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A 14-week series introducing who Jesus is: His calling, life, miracles and parables.

 

Topics include:

  • Week 1: Jesus is God’s Beloved: Baptism (Mark 1:1-11)
  • Week 2: Jesus is Lord: Driving out the Impure Spirit (Mark 1:21-28)
  • Week 3: Jesus is Able & Willing: Healing the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)
  • Week 4: Jesus Forgives Sin: Healing the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
  • Week 5: Jesus’ Word Bears Fruit: Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20)
  • Week 6: Jesus has Authority over Winds & Waves (Mark 4:35-41)
  • Week 7: Jesus has Authority over Evil Spirits (Mark 5:1-20)
  • Week 8: A Touch of Jesus Heals: Woman with Issue of Blood (Mark 5:21-34)
  • Week 9: Jesus Gives Life: Raising Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5:21-42)
  • Week 10: Jesus is our Provider: Feeding of 5000 (Mark 6:30-44)
  • Week 11: Jesus is Always Near: Walking on Water (Mark 6:45-52)
  • Week 12: Jesus Qualifies Us: Greek Woman meets Jesus (Mark 7:24-30)
  • Week 13: Jesus Opens Ears/Mouths/Eyes (Mark 7-8)
  • Week 14: Jesus the Messiah (Mark 8-9)

 

 

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Welcome

Categories: Children's Church

1. WELCOME

  • Play some fun, simple age-appropriate icebreakers — at least one that introduces kids to one another.
  • Some examples:
    • Pick up balls 
      • Empty colourful balls around the class and get kids to pick them up and put back in box.
    • Blanket game
      • Get all the kids to introduce themselves. Divide class into 2 teams. Hold a large blanket in between. Each team sends a representative to sit in front of the blanket. When blanket is dropped, first side to shout out name of the other wins a point for their team.
    • Song: With Christ in the Vessel
    • Find your partner, Getting to know you, Name Chase

 

2. LESSON: Jesus is in our Boat this year! (Mark 4:35-41)

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  • Lesson idea: Jesus calms the sea
  • Why were the disciples so afraid? <Big winds, waves that would scare even seasoned fishermen>
  • Have you ever been afraid? Stressed? Worried?
  • As we go into this new year, there are lots of uncertainties. You may be in a new school, or facing a big exam, or your parents may be facing certain challenges in their jobs that could affect you.
  • As we set off on this journey through 2014, we should always remember:
    • Jesus is in the boat with us — He’s the one who said, “Let us go to the other side …”. He is not bringing us into the middle of the lake to drown.
    • In this case, Jesus shut the storm up (He’s God and He’s all powerful!). But sometimes He allows the storm to rage on. But whatever it is, no matter how big the storm is, no matter how much water is flooding into the boat, we will get through it because Jesus is with us.
    • Jesus cares! The disciples weren’t sure (“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”). Sometimes when we face problems, we feel God isn’t there, that He doesn’t care. But we need to remind ourselves that Jesus really loves us, He cares for us and He never leaves us!
    • Jesus could sleep through the storm. When we really know Jesus is with us, we can rest (or even smile) in the storm. Just keep our eyes on Jesus through it all!
  • So remember, this year, whatever comes our way, we can declare, “Jesus is in my boat!”

 

3.  ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • What I’m asking God for this year
    • Get kids to share a prayer point — something they are looking to Jesus for this year.

 

