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Jesus Called Disciples

Bible Passage: Matthew 4; 9; Mark 1–3; Luke 5–6

Story Point: Jesus called disciples to follow Him

The Big Picture Question:

Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Memory Verse

 He must become greater; I must become less.

John 3:30


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Jesus Called Disciples

Questions from Kids

Discussion Questions:

Guide your kid(s) to open their Bibles to Matthew 4. Explain that today’s Bible story is found in three of the four Gospels—Matthew; Mark; and Luke. Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when He called His disciples. Read aloud Matthew 4:19-20.  Jesus told the men He called that He would teach them to fish for people. But they wouldn’t use nets or boats; they would use their words to gather people and tell them about Jesus.

Ask the following questions and discuss:

Why do you think Jesus picked fishermen and tax collectors to be His disciples instead of kings or religious leaders?

Invite your kid(s) to share their ideas. Share that the Bible says God uses people who have nothing to offer to show His power and strength through them. Read 1 Cor. 1:26-31.

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

Prompt your kid(s) to recognize that following Jesus means trusting Him, obeying Him, and telling others about Him. Read Matt. 16:24.

What do you think might keep someone from following Jesus?

Help your kid(s) understand that everyone follows something, and we follow what we value the most. Some people live for family and friends, for themselves, for popularity, or for money.  The Bible says we must follow Jesus and nothing else. We can pray that God will soften the hearts of those who do not follow Jesus so that they would come to know and love Him. Read 1 Cor. 1:18.


Gods Plan for Us


 markers • index cards • Bibles

Use the gospel plan to present the gospel to your kid(s). Give your kid(s) a marker and five index cards. Have them reference the Gospel Plan. Invite them to draw the gospel plan logos on separate cards and caption the logos. (crown: God rules; X: we sinned; cross: God provided; present: Jesus gives; hands: we respond) Encourage them to practice sharing the gospel, using the icons as prompts. Kids may also read the referenced Bible verses. Suggest to your kid(s) to continue practicing throughout the week to become more comfortable with sharing the gospel.

The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me Ask kids if they have ever heard the word gospel. Clarify that the word gospel means “good news.” It is the message about Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation. Use the following guide to share the gospel with kids. God rules. Explain to kids that the Bible tells us God created everything, and He is in charge of everything. Invite a volunteer to read Genesis 1:1 from the Bible. Read Revelation 4:11 or Colossians 1:16-17 aloud and explain what these verses mean. We sinned. Tell kids that since the time of Adam and Eve, everyone has chosen to disobey God. (Romans 3:23) The Bible calls this sin. Because God is holy, God cannot be around sin. Sin separates us from God and deserves God’s punishment of death. (Romans 6:23) God provided. Choose a child to read John 3:16 aloud. Say that God sent His Son, Jesus, the perfect solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve. It’s something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Jesus alone saves us. Read and explain Ephesians 2:8-9. Jesus gives. Share with kids that Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be welcomed into God’s family for eternity. This is the best gift ever! Read Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; or 1 Peter 3:18. We respond. Tell kids that they can respond to Jesus. Read Romans 10:9-10,13. Review these aspects of our response: Believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what He’s already done on the cross. Repent, turning from self and sin to Jesus. Tell God and others that your faith is in Jesus.

Activity Takeaway

Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners. He showed people what God is like. When He began His ministry, Jesus called disciples to follow Him. Jesus told His disciples to tell others about Him, and we are Jesus’ disciples when we trust in Him. Everyone in the world needs to hear the good news about Jesus.  The gospel is the good news: the message about Jesus, the kingdom of God, and salvation. You can use these five pictures—drawn on a notebook, on a napkin, in the dirt, or anywhere else—to explain the good news to others.

Activity Sheets

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