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This is part of an 11-session series for 11-14 year olds, teaching our mission statement and the importance of it’s values:
We exist to learn to follow Jesus, to show honour to God, to use our gifts to serve, to support each other, and to share our faith.
Session Aim: To learn about how Jesus chose his disciples and why they followed him.
Activity: “Jesus Says”
Play a game of Jesus Says (just like Simon Says), where everyone has to follow the instructions of Ã¢â‚¬ËœJesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ except when the words Ã¢â‚¬ËœJesus SaysÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t used. Encourage them to do silly actions and activities to make the game more fun!
Read: Matthew 4:18-22
As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake because they were fishermen. Jesus said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.Ã¢â‚¬Â So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.
As Jesus continued walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus told them to come with him. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and they followed Jesus.
Ask the group who their heroes are. If they could be anyone else, who would they be and why? After letting them share, explain that all of them recognised a skill or ability in their heroes that they wanted to possess. Everyone looks up to someone and wants to be like them. As Christians we should look up to Jesus and want to be like him.
- Why did these guys just drop what they were doing to follow Jesus?
- What was it about him that was special?
- Would you follow someone if they asked you to?
- Have you ever heard the word Ã¢â‚¬ËœDiscipleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢? What do you think it means?
- Ask God if He is calling you to follow him like he called Simon, Andrew, James and John. Ask Him to speak to you clearly about it.
- Pray for any issues affecting the group this week.
Find out more about Jesus and what he did by reading through the book of Matthew (the 1st book in the New Testament). Why not read one chapter each day and talk to your friends about what have read
Further Reading: John 15:7-11
If you remain in me and follow my teachings, you can ask anything you want, and it will be given to you. You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers, which brings glory to my Father. I loved you as the Father loved me. Now remain in my love. I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. In the same way, if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy.