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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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Jesus raising the Widow’s Son (Luke 7:11-17)

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1. HOOK

  • Bring a battery-operated toy. Take the batteries out ahead of time. Show the kids the neat toy you brought and then try to get it to work. Then bring the batteries and put them in and watch the toy work! Talk about how when we accept Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and we have a new life.

 

2. STORY (based on Luke 7:11-17)

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  • One day, Jesus went to a town called Nain (Na’in). His disciples and a large crowd followed Him. After all, this was a man who could heal the sick and perform many miracles.
  • When Jesus came to the town’s gate, He saw a dead person being carried out with a large crowd following behind.
  • This dead person was the only son of a widow.
    • What’s a widow? A widow is a woman whose husband has died.
    • How many of you have mummies who work in the office? In those days, married women didn’t go out to work as they had to take care of the household. They depended on the men in the household to provide for them and protect them.
  • When this woman’s husband died, she would have depended on her son to take care of her. But now, her son, her only son, had died. Without a man in the household, she was penniless, alone and helpless. Of course she was also very sad.
  • When Jesus saw the widow, His heart went out to her. He had compassion on her. And He said, “Don’t cry.”
    • Jesus understood what the widow was going through.
    • Many times, when something bad happens, when we feel alone, helpless and very sad, we think nobody understands. We wonder where God is. But the truth is: He is there, He understands, and He is filled with love and compassion for us.
  • Then Jesus went and touched the coffin of the dead man.
    • According to the law then, touching a dead body was a taboo — it would make you “unclean” for 7 days.
    • But Jesus didn’t let that stop Him. Jesus touched and healed lepers even though they were unclean and contagious?
  • Then Jesus said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” And the dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
  • Those who saw this miracle were filled with awe and praised God. And news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

 

3. LESSON: Good News for today! Jesus has authority over DEATH

  • Today we see that Jesus has authority over death. When He commands life to come, life comes. When He commands death to leave, death leaves. Hallelujah!
  • Not only did Jesus have power over death, but He also defeated death by rising from the dead.
  • Like the WIDOW’S Son, we were all DEAD in our SIN.
    Like the WIDOW, we were all HELPLESS and HOPELESS on our own.
    But Jesus came to give us LIFE.
    When we believe in Jesus, His HOLY SPIRIT comes into us — like the battery gives life to the toy, the Holy Spirit gives us ETERNAL LIFE so that we can live forever with God.
  • Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26; Memory Verse)
  • So as children of God, we don’t need to fear death. We can speak Jesus’ life into ourselves, other people, our situations etc.
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that You conquered death so that we can have Your eternal life in us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

 

4. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

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  • Memory Verse: Use an activity/game to help kids memorise John 11:25-26
  • “Young man, I say to you, arise”
    • Have the class lie down on the floor motionless. Make sure that they do not move a muscle, acting as if they are really dead. Let them lay there long enough that it starts to feel a little uncomfortable. Explain to them that when you say, “Young man, I say to you, arise,” they are to sit up and start jumping. After a little while say, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” Have the children get up and jump up and down to get all their wiggles out.
  • Worksheet ideas

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

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1. ICE BREAKER

  • Mummy game
    Divide kids into 2-3 groups. Choose one kid from each group. Get parents/kids to help wrap up the kid with toilet paper (like Lazarus). Most creative one wins. Then get kids to remove the “grave clothes”.
  • Wink, Wink, Resurrection
    Similar to wink murder. Kids sit in a circle. Choose someone to be the “resurrector” and a detective to guess. The resurrector has to discreetly wink at one of the other kids. But this time if someone is winked at, they must jump up and shout “I’m alive”, instead of dying. The detective is allowed three guesses to work out who the resurrector is before everyone is “alive”.

2. LESSON: I AM the Resurrection & the Life (John 11)

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  • What happened there? What did the messenger tell Jesus?His friend Lazarus was very sick.
  • Did Jesus rush immediately to his side?No. He stayed 2 more days.
  • Why? Why didn’t He stop Lazarus from dying? (get kids to think)Because there was a bigger plan — Jesus wanted to demonstrate some greater miracle of God to prove that He had victory not only over sickness, but over death
  • When Jesus reached Bethany, what was the first thing Martha and Mary (Lazarus’ sister) said to Him?“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
  • How long had Lazarus been dead?4 days. Ewww … stinko!
  • What did Jesus ask the people to do at the grave?Move away the stone.
  • How did Jesus pray? Did He beg God, “Please, please do something!!!!”?No. Jesus said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”Note: Jesus called God “Father”.
  • What happened when Jesus said, Lazarus, come out!”Lazarus came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
  • Isn’t Jesus wonderful? Even when no one around believed that He could do it, when people doubted and complained, He still did a great miracle and raised Lazarus — who had been dead 4 days — from the dead! He resurrected Lazarus!
  • Jesus IS the Resurrection and the Life!

