • So, what did Satan tempt him with first?  He told him to turn stones into bread.
  • How did Jesus answer him? “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”  (Deut. 8:3)
  • How does memorizing scripture help to keep you from being overcome by temptation? It teaches you and reminds you what God expects you to do.
  • What was the second temptation?  He told Jesus to throw himself down from the top of the temple because the scriptures say that angels will protect him from being hurt.
  • How did Jesus answer him? “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” (Deut. 6:16) Again He quoted scripture.
  • What was the third temptation?  Satan would give Jesus the kingdoms of the world if He would worship him.
  •   How did Jesus answer him? “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”  (Deut. 6:13)  Again He quoted scripture.
  • What did Satan do then?  He left.
  •  Who came to minister to Jesus after that?  Angels.
  • What do you think might help you to resist temptation? Have Bible verses memorized that will help me to do what is right.
  • Do you think that angels minister to you, too?  Yes.
  • Let’s pray and thank the Lord for giving us His Word, and Holy Spirit to help us to resist temptation and do what is right…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memory verse.

Psalms 119:11  “Thy Word  have I hidden in my heart, that I might not  sin against Thee.”

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Invite a hunter or fisherman to the class to show them different snares and lures that they use to “tempt” their prey to take the bait. Explain that Satan uses lures to tempt us to sin in the same way.

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Read the story “Storing Up Wisdom” from Keys for Kids.

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Play Character Jenga.

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Play Temptation Limbo.

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Page # 1 ,   Page #2 , Page #3  ,   Page #4

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Sing “Thy Word” by the Cedarmont Kids (It’s on i-tunes) Or sing and do the motions along with this video of the song “It Is Written”.

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Do a crossword puzzle featuring the temptation of Christ.   Or unscramble these sentences .   Or do this word search from sermons4kids.

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Here are some other temptation activities.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the  Parents’ Page.

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The Temptation of Christ Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about the temptation of Christ from Matthew 4: 1-11.       We learned how important it is to memorize Bible verses to help us to fight temptation and keep from sinning.  Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

Psalms 119:11  “Thy Word  have I hidden in my heart, that I might not  sin against Thee.”

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Teach your child the song “Thy Word” by the Cedarmont Kids.  You can download it from i-tunes.

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Read the story “Don’t Get Hooked” by Mike Covell.

http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Stories/Storybooks/1storybook08/1storybook08a.php

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Read the story “Pepper and Soap” from Keys for Kids.

http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=5517

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/the-temptation-of-christ/  

John the Baptist Parents’ Page

Use the parents’ page as a way to keep in touch with parents, to keep them informed of what you are teaching, and to encourage them to continue reinforcing the lesson at home. Use this template as a starting point. Make it your own by telling them how the children responded to the lesson or something funny that happened.  You could substitute any activity suggestions that you think would be appropriate for parents to do with their children at home.

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Dear Parents,

Today we learned about John the Baptist from Matthew 3: 1-17 and Luke 3:1-18.   Help to reinforce the lesson to your child this week by talking to him or her about the lesson and helping him or her learn the memory verse.

Here are a few activity ideas…

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Help your child memorize the verse.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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Read the story “Hold Your Nose” from Keys for Kids  http://www.cbhministries.org/ForKids/KeysforKids/ReadListen.aspx?ID=7703

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Have your child solve a memory puzzle  http://songsofpraise.org/imagepuzzle.php?puzzleid=9  or a jigsaw puzzle featuring Jesus’ Baptism.  http://dltk-bible.com/jesus/baptism_puzzle.htm

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Have your child make a story wheel about baptism and talk to your child about what baptism means. http://www.request.org.uk/main/dowhat/baptism/baptism_wheel.pdf

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Visit the Children’s Church web site to view the lesson.  https://childrenschurch.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/john-the-baptist/

John the Baptist

Scripture: Matthew 3:1 – 17 and Luke 3:1 -18

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 3 or pages 360 – 361 in The Golden Children’s Bible.

