Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Calms the Storm Sunday School Lesson

Use this Jesus Calms the Storm Sunday School lesson to teach children about faith versus fear.

Needed: masking tape or other supplies to make the outline of a large ship, crumpled pieces of paper

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Make an outline of a boat on the floor. I used masking tape for this, but you may want to draw a boat outline on butcher paper or come up with your own idea of how to do this.

Tell students to gather around the outside of your boat.

Read Matthew 8:23-27 and have students act out the story as you read. I’ve given an example of how you could do this below, using the NIV, but you can use any version you like. Use the example given or simply take the idea from it and transfer it whatever version you like best.

“Then Jesus got into the boat and His disciples followed Him.”

Everyone step into the boat. Remember, you have to step high to step over the side of the boat.

“Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake…”

Everyone look furious, like you’re really mad…Yeah, that’s what the storm was like. Very scary.

“…so that the waves swept over the boat.”

Everyone make a big wave with your arms and make crash over the side of the boat. Make a big splashing sound. Good.

“But Jesus was sleeping.”

Everyone pretend you’re sleeping.

The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’”

Everyone look really afraid…Good. That’s probably how the disciples looked.

“Jesus replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves…”

Everyone yell, “Stop!”…That’s what Jesus told the storm to do. He told it to stop.

“…and it was completely calm.”

Everyone take in a deep breath. Let it out, “Ahhh!”

“The men were amazed…”

Everyone look surprised. Yeah, it says the disciples were amazed. They were surprised that Jesus could just tell the storm what to do.

“…and asked, ‘What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!’”

Review Questions:

How did the disciples feel when the storm came while they were in the boat? (Afraid.)

Should they have been afraid? (No.)

Why not? (Jesus was with them and they should have known that He could help them.)

Should we ever be afraid? (No.)

We should never be afraid because we know that Jesus is with us and can help us.

If Jesus could make the storm stop and help His disciples, do you think He can help you with your problems? (Yes.)

Jesus is powerful enough to help us with any problem.

Game: Calming the Storm – Make an outline of a boat on the floor. Crumple a lot of paper. Pick a few students to stand inside the boat outline. You stand in the outline as well, pretending to be asleep. You are Jesus. They are the disciples. The rest of the students are the storm. They pick up the crumpled papers and try to throw them into the boat outline. The disciples try to bail out their boat by removing the papers. The round ends when you yell, “Stop!” The storm stops and the disciples are able to bail out their boat. Remind students that Jesus was able to tell the storm to stop and it did. Play again. This time, the students who were the disciples are now the storm and the students who were the storm are now the disciples.

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