Friday, June 27, 2014

Beatitudes Sunday School Lesson - Blessed are Those Who are Persecuted

Use this Beatitudes Sunday School lesson to teach children about Christian persecution.

Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Ask students, What would you do if one of your friends started making fun of you for going to church?

What would you do if one of your friends didn’t believe in God and they thought you were weird because you did believe in God?

What would you do if someone told you you weren’t allowed to go to church or to believe in Jesus anymore?

Did you know, that in the Bible, people weren’t allowed to believe in Jesus? It was against the law. You could be beat up and arrested and even put to death if you believed in Jesus. Jesus Himself was even killed and nailed to the cross. It’s still illegal to believe in Jesus in some countries today.

(You may want to include a contemporary example of foreign persecution here.)

Read Matthew 5:10-12 – Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (NIV).

Jesus says that if we will be brave and stand up for Him, even when other people think we’re weird or make fun of us for believing in Him, then He will reward us. We will get to go to Heaven to be with Him and will live with God and Jesus forever. So be brave and never be afraid to say that you believe in Jesus!

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