Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Heals a Paralytic Sunday School Lesson

Use this Jesus Heals a Paralytic Sunday School lesson to teach about the importance of telling our friends about Jesus.

Needed: Bibles, paper, crayons or markers

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

Ask students, Who first told you about Jesus?

Who started bringing you to church?

(As the teacher, feel free to tell students your story in answer to the above questions.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 9:1-2, or read it yourself.)

What was the problem with the man in this story? (He was paralyzed. He couldn’t move.)

Who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus? (Some men.)

The paralyzed man couldn’t move so he needed to have someone else bring him to Jesus. Remember that – someone had to bring the man.

What did Jesus tell the paralyzed man? (“Your sins are forgiven.”)

(Have another student read Matthew 9:3, or read it yourself.)

When Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven,” that made some people think He was blaspheming. Blaspheming is when you say wrong things about God. The people thought Jesus shouldn’t have told the man his sins were forgiven because only God can forgive our sins, not regular people.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 9:4-6, or read it yourself.)

Which one is easier to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or, “Get up, take your mat and go home”?

They’re both pretty easy to say. But Jesus wanted people to know that He could forgive their sins, not just heal the man’s body. Jesus can do both. And just like God, Jesus can forgive our sins because Jesus is part of God. God has Three Parts: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit. It’s just like you having three parts: your body, your heart (emotions and mind), and your soul (spirit). Jesus could forgive sins because He was part of God.

(Have another student read Matthew 9:7-8, or read it yourself.)

Game: Carrying Your Friend to Jesus – Have students get into teams of five. Four friends carry the other person to the other side of the room to the leader, “Jesus”. Once they get there, “Jesus” touches the person being carried and says, “You’re healed.” The whole team then races back to their starting line and carries another team member. The first team to bring all their friends to Jesus, get back to their line, and sit down, wins.

Remember, the paralyzed man needed to have someone else bring Him to Jesus. He needed to have his friends bring him. And we can help bring our friends to Jesus too. We can tell our friends about Jesus and invite them to come with you to church. Inviting a friend to church is just like the paralyzed man’s friends carrying him to Jesus.

Activity: Give students paper and drawing materials and tell them to draw a picture of them inviting a friend to church, or having fun with their friend at church. Tell them to think of someone who doesn’t already go to church.

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