Parable of the Ten Minas

Categories: Children's Church

1. Lesson:

  • Tell the Parable of the Ten Minas based on Luke 19:11-27.
  •  The noble man who was made king is Jesus
    •  Jesus wanted to prepare His disciples that He was not going to be “king” immediately (as many thought He would)
    •  He would have to go to the cross first, then back to heaven before returning one day
    •  But in His absence, and until His return, He leaves us with valuable treasures (minas, talents) — the gift of His righteousness and the blessings that accompany it, which we can all receive by grace, through faith
  • There are three other groups of people in this parable
    •  The first and second servants: When we accept this gift of Jesus’ life will see it bear fruit in our lives — some five times, some ten times
      • Our work/studies, families, ministries prosper
      •  We are able to bless others because of all that Christ has blessed us with
      •  The word we sow multiplies
      •  We live faithful, victorious and abundant lives in Christ
      •  We enter into the joy of the Lord
    •  The last servant: 
      • If we take this gift but do not understand who God is, we will live in fear, doubt and unfruitfulness. 
      • We will think God is a hard master who is ruthless and unfair
      • We think God is always waiting to punish us for our mistakes
      • We don’t use the gifts that He has blessed us with
      • We rely on our own strength, efforts and works to try to please God, and end up empty
    •  The subjects who rejected the noble man as king:
      • Those who reject Christ as king and His gift of righteousness will fail to enjoy His gift of eternal life
  • Conclusion:
    •  Know who God is — have the right picture of Him. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. He’s not a hard master out to get us. He wants to rejoice with us and call us “good and faithful”.
    •  Know the treasure we have in Christ — don’t hide it away. Use it. Enjoy it. Share it with others. Bless others with it.
    •  Jesus is coming back again — those who do not receive Him as their Saviour and King will be left out of His kingdom. Let’s share with our friends the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ!

2. Activity Suggestions:

  • Related craft with picture of coin and the words “Jesus is my King”
  • Worksheet
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Jesus meets Zacchaeus

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story:

  • Tell the story of Zacchaeus meeting Jesus (based on Luke 19:1-10)
2. Lesson
a. INTRO:
  • Last week, we heard how Jesus met and healed someone on the road to Jericho. Who can remember who it was? Bartimaeus the blind beggar.
  • Today, we will learn about how Jesus met another person in Jericho. He wasn’t blind. He wasn’t poor. In fact, he was very rich. But he wasn’t well liked and he was short. His name was Zacchaeus, and he was a chief tax collector.
  • We’ve learned last time who a tax collector is —Tax collectors were Jews who helped the Roman government to collect taxes from their own people. Jews hated the Romans. So they also hated the tax collectors who worked for the Roman government. The tax collectors also often collected extra money for themselves. So if they were supposed to collect 100 dollars, they would collect 150 dollars instead and keep 50 dollars for themselves.
  • So Zacchaeus was not popular among the Jews because they saw him as a traitor and a cheat. And for all the money he had, he felt that there was something missing in his life.  He wasn’t a happy man.
  • One day, he heard that Jesus was passing through. He must have heard good things about Jesus. He knew that Jesus was friends with many tax collectors. There was something different about Him — He was not like all the other teachers of the law or Pharisees. If only he could just see Him … But Zacchaeus was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead, and he climbed a sycamore tree, to catch a glimpse of Jesus.
b. JESUS CALLS:
  • When Jesus reached the spot:
    • He looked up and saw Zacchaeus — He had come for him
    • He called him by name — He knew him already!
    • He invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house

c. JESUS TRANSFORMS:

  • What’s the result of Zacchaeus warmly welcoming Jesus into his house? What effect did it have on him?
  • Zacchaeus stood up and told Jesus, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
  • Last time we learnt about the rich young ruler who thought he could earn eternal life by obeying all the laws himself — when Jesus told him that his wealth was his idol, he could not accept it and went away sadly.
  • But for Zacchaeus, a tax collector who knew how unrighteous he was — he knew there was no way he could earn salvation on his own. But when Jesus came into his house and touched his heart, he was transformed. He could give up his money willingly and generously.

d. JESUS SAVES:
  • The people around were not so happy. “Jesus has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” They thought that Zacchaeus was not worthy to have Jesus in his house and wondered why Jesus would “waste” His time with a sinner.
  • Jesus told them, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
  • Jesus came to save the lost. Those who thought they were good enough didn’t want to be saved, so He came to those who knew they were not good enough.
  • And because Zacchaeus received Jesus into his house and heart, he was saved and had eternal life.

e. JESUS DOES THE SAME TODAY
  • Today Jesus also does the same:
    • He looks for us — while we were lost sinners
    • He calls us by name — He knows us before we were born
    •  He invites Himself to our hearts
  • We can all be like Zacchaeus and welcome Jesus happily.
  • And we can let Jesus transform our lives and give us eternal life in Him!
  • Memory verse: Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
 4. Activity Suggestion

  • Get kids into groups and share: Jesus looked for them and calls them by name. Have they accepted Him into their hearts? Pray for them.

Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story:



2. Lesson:

  • The blind beggar, Bartimaeus, could not see. But he could hear the crowd passing by. And he could shout. So he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.”
  • How did the crowd react? They scolded him. They asked him to be quiet. In their eyes, blind people should be seen and not heard — maybe they thought he was unworthy to disturb Jesus.
  • Did that stop the blind man? No. In fact, he shouted even louder. “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
  • Sometimes when we call on Jesus, some people may ask us to keep quiet.  “Don’t disturb Jesus. He’s very important. And you … who are you? What do you have to offer Him? Don’t make so much noise.”
  • But we don’t have to let that stop us. We should be like Bartimaeus and call on Jesus anyway — We can be bold because we know He loves us so much.
  • And Jesus heard the blind beggar. And He asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” Bartimaeus said, “Lord, I want to see.” And Jesus healed him!
  • Today, Jesus is asking us the same question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
  • And we can, like Bartimaeus, say, “Lord, I want to see.”
  • What can we see?
    • Physical sight: healing — Jesus came to open blind eyes (Isaiah 42:7)
    •  Spiritual sight: We can see …
      • Jesus (Luke 24:31)
      • His beauty (Psalm 27:4)
      • His goodness (Psalm 34:8)
      • His salvation (Luke 2:30-32; Acts 26:16-18)
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  • When Bartimaeus received his sight, He followed Jesus and praised God. Those around also praised God. When we see Jesus, in His beauty, His wonder, and all that He has done for us, we will also follow Him and praise God. All around us will also praise God.
  • Memory verse: Isaiah 35:5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 
 
4. Activity Suggestion
  • Worksheet
  • Related craft with the memory verse
 

 

Jesus and the Rich Young Ruler

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Let us trust in Jesus

1. Story:

  • Tell the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler, based on Luke 18:18-27.
  • This young man asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” — He thought he could earn eternal life by what he does

  • So Jesus told him what the Law said — You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.
  • When God gave the Law to the Israelites, they could not keep it. They’d try and fail. Try and fail.
  • But this young man said, “All these I have kept since I was a boy.” He believed that he could keep the Law, and he was proud of it.
  • The truth though is that NO one, none of us, can ever fulfill the Law completely. Even if we do many good things, there will be one area where we lack.
  • Jesus knew what this young man lacked. So He told the young man to “Sell everything you have and give to the poor. Then follow me.” He knew this young man loved his money and possessions. Even though he did not bow down and worship other idols, money was his god.
  • The young man was caught — Jesus had found his weakness. He was not as righteous as he thought he was. So he became very sad and went away.
  • The disciples were worried. They saw that human effort to keep the Law was still not good enough. That it was sooo difficult to enter God’s kingdom. God’s standards were so high. If this young man could not qualify for eternal life, how would they be saved?
  • Jesus told them, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
  • It is impossible for man to “do” enough to qualify for eternal life. It is impossible for you and me to keep the Law fully. It is impossible for you and me to meet God’s standards.
  • But with God, it is possible. Jesus is the only one who can fulfill ALL the Law. And He did it for us! So that when we trust in Him, we can inherit eternal life.
  • The young man only saw Jesus as a “good teacher”. He couldn’t see Jesus as “God”. If he had trusted in Jesus, he wouldn’t have to go away sad.
  • If you and I trust in Jesus (not in our own cleverness, our abilities or skills), we can enjoy His life in us. We don’t have to go away sad.
  • Memory verse: Luke 18:27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
  
