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Ready To Serve Christ Children’s Church Lesson Bible Story

Today, I’m posting a way for you to teach the Bible story for the lesson, Ready to Serve Christ. At the end of this week, I’ll start posting object lessons to use with this lesson.

 

Focus Point:  God wants us to be Ready to Live For Christ, Expecting God to move and Determined to share the Gospel. 

Goal:  Children will learn to look for opportunities to serve God with boldness.

Focus Verse: Be on your guard;  stand firm in the faith;  be men of courage;  be strong.                                                   1 Corinthians 16:13 

Bible Story:  Disciples who were Ready, Expecting & Determined

Acts 3:1 – 4:30

 

Today’s Bible Story uses word interaction.  The children say something whenever you say certain words during the story.  Rehearse these words with the children several times before telling the story.

 

 

Peter and John:  Say men of courage are ready. 

 

Preach or heal:  Say I’m expecting God to move.

 

Saved:  Say Praise the Lord 

Council:  Stand up & say We are determined and we’re not backing down.

 

After the day of Pentecost, two of the disciples, Peter and John (men of courage are ready) were so excited that they went around preaching (I’m expecting God to move) to everyone about Jesus. One day as they were going into the temple, Peter and John (men of courage are ready) saw a lame beggar. He asked Peter and John (men of courage are ready) for some money.  Peter and John (men of courage are ready) immediately began preaching (I’m expecting God to move). They told him that they had something better than silver and gold. They had the name of Jesus. They commanded him to rise and walk.  The beggar immediately was healed (I’m expecting God to move) and began jumping and leaping and praising God. 

 

When everyone saw the healing (I’m expecting God to move) of the beggar, they surrounded Peter and John (men of courage are ready). Peter and John (men of courage are ready)  preached (I’m expecting God to move) to the crowd about Jesus and about how they could be saved. About 5000 people were saved (Praise the Lord). But as Peter and John (men of courage are ready) were preaching, (I’m expecting God to move) the council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) of religious leaders had Peter and John (men of courage are ready) arrested. The council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) had the disciples jailed until morning.

 

The next day, the council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) brought Peter and John (men of courage are ready) to trial. The council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) demanded to know by what authority Peter and John (men of courage are ready) were preaching (I’m expecting God to move) and healing (I’m expecting God to move) people.  Peter immediately got up and said that the lame beggar was healed (I’m expecting God to move) in the name of Jesus, and they were preaching (I’m expecting God to move) about Jesus so that people could be saved (Praise the Lord). 

 

The council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) was amazed at the disciple’s boldness. They also realized that the lame beggar really was healed (I’m expecting God to move). But they did not want Peter and John (men of courage are ready) to preach (I’m expecting God to move) about Jesus because they didn’t want people to follow Jesus instead of them.  So the council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) came up with a plan.  They ordered the disciples to stop talking about Jesus, and they would let Peter and John (men of courage are ready) go.

 

Peter and John (men of courage are ready) said “We will obey God rather than man.” They told the council (We are determined and we’re not backing down) that they would not back down but would continue to talk about Jesus so that people would be saved (Praise the Lord). They immediately went out to preach (I’m expecting God to move) about Jesus, and they prayed for courage to do what God wanted them to do.

Ready to Serve Christ Children’s Church Lesson Memory Verse

Today, I’m posting a way for you to teach the memory verse for the lesson, Ready to Serve Christ. At the end of this week, I’ll post a Bible story to use with this lesson.

 

Focus Point:  God wants us to be Ready to live the Christian life, Expecting God to move and Determined to share the Gospel.

Goal:  Children will learn to look for opportunities to serve God with boldness..

Focus Verse: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 

 

Memory Verse Activity

 

Items needed:  Memory verse overhead, Posters with each word of the verse on a separate poster.

 

Have posters scattered all over the room.  Each poster has one word of the memory verse.  One poster has the memory verse reference.  Say the verse with the children a couple of times. 

 

Christianity is not for wimps.  A Christian is Ready, Expecting and Determined at all times.  That is why it is important to be on our guard against temptation to do wrong.  We also need to stand firm in our faith or our belief in Christ.  To do this we have to be strong and courageous.  We must also train just as emergency workers train to do their jobs. 

 

 A Christian trains by learning the Word of God, praying, praising, and going to church.  Just as a police officer without training would not know how to guard against being caught unaware by a bad guy, a Christian who does not train, can’t stand firm when the enemy comes against him. 

 

We are going to do some training right know.  When I say Emergency, I want you to get out of your seats and find a poster with a word on it.  Then I want you to bring it to the front and put the words in order to make today’s memory verse.  I will time you.  

Have them do this 2 to 3 times. 

 

The more you played this game, the easier it became and you became faster at it.  The more you train to be a Christian by praying, praising, learning the Bible, and coming to church, the easier it will be to Stand Firm in the faith and to live the Christian life.

Ready To Serve Christ Children’s Church Lesson Game

Today, I’m posting a game you can use for this lesson, Ready to Serve Christ. Use the italics as an example of what you can say to the children. Next week, Ill post a way for the children to learn the memory verse and a Bible story to use with this lesson.

 

Focus Point:  God wants us to be Ready to live the Christian life, Expecting God to move and Determined to share the Gospel.

Goal:  Children will learn to look for opportunities to serve God with boldness..

Focus Verse: Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 

 

 

Game Time:  Getting Ready for Emergencies

 

Items needed:  2 oversized pairs of pants, 2 oversized shirts, 2 pairs of large boots, 2 hats

 

There are a lot of things we get ready for.  Can you name a few?  Have the children name some things we need to get ready for.  Fire fighters have to get ready to go to a fire at a moment’s notice.  Even in the middle of the night, if the fire alarm sounds, fire fighters have to jump up, get dressed and run to the fire truck in only a few seconds.  Today we are going to see how good we would be as fire fighters.

