1. HOOK

 

2. LESSON: Jesus is the I AM

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Intro

  • Over the past 2 months, we’ve been going through a series on the “I AMs”. That’s how Jesus introduced Himself to those around Him. What is so important about learning the “I AMs”?

A) I AM is God’s Name

  • When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, Moses asked, “If the Israelites in Egypt ask me what your name is, what should I tell them?” God answered, “I AM the I AM.”
  • God’s name is “I AM”.Present tense: God of today, now, everyday.Definite: Not “I may be” or “I could be” or “I should be”.
  • When Jesus used “I AM”, He was using God’s name as His own. He was telling people that He IS God.

B) I AM: Tells us who Jesus is

  • When Jesus came to earth, He told his disciples and those around Him who He was through various pictures. As we learn more and more about who Jesus is, we realise that He is everything we ever need in life.

 

What have we learned so far? (keep it simple and just focus on key words so kids can remember)

Jesus said:

  • I AM the Bread of Life
  • I AM the Light of the World
  • I AM the Door (we didn’t study this but included coz it’s one of the I AMs)
  • I AM the Good Shepherd
  • I AM the Resurrection and the Life
  • I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life
  • I AM the True Vine

 

 

I AM the Bread of Life

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  • John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
  • Jesus’ body was broken for us. When we believe in Jesus, He fills us up. He is all we need and we don’t need to look for satisfaction elsewhere in the world.

 

I AM the Light of the World

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  • John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
  • When we have Jesus, His light shows us the way to go. We don’t have to fall and stumble in the darkness.

 

I AM the Good Shepherd

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  • John 10:11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
  • Jesus laid down His life for me. He died to pay for my sins.

 

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

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  • 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?”
  • When did Jesus say this? Before He raised Lazarus from the dead
  • Lazarus was dead physically and raised to life. We were all dead spiritually (in our sins), and when we believe in Jesus, He gives us new eternal life!

 

I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life

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  • John 14:6 Jesus said, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Jesus opened the way for us to the Father.

 

I AM the True Vine

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  • John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
  • When we stay connected to Jesus, His life and power flows through us and bears good fruit! E.g. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control etc.

 

SummaryI AM Review

Because of Jesus, the I AM …

  • I AM the Bread of Life: We will never be hungry
  • I AM the Light of the World: We will have the light of life
  • I AM the Good Shepherd: He lays down his life for me
  • I AM the Resurrection and the Life: We have eternal life
  • I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life: We can come to the Father
  • I AM the True Vine: We can bear much fruit

When we have Jesus, we have ALL we need!

 

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

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  • Word Search
  • Crossword
  • Game: I AMs of Jesus (similar to Duck, duck, goose)
    Kids sit in a circle. One goes on the outside and taps the heads of his friends (lightly) while saying one of the I AMs — 1 tap per syllable. E.g. “I-AM-the-Bread-of-Life” (5 taps); “I-AM-the-Re-ssu-rec-tion-and-the-Life” (10 taps). The last person tapped has to get up and chase the tapper round the circle and try to catch him before the tapper sits down in his space.
  • Charades
    Kids are divided into 2 teams. Each team sends a representative to act out one of the “I AMs”. The younger kids have to guess which “I AM” it is, while the older kids have to give the lesson learnt.

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

I AM the True Vine

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1. ICE BREAKER: Vine Tag

  • Choose someone to be ‘in’. When you say ‘Go’, the person who is in must try to tag someone. When they succeed, they must link arms/hold hands with the person they tagged. Now both of them can tag people with their free hands. Each time some gets tagged, they link arms/hold hands and carry on until everyone is in one big chain.
  • Isn’t it nice to all be connected with each other?

 

2. HOOK (Items: lamp, extension cord)

  • We’ve learned some of the “I Am”s of Jesus. <Ask kids to name a few; lead them to remember “Light of the World”>
  • Yes that’s right, Jesus is the light of the World. Because Jesus is in us, we have His light shining through us too.
  • Sing: “This Little Light of Mine.”
  • <Hold up the lamp> While we sing it, I’m going to hold this light up and let it shine all around. <Start to sing the song, but stop when you notice that the light isn’t shining.> I wonder what is wrong, my light isn’t shining.
  • <Someone will probably notice that it isn’t plugged in.> Oh, here’s the problem, my light isn’t plugged in.
  • Now that we are plugged in, let’s try it again. <Sing> Oh, that was much better. The lamp was shining brightly, wasn’t it? It’s pretty hard for a light to shine when it isn’t connected to the power source, isn’t it? Well, actually, it isn’t just hard — it’s impossible!

