Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to discuss who the different disciples were, and how they were different from one another.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
(Have a student read Matthew 10:1, or read it yourself.)
What did Jesus give the twelve disciples power to do? (To make demons leave people and to heal sick people.)
Well, if Jesus gave the twelve disciples the power to do things like that, let’s find out who the twelve disciples were.
(Have another student read Matthew 10:2, or read it yourself.)
Peter, Andrew, James, John. What were there jobs? Does anyone remember? (They were fishermen.)
Peter, Andrew, James, and John weren’t rich, they didn’t go to college. They just worked hard and went out on their boats and caught fish for people to eat.
(Have another student read Matthew 10:3, or read it yourself.)
Thomas. Does anyone know anything about Thomas?
After Jesus died, Thomas didn’t believe it when the rest of the disciples told him that Jesus had come back to life. He had to wait until he saw Jesus himself before he would believe it.
And what about Matthew? What does it say Matthew’s job was? (He was a tax collector.)
And remember that people didn’t like Matthew before he became a disciple because he used to charge people too much taxes and steal money from them.
(Have another student read Matthew 10:4, or read it yourself.)
Simon the Zealot. Someone who was a zealot was someone who wanted to fight and have a war against the Romans to make them leave Israel so that Israel could have its country back. He was a fighter.
Judas Iscariot. Does anyone remember the bad thing Judas Iscariot did? (He betrayed Jesus by telling the priests where Jesus was so that they could arrest Him.)
So some of the disciples were just regular people and some of them were even bad people. But Jesus made them all His disciples. He gave all of them a chance to follow Him. That’s because Jesus loves everyone and He gives everyone in the world, no matter who they are or what bad things they’ve done, a chance to follow Him.
And it says that Jesus gave them power to drive out demons and heal people who were sick. The disciples were just regular people, but Jesus gave them power to do awesome, not regular things. The disciples weren’t special by themselves. None of them had really good jobs or were rich or anything like that. But Jesus made them special when He made them His disciples and gave them power.
Jesus can make us special too. If we follow Jesus, then we’re special because we believe in God and Jesus and Jesus will give us power.
What kind of power do you think Jesus will give you?
Jesus might not give you the power to heal sick people or to do other miracles like that, but He does give all of us power. He gives us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us and the Holy Spirit gives us the power to do the right things instead of listening to the devil and doing wrong things, and to tell people about Jesus.
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