4. Activity Suggestion
  • Worksheet 

Jesus welcomes the Children

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Let us come to Jesus

1. Tell the story of Jesus and the children from Luke 18:15-17. 

  • As Jesus was busy teaching one day, some people wanted to bring their children and babies to see Jesus. They wanted Jesus to touch their babies and bless them. But as they tried to come near, some of the disciples saw them and stopped them. Maybe they thought that Jesus wouldn’t want to be interrupted by a drooling baby or a grubby kid. What if they started crying and disturbed everyone else?
  • But Jesus saw them and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” 
  • Isn’t that wonderful? Jesus wasn’t too busy for the children. He wasn’t too important for little toddlers. He said that the Kingdom of God belonged to them, so they should be allowed to come whenever they wanted.
  • Jesus also said, “Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it!”
  • What did He mean by that? A child knows his daddy and mummy. A child does not come to his parents because he thinks he earned the right to. He comes to his parents because he is their child — he knows they love him just as he is.
  • Remember last week we learned about the Pharisee and the Tax Collector? What did the Pharisee do? (boast about how good he is).  We don’t have to boast about our qualifications before we can come to God. We can just come to Him as we are, like a child running to his father.
  • Sometimes, our dads and mums may be busy with work. Sometimes they may be talking with someone important. And sometimes they may not have time for us. When we come to them, they may be occupied and not want to be interrupted. But there is someone who is never too busy for us. That is Jesus. So whatever and whenever, we can go to Jesus and know that He welcomes us warmly all the time.
  • And because Jesus loves all the children, we can tell our friends about Him too, so that they also can have someone to go to all the time.
  • Memory verse: Luke 18:16  “Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” 

2. Activity Suggestion
  • Worksheet

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Let us boast in Jesus



1. Story: Tell the Parable of the “Pharisee and the Tax Collector” based on Luke 18:9-13.

  • Jesus told a story about 2 people — a Pharisee and a Tax Collector
  • Who was a Pharisee? 
    • He is part of a religious/political group that prides themselves in keeping the law. The word “Pharisee” means set apart — they wanted to keep themselves holy and were careful not to mix with anyone who did anything wrong.
  • Who was a Tax Collector? 
    • Tax collectors were Jews who helped the Roman government to collect taxes from their own people. Jews hated the Romans. So they also hated the tax collectors who worked for the Roman government. The tax collectors also often collected extra money for themselves. So if they were supposed to collect 100 dollars, they would collect 150 dollars instead and keep 50 dollars for themselves.
  • Both these men went to pray in the temple.
  • The Pharisee stood apart by himself — he didn’t want to be with the “common” folks in case they contaminated him. He prayed, “I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income.”
  • The Pharisee took pride in the things that he could do that made him better than everyone else, especially the tax collector — he was not greedy, not dishonest, not an adulterer, fasts two days a week, gives one-tenth of his income.
  • He thought that by doing all these, he will be able to earn or deserve God’s favour. God will be happy with him, and he will be right before God (“righteous”). But actually he was only self-righteouse because he thought he could be good enough on his own — he didn’t need God.
  • On the other hand, there was the tax collector. He hid his face down, ashamed. He knew all the wrong things he had done. He knew he could not be right with God on his own. He was a hopeless case. He knew only God could save him. So he beat his chest and said, “God have pity on me, a sinner.”
  • Jesus told his disciples that it was the tax collector, not the Pharisee, who went home righteous that day. 
  • Why?
  • The Pharisee was self-righteous. He believed, by what he does, that he was good enough and didn’t need God. But the Bible tells us that none of us can meet God’s standards on our own (“There is none righteous, not one.” Rom 3:10). But because the Pharisee didn’t see himself as needing a Saviour, he didn’t accept God’s forgiveness.
  • The tax collector was unrighteous.  And he knew it. He didn’t pretend to be better than he was. He didn’t try to hide it. He just called out for help. And God heard him and answered him.

2. Lesson: 

  • When we accepted Jesus into our hearts, we told Him that we couldn’t do it on our own and we needed His help. God heard us, and answered us, and Jesus lives in us forever.
  • Today, because of Jesus, you and I don’t have to beat ourselves up like the tax collector any more.
  • We can stand before God boldly, not boasting in our works like the Pharisee, but boasting in Jesus’ works — Jesus is our wisdom, our righteousness, our holiness and our redemption (1 Cor 1:31).
  • We can say, “I thank you, God, that because Jesus was not greedy, not dishonest, and not  an adulterer, because Jesus was completely sinless and completely righteous, we are now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!” Praise the Lord!
  • Memory verse: 1 Cor 1:31 “Therefore, as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’”

2.
Activity Suggestion 

 

  • Any related craft with the memory verse or the words “I will boast in Jesus”
  • Worksheet

 

 

Jesus heals 10 lepers

Categories: Children's Church

1. Lesson: Tell the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers from Luke 17:11-18. You can some pix from here.