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3. LESSON: I AM the True Vine (John 15:1-8)

     A. Jesus is our True Vine

  • In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told his disciples a story to teach them the importance of staying connected to him. Of course Jesus didn’t use a lamp to tell his story, because electricity hadn’t even been invented yet. Instead, Jesus used an example that his disciples would understand. He used the example of a vine.
  • You know what a vine is, don’t you? It is a plant with a lot of branches growing out from it. The branches have fruit on them. If it is a grapevine, the branches should have grapes on them. (objects such as grapes, branches, plants would be useful as visual aids )
  • John 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showIMG_1760ing yourselves to be my disciples.

 

     B. The branches need to stay connected to the vine to live and bear fruit.

  • God is the Gardener in the garden of life. Jesus is the Vine who grows good branches. Christians are those branches. If you have asked Jesus to be your Savior, you are like a branch on a vine in God’s garden.
  • Branches need water and food to grow. How do the branches get these things? (through the roots) The vine sends food and water from the roots to the branches. Then the branches send food and water to the flowers that will produce grapes. (Pass around a bowl of raisins/grapes and let each child take some.)
  • Have you ever seen a branch that has been broken off of a tree or a vine? What happens to it? That’s right, it withers up and dies. Can it ever have any fruit on it again? No, it isn’t any good for anything — except fire wood.
  • Jesus said, “I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me, you will have much fruit, but apart from me, you can do nothing.”
  • With Jesus = Fruit. Without Jesus = Nothing. That’s right. Like the light that’s not plugged into the electrical source.

 

     C. The fruit you get depends on the tree you’re connected to

  • What is this fruit?
  • A rambutan tree will bear rambutan fruits. A durian tree will bear …? A papaya tree will bear …? These trees bear these fruits because that’s who they are. What their DNA is.
  • Jesus promises us abundant life — one overflowing with His love, grace, strength and power. When we depend on Him and trust in Him, our life is fruitful; our work is fruitful; our relationships are fruitful; our ministry is fruitful.
  • When the Holy Spirit lives in us, it bears the fruit of the Spirit — fruits like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal 5). When we bear these fruits, we will be kind and generous and loving to others.
  • All these are not things that we can do on our own. It’s not something we have to force out of ourselves. It comes naturally because of who we are in Christ — the temple/house of the Holy Spirit.
  • The key thing is to stay plugged in, stay connected, and let the Spirit’s life flow through us — the foods and water we need to grow strong, healthy and fruitful.
  • When we depend on our strength, we will feel tired and frustrated and be unfruitful.
  • Instead, let’s look to Jesus. Trust Him. Rest in His finished work. He has done the work for us. We just need to plug in and let the Holy Spirit flow through us.
    • If you cannot love someone, say, “Holy Spirit, please love that person through me.”
    • Whatever work you are doing, say, “Holy Spirit, please help me.”
    • When you are feeling sad or discouraged, say, “Jesus, thank you for being my strength and my joy.”
  • As we learn to look to Jesus and rest in Him, we allow Him to do the work of bearing fruit in our lives!

4. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

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  • Memory verse activity/game: John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

Resource: Sermons4kids 

I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life

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1. HOOK

  • Using masking tape or chairs, set up an obstacle course for a kid volunteer. Take your volunteer outside of the class and tell them that the class will shout directions to them to help them get through the course.
  • While you or your helper has the volunteer outside of the class, give instruction to the class to give wrong directions. Put your volunteer at the entrance to the maze and blindfold them. When your volunteer begins to make his way through the maze, he will undoubtedly get off course or bump into chairs. When it is obvious that he will not be successful, stop the class and ask him what the problem is. He will say that he can’t understand the directions to get through. Now, start over again, but this time you take the hands of the child and walk him through the course. He will still be blindfolded and the class will still be shouting out the wrong directions, but this time he will be successful because of your direction.
  • Explain to the class: When we are on our own, we cannot find our way because of all the wrong directions from the world. We need someone to show us the way. Who is this someone? Jesus

 