Remember when the angel Gabriel came to Zacharias in the temple and told him he was going to have a son?  What  was he to name him?  That’s right, remember that he wrote on the tablet “His name is John.”  And who was he a cousin to?  Jesus.  Well, John and Jesus grew up.  John was a preacher and a baptist, and Jesus came to him one day.  Let’s read the story.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

Discussion:

  • What was John doing in this story?  preaching to people to repent and baptizing people
  • What does the word “repent” mean?  It means that if you are truly sorry for what you have done wrong, you will turn around and do what’s right instead.
  • What kind of clothes did John wear? Clothes made from camel’s hair, and a leather girdle around his waste.
  • What kind of food did he eat?  Locusts and wild honey.
  • Who came to hear John preach and be baptized? People from Jerusalem, Judea and all  the region around Jordan.
  • The Pharisees and Sadducees came, too.  Who were they?  They were the Jewish teachers of the law.
  • What did John say that the Pharisees and Sadducees say? “We have Abraham for our forefather.”
  • Remember the promise that God had made to Abraham?  His descendants were going to be as many in number as the stars and the sand on the seashore.  And the world was going to be blessed through them.  What did the Pharisees and Sadducees think that that meant?  If Abraham was their father, then they were special.  They were God’s chosen people.  So, they were automatically going to heaven.
  • But, what did John say about that?  God can raise up children for Abraham from these stones.  And every tree that doesn’t produce good will be cut down and burned in the fire.
  • What do you think that means?  You aren’t going to heaven just because Abraham is your father. If you don’t repent you’ll be thrown into the fire.
  • Do you think that since your parents are Christians that you are automatically a Christian? No.  We each have to repent.
  • The people asked what they should do then.  How did John answer?  Give food and clothing to the poor.
  • What were the tax collectors to do?  Not take any more taxes than they were supposed to take.
  • What were the soldiers to do?  Never accuse someone falsely, nor be violent.
  • What fruit of repentance do you think that John would tell you to produce?
  • What were the people wondering about John?  They wondered if he was the Messiah.
  • How did John answer them?  Someone else was coming who’s shoes he was not worthy to untie. I only baptize with water.  He will baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
  • When Jesus came to be baptized, what did John say? “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
  • What do you think John meant? Jesus never sinned so it does seem like He wouldn’t need to be baptized.  He should be baptizing John instead.
  • How did Jesus answer him?  “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”  Jesus always obeys what is right – just like he obeyed his mother and father when he was a boy – even though he is God
  • What happened when Jesus came up from the water?  The Holy Spirit came down from heaven like a dove and a voice from heaven said “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
  • Is God pleased with you?  Have you repented from your sins and changed your ways? Let’s pray and tell Jesus that we are sorry for our sins and ask Him to give us his Holy Spirit, to help us to do what’s right, and please God…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color Page #1,   Color Page #2,  Color Page #3, Color Page #4Color Page #5       An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show this object lesson video from Aaron Miller.

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This is a great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.

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Have the class fill out these worksheets from Calvary Curriculum.

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Read the story  “After the Bath” from Keys for Kids.

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Share the “On Jesus’ Team” object lesson with a helper.

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Kids love to act out the story. Here is a great drama idea.

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Do the Dirty Pennies Made New activity.

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Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids and do one of the activities at the bottom of the page.

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Have the children do a crossword puzzle or a decoder puzzle  from sermons4kids featuring John the Baptist.

Here is another crossword puzzle from Sharon Whittaker.

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Sing “Let Your Light Shine”  and “He Made Him”  “John’s Song” “ Wages – Romans 6:23”by Mary Rice Hopkins.   Or sing “Live a Pure LIfe” or “If We Confess Our Sins” “His Name Will Be John” by the Donut Man.

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Serve milk and gingerbread men cookies for snack.  Allow the children to “baptize” their cookies in the milk.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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