Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Peter and Tabitha Sunday School Lesson - Peter Brings Tabitha Back to Life!

Use this Peter and Tabitha Sunday School lesson to tell the story of Peter bringing Tabitha back to life.

Needed: Bibles, pile of clothes

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

If somebody dies, can they come back life?

(Have students take turns reading Acts 9:36-37, or read it yourself.)

Did Tabitha believe in Jesus? (Yes.)

What happened to her? (She got sick and died.)

Have you ever known anyone who got sick and died? (As the teacher, you should also share about someone who died.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 9:38-39, or read it yourself.)

What good thing was Tabitha always doing for people? What were the people showing Peter? (Tabitha used to always make robes and clothes for poor people to wear.)

If you were poor, what color of robe would you want Tabitha to make for you?

Do you think it’s good to help other people who don’t have as much as we do? (Yes.)

(Have students take turns reading Acts 9:40-41, or read it yourself.)

What did Peter do for Tabitha? (He made her come back to life.)

Before Peter made her come back to life, what did he do? (He prayed.)

It’s very important to pray and ask God what He wants you to do. Peter didn’t know if God wanted to bring Tabitha back to life, so he had to pray and ask about it because God usually doesn’t bring people back to life when they die.

We know that one day, though, Jesus will come back and He will bring everyone who died back to life.

(Have a student read Acts 9:42, or read it yourself.)

When people saw that Tabitha had come back to life, what did they do? (They believed in Jesus.)

What Peter did for Tabitha was nice, but the best part was that people saw it and believed in Jesus. If people see us doing good things, maybe they will want to believe in Jesus, too. We can be a good example for people, just like Peter was.

What are some things that you can do to be a good example for other people to believe in Jesus? (Accept and affirm all reasonable answers. Help other people, be good and don’t do bad things, tell people about Jesus, etc.)

Game: Tabitha’s Clothing Store – Assemble a large pile of old clothes. Pick one student to be Tabitha. Tabitha is “It.” Tabitha must take a piece of clothing from the pile and tag someone with it. When she tags someone, they have to take the piece of clothing and carry it with them. Tabitha then goes and gets another piece of clothing and tags someone else. The round is over when Tabitha has gotten rid of the whole pile of clothes. Pick a new Tabitha and let them try. If the rounds are going too long, pick multiple Tabithas.

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