  • We’ve learnt about leprosy before. What is leprosy? 
    • A dreaded and contagious skin disease that causes disfigurement. Lepers had to leave their family and homes and live outside the city. They can’t go near other people. They have to call out, “Unclean, unclean” every time they come into the city.
  • That’s why when the 10 lepers saw Jesus, they stood at a distance from him.
  • They called “Jesus, Master, have pity on us.” They must have known that Jesus was not an ordinary person. That He cared for people, and He had the power to do something about their situation.
  • Interestingly, Jesus didn’t stretch out His hand or pronounce healing on them. He just told them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” The only way for a leper to be able to go back to their homes and families is if they go to a priest and the priest certifies that they are healed and clean.
  • Even though their skin was probably still white with leprosy, the 10 lepers went off to see the priest. Normally this would be considered quite silly — Imagine going to the priest when you are still sick! But the Bible calls this FAITH — trusting in Jesus’ words even if you haven’t seen the results yet.
  • And as they went, miraculously they were healed! Their skin was not white and rotting anymore! They were whole! Happily they rushed to see the priest. They must have been so eager to be declared “clean”. That means they can now go home and see their wife, their children, their home.
  • But one guy didn’t rush off. He saw that he was healed. He was overjoyed. He ran back to Jesus, praising God with a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.
  • This leper knew that he didn’t deserve anything. He was a Samaritan, who was hated by the Jewish people. He was probably not “qualified” to be healed. But because of His love and grace, Jesus (a Jew) healed him without any question. That’s the love of God — unconditional and for everyone.
  • Jesus asked, “Weren’t there 10 who were healed? Where are the other 9? Why is it only this one man came back to give praise to God?” Then He told the man, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
  •  Let’s understand how deep and wide and amazing the love of God is for us. When we realize that, then our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving and joy for all that He has done for us!
  • Key lesson from this miracle: Jesus heals — He doesn’t care who you are; He just wants to show you God’s power and love.
    •  Let’s know the HEART of Jesus!
      • Then we can call out to Him in our time of need and know that He will help us.
    •  Let’s respond in FAITH!
      • Trust Jesus’ words and promises even when circumstances and facts show otherwise.
    • Let’s respond in THANKSGIVING!
      • We have every blessing in Christ Jesus. Let’s rejoice and be glad in it and thank Him for it every day!

2. Activity Suggestion

  • Thanksgiving list & sharing:
    • Have kids sit in small groups; write down or draw what they are thankful to God for. Then let them share with the group/teacher.
3. Ideas for younger children
  • Interactive story telling
    • Try teaching this lesson through a dramatic interpretation of Scripture. Have the children actively engaged as you read along.
  • Song: “I can be thankful” (to the tune of “I’m a little teapot”)
    • I can be thankful; yes I can
    • For my family; for my friends
    • God has given so much with His Son
    • Thank you Jesus for all You’ve done
  • Craft: Paper leper man healed
    • Prepare cut-out gingerbread man shapes. Have kids draw a sad face and white spots on one side and a happy face on the other, with the words, “Thank you Jesus!”
 
 

Parable of the Lost Sons

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: The Father’s heart is full of compassion



1. Story: Tell the parable of The Lost Sons based on Luke 15:11-31You can choose to get kids to act the story out as you narrate, with props (e.g. fake money, ring, shoes etc)

2. Lesson:

  • This is a story about a Father and 2 Sons.
  • Younger Son:
    •  The younger son wanted his share of inheritance now — akin to wishing his father was dead.
    •  He abused his sonship — squandered all he had.
    •  But when he was in need and hungry, he came to his senses: “In my father’s house, there’s more than enough.”
    •  Felt unworthy to be a son. Wanted to return to the father as a servant.
    • But the father’s heart was full of compassion — he saw him coming from a far off and ran to his son.
    • As soon as his son tried to make his speech to appease him, the father cut him off before he could finish.
    • He affirmed his sonship with: best robe, ring, sandals, fattened calf etc — signs of sonship not servanthood. 
  • Elder Son: 
    • Unlike the younger son, or the earlier parables of the lost sheep and lost coin, the elder brother was with the father all the time.
    •  However, he was also “lost” — because he had a servant mentality. He did not recognise his own sonship. He saw himself as “slaving for the father” and only deserving of a young goat.
    • Once again, it was the father who went to reach out to his son and affirm his sonship.
  • What son/child are we?
    • Are we the son who abuses our position? Do we think that whatever we do is too much for our Father to forgive us?
    • Are we the elder brother who doesn’t understand our position and sees ourselves as servants who have to slave for our Father?
    • Or are we the children who know our position in Christ? Who understand our Father’s heart?
  • 2 key lessons from this parable:
    • Our Father’s House has more than enough
      • We don’t need to go anywhere else. God provides for all our needs and wants. We are safe and protected in Him, no matter what happens.
    • The Father’s Heart is full of compassion
      • He loves us unconditionally. He wants to shower us with His kindness and goodness. He runs to us when we are down. He reaches out to us when we are angry. That’s the Father we all have.
    • Do you know that you are God’s child and He is your Father?
      • Do you know God has more than enough for you? That He is full of compassion for you?

