|Story Passage:||John 21|
|Other Passages:||John 15:10, 1st John 5:3|
|Objective:||Children should learn stuff.|
|Memory Verse:||2nd John 1:6, |
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to God's commands.
Story: Fish in the Morning
After Jesus raised from the dead, he appeared again to his disciples by the sea of Galilee. [Show map.] The disciples were sitting by the sea, and decided to go fishing, since several of them were fishermen. They fished all night and caught nothing. [Show visual.] In the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but they didn't recognise him. He called out,
Friends, haven't you caught any fish?
Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.They did, and the net got so full [show visual] that they were unable to haul it in. John said,
It is the Lord!Peter jumped in to swim to shore [show visual], and they followed in the boat. They landed, and Jesus said,
Bring some of the fish you have just caught.He had a fire they had fish and bread for breakfast.
Then Jesus talked with them. He talked with Peter and said,
Follow me.But Peter saw John and said,
What about him?Jesus said,
What is that to you? You must follow me.
First Point: Lordship
How could Jesus have known that 153 fish would be on the right side of the boat? (He was God.) When the net was full of fish, John and Peter recognised who Jesus was. What did John say? (
It is the Lord.) What does it mean that Jesus is the Lord? (He is our master.)
Second Point: Resurrection
Why were they surprised that Jesus was there? Why didn't they recognise him at first? (Because he had died.) How could Jesus be there, if he had died? (He raised from the dead.)
Application: Following God
Why did Jesus tell Peter to follow him? Why should we follow Jesus? (He is the Lord.) Why did Peter ask about John? What did Jesus tell Peter when he asked about John? (What is that to you? You must follow me.) So, if other people we know don't follow God, is that an excuse for us? (No.)
Invitation: Following God
How do you follow God? (obey him: John 15:10, 1st John 5:3)
How do you know how to follow God? (from the Bible and from God)
The memory verse for today is from Colossians 1:10, Live a life worthy of the calling you have received and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
[Invite any children who would like to talk about how they can follow God to stay after the lesson and discuss it further.]
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.