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"Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long" Psalm
Teach kids to follow Jesus
---Make every minute count!
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The Story of Jesus Film for Children (06/07/2018)
Plan a Summer Movie Night
friends and family to watch The
Story of Jesus Film for Children. This is a great
opportunity to spread the Gospel message to your neighborhoods this summer!
Visit the Jesus
Film Project page to download it for FREE! It is a wonderfully produced
Also check out Tell Me the Story of Jesus
from Childhood to Pentecost for K-5th grade.
-- from The Sermon on the Mount--Lesson One
You will need two pitchers of water, one with saltwater and one without salt. Ask
children to taste the water. Once they've tasted the water, ask them what the difference is between
There is no mistaking the difference. One is noticeably, without a doubt salty and the other is not.
In today's Bible lesson, Jesus has something important to say about salt. Listen now
as we read from God's Holy Word. (Read Matthew 5:13-16 from a child-friendly Bible.)
During Jesus' day, salt in that part of the world was mined from rocks underground. It was mixed
with clay and sand. Over time---due to exposure to rain and sun---the salt near the surface of
the rock lost its saltiness, making it useless. As a result, it was tossed out and walked on.
However, the salt that was closest to the inside of the rock stayed salty!
Today we mainly use salt to flavor foods. However, in Jesus' day, salt was used to keep foods
from rotting. Now we have refrigerators to keep foods fresh. So maybe if Jesus were speaking
to us today he might say, "You are the refrigerators of the earth!" Knowing these two things about salt:
being connected to the rock
and keeping us from rotting,
what do you think Jesus wants his children to know? Why do you suppose he says we are the
salt of the earth? (Receive answers.)
Jesus wants us to understand that, as we remain connected to him---the Rock---we stay salty.
When we move further away from him, we lose our saltiness! We're good for nothing. Jesus was
perfect. He lived a perfect life. But, the Bible says we're dead in our sins without him. Jesus
died on the cross, and took our punishment for doing wrong things, for disobeying God's rules.
When you're a Christ-follower, a Christian, you have Jesus living in you. He keeps you from
spiritually rotting. As a result, Christians keep the rest of the world from rotting too!
Just as the salty water was noticeably different, Christians should be uniquely different from
other people! If we're not, what does Jesus say will happen? (If salt loses its saltiness, it is good
for nothing, throw it out!)
Discuss the ways Christians keep the world from rotting. (Receive answers. Our lives should
reflect a noticeable difference in our speech, our behavior, the way we treat others, our plans
and goals in life, the things we value, the way we spend our time, money, resources, talents,
What does the Bible say is the purpose of being salty Christians? (Receive answers.)
We do these good things to give God the credit, the honor, and the glory. Learn more about Jesus'
Sermons for Kids!
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Children's Sermons Book (06/04/2018)
in the Bag--52 Bible Talks for Children's Ministry
Focus: All Scripture is God-breathed . . . (You will need various medicine bottles to present this sermon. Remove one medicine bottle after the other and tell children what they're used for, e.g.
headache, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sore feet, water retention, etc.)
These are all great medicines. A lot of time and money went into developing them to
help people feel better. We can admire them and think how wonderful it is to have these
great medicines. We can line them up neatly on our medicine cabinet shelves and admire the nice colors! But, there's one thing that people have to do to get the health
benefit from all these pills. What do you suppose that is? (Receive answers) Yes, take
them! The bottles need to be opened, the directions followed, and the pills swallowed! If
we don't open them up, follow the directions, and take them into our bodies, they will
never help us! Sometimes we treat our Bibles like unopened medicine bottles. Unless we open them,
read them, and take God's Word into our lives by following the directions, we will never
benefit from it! Let's read what the Bible has to say about this. (Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 from a child-friendly Bible.) These verses tell us that God breathed life into the words of the Bible. This means they
are his words to us. The Bible is useful for teaching what is true, for correcting our
mistakes, for making our lives complete, and training us to do what is right. God's Word
gets us ready to do every good thing! We are to take the Bible off our bookshelves, and
then read and obey it! God's Word is great medicine for our lives! (Close in prayer.)
more samples and learn about our big book of children's sermons!
Yielding to God (06/02/2018)
--Check out this FREE idea from Lesson Two of Signs of the Times
Bible Lesson Plans
with class discussion:
1) What does it mean to yield? (To yield means to give in, to surrender or submit to another. When drivers see yield signs, they are to look out for the other driver, to be prepared to stop and allow him or her to go first.)
2) Is a Yield Sign a warning or a directional sign? (A warning sign)
3) What might happen if a driver disregards a yield sign? (Car crash)
4) What do you think it means to yield to God? (To submit to his authority, to obey or give in to him. To allow God to be first in your life.)
5) What happens if we disregard yielding to God? (We can ruin our lives.)
Christian Craft: Clay Dough Creations
Clay is a perfect hands-on craft activity to illustrate yielding. As we mold and shape the dough, it must conform,
that is, yield its shape, according to the pressure that is placed on it.
(Illustrate this point by pushing and forming clay into different shapes while reading the
following Bible memory verse, below.)
O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8.
This verse tells us that God's children are like clay in our Father God's hands. As we learn to yield our lives to him, he molds us and makes us to be like him.
We're going to make clay dough to remember that when we yield our lives to God, he molds us to become the people he wants us to be.
Have children play with the clay, making it yield (conforming, submitting to the pressure applied) to different shapes. Store in clean baggie with
the yield sign.
(Pattern, supplies, and instructions are included with the purchase of Signs
of the Times--Modern Parables for Children's Ministry.
Sunday School Teaching Methods(05/29/2018)
--Goin' A.P.E. Sparking Your Creativity
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn
every minute count!
*Infuse your Bible
lessons with creative teaching techniques.
*Motivate children to listen, learn, and enjoy class time.
*Teach according to your students' abilities---their God-given bent.
*Enhance your existing programs.
*Create effective and engaging lessons.
*Use exciting Bible
Some people believe Proverbs 22:6
is a promise from God that if we do our jobs well---as Christian parents or
educators---our children will eventually follow him. Others interpret it has to
do with recognizing the God-given abilities or bent of our children, and then
fostering those skills and gifts, so that when they are old, they will not
depart from them. Ted
Hildebrandt, of Grace Theological Seminary, suggests it has to do with
initiating a late adolescent into his official capacity and responsibilities of
society. "According to his way---or in the way he should go---meant
according to the standard and status of what would be demanded of him in that
Because some of us learn in different ways---visual, auditory, verbal,
kinesthetic (touching, feeling, moving), solitary or social---the Active
Participation Experience (A.P.E.) provides children with a method of
learning Biblical truths according to their bent; and I believe this is
in keeping with the intent of Proverbs 22:6. I also think there are fundamental
strategies children's ministers and teachers can do to spark their own
creativity to enhance their Bible lesson time.
Continue reading about Effective
Teaching Methods for Children's Ministry.
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