 

JESUS CAME TO GIVE US THE “JESUS LIFE”

  • What did Jesus say to Martha? <get kids to read>I AM the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
  • What is resurrection? Resurrection means being brought back to life.
  • Jesus said those who believed in Him will live, even though they die. Then He says if they believe in Him, they will never die! What do you think Jesus meant by that?
  • Jesus didn’t just mean that when we die, we will go to heaven. He didn’t mean we will never die physically — all of us will die one day; even Lazarus died physically later.
  • Jesus wanted to tell Martha something very important and wonderful. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He wanted to prove something even more awesome and miraculous — that He can give life to those who are spiritually dead!
  • Flashback: Garden of EdenGod told Adam that if he ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil, he will surely die. When Adam disobeyed God, he died spiritually. And because of that, we ALL were dead spiritually. We were all like Lazarus … dead!
  • Jesus came to die on the cross, taking all the punishments for our sin. Three days later, He rose again. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin AND death!
  • More importantly, Jesus’ death and resurrection brought us back to life from spiritual death. Jesus put His life into us — the Jesus Life. This is an everlasting life that will never die.
  • When we believe in Jesus, we have His Jesus Life in us today! And even when we sin, even when we sometimes do things our way, even when our physical body dies, we will always have this Jesus Life in us forever!
  • Do you want to believe in Jesus today?

 

3. Suggested Activities

  • Memory verse activity/game: John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
  • WorksheetJohn 11 25 Crossword & Verse

Jesus heals blind Bartimaeus

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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 heals 10 lepers

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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!”
 
 

Jesus heals the bent-over woman

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Lesson: We are more important to God than ox and goats
 
1. Intro: OUT OF SHAPE WALK AROUND: Tell children to walk slowly and quietly (NO running or shouting) as if they are bent out of shape. And when the teacher calls out “FREEZE”, they have to freeze in their best “bent” pose.
Do it 2-3 times, depending on class response and control. 
 
2. Story: “Let me tell you about a woman who was bent like this for a very, very long time.”
(based on 
Luke 13:10-17)
  • Imagine: for 18 years, this woman had an evil spirit and was bent up. 18 years is a long time — how many of you have 18-year-old brothers or sisters? Imagine being bent up for so long.
  • Jesus did a wonderful thing — He delivered the evil spirit from a woman and healed her so that she could finally stand up straight.
  • She was so happy — she stood tall and praised God! Wouldn’t you be happy if Jesus healed you?
  • But some people weren’t happy. The religious officials were unhappy. They were unhappy because Jesus broke the Sabbath laws by healing the woman. You were not supposed to work on the Sabbath. And healing was considered work, so it was illegal. Jesus should have healed her on a Sunday, a Monday, a Tuesday, a Wednesday … any day except Saturday, the Sabbath day.
  • Jesus asked them a question: If you have an ox or a donkey that’s kept in the stall, wouldn’t you let them out to drink some water on the Sabbath? Of course you would.
  • Now here was a woman that has been kept captive by Satan for 18 years. Surely she is more important that the ox and donkey? Surely she can be set free even on a Sabbath.
  • To the Israelites in that time, their livestock (ox, donkey, sheep, cattle) were important to them because that’s their livelihood, their income. So they will take care of them even on the Sabbath day.
  • But Jesus is greater than all the rules. And to God, we are so much more important to Him than all these animals. So God wants to show His love and goodness to us, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Isn’t God so good? That’s why we praise Him!
3. Activity Ideas
  • Worksheet: WordsearchCrossword
  • Craft: Use a picture of donkey and ox with the words “I am more important to God than the donkey and ox” or “God loves me ALL the time”. Kids can colour or stick pix onto a card.
 