2. LESSON: I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14)

  • One night, Jesus and his disciples were eating together. It was the night Jesus was going to be betrayed.
  • Jesus was preparing His disciples about what was going to happen next. He knew it would be a troubling time, so He wanted to reassure them. He also told them that He will be going back to God, the Father, to prepare a special place for all of them and He is coming back for them.
  • Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)
  • One of His disciples, Thomas, asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
  • That’s a good question. How would the disciples know where Jesus was going? How were they supposed to find their way to God? Do you think they had a map? Or a GPS?
  • No, they didn’t have all of that. But they had the one thing they needed. Jesus.
  • Jesus said, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
  • Just like in the game we played earlier. Man was separated from God, and man has always tried to find his way back to God. But the world shouts all sorts of wrong directions. And in our own strength, we cannot find the way.
  • But when Jesus is in us, He becomes our (only) WAY to the Father;He is our TRUTH (so we don’t have to listen to the lies the world tells us); and He gives us LIFE forever with Him.

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  • Jesus had to die on the cross to open the WAY for us to the Father.Jesus is the ONLY way. We can’t reach God by our own good behaviour or works, or by any other religions and beliefs. Only Jesus.
  • Jesus’ death made us holy/righteous/clean because He is the TRUTH — the perfect man who was punished for the sins of the world.
  • After Jesus rose again and returned to heaven, His Holy Spirit came to live in us forever. This Holy Spirit is His LIFE living in us.
  • For older classes:How can Jesus claim to be the Way, the Truth and the Life? How can Jesus claim to be the ONLY way to God? Because He is GOD.

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.”

  • And when we receive Jesus into our hearts, the Holy Spirit lives in us. Jesus said, “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” (John 14:20) God — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — lives in us today! He is our life!

Conclusion

  • Jesus = the Way, the Truth, the Life
  • Jesus is ALL we need. We just need to believe and receive Him.
  • Jesus + Nothing = EVERYTHING!

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Memory verse activity/game: John 14:6 Jesus said, “I AM the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I AM the Light of the World

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1. HOOK: Skit: Light up

  • Get ready a torchlight, a RM10 note, plaster (band aid), flowers, sweets/chocolates. Switch off the lights. Have a teacher/helper/child act out the following:
  • One person walks, trips and falls. Groans aloud.
  • 4 concerned people come to help, first one offers money; second, plaster another flowers and fourth one, sweets/chocolates. The person refuses all of them. (For the older children, you can ask them to tell the fallen person why they gave the item). Person refuses all the items.
  • Finally someone comes with atorchlight and the person gratefully accepts. He/she continues his/her journey confidently.
  • What do you do if the lights go off in your house during the night? Yes, you would take out your torchlight, light your candles. What a person in the dark needs most is light — not money, food, etc.

 

2. LESSON: I AM the light of the world (John 8)

  • Jesus told the people (John 8:12), “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 9:5 “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
  • Why did Jesus say he was the light? What did he mean?      IMG_0698

 A. Jesus is the light

  • Living life without Jesus is like being in the dark.
  • In the dark, we are worried that when we walk, we may trip over something because we can’t see what is ahead. When we don’t know God, we worry of what will happen to us in the future (eg what will we be when we grow up, what happens to us when we die).
  • We cannot see that God loves us so much, has plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) and even prepared a home for us in heaven (John 14:2).
  • This is because Satan has blinded the minds of people who don’t believe in him, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4: 4).
  • But when we accept Jesus as our Saviour, our eyes are open. We can see clearly!
  • We’ll know that we have a God who loves us so much that he gave up Jesus to die for us on the cross and lives in

    our hearts. We have eternal life. We don’t have to be afraid of what will happen to us in the future because we know that God will take good care of us. Jesus shines a way for us through the darkness of our situation/problems/challenges.

     

B. Jesus is always with us so we always walk in the light

  • How many of you think that sometimes we walk in light and there are other times we walk in the dark? That is not correct.
  • Walking in the light does not mean we never sin. Yes, sometimes we make mistakes and sin. But we still walk in the light because we have Jesus, who is the light. He is always with us, will never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) That is why Jesus said in John 8:12 that whoever follows him will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. We will always walk in the light.

      

C. We are the light

  • Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world”. We are the light because we have the light; Jesus. Because we have Jesus, we can love people the way Jesus loves. When people experience that love, they will see Jesus! It is like using the light from one candle to light the other candles.
  • Ask if any of the children want to accept Jesus as their personal saviour and if any, pray together with them.

