Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus: "For God So Loved the World" Sunday School Lesson

Use this "For God So Loved the World" Sunday School lesson to teach children about John 3:16.

Needed: Bibles

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

Ask students, Imagine your most favorite place, the place you like best or would like best in the whole world. What is it? (Ask each student to tell you a little about their special place. You should give your answer to this question as well.)

Would you like to live there and be there all the time?

What would make you leave that place?

Well, you know, Jesus’ special, most favorite place was in Heaven. That’s where He lived with God and everything was perfect. But one day, Jesus left Heaven and He came to Earth as a little baby.

(Have a student read John 3:13, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough.)

Jesus is saying that He came down from Heaven. Who can tell me what Heaven is like? (Nothing bad happens in Heaven, Heaven is beautiful, God lives in Heaven, no one dies or is sad in Heaven, etc.)

Before Jesus was born, His spirit lived in Heaven with God. In fact, Jesus is part of God. And Heaven was Jesus’ favorite place because it’s so great there. But then Jesus left Heaven so that He could be born as a little baby. Why do you think Jesus left Heaven and let Himself be born as a baby?

(Have a student read John 3:16, or read it yourself.)

Jesus left Heaven, and God sent Jesus from Heaven, because He loved us so much. Jesus had to come to Earth so that He could die on the cross so that we could be forgiven for our sins. Now all we have to do to be forgiven for our sins, all the wrong things we do, is believe in Jesus. If we believe in Jesus, we’ll live forever with God and Jesus in Heaven when we die instead of going to Hell.

(Have a student read John 3:17, or read it yourself.)

Why does that verse tell us God sent Jesus? (To save the world.)

God sent Jesus to save us. He doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell and Jesus doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell either. That’s why He left His most favorite place in Heaven and came to Earth as a little baby. He loves and wants to save us.

(Have a student read John 3:18, or read it yourself.)

What do we have to do be saved? (Believe in Jesus.)

But some people don’t want to believe in Jesus. Why do you think some people don’t want to believe in Him?

(Have students take turns reading John 3:19-21, or read it yourself.)

One reason people don’t want to believe in Jesus is because they want to keep doing their bad things. They know that if we come to Jesus, they have to stop doing their bad things and start doing the right things. It’s the difference between light and dark. Doing bad things is like the dark because you don’t want anyone to see you doing those bad things. You don’t want to get caught. But doing the right things is like the light because you don’t have to hide or be sneaky when you’re doing the right things. You want people to see you doing the right things.

So remember, Jesus left Heaven, His most favorite place, so that He could come and die on the cross to save us and forgive us because He loves us. And Jesus wants us to believe in Him and do the right things that we can proud of and not have to hide or feel bad about. 

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