Thursday, June 19, 2014

Jesus Sunday School Lessons - Saved by Faith

Use this as part of your Jesus Sunday School lessons to teach kids about salvation through faith in Christ.

Needed: Bibles, drawing 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.)

Tell students, I want you to close your eyes and imagine that a man killed another man and then went to jail. He was about to be put to death for murdering someone, but then the governor called the jail and told the jail not to kill the man, but to let him go free instead. How do you think that would make the man feel? (Good.)

Now I want you to think of one wrong thing that you have done. It could be not listening to your parents, or fighting with one of your friends at school, or calling someone a name. But then you said you were sorry about it and the other person forgave you. How does it feel when you know that someone else has forgiven you for the wrong thing that you did? (It feels good.)

Well, today, we’re going to read a story about a woman who needed God to forgive her for some things that she had done wrong.

(Have students take turns reading Luke 7:36-37, or read it yourself.)

What kind of woman came to see Jesus? (A sinful woman, a woman who had done a lot of bad things.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 7:38-39, or read it yourself.)

Did the Pharisee think that Jesus should let the woman touch Him? (No.)

The Pharisee thought that Jesus shouldn’t let the woman touch Him because she had done too many bad things.

Why do you think Jesus let the woman touch Him?

I think it’s because still Jesus loved her, no matter what bad things she had done.

(Have students take turns reading Luke 7:40-48, or read it yourself.)

What did Jesus say to the woman about all of her sins? (Jesus said that He forgave her for all her sins.)

Do you think Jesus can forgive you for all of your sins too? (Yes. Jesus can forgive us for anything that we have done.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 7:49-50, or read it yourself.)

What did Jesus say saved the woman? (Her faith.)

Because she had faith in Jesus, her sins were forgiven and now she is saved. She won’t have to go to Hell when she dies, but will go to Heaven. What do you have to do for your sins to be forgiven and to be saved? (Have faith in Jesus.)

It’s as easy as that. If you believe in Jesus and believe that Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for your sins, then God forgives you for all of your sins!

Craft: Paired Portrait – Have students draw a picture of themselves and the woman who was forgiven in the story together, both being happy that Jesus has forgiven them. Explain that Jesus has forgiven them just like He forgave the woman in the story.

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