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New International Version
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
King James Version
John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Lesson One Overview
Objective: To help children understand and memorize John 3:16, "the gospel in a nutshell." There is enough material from each lesson to fill approximately 30 minutes per class period. (For K-5th grade)
The word gospel means, "Good News." When people hear the word gospel, they often think of the first four books of the Bible in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are known as "the Gospels." They're called this because they contain some really good news about our Savior, Jesus! But the gospel message is more than Jesus dying on a cross and rising from the dead to forgive our sins; it is that, but it is much more than that! The Gospel is an Old Testament* promise that God would reclaim, restore, and push back the curse of sin and death, in order to establish his rule and reign on earth, as it is in heaven. We live in the already and not yet of God's Kingdom rule. As God's children, we wait with expectant hope for Jesus to return to Earth someday to establish a new Heaven and a New Earth.
Teacher and children sit in a circle. Ask children to think of one fact about themselves (favorite color, food, activity, where they attend school, etc.). Teacher begins by saying his or her name and one fact about him or her self. Play proceeds clockwise with next person saying his or her name, one fact about him or her self, and then says, "And this is ________" and completes the sentence by saying the previous person's name and fact. Play proceeds with everyone saying his or her name, a fact about themselves, and repeating the previous person's name and fact.
Optional: To make it more challenging, have each consecutive person say all the previous names and facts. If you have a large class, you might want to divide the group.
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Focus: All Scripture is God-breathed and useful . . . 2 Timothy 3:16-17
(Remove one medicine bottle after the other and tell children what they're used for, e.g. headache, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, sore feet, water retention, etc.)
These are all great medicines. A lot of time and money went into developing them to help people feel better. We can admire them and think how wonderful it is to have these great medicines. We can line them up neatly on our medicine cabinet shelves and admire the nice colors! But, there's one thing that people have to do to get the health benefit from all these pills. What do you suppose that is? (Receive answers) Yes, take them! The bottles need to be opened, the directions followed, and the pills swallowed! If we don't open them up, follow the directions, and take them into our bodies, they will never help us!
Sometimes we treat our Bibles like unopened medicine bottles. Unless we open them, read them, and take God's Word into our lives by following the directions, we will never benefit from it! Let's read what the Bible has to say about this.
(Remove Bible from bag and read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 from a child-friendly Bible.)
These verses tell us that God breathed life into the words of the Bible. This means they are his words to us. The Bible is useful for teaching what is true, for correcting our mistakes, for making our lives complete, and training us to do what is right. God's Word gets us ready to do every good thing! We are to take the Bible off of our bookshelves, and then read and obey it! God's Word is great medicine for our lives!
(Close in prayer.)
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