Another of our great online Sunday School lessons. Use this Sunday School lesson to get students thinking about how Jesus values them and what it means to be a disciple.
Needed: Soccer ball or other playing ball
up a soccer ball, and ask the children to tell you the kind of players they
would pick for their soccer team. They will say that the best players are good
runners who can kick the ball well and be cooperative team players. Ask them if
they would look for players who couldn't run or kick or pass. Admit that this
is how people pick players, but not how Jesus operates. Explain that Jesus
selected a man named Paul and appointed him to his service, even though Paul
says "I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor and a man of
violence" (1 Timothy 1:12-13). Ask the children to guess why Jesus would
do this. Say that Jesus likes to show grace and love to people, and to turn
them into good players for the Christian team. Have them guess how Paul felt
about being picked by Jesus. Say that Paul was thrilled to be playing for
Jesus, and he knew that Jesus made him "an example to those who would come
to believe in him for eternal life" (v. 16). Tell the children that they
do not have to be perfect Christians when they first begin to follow Jesus,
because Jesus will forgive them and teach them how to be his disciples. Close
by saying that Jesus will pick them, strengthen them and train them -- all they
have to do is say yes to Jesus and try to play on his team.
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