Parable of the Tenants

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is the chief cornerstone

1. Story:

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  • Tell the Parable of the Tenants based on Luke 20:1-19 and Mark 12:1-12.
          check out these great pictures here (sermon4kids.com)
  • The chief priests and teachers of the law didn’t like Jesus. Jesus was always talking about the Good News that God had for his people. They did not want other people hearing about God from Him. They did not believe that Jesus was God’s Son.
  • They demanded to know what authority he had. So Jesus told them this parable.
    • One day a man planted a vineyard. A vineyard is a place where they grow grapes so they can make wine. The owner put a big wall around it. Then he dug a big hole, called a winepress, in the ground so he could crush and squeeze all the juice out of the fruit.
    • The owner needed to go on a trip, so he found some farmers to stay at the vineyard to work while he was away.
    • Then the time finally came when the fruit was ready to be eaten and used to make wine. So the owner sent someone back to the vineyard to collect some of the fruit.
    • The farmers saw this person coming. What do you think they did? They grabbed him, beat him up, and sent him back with nothing.
    • The owner found out what happened. He sent another person to try and collect some grapes. Do you know what happened? They also beat him and treated him shamefully and sent him back empty handed.
    • So the owner sent still another person. Do you know what they did this time? The farmers wounded the man and threw him out!
    • The owner then decided to send his own son.  He loved his son very much. He thought to himself, “The farmers will respect my son.”
    • The farmers recognized who the man’s son was. They said to themselves, “This is his son. When the owner dies, his son will get the vineyard. But if we kill his son, then the only ones left to get the vineyard will be us.” So they killed him too, and threw him out of the vineyard.
  • After Jesus shared this story, he asked the leaders a question. “What will the owner of the vineyard do now? He will come and kill all those farmers and then give the vineyard to other people.”
  •  Then Jesus quoted from Psalm 118. “Haven’t you read what Scripture says, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the most important stone of all.”
2. Lesson(extra scripture verses are for your personal reference/study. Not necessary to mention all to the kids … maybe only 1 or 2 key ones. Tks)
  • Who were the people in this story?
    • The vineyard owner represented God
    •  The vineyard was God’s people
    •  The farmers were the religiousleaders and teachers of the law

    • The people sent by the owner were the prophets
      • God had sent these prophets to tell Israel about the coming Messiah
      • The Jews, their religious leaders and teachers of the law had always opposed these prophets and killed them.
      • Jesus once wept over Jerusalem (Luke 13:34): “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you. How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
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    • Who do you think the vineyard son was? Jesus.
  • God was going to save his people. And even though his prophets were rejected, He still continued His plan of salvation.
  • Jesus knew that He would be put to death. And through this parable, He was telling the religious leaders about His death.
  • Because it was through His death that all man could live through Him.
  •  Jesus was the stone that the builders rejected
    • He was a stumbling block to the religious leaders (1 Cor 1:22; Isaiah 8:14). A stumbling block is a stone that is in your way and you fall/trip over it. For the Jews, Jesus was a stumbling block. They couldn’t accept Him — instead they fell/tripped all over Him.
    • The Jews could not accept that there could be salvation apart from all that they were doing — adhering to the Law and their religious traditions.
    • They wanted to be righteous before God, but they wanted to do it their way — by their own works in trying to fully obey the Lord.
    • The problem is that they could never fulfill it fully. Because God’s way was perfect. And only God could meet that standard.
    • Jesus was saying that those who fell on that stone, who tripped over Jesus and His free gift of righteousness, who rejected it, would be broken to pieces and crushed. They would never be able to be righteous on their own.
  • Despite all that opposition, Jesus has become the cornerstone — the most important stone of all!
    • Even though He was killed, Jesus resurrected after 3 days and became the stone that holds everything together, the rock upon which God built His church (Matt 16:18, 1 Cor 3:11).
    • If we trust in Him alone and accept His gift of righteousness, Jesus becomes our refuge, our shelter, our salvation.
    • As Peter said in Act 4:11-12, Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
  • Who is Jesus to you? A stumbling block? Or the cornerstone?
    • Let’s not be like the Jews and religious leaders who refuse to accept God’s free gift of salvation and righteousness through Jesus.
    • Let’s trust in Jesus, our cornerstone, our rock of refuge, and enjoy the life He gives to us!
    • 1 Cor 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  • Memory verse: Luke 20:17‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
3. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review:
    • Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
  • Wordsearch
 

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is our King of Salvation and Righteousness