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3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

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  • Song: This little light of mine
  • Sharing: Get children to share how they have experienced God’s love through other people.
  • Thanksgiving Box: Get kids to write down what they can thank God for these past few weeks, fold, write their name and put into the box.
  • Candle-lighting: Get one big candle and several small candles for the whole class. Light the big candle — this illustrates Jesus. Then get the kids to light their candles either from the big candles or the other small candles. The light from the original candle passes to other candles (us) when we receive Jesus as our Saviour. Today we have that same light and can use it brighten up someone else’s day.
  • Song: Light of the World
  • Memory verse: John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Other references for teachers: John 1:1-9, 1 John 4:12

I AM the Bread of Life

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1. HOOK: Bread!

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  • Show some pictures of bread — roll, toast, sandwich, loaf, baguette, pita — and demonstrate accompanying actions.
    [you can pick/choose the types of bread depends on age of kids]
    [teachers/assistants hv to be well versed with the actions and mirror it for the kids to follow]
  • Roll: curl up in a ball
    Toast: jump up and down (like a toast popping up from the toaster)
    Loaf: get into groups of 5 or more
    Baguette: stand up stretching from tips of fingers to toes
    Sandwich: get into groups of 3
    Pita: lie flat on the floor
  • After running through the actions, flash the pictures random and get kids to do the correct actions. Those who don’t get it right have to sit down. Go faster and faster until you have a winner (or 2). Make it fun and exciting.

 

2. LESSON: John 6

  • Jesus told people about God’s love. He did so many miracles. He healed the sick. He also fed the hungry people. Once, He fed 5,000 men with just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish!
  • Everybody ate very full. They were very excited about Jesus. So the next day, they looked for Him so they could see more miracles (and probably get more bread to eat).
  • Jesus told them there was something more important that just thinking about food (and toys and things that we buy with money).
  • Yes, we need to eat to live. But we should not spend our whole life working hard for food and things that will be used up. We should work for food that lasts forever.
  • What kind of bread doesn’t spoil or mold or go bad? What bread will last forever?
  • The bread of life! Jesus said, “I AM the BREAD of LIFE”. Jesus is the bread of God that came down from heaven to give life to the world! (John 6:33)

 

    A. When we have Jesus, we have true life

  • Back in Bible times, bread was the most important part of the meal. So when Jesus said He was the Bread of Life, He meant that He was the most important thing a person needs to live.
  • John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
  • When we are hungry for food, we can eat bread. But there’s a deeper hunger in all of us — a hunger for meaning, for peace, for love. This hunger for real LIFE — the life God gives — cannot be filled with things (hold up some items, toys, money etc.) The Bible says that only Jesus can satisfy that type of hunger. We need Jesus to receive the true, wonderful, true LIFE that God has for us.

 

    B. Jesus’ body was broken for us

  • John 6:51 This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”
  • Jesus became the Bread of Life for us by the sacrifice of His body on the cross. Every time we take Communion, we remember Jesus’ finished work on the cross — His body broken for us so that we can have His life.
  • Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son!
    What did Jesus do for you and for me? He died for you and for me.
    How did He die? He died on a cross.
    Why did He die? He died so that we could be His friends.
    Is He still dead? NO! He rose from the dead 3 days later so that we can have life!

 

     C. Our work is to believe in Jesus

  • How do we work for this bread of life? Jesus said, “The work of God is that you believe in Me.” (John 6:40)
  • John 6:40 “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
  • Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son!
    What did Jesus do for you and for me? He died for you and for me.
    How did He die? He died on a cross.
    Why did He die? He died so that we could be His friends.
    Is He still dead? NO! He rose from the dead 3 days later so that we can have life!
  • Believe. That’s all! Can you believe in Jesus? Will you believe in Jesus?
    Pray: God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus. Thank you for making a way for us to have life with you forever.

 

     Summary:

  • Jesus is the Bread of Life — when we have Jesus, we have true life!
  • Jesus’ body was broken for us
  • Our work is to believe in Jesus

 

3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS

  • Song: (tune of “B-I-N-G-O”)
    J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S, J-E-S-U-S, He died for you and me!
    He is Bread of Life, He is Bread of Life,He is Bread of Life, He died for you and me!