Jesus feeds the 5,000 +++

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Lesson: Jesus provides in abundance (Luke 9:10-17)
 
1. Story:
  • Props: Some bread and “fish” (either fish-shaped biscuits or kueh bahulu) that can be handed out as part of the story
  • Jesus and his disciples went to a town called Bethsaida, which was a remote place. But when the crowds heard he was there, they all followed him.
  • Jesus welcomed them. He spoke to them about God’s kingdom and healed all who needed healing. There were about 5,000 men and many other women and children there … a very big crowd.
  • Late in the afternoon, his disciples came to him and told him to send the crowd away to go find food and a place to stay because it was getting late.
  •  Instead, Jesus asked them to give the crowd something to eat.
  •  There were probably more than 10,000 people! How do you feed so many people?
  • There was a little boy who offered his lunch — 5 loaves of bread and two fish … not enough for so many! The disciples said, “If we were to go buy food for them, it would cost more than half a year’s salary!”
  • But Jesus was not troubled by the big numbers. He just told the disciples: “Have them sit down in groups of about 50 each.”
  •  Then when everyone was seated, Jesus took the five loaves and two fish and, looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them.
  •  Then he passed the bread and fish to his disciples to distribute.
  •  And the more they distributed, the more they seemed to have!
  •  People were eating the bread. People were eating the fish. And they ate and ate until they couldn’t eat any more!
  • The disciples were amazed.
  • As the crowd went off, fully satisfied, the disciples picked up the leftover bread and fish. They put them into baskets, and they filled 12 baskets of leftovers! More than enough!
 
2. Lesson: Good News for Today!
  • Sometimes we face problems so big that we cannot see how it can be solved. Maybe it’s a big school exam. Or we need something that costs a lot of money. In this case, it was 10 to 15,000 hungry people!
  • Our own supply, like this little boy, is so small — He only had 5 bread and 2 fish … his own lunch. How can he feed such a big crowd?
  • But Jesus does not focus on the lack or the problem. When he holds the bread and fish, the little that they had, He fixed His eyes above on God.
  • God has abundant supply. He is rich. He does not worry about lack.
  • And that supply today is ours because of Jesus. He became poor so that we can be rich.
  • We can look to Jesus and trust Him to provide for our every need. We can let Him use what little we have and see Him transform it. And He not only meets our need but supplies more than we can ever imagine.
  • Memory Verse: <spend some time getting kids to memorise it; u can pin up the verse on cards and then take out one card at a time until they can remember the whole verse>
    • Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that when we are faced with difficult situations, we can focus on You instead. We don’t have to see our lack. We can see Your supply. We can trust You to meet all our needs, according to the richest of Your glory in Christ Jesus. In Your name, I pray Amen.

3.  Activity ideas:

  • Father’s Day thanksgiving
    •  Have kids share one thing they are thankful for about their dad. (Be sensitive if a kid does not have dad)
    • Tell them as much as their earthly dads love them, their Heavenly Father loves them even more. And if there are things their dads can’t do, their Heavenly Father can.
  • Father’s Day craft
    • Choose a simple craft and have the kids write “Thank you Dad for ______________”
    • Origami shirt
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Youth Bible Study
 
Leader’s Guide
 
Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus provides in abundance (Luke 9:10-17)
 
1.       Where did Jesus and his disciples go? What do you think they intended to do?
They went to the town of Bethsaida. The disciples had just returned from share the good news about Jesus in surrounding villages. Jesus probably wanted to spend some time with them to rest.
 
2.       The crowds followed and found them though. How did Jesus react?
He welcomed them. Spoke to them about God’s kingdom. Healed those who were sick.
 
3.       When the disciples wanted to send the people to find food in the afternoon, Jesus asked them to give the crowd something to eat. What were the disciples’ response? (See also John 6:7-9)
So many people (5,000 men + women + children). Only five loaves and two fish. Take more than half a year’s wages to buy bread for everyone to have a bite.
 
4. What were they focusing on?
The disciples focused on the problem and their lack.
 
5.       Jesus already had in mind what He was going to do. He had the people seated in groups of fifty each. What did he do next?
Take the five loaves and two fish, looked up to heaven, gave thanks and broke them.
 
6.       What was the result?
Everyone had more than enough to eat and were satisfied. The disciples also picked up twelve baskets of leftover pieces.
 
