Jesus calls His first disciples

Hi all!

Today’s story is from Matthew 4:18-22 and Luke 5:1-11.

Jesus was now a grown up. He had been baptized by John and tempted in the desert and now He was just starting to teach the people all about God. One day, Jesus was teaching a crowd of people near a lake. He saw two empty boats and the fisherman cleaning up from their day. He got in one of the boats and asked the fisherman (named Simon Peter) to sail the boat out a bit so He could teach the people and then they could all see and hear Him (they were all crowding Him before.)

When He was done teaching, He told the fishermen to sail further out and put their nets into the water.

“Eh, we already tried. There’s no fish today!” Simon said. “But…I guess since YOU’RE asking…I’ll try it..one more time.” (Simon Peter trusted Jesus!)

And guess what happened when he put his fishing net in the water? LOTS of fish! There were so many fish, Simon and his brother Andrew called their friends, James and John, out in their boat and they filled up both boats so full of fish the boats started to sink!

Simon fell down in front of Jesus and said, “I’m so sorry! You were right! I am a sinful man.”

But Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid…I’m not going to yell at you. But now, follow me and I will make you fishers of men!”

(Where they going to catch people in a net?? No…they were going to tell people about God and “catch their hearts.” They used to catch fish all day, and now when they followed Jesus, they would be getting people to follow God.)
These were Jesus’ first disciples. A disciple is someone who follows a leader and learns from them. They would also help Jesus on His journeys–telling people about God and God would even let them do some pretty amazing things which we’ll learn about later.

Did Jesus pick big important kings to be His helpers? He picked regular fisherman. He didn’t pick the fanciest, richest or strongest people. He picked regular people…just like you and me, to be His followers. (Of course God does WANT rich, strong, fancy people and kings to follow Him….but Jesus was showing that you don’t have to be anyone famous to love and obey Him.)

For our craft today we made fish from construction paper, a googly eye and some tissue paper.

Our text reads: “I will make you fishers of men. Luke 5:10”

 

Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!

Peter Visits Cornelius

Hello again!

The story today can be found in Acts 10.

There was a guard in  who loved God, named Cornelius. He was not Jewish, but he loved and God and God was pleased with him. God told him one day to send for Peter, so he sent his servants to find Peter and bring him to his house.

The next day, Peter went up to his roof to pray and he had a vision (like a dream). He was a giant blanket come down from heaven and it had all kinds of animals on it. A voice said “Peter, get up and eat” but Peter said “No! I only eat the food God told us we can eat! This food is dirty”

But the voice replied, “Do not say anything is dirty if God made it!”

He saw this three times and then Peter sat there confused…trying to figure out what the dream meant.

Then the servants came and asked for Peter. God told Peter not to be afraid and to go with the servants…so he did.

When they got to Cornelius’ house, Peter told him (everyone he had invited–it was a LOT of people) all about Jesus. And THEN Peter understood…Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t just for God’s people…it was for ALL people. God made ALL people and He loves EVERYONE!

Everyone there believed in Jesus and the Jewish people were amazed that God would give His gifts to even these people!

We can remember that God made everyone and He loves everyone and He wants EVERYONE to know Him!

(You can be any color, any height, any disability, even any bad choice! and God will STILL love you and He STILL wants you to know Him!)

Galatians 3:26-29 says:  “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

And Romans 2:9-11 says “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.”

For this story, we acted it out with my kids’ toys. I had two toys be Peter and Cornelius and i took a small blanket with some of their plastic animals so we could act out the story.

Then we cut out pictures from magazines of all different kinds of people and made a page to remind us that God loves EVERYONE!

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We will continue in Acts next time. Love to you all!