Some ministers and priests give a separate children's sermon each Sunday for children from preschool through sixth-grade. The pastor may invite children to join her on the preaching platform for the short lesson before the regular adult sermon. Alternately, she may conduct the sermon during an assembly in the Sunday school area.
Children's sermons provide a simple message children of all ages can understand. The pastor uses an informal format to interact with the children.
Read or tell the story in John 4:4-15. Talk to children how it feels to be thirsty. Jesus was thirsty when he asked the woman at the well for a drink. She was surprised because Jesus asked for a drink when his people treated her as an enemy. Jesus says he will give her living water so she will never be thirsty again.
Jesus was creating a word picture about how people thirst for a relationship with God. Jesus is the living water. He wanted her to know that faith in him could satisfy her need to know God.
Use a large rock to illustrate the message in Matthew 7:24-27. Explain the difference between building on a firm foundation and building on sand.
The rock represents faith and obedience; it can't be destroyed by wind or washed away by water. The sand is fear and disobedient behaviour that comes from ignoring wisdom. It creates a shaky foundation that can be destroyed.
Jesus Brings Peace
Tell the story in Matthew 8:23-27. When the storm began, Jesus slept in the boat. Ask if a storm has frightened anyone.The storm frightened the disciples; they thought they might drown. The disciples woke up Jesus. He calmed the storm by speaking to it. Jesus brings peace to stormy situations. He can help when you need it and make you feel safe.
Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive a brother who hurt him (Matthew 18:21-22). Jesus said to forgive 70 times seven, which means to keep forgiving. If someone hurts you and asks for forgiveness, you give it. Jesus said in Matthew 6:14-15, if you don't forgive others, God won't forgive you. If you do something you're sorry for, you want forgiveness. When you ask God to forgive you, you want Him to.
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