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  • Memory Verse activity: John 6:35 Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

I AM the Good Shepherd

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1. INTRO: Say my name

  • Have the kids line up outside the class. Dress up as shepherds if you can.
  • Call them one-by-one by name before letting them enter the class.(You can pass out the name tags and take attendance then)
  • Once they are seated, say: “Do you know that the Shepherd will open the gate to the sheep pen for his sheep? He will call them by name, and they will listen to His voice. Today, we are all sheep, and we learn about how our Good Shepherd takes good care of all of us.”

 

2. REVISION

  • Psalm 23 (NIV) with actions/flashcardsActions

 

3. HOOK: Who am I?

  • Prepare a short quiz. Choose 3-4 animals or cartoon character or famous personalities and describe them with some clues. You can put clues on ppt slides or, for younger children, hide some soft toys in a bag and pull it out when they guess the answer.
    E.g. I have white wool. I like to eat grass. <Sheep>
    I am a rodent. I have big black ears. I am quite famous on TV. <Mickey Mouse>

 

4. LESSON (John 10:1-18)

  • When Jesus came to earth, He gave us a picture of who the Father was. When we see Jesus, we see God.
  • Jesus also gave us several clues so that we can know more about Him and know who He is.
  • One of the clues He used to describe Himself was: “I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD”
  • Read out John 10:1-18 (for older kids)

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A. I AM the Good Shepherd

  • Jesus was making a declaration. It was “I AM”. Not “I may be” or “I could be” or “I should be”. Not “I was” or “I will be”. He’s telling the people who He really is. Now. Today. Every day.
  • “I AM” is a also a claim to God’s divinity. God calls Himself the “I AM”. When He spoke to Moses at the burning bush, He said, “I AM the I AM”. Jesus was declaring that He was God Himself.
  • Jesus is God. Yesterday. Today. Forever.

B. I am THE Good Shepherd

  • Jesus is not like any other good shepherds out there. He’s the ONLY Good Shepherd. Just like He’s not like any other god, but THE ONLY God.

C. I am the GOOD Shepherd

  • Jesus is good. Even when things go wrong or bad things happen, we can always trust that our God is good and has good plans for us.

D. I am the Good SHEPHERD

What does a shepherd do?

  • A shepherd’s job is a very lowly one but also very important.
  • In Psalm 23, we learn of how the shepherd provides all the sheep’s needs — water, green pastures, oil, rest, safety etc

 

In John 10, Jesus tells us that he:

a. Lays down His life for the sheep

  • The hired hand will run for his life and forget about the sheep if he sees a wolf coming
  • The Good Shepherd cares for the sheep and is willing to die for His sheep
  • Jesus repeats this several times to emphasise that He is the Saviour who will die for all of us — His sheep.

b. Knows his sheep and calls them by name

  • Jesus knows us. He cares for us. He leads us.
  • We know His voice. We can follow Him.
  • He knows us intimately just as the relationship between God and Jesus … SO CLOSE!
  • And no one can take us away from Him. “No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:28)

c. Came to give us life

  • The thieves and robbers climbs into the sheep pen without going through the door; they come to steal, kill and destroy.
  • But the Good Shepherd comes to give us all abundant life! (John 10:10)
  • The Good Shepherd comes to give us all eternal life! (John 10:28)

JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD. He lays down His life for us. He knows us intimately. He came to give us eternal and abundant life!

 

5. Suggested activities

  • Memory Verse activity: John 10:11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
  • Baa Baa Song

Jesus celebrates the Passover Meal

Categories: Children's Church

1. Lesson (based on Luke 22:7-23, 1 Cor 11: 24-25)
Props needed: bread and cup (we will take communion together as a class)
  • Jesus had been preparing for His death since He came into Jerusalem on a donkey.
  • Then came the time for the Passover Feast.
    • A major annual Jewish celebration
    • To remember the time God delivered the Israelites from Egypt
    • God told the Israelites to prepare the Passover meal — lamb and unleavened bread — and to spread the blood of the lamb on their door posts so that the angel of death will pass over them.

