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Download this Sunday School lesson about Jesus’ early ministry. It is based on Matthew 4 and the Fishers of Men. Teach kids how the disciples started following Jesus and how they can tell others about Jesus too.
“Fishers of Friends”
Children - Importance - Directions - Theory - Person
Children know the importance of following directions or being obedient (at least in theory!). But what does it mean to truly follow a person? Is it like following a celebrity in the media? Being a fan? It’s important to explain to youngsters that Jesus invites us to follow Him. In this day and age, that entails going against the grain sometimes. It also means studying the Bible to know what Jesus said and did, and praying to ask God for help. These things equip us to be “fishers of men” and tell others about Christ, as well.
Lesson focus: As Christians, we are called to do whatever it takes to follow Jesus. This lesson focuses on becoming a disciple, as well as bringing others into God’s family. Learners will explore how the first followers came to Christ, and how we can be “fishers of men”, too.
Come - Jesus - People
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
Materials Needed: Fishing equipment, goldfish crackers, toilet paper or paper towel roll tubes, paper plates, decorative materials, papers, glitter or sequins.
Teaching - Ideas
More Teaching Ideas:
Follow which leader?
Students - Size - Group - Directions - Everyone
Have two or three students (depending on the size of your group) come up and start giving directions to everyone else. Don’t tell kids which leader to follow, but let them choose what to do. Discuss whether it is difficult to pick a leader, and if it’s confusing when multiple voices are trying to direct you.
“Jesus says”…play a classic game of “Simon says” but have students follow along according to whether or not instructions are prefaced with “Jesus says”.
Wake Up To Breaking News!
No matter where you go, there you are.