Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Teaches Nicodemus What It Means to be Born Again Sunday School Lesson

Use this Born Again Sunday School Lesson to teach kids what it means to be born again.

Needed: Bibles, balloon for each student, blanket, various objects

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

Ask students, What are the differences between a newborn baby and someone your age?

It's easy to see the differences between newborn babies and those who are older. But there are other things you can't tell about people just by looking at them.

When you look at someone, how can you tell whether he or she is good or bad?

In the same way, you can't really tell if a person is a Christian just by looking at his or her appearance. In the Bible, there was a man named Nicodemus who didn't understand one of Jesus' stories because he was thinking about a person's outside appearance only.

(Have a student read John 3:1-2, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough?)

What does is say Nicodemus was? (A Pharisee. That means he was a leader for the church and for his country.)

When did Nicodemus go see Jesus (At night.)

Why did he go see Jesus at night instead of during the day? (He wanted to go at night, when it would be dark out, so that no one would see him talking to Jesus. He wanted it to be secret so the other Pharisees wouldn’t make fun of him for believing in Jesus.)

(Have another student read John 3:3-4.)

What did Nicodemus think Jesus meant when he talked about a man being "born again"? (Nicodemus thought Jesus meant somebody’s body being born again, like they had to be a little baby again.)

(Have another student read John 3:5-7.)

Did Jesus mean that our bodies had to be born again, or was He talking about something else? (Jesus was talking about the inside of a person. Jesus meant that our souls are "born again" when we believe in Jesus. Because when you believe in Jesus, your life changes. You stop doing bad things and start doing good things. You don’t live how you want to live anymore. You live how God wants you to live. It’s like you’re starting all over in life. You’ve got a fresh start. It’s like you’re being born again.)

(Have another student read John 3:8.)

When we believe in Jesus and become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. Can any of you see God or the Holy Spirit? (No.)

Then how do you know He’s there?

(Give each student a balloon and tell them to blow it up.)

Look in your balloon. Can you see the air in there? (No.)

You can’t see the air. The air is clear. You can only see that the balloon got filled up. That’s the same way it is with God and the Holy Spirit. We can’t see them, but we know they’re there because we see what they do. We can see the world God created. And we know the Holy Spirit is living inside us because we can feel Him telling us what the right things to do are.

Game: Go to Heaven! – Kids form a circle around a blanket or parachute, holding it between them. Leader places various objects on the blanket or parachute. Students count to three and then shout, “Go to Heaven!” as they try to fling the object into the sky as high as possible. Once they’ve done this a few times, ask if the things they bounced up ever got to Heaven. The point is that no matter how high we get something to go, we can’t make it go to Heaven. The only way to get to Heaven is by believing in Jesus and being born again so that you make a fresh start with God to stop doing bad things and start doing good things and let the Holy Spirit come live inside of you.

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