 

Divide all of the children into two teams for a clothing relay.  The game starts when you sound the alarm by yelling Emergency.  The first child on each team will get dressed in pants, a shirt, a pair of boots and a hat and run to the other side of the room and back making noises like a fire truck.  Then the child will take off the clothes as the next child puts them on and does the same.  The team who finishes first wins.

 

It’s very important for fire fighters to be ready when there’s a fire.  It’s even more important for Christians to be ready to do what God wants.

Palm Sunday Lesson – Part 2

Object Lesson: Palms

OBJECT: hands

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, children and adult grabbed palm branches to praise him with. We don’t always have palm branches around, but we can still praise Jesus with our palm. (Hold up your hands.) God created us with 2 palms we can always use to praise Him with. Let’s hold up our palms now and shout “Praise the Lord”.

Object Lesson: Praise Words

Object: Marker board or overhead with praise words on it.

Did you know there’s different ways to praise God. In the Bible, there are many different Hebrew praise words that talk about different ways to praise God. Here are some of them.

  •  Tehillah (pronounced tehela) To sing our praise to God with all our hearts
  • Zamar (pronounced zamar) To use instruments to show praise
  • Shabach (pronounced shabak) To shout
  • Halal (pronounced halal) To celebrate, go mad over, or to be clamourously foolish. Similar to a celebration at a sporting event.
  • Machowl (pronounced machowil) To turn, skip, move around, lift the feet in dance
  • Towdah (pronounced toda) To extend the hands in acceptance or agreement with God’s words and promises before you see the answer
  • Yadah (pronounced yada) To lift the hand in praise
  • Sachaq (pronounced sawqua) To laugh
  • Guwl (pronounced gool) To dance or spin
  • Alats (pronounced awlais) To let out a battle cry

Object Lesson: The Rocks Will Cry Out

Objects: rocks 

Have any of you ever heard a rock talk? After the Pharisees tried to get Jesus to stop the children from praising him, Jesus said something very interesting. He said if we don’t praise him, the rocks will cry out praise. I don’t want the rocks to cry out my praise. I want to praise God.

Children’s Sermon: Ordained Praise

These notes are to help you form a children’s sermon in your own words.

The NIV version of the memory verse says “From the lips of children and infants, God has ordained praise.” The greek word translated praise means to lead or to begin. That means God not only wants children to praise Him, He wants children to begin the praise and to lead the praise. Basically children should be the examples in the  church of what it means to praise God.

The Resurrection And The Life Lesson (Lazarus Brought Back To Life) – Part 1

For the next week, I’ll be posting lessons for the 2 weeks leading up to Easter Sunday and Easter Sunday. You can make this series special by decorating your children’s church to look like Jerusalem with a cave on one side and a curtain with columns symbolizing the temple on the other. Also find characters to play the parts for the skit.

This is the lesson about Lazarus for two weeks before Easter.

Theme: Jesus Gives Us Life Eternal

Verse: John 11:25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies.” ICB

Mummy Game:

Object: rolls of toilet paper

Have two teams. Give each team a roll of toilet paper. Give the teams 5 minutes to wrap their Lazarus in grave clothes. Whoever has the best mummy at the end of the 5 minutes wins.

Skit: Lazarus Story

Characters: Jesus, Lazarus, Jewish Man who tells the Story

Objects: cave, toilet paper, Bible costumes

Man dressed in robe and turban comes out and tells how Jesus really stirred things up the last couple of weeks. He says something similar to this.

I live in Jerusalem, but I went to visit some friends in Bethany a few days ago. My friends told me a neighbor of theirs died. This man, Lazarus was a friend of Jesus, that prophet who’s been going around teaching about God and healing people. I heard about him but I never met him. Anyway, Lazarus had died, and Jesus didn’t even come to the funeral. Lazarus sisters were pretty upset about. Then four days later, Jesus showed up. (Jesus comes up to the cave.) I visited the cave with my friends so I saw him coming up the road. He didn’t look like a prophet. One of Lazarus sisters told him he should have been there. If he had, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. She probably figured Jesus would heal Lazarus.

Anyway Jesus said something really strange. He said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will have life even if he dies.”

I couldn’t believe it. Only God gives life. How could this man be the resurrection and life? And how can we live if we die. That just doesn’t make sense. Well let me tell you, that didn’t make me believe in him. First he doesn’t come to heal his friend. Then he doesn’t even come to the funeral. Then he says all this strange stuff about being the life.

But what happened next was even more amazing. Jesus told some men to roll the stone away from the cave door. They tried to tell him that the body would stink, but he wouldn’t listen. So they rolled the stone away. And let me tell you, it did stink. I’ve never smelled anything so bad. I would have left, but I wanted to see what Jesus was up to. He walked up to the cave. (Jesus walks up to the cave.) And he said something. (Jesus shout “Lazarus, come forth.” Lazarus comes out of the cave wrapped in toilet paper.)

I couldn’t believe it. Lazarus came back to life. Jesus told up to release him from his grave clothes. (Man unwraps Lazarus.) We had a big party to celebrate. I’d like to hear more about this Jesus. If he can bring people back to life, maybe he is who he says he is. Maybe he’s the Messiah, the one sent from God who has been promised. I’m going back to Jerusalem today, but I’d like to hear more about this Jesus.

For the complete lesson and two more lessons up to and including Easter, go to this link to buy downloadable curriculum, Journey to Easter.