A. Initiation of the New Covenant

  • Jesus told His disciples to go make preparations for the Passover meal.
  • As they were eating at the table, Jesus did 2 things:
    •  Took the BREAD and broke it, giving it to His disciples
      •  He said:  “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
    • Took the CUP, gave to His disciples
      •  Saying: “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Jesus was foretelling His disciples that He was going to die; and when He died, He was cutting the New Covenant with God. 
  • Man could not keep the Old Covenant with God, so Jesus had to come to fulfill the Old on our behalf and start the New.
B.      What did the bread and cup symbolize?
  • BREAD: Jesus’ Body
    • The unleavened bread had no yeast, was baked, pierced and striped; Jesus broke it before giving it to the disciples
    • On the cross: Jesus’ body would be torn apart for us (broken). It would be whipped (striped) and pierced (by the soldier’s spear).
  • CUP: Jesus’ Blood
    • Just like the Passover Lamb’s blood was spread over the Israelites’ door posts, keeping them safe from the angel of death, Jesus’ shed blood caused God’s punishment and judgment for our sins to pass over us.
    • Exodus 12:13 “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
 
C.      What did the bread and cup symbolize?
  • What does the bread and cup mean to me?
    • BREAD: Jesus’ Body was broken so mine can be healed and whole
      • Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
      • When we eat the bread, we remember what Jesus has done on the cross for us and that His body was broken so that we can be healed.
      • Whatever sicknesses we may have, we can see it on Jesus as He hung on the cross for us. And His divine health and healing becoming ours.
    • CUP: Jesus’ Blood was shed for my complete forgiveness and righteousness
      • Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
      • Under this New Covenant, it’s no longer about what we do or don’t do, but everything about what Jesus has done on the cross for us!
      • When we drink the cup, we remember that Jesus’ blood paid the price for our sins so that we can stand before God totally forgiven! We have traded all our sins and unworthiness for His righteousness.
    • Every time we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we proclaim the death of Christ! 
    • We also proclaim that we are part of God’s covenant people.
 
D.      Covenant Meal
  • Have the kids sit down quietly. Pass out the bread and the cup.
  • Hold up the bread. Say, “This bread symbolizes the body of Jesus that was broken for us so that we can enjoy His wholeness and healing. If anyone of you have a sickness, imagine Jesus on the cross with the same sickness … the same headache, or pain or flu. He took it all for you. So that today, you have His divine health.”
  •  Pray: Thank you Jesus that Your body was broken so mine can be healed and whole. Amen.
  • Eat the bread.
  • Hold up the cup. Say, “This cup represents the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for you and me. This blood paid the punishment of our sins. So today we don’t need to be punished anymore. All our sins are forgiven and we can stand righteous before God.
  • Pray:  Thank you Jesus that Your blood was shed so that I can be completely forgiven and righteous before You.
  • Drink the cup.

Signs of the Times

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is Coming Again Soon


1. Lesson (based on Luke 17:20-37; 21:5-37)

  • Introduction:
    • Show some pictures of common road signs and get children to guess what each one means.
    • These signs show us what to expect when we are driving on the road. They serve as warnings and reminders of what lies ahead so that we can be aware and prepared.
  • Before He died, Jesus also spoke about signs — these signs tell us that after He goes back to be with the Father, He is coming again.
  • He told a Parable of the Trees (Luke 21:29-31) — During the winter time, the trees all drop their leaves. But when you see new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these signs, you know that Jesus is coming back again soon.
  • Some of these signs are:
    • Attacks on the Church:
      • The Church will be persecuted for believing in Jesus — brought before rulers
      • Family — parents, brothers, sisters, relatives — and friends will hate and betray you even to death.
      • But Jesus tells us not to worry. He is our wisdom — He will tell us what to do or to say. We will be able to share about Jesus with all these people
      • We don’t have to worry what people do to us. If we stay in Jesus, He will take care of us. Jesus says “Not a hair of your head will perish.”
    • In Nature / In the Natural World:
      • Great earthquakes, famines and diseases in various places (can show pix or news reports of Japan, New Zealand and China earthquakes; H1N1, Bird Flu etc)
      • Great signs from heaven — the sun, moon and stars; you might feel like the sky is falling!
      • Roaring and tossing of the sea (e.g. Boxing Day and Japanese Tsunamis)
      • The earth is longing for Jesus to return. Creation has been groaning in expectation. (Rom 8:22)
      • When you hear of natural disasters or epidemics, remember … Jesus is coming again soon!
    • Wannabes / Great Pretenders:
      • Jesus said that many will come and pretend to be Him. People may run after them or follow these people. Jesus warns us not to believe or follow them.
      • Jesus tells us that no one will know the exact time of His coming. Only God knows. And it will come suddenly.
      • Jesus tells us that when He comes again, the whole world can see Him at once! He will be like the lightning — flashing and lighting up the sky from one end to the other. He will come in a cloud with power and great glory.
      • We don’t have to listen to others who tell us to go somewhere to see Jesus because we can ALL see Him! And He is coming back for US!
  • What we can do:
    • Be watchful: Each time we see one of these signs, we know that Jesus is coming again soon! So don’t focus on the cares of life (just being concerned about day-to-day worries and pleasures), but look forward to Jesus’ coming again because He is bringing us back to the Father!
    • Do not fear: These things may seem scary, but it’s the beginning of something great — the Bible says it’s like “birth pangs”, when a mummy is giving birth to a new baby. At first it seems painful and scary, but then new life comes out.
    • Jesus = forever! Everything around us may go. Our friends may go. The earth may go. But Jesus will never go.
  • Memory Verse: Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