1. Story:

2. Lesson:
  • Jesus had been preparing his disciples for His death. He knew that after He got to Jerusalem, He would be arrested and crucified.
  • Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was a time of celebration because it was part of God’s plan of salvation, and righetousness.
  • Celebration: Jesus is King
    • When Jesus entered Jerusalem, his disciples and the crowd began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice while waving palm leaves: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest!”
    • Whether they understood it or not, the crowds were praising Jesus as their king.
    • The Pharisees weren’t very happy that the crowds were praising Jesus … whom they saw as only a man. But Jesus told them, even if the crowds didn’t praise Him, the stones would cry out as creation cannot deny the fact that Jesus was God.
    • Imagine the stones on the road shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna!”
  • Jesus is our Salvation
    • The Prophet Zechariah had prophesied about it in Zech 9: 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you;
    • He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 
    • Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem was a time of celebration because He was going to bring God’s salvation to His people — Jesus had to come to take our place so that we can have His life in us. He died so that we could live.
  • Jesus is our Righteousness (optional for younger class)
    • There was another prophecy back in Genesis that talks about the coming of the Saviour. Before Jacob died, he blessed his 12 sons. For Judah, the ancestor of Jesus, he said:  10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. 11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes. (Gen 49:10-11)
    • Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the people put their clothes on the donkey and on the ground as he passed by.
    • In Jacob’s blessing, he speaks of the donkey being tied to the choice vine, the best vine. This vine if Jesus (John 15) and the new life He gives us when we are tied to Him.
    • Jacob also spoke about clothes being washed in the blood of grapes. Our clothes — our own “righteousness” — are filthy rags, torn and dirty. This blood of grapes refer to Jesus’ blood — He washes us clean and clothes us in robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
    • So let’s throw down our own clothes, our filthy rags, and let Jesus wash us clean and call us righteous!
  • Conclusion:
    • When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He knew He was going to be killed. He didn’t go in reluctantly or hesitantly. He went in boldly, to the cheers and cries of many. Because He knew that the victory was His already — salvation and redemption has come!
    • And like the crowds in Jesus’ time, and the stones that would have cried out, let’s praise Him and worship Him for He is our King who loves us so much!

3. Activity Ideas

§  Crossword
 
Answer key: 
Across
3. Jesus
8. Hosanna
9. village
10. colt
11. spread
12. tie
Down
1. name
2. praise
4. enter
5. shouted
6. king
7. road

 

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 raises Jairus’ daughter

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus gives life (Luke 8:40-56; Mark 5:21-42)
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter from Luke 8:40-56 and Mark 5:21-42.
  • Last week we learned about a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. When she touched Jesus, He was actually on His way to see a little girl.
  • This little girl was 12 years old, and she was very sick.
  • Her father’s name was Jairus. He was a synagogue leader — a ruler of the synagogue.
  • Even though he was an important man, when his daughter was sick, he knew that only Jesus could help.
  • So the moment Jesus got off the boat, Jairus fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him. “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
    • Jairus knew that Jesus had the power to heal his daughter, and he believed that she will be healed. This is called faith.
  • Jesus went with him. Along the way, He was “interrupted” by the woman who was bleeding for 12 years.
  • For Jairus, it must have an anxious time because Jesus stopped to talk to the woman while his daughter was dying.
  • But perhaps his faith was strengthened when he heard the woman’s testimony.
  • Then some people came from Jairus house and said, “You daughter is dead. Why bother the teacher anymore?”
    • To these people, Jesus was just a “teacher”.
  • Jesus assured Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
  • Jesus brought Peter, James and John with him to Jairus’ house.
  • At the house, there were many people crying and wailing loudly.
  • Jesus said, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”
  • But the people laughed at him.
  • Jesus put the people out of the house, leaving only his disciples and Jairus and his wife.
  • They went into the room where the girl was lying.
  • Taking her by the hand, Jesus said to her, “Talitha Koum!” (which means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”
  • Immediately, the girl stood up and began to walk around.
  • Jesus told those present not to let anyone know about this and to give the girl something to eat.
2. Lesson:
  • Like the woman who was bleeding for 12 years, Jairus also spoke out in faith when he said, “Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.”
  • When the woman who was bleeding interrupted Jesus, when the people from Jairus’ house told him that his daughter was dead, when the wailers and mourners were crying in the house … despite these circumstances, Jesus still called Jairus to believe in Him.
  • When all hope seems gone, no matter what we are going through, we can continue to speak in faith and believe in Jesus. We can hear what Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
  • Jesus is Lord over everything, even death!
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that when we are faced with difficult situations, You are there with us. When things seem hopeless, You call us not to fear and to believe in You. Help us to learn to trust You more each day and to speak life and faith, according to Your promises. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
3.       Activity ideas:
  • Worksheets:
    • Crossword
    • Word Search
    • Craft: Girl Finger Puppet
      • Print out drawing on card/paper. Get kids to colour. Help them to cut out the holes for the fingers to go through as the girl’s legs.

Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: A touch from Jesus heals (Luke 8:43-48; Mark 5:25-34)
 
1. Icebreaker:
  • Who touched me? Have the children sit in a circle. One person sits in the middle and is blindfolded. Children will take turns as the teacher quietly points to each one, to go to the child in the middle and TOUCH that children and quietly run back to the circle. Then the blindfold can be removed and the child can try to guess who TOUCHED him/her. If he guesses it correctly, then that child goes to the middle to be blindfolded, etc.
  • Touch the TeacherBlindfold the teacher and let children take turns touching the teacher’s back. The teacher will have to guess what part of the child’s body touched the teacher’s back – such as a finger, a nose, an elbow, a toe, an ear, etc! Can also let kids be the ones to guess who touched them.
 
2. Story:
  • Last lesson, we learnt about Jesus delivering the evil spirits out of a man in Gerasenes.
  • After Jesus left and came back to the other side of the lake, He was quickly summoned to heal a little girl who was dying.
  • A big crowd followed Jesus as He walked. In the crowd was a woman.
  • The Bible doesn’t put her name, but we know that she had been bleeding for 12 years. How many of you are 12 years old? 12 years is a long time to be bleeding.
  • Besides the discomfort and pain she might have been going through, this woman had to keep away from society, as she was bleeding and considered “unclean”.
  • Do you remember who else were considered “unclean” in Jewish society? Lepers
  • This woman went to many doctors. She spent a lot of money. But instead, she got worse! Nobody could heal her.
  • But she heard there was someone who could heal her — Jesus.
  • So even though she was not supposed to be out in public, she decided to go see Jesus. She thought to herself, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed!”
  • So she crept up behind Jesus and touched the edge of His long cloak.
  • Immediately, her bleeding stopped! And the woman knew that she had been completely healed.
  • Even though there were so many people around Him, Jesus also realised something had happened. He turned around and asked, “Who touched me? I know that power has gone out from me.”
  • The woman knew she couldn’t hide. She came and fell at Jesus’ feet. And she told Him and everyone there what had happened to her. She testified how God had healed her.
  • Then Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.
 
3. Lesson:
  • When all hope is gone, this woman had faith that Jesus could heal her. She confessed it with her mouth, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.”
  • We, too, can exercise faith in what we say. Speak out God’s truth and promises, even when things may seem hopeless. We, too, can reach out in faith and receive our healing and miracle.
  • When we meet Jesus, we cannot remain the same. We will be transformed.
    • Healing takes place
    • We are given a new identity — no longer just “woman” but “daughter”
    • We have His peace
  • Like the woman, all that is left for us to do is to tell others what God has done for us.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that a touch from You is all we need. You have the power to heal us. You have the power to make us Your sons and daughters. Thank you for loving us and working in us. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
 
4. Activity ideas:
  • Craft: Handprints
    • Get kids to trace their palm on multi-coloured paper/card.
    • Cut out the handprint.
    • Write: A touch of Jesus heals on the palm
 
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Youth Bible Study

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus heals the woman with an issue of blood

 

 

Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:43-49, Mark 5:25-34

 

1.       After Jesus returned from the other side of the lake, he was asked to go to heal a very sick girl. As he was on his way, he was surrounded by a great crowd. Who was in the crowd?
A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years.
2.       What were some of the physical, financial and social sufferings she had gone through?
Physical: Bleeding for 12 years. Got worse.
Financial: Spent all she had on many doctors.
Social: Considered “unclean” and not allowed to be in contact with other people.
[Who else in Jesus’ time were considered “unclean”? Lepers]
3.       When all hope was gone, the woman heard about Jesus and faith arose. What did she say to herself?
“If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.”
4.       What happened when she touched the hem of Jesus’ cloak?
Immediately her bleeding stopped, and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
5.       No one else saw what she did, but her touch did not go unnoticed by Jesus. He turned around and asked who touched Him because He felt power go out from Him. What did the woman do?
She came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told them why she had touched Jesus and how she had been instantly healed. (She testified of Jesus’ goodness to her)
6.       What did Jesus say to her?
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
 

 

  • When all hope is gone, this woman had faith that Jesus could heal her. She confessed it with her mouth, “If I just touch His clothes, I will be healed.” We, too, can exercise faith in what we say. Speak out God’s truth and promises, even when things may seem hopeless. We, too, can reach out in faith and receive our healing and miracle.
  • When we meet Jesus, we cannot remain the same. We will be transformed.
  • Like the woman, all that is left for us to do is to tell others what God has done for us.