7.       What can we learn from this lesson?
  •  Don’t look at the problem or your lack
  • Look to the source, God,  and give thanks
 
Memory Verse: Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus
 
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Jesus raises Jairus’ daughter

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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

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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 has authority over evil spirits

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story:
  • Tell the story of Jesus casting out the legion of demons from Luke 8:26-39.
  • Remember what we learnt last week? Jesus and his disciples were in a boat on the lake when there was a sudden large thunderstorm!
  • After Jesus calmed the storm, the boat reached the other side of the lake to the country of Gerasenes. (Get them to try to pronounce word)
  • When they went on shore, suddenly, a demon-possessed man came running up to them.
  • This man was under the power of an evil spirit. The evil spirit would attack him and make him do things he didn’t want to do. He was naked! He was dirty.
  • Even though the man was chained up on his hands and feet, with someone always watching him, the evil spirit would cause him to break the chains and go stay in the tombs — where dead people are placed.
  • Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the man.
  • The evil spirits recognised who Jesus was. They were afraid because they knew this was someone who had authority over them.
  • The man fell down before Jesus and cried out loudly, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!”
  • Jesus asked, “What is your name?”
  • The evil spirit answered, “Legion”, which meant many demons.
  • The evil spirits begged Jesus not to send them to the bottomless pit but into a herd of pigs nearby.
  • Jesus permitted them. The evil spirits went out of the man and entered the pigs, who ran violently off the cliff, into the lake, and drowned.
  • That must have been quite a scary sight — so many pigs just running off a cliff. Can you imagine how much torture the man was under by these spirits?
  • Those who saw what happened went to tell other people.
  • When they returned, this man was sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. What a transformation!
  • They were afraid and asked Jesus to leave.
  • The man who was delivered from the evil spirits wanted to follow Jesus. But Jesus told him to: “Return to your own house and tell what great things God has done for you.”
  • And the man went to tell the whole city what Jesus has done for him.
Under power of evil spirits
Under power of Jesus
Naked
Clothed
Attacked and tormented
In right mind
Stayed in solitary places/tombs
Returned to the city to tell
what Jesus has done for him
2. Lesson:
  • So far, we’ve learnt that Jesus has authority over sickness, over death, over nature … and over evil spirits.
  • The evil spirits knew Jesus was the Son of God, and they are afraid of Him!
  • Because we have Jesus in us, we don’t have to afraid of any evil spirits or ghosts or anything scary. We can command them to leave in Jesus’ name.
  • And today, you and I have the Holy Spirit in us. We are under the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to do the right thing. The Holy Spirit clothes us in righteousness. The Holy Spirit gives us the mind of Christ. So we can all go and tell everyone what Jesus has done for us!
  • Let’s pray: Thank you Jesus that at Your name, demons and evil spirits will run away. I do not have to fear them. And I thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives in me forever. In Your name, I pray Amen.
 
3. Activity ideas:
  • Craft: Origami pigs with text “Jesus has power over evil spirits”
  • Poster: “Jesus has power over evil spirits”
 
 
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Youth Bible Study
 

Jesus’ Miracle: Jesus has authority over the demons

 
Leader’s Guide
 
Read Luke 8:26-39
1.       Last week, where was Jesus and his disciples?
In a boat, crossing the Lake of Galilee.
2.       Who did Jesus meet when He reached the other side?
A demon-possessed man from the town.
3.       Describe this person’s appearance and condition.
Naked. Chained hand and foot. Lived in tombs.
4.       What was controlling this man?
Many demons — Legion.
5.       Where did these beg Jesus to send them into?
A large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside.
6.       What does what happened next tell you about the torment the man was put under?
The pigs rushed down the steep bank and drowned in the lake. The man was under a lot of oppressive powers that caused him great harm and could lead to his death.
7.       The man was delivered, but interestingly, the people’s reaction was fear and they asked Jesus to leave. But what did the man want to do? And what did Jesus tell him to do?
The man begged to go with Jesus, but Jesus tells him to return home and tell how much God has done for him. So the man told the whole town about what Jesus has done for him.
 
8.       State the difference in the man before and after Jesus delivered him.
Under power of evil spirits
Under power of Jesus
Naked
Clothed
Attacked and tormented
In right mind
Stayed in solitary places/tombs
Returned to the city to tell
what Jesus has done for him
  
9.       The evil spirits/demons were afraid of Jesus. They recognised that He had power over them. Do we need to fear the demons?
No. We have Jesus in us, and the demons will also be afraid of us. We can command them to leave in Jesus’ name.