Session Titles: Peter and Cornelius
Life Point: Christians tell people about Jesus
Unit Bible Verse: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
Weekly Bible Verses: “Declare his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples.” Psalm 96:3
Bible Passage: Acts 10
Extras from LifeWay (GREAT Ideas Here): http://blog.lifeway.com/biblestudiesforlife/leaderextras/by-age-group/
Activity: Animal Sort
After you tell the story. Have two signs one that says yes and one that says no. Have a variety of stuffed animals or plastic animals and have the students classify the animals based on the story.
Way to Introduce Story
Before class prepare small pieces of paper–one for each child. Write the letter “J” on a few of the cards and the letter “G” on the rest. Tape the pieces of paper underneath each chair in your classroom. When you are ready to begin class tell the children that you have something wonderful to tell them. It is the best news in the whole world. Ask them to look underneath their chairs. “All of you who have the letter “J” may come up and here the good news.” Whisper “Jesus loves you” in the ears of those who have the letter “J.”
How does it feel when you only get to hear the good news if you have the letter “J”? In the days when our bible story took place the Jewish people thought that only Jews should hear the good news about Jesus. That means that they would have to be born into a Jewish family. If you weren’t born into a Jewish family then you were a gentile. The only way you could hear about Jesus was to first study and learn about God and then promise to follow the Jewish religion. Let’s see what God had to say about that.
Love Others or Love Self
Respond either by saying, “Loving others” or “Loving self.” The teacher’s answer key is in parentheses.
(LO) 1. Meagan carries her brother’s backpack because he is too tired.
(LO) 2. Jerry cooks dinner for his parents while they are working.
(LS) 3. Clarence takes his brother’s toy without asking because he wants it.
(LS) 4. Monique decides she wants to go watch a movie instead of help with the church fundraiser.
(LS) 5. Robby shoves into line at the potluck because he is hungry.
(LO) 6. Jonathan gives up his seat on the bus to an elderly woman.
(LO) 7. Sarah helps her neighborhood friend with her homework every week.
(LO) 8. Jeremy helps an old man load groceries into his vehicle.
(LS) 9. Mason sees someone waiting for a parking space, but he hurries up and takes it before the other person can.
(LS) 10. Erica wants to watch her favorite TV show, so she ignores her mother’s instructions.
(LO) 11. You spend time volunteering at an orphanage every weekend.
(LO) 12. You see someone who doesn’t appear to have much money, so you pay for his lunch.
(LS) 13. Devon sees that someone left their wallet at the pool. He takes it, hoping there is some money in it so that he can buy a video game.
(LS) 14. Bonita sits down next to a person on the bus who is crying but just turns her music up louder, planning to drown out the sound.
(LO) 15. Levi just got an ice cream cone when he sees a smaller child is crying because he dropped his. Levi offers the boy his ice cream.
(LS) 16. Martin sees someone walking behind him, but when he goes through the door he doesn’t bother to hold it open for them. He figures they can open it themselves.
(LS) 17. Loretta is driving home from work and sees someone who is having car trouble. Instead of stopping to help, she just continues home because she wants to have time to soak in the tub.
(LO) 18. Although Reagan is still hungry, she gives the rest of her food to her baby sister who did not get enough to eat and is crying.
(LO) 19. Josh wants to play a different video game than his brother, but he lets his brother choose.
(LO) 20. Even though this little kid in the neighborhood really irritates you, you still agree to play with him for a while.
Craft: Time to Tell Clock
This craft is pretty simple. It would be just finding cds to use whether it be blank ones or used ones. You could use the verse to write on there or a simplified part of the verse. You could also add a ribbon to be able to hang the clock.
Craft: Cards for Missionaries
Find out the names of some of the missionaries that your congregation supports and share facts about their work with the students. You might write notes or send a picture of your class to the missionaries.