Jesus calms the storm

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus has authority over the wind and waves 
 
1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus calming the storm from Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-41.
  • One day Jesus and his disciples went into a boat and set off for the other side of the lake.
  • As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep.
  • Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. The wind howled. The waves roared.
  • The disciples — many who were seasoned fishermen — were frightened as their boat began to fill with water. They thought they were going to sink!
  • They rushed to Jesus and woke Him up, “Master, Master, we are going to die!”
  • Jesus rose up. He scolded the wind and the waves, “Peace! Be Still.”
  • And do you know what happened? The wind stopped howling. The waves stopped roaring. And there was peace. Incredible! 
  • Jesus turned to His disciples and said, “Where is your faith?”
    • They had seen Jesus’ many miracles. Jesus was in the boat with them. And yet, they were afraid that they would die.
    • The disciples were still in awe. They said to themselves, “Who can this be? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
 
2. Lesson:
  • We’ve learned that Jesus has authority over sickness and death. Today we see that Jesus also has authority over nature — even the winds and the waves obey Him.
  • We, too, don’t have to be afraid of the winds and waves, or earthquakes and tsunamis. We can speak with Jesus’ authority over them, too.
  • And when we encounter challenges and problems in life, they may seem like the strong winds and big waves. Our boat seems to be flooded, and we feel like we’re going to sink and drown.
  • It’s important to realise that Jesus is in the boat with us. And if He’s in the boat, we will never sink. Nothing is too difficult for Him. All we have to do is to have faith in Him and trust Him.
  • If you are going through a difficult time now at home or at school, remember Jesus is there with you always. The winds and waves may be big, but Jesus is much, much bigger. We can speak with His authority into whatever situation we are in and see it calm down.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You are in the boat with me.  I do not have to be afraid of the wind or waves. I can trust in You, and You will carry me through. In Your name, I pray, Amen.
 
3. Activity ideas:
 

  • Paper boats:
    • Materials: coloured paper boats; paper plates
    • Make colourful paper boats with origami (design #1design #2)
    • Get kids to stick boats on paper plates
    • Write “Jesus is in my boat. I can smile at the storm.”

  • Small group sharing
    • One group made a large paper boat. Each kid had a chance to sit in it and share about the storms that they may be going through in life. 
    • Then pray for each other.


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Youth Bible Study

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus Calms the Storm
Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:22-25 and Mark 4:35-41.

 
1. Where were Jesus and the disciples?
Crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat.
(in Lk 5, we learn that Jesus reached the other side of the lake to Gerasenes, which is next to the Sea of Galilee; good to show a map if you have)
 
2. After a full day of ministry, Jesus fell asleep in the boat in the stern. What happened next?
A windstorm on the lake. Strong winds, big waves, boat filling up with water. 
 
3. Do you think the disciples would have been surprised by it?
Several of the disciples were seasoned fishermen who would have been used to bad storms while fishing. This storm must have been particularly bad and frightening for them to be afraid. They thought they were going to drown and die.
 
4. What did they do next?
They came to Jesus, who was still sleeping, and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (or “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”)
They couldn’t believe that Jesus could sleep through the storm while they were panicking away.
 
5. What did Jesus do?
Jesus got up, scolded the wind and said to the waves, “Peace. Be still!” And there was calm.Then He said to the disciples, “Where is your faith?”
(They had seen Jesus’ many miracles. Jesus was in the boat with them. And yet, they were afraid that they would die.)
 
6. We’ve learned that Jesus has authority over sickness and death. Today what do we see Jesus having authority over?
Nature — even the winds and water obey Him.
 
7. For discussion:
a.       Jesus was asleep in the boat. Do you think the disciples would have drowned if they didn’t wake him up?
If Jesus is in the boat, the disciples would not drown.
 
b.      What else could the disciples have done?
They could have spoken with authority over the winds and water because they were Jesus’ disciples.
 
c.       We may not be in a situation where we are in danger of big storms. But have you encountered challenges and problems that may seem like strong winds and big waves? Have you felt overwhelmed before, like you’re going to sink and drown? Share.
 
      It’s important to realise that Jesus is in the boat with us. And if He’s in the boat, we will never sink. Nothing is too difficult for Him. All we have to do is to have faith in Him and trust Him.
      If you are going through a difficult time now at home or at school, remember Jesus is there with you always. The winds and waves may be big, but Jesus is much, much bigger. We can speak with His authority into whatever situation we are in and see it calm down.
      Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You are in the boat with me.  I do not have to be afraid of the wind or waves. I can trust in You, and You will carry me through. In Your name, I pray, Amen.