Thursday, June 26, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - What It Takes to be One of Jesus’ Followers

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach kids what it means to be a real disciple of Christ.

Needed: a large rock, optional camping supplies

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

Show camping supplies if you brought any. Ask students, How many of you have ever been camping? Did you like it?

What if you had to camp your whole life and not have a tent or a camper or anything? And you didn’t have a house or an apartment to go live in? You just had to sleep on the ground and live outside all the time? And use a rock for your pillow (show rock)?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 8:18-20, or read it yourself.)

Jesus said that He camped out most of the time. He said birds have nests to live in and foxes have holes in the ground that they can sleep in, but Jesus didn’t have a house or even a pillow to sleep on. He usually had to sleep outside.

And He said that if we want to believe in Him, we have to be ready to do the same things He did. If Jesus asked us to, we would have to camp outside all the time. Whatever Jesus says, that’s what we have to do.

Or maybe if someone wanted to arrest us because we believed in Jesus, we would have to run away and sleep outside. People in other countries are arrested if they believe in Jesus and sometimes they’re even killed.

Believing in Jesus isn’t easy. It’s dangerous. And you have to think ahead of time, right now, if you’re brave enough to believe in Jesus. Just like last week when we built that tower and had to think if we had enough bricks, you have to think if you’re brave enough to believe in Jesus your whole life and can do what Jesus tells you to. You have to be brave enough to do whatever scary or not fun thing Jesus tells you to do. You have to be brave enough to be a Christian even if you get in trouble for it. You have to be brave. Who thinks they can be brave enough to follow Jesus? Who thinks they want to believe in Jesus their whole life?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 8:21-22, or read it yourself.)

Another man asked Jesus to let him go bury his father and then he would come follow Jesus, but Jesus told him to let the dead bury their own dead and for him to follow Jesus. What did Jesus mean by saying that to the man? Did Jesus really not want the man to go to his father’s funeral? (No.)

Jesus wants to love and take care of our families, but Jesus wants us to know that we can only be a follower of Jesus if we make Jesus the most important thing in our lives. Jesus has to be even more important to us than our own father, or our own mother, or our brothers or sisters or friends. Jesus has to be most important.

To be a follower of Jesus, you have to be brave and be able to do whatever hard thing Jesus tell you to do, and you have to make sure you love Jesus more than anything or anyone else in the whole world because Jesus is most important.

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