3. Activity Suggestion (attached)

 

Parable of The Lost Coin

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: We are important to Jesus (Part II)

 
1. Icebreaker: 

Hide coins/circles/chocolate coins around the room. Divide kids into 2 groups and and get them to look for the coins (QUIETLY). Group with most coins wins.
2. Story:
  • Tell the story of the woman who lost her silver coin from Luke15:8-10. 
  • Heart for the lost:
    • Remember that Jesus was friends with the “sinners” — the tax collectors and prostitutes and those who knew that they couldn’t help themselves?
    • Each of these people was like the lost silver coin in the story. They were valuable. Important. Not forgotten.
    • Jesus wanted the religious leaders to understand how he felt about those who were lost.
  • Search for the lost:
    •  God longed for us so much that He took the ultimate action; He offered up His Son as a sacrificial lamb. This He did to cleanse the sinner from sin and restore him to Himself. He would go through any means, any expense to bring them to Himself. 
    • Just like the woman lit a lamp, took a broom to sweep the house carefully and searched for the coin until she found it, Jesus came as a light into this world (John 1:9). He sought out the sinners. And He paid the ultimate price to redeem them — His own life.
  • Rejoicing for the found:
    • Just like the woman rejoiced and celebrated with her friends and neighbours, whenever a sinner returns to God, there is great rejoicing in heaven.
    • This is the whole plan of salvation; this is why Christ came. God seeks sinners and rejoices when they are found. He is not content for any sinner to be away from Him.
  • Memory Verse: 2 Peter 3:9 God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

3. Activity Ideas

  • Craft: Any coin-related craft with the words “Jesus searched for me till He found me!” or the memory verse 2 Peter 3:9

Parable of the Lost Sheep

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: We are important to Jesus

1. Story & Lesson

  • The lesson is based on Luke 15:1-7
  • When Jesus was on earth, many people liked to be His friends. However, many of them were not “respectable” people in the community. They were the outcasts — the tax collectors and the sinners.
  • The Pharisees and scribes saw Jesus eating with these “sinners” — these unholy people — and they criticised Him. “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” These
  • Pharisees didn’t like that Jesus was getting so popular. And they thought that He couldn’t be a holy man because He hung out with the “bad” crowd. After all, they were the holy ones — they kept all the laws and did all the right things.
  • So Jesus told them this parable of the Lost Sheep
  • Jesus loved to spend time with the “sinners” because they knew that they needed to be saved. They didn’t pretend to be holy like the Pharisees. And they knew that Jesus loved them despite all that they have done.
  • When they repented, they were saying that they don’t want to try to save themselves anymore, but that they want to trust Jesus to save us. (Unlike the Pharisees who think they were too good already that they didn’t need a Saviour.)
  • They were like the lost sheep. And Jesus loved to spend time with them. He was like the man who would go and search high and low and climb up and down just so that He can rescue them. And each time He finds one, there is great rejoicing in heaven.

  • Do you know that we were all like that lost sheep too? We went our way. We got trapped. We couldn’t save ourselves.
  • But our wonderful Shepherd, Jesus, didn’t just let us be. He didn’t say that He would just take care of the good sheep, the ones who didn’t wander, who didn’t get lost or who didn’t get trapped. He left all He had just so that He could come look for us. He rescued us, cleaned our wounds and laid us on His shoulders and brought us home with great rejoicing.
  • And even if there were only one of us who were lost, He still would have come. That’s how great His love is for you and me!
  • Memory Verse: Luke 15:6 In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine respectable people who do not need to repent.
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2. Activity Ideas
  • Craft: Any simple sheep-related craft with the words “Jesus is my Shepherd. He looks after me.”
 
    • Worksheets: