That Wonderful Name

Lesson on honoring the name of Jesus | by Carol Lynn Connell

Materials needed: Bible, 2 long sheets of parchment or butcher paper, permanent marker, name dictionary or access to websites that give meanings of names

Before class, make a list of all the names of the children in your classroom. Then, do some research to find out the meaning of each personís name. (Example: My name, which is Carol, means ďsong of joy.Ē) Use one sheet of the paper to create a matching game for the children to play by listing their names on the left side of the paper and the meanings of the names on the right side of the paper. If there are some names for which you were not able to find a meaning, still list the name and the correct meaning of the name will just be a question mark. Let the child know that this does not mean that their name doesnít mean anything, but that you simply werenít able to find the meaning for it. After they finish this activity, tell them that you want to talk to them about a name that is above every name. Ask them if they know what this name is. It is the name of Jesus! Explain that the name of Jesus means ďJehovah, our Savior.Ē Tell them that the Bible has a lot to say about the name of Jesus and why it is so important. (At this point, you play the 2nd matching game using Scripture references that speak about the name of Jesus listed on the left of the paper and what they are saying on the right.) Have children look up and read the verses and then try to find the answer on the right that corresponds to the verse. Below is an example of how our matching game looked. I have put the correct Scripture and answers below each one, so if you use this, youíll need to jumble up the answers.

The Name Of Jesus

Isaiah 9:6 
His name is Wonderful, and He is the Mighty God!

Luke 24:47 
Repentance and remission (forgiveness) of sins should be preached in that name!

Colossians 3:17 
All should be done in His name!

Acts 3:16 
Faith in His name brought healing!

Ephesians 5:20 
We give thanks for everything in His name!

Acts 4:12 
There is no other name that can save us!

Acts 16:16-18 
Evil spirits are cast out in that name!

Philippians 2:9-10 
Itís a name above every name, and every knee will one day bow to that name!

Ephesians 3:14,15 
Itís the family name!

At the close of class, encourage your children to always honor the name of Jesus and lead them in a prayer of thanksgiving, stressing that they are privileged to know the wonderful, saving, healing, and life-giving name of Jesus!

Copyright 2005 Carol Lynn Connell 

For a Bible Lesson series on the names of God, check out, "His Name Shall Be Called..."
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