2. Activity Suggestion

  • Worksheet

Jesus vs the Pharisees & Sadducees

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus our Wisdom

1. Story:

  • Tell the account of Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees and Sadducees based on Luke 20:20-39
  • Last week, we talked about the Parable of the Tenants — how the religious leaders tried to challenge Jesus’ authority but failed.
  • So they tried to trap Jesus by sending spies to ask him trick questions. They hoped to get Jesus to say something wrong, so that they could get him arrested.
  • There were two groups of religious leaders — the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
    • The Pharisees: a group of Jews who pride themselves in being set apart from the other Jews because of their strict adherence to Jewish laws and rituals
    • The Sadducees (e.g. “sad-you-see”): they were Jewish religious leaders from wealthy families because they worked with the Roman government. They did not believe that people could be raised from the dead or that angels existed.
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  • The Pharisees went first.
    • The question: The Pharisees asked Jesus whether the Jews should support the Roman government with taxes (giving the Romans part of their income) e.g. your mummy and daddy have to give the government part of their salary ever y year so that the government has money to spend.
    • The trick: If Jesus said they should, the people would be angry for they hated the Romans and expected their Messiah to defeat Rome. If Jesus said they shouldn’t, the Pharisees could turn him in to the Romans for rebellion.
    • Jesus’ answer: Jesus asked for a coin and asked whose face was on it. It was Caesar — the Roman governor. Then Jesus said, “Give to Caesar’s what is [already] his, and give to God what is [already] his.” Jesus described a difference between what was God’s and what was man’s. God wanted the heart of his people, which they would not give. Caesar’s wanted their money, which they didn’t like. Jesus said there was no conflict. Besides, it is all God’s to begin with.
      • Illustration: Show a dollar note. Ask the kids whose face appears on it. (On the Ringgit Malaysia, the first Prime Minister’s face is on the note) Tell them that the face that appears on the money represents the authority and ownership of the money, ie the government. So the money belongs to the government. 
      • Likewise, whose face appears on us? Refer to Gen 1:26-27. God’s face, because we are made in His image. Hence who do we belong to? God!
    • The response: The Pharisees failed. They were astonished by Jesus’ wise answer and became silent.
 
  • The Sadducees went next.
    • The question: When a man dies without any children, his brother must marry his widow and raise children for him. If there were seven brothers, and the first brother died, the second brother had to marry his wife. If the second brother died, the third had to marry the wife. And so on … until all seven brothers had died, and in the end, the wife also died. When they are resurrected (if there’s really such a thing as a resurrection … which the Sadducees didn’t believe in), then whose wife would the woman be?
    • The trick: They thought this question proved there was no life after death. They were attempting to make Jesus look uneducated.
    • Jesus’ answer: Life after death is not like life here — there is no marriage. When we are resurrection, we’ll be like the angels and live as God’s children. Jesus also challenged the Sadducees denial of the resurrection — God said he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not was their God. He’s not the God of the dead but of the living.
    • The response: The teachers of the law were impressed again. “Well said, teacher!” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
  • The conclusion:
    • Despite their best efforts, the religious leaders could not trick Jesus because He was wise. He didn’t get into unnecessary arguments and debates but was able to explain things in a way that no one could argue with Him.
    • When we accept Jesus, we are in Him and He is our wisdom! We would be able to answer people as well as Jesus did. And when we don’t know what to do, remember that Jesus’ wisdom will help us in every situation.
    • Memory verse: 1 Cor 1: 30 But God has united you with Christ, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. 

 

4. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review: Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
  • Sharing & Prayer: Share an occasion or incident when you didn’t know what to do. Did you ask Jesus, your wisdom, for help? Would you ask Him to give you wisdom next time?