Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. John 3:16

 
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Week 3 objective: to find out what it means to believe in Jesus.

Game - 7 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

Aim: to play a game about believing that something is there, even if you can’t see it.
You will need: a blindfold, a stopwatch, ten to fifteen pairs of items (see Printables for a list) and a low table or a rug.

Show the children the items then place them one at a time on the rug or low table. Explain that each player will need to match the items into their pairs; however during the challenge they will be blindfolded and will need to find the pairs by ‘feel’ alone. Ask for a volunteer and allow them to have a good look at the items on the table/rug before placing a blindfold over their eyes. Now mix up the items. Reassure the volunteer that all the items are still in front of them but you have moved them around. Allow the player one minute to try and match the items into pairs by feeling each object. After a minute the player must stop moving the items and remove their blindfold. Count the number of pairs they have sorted – this will be the player’s score. Ask for a second volunteer. You could add new items at this stage. Allow the volunteer to have a good look at the objects before being blindfold. Mix up the items and encourage the volunteer to start sorting them. After a minute the player must stop matching the items and count the pairs. The player with the highest score is the winner.


Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the ‘God's love and forgiveness’ word graphic and the ‘3 in 1’ symbol (see Printables).

Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Read the verse aloud and explain that this verse will help us learn more about how to become a Christian. Remind the children that over the last few weeks we have learnt that a Christian is someone who has said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness. Show the children the ‘God's love and forgiveness’ word graphic.

Recap briefly what the children talked about in weeks 1 and 2. Remind the children that this verse is about God’s great love. Explain that God loved the world so much he gave His Son Jesus to live among people. Over and over again the Bible tells us that God gave his Son so that people could become close friends with him. Christians believe that because Jesus lived, died and rose again everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness.

Underline the phrase ‘everyone who believes in Him’. Explain that this verse is talking about believing in God’s Son, Jesus. Ask the children what they think it means to believe in Jesus. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively.

Explain that people who ‘believe in Jesus’ believe that…

1. Jesus is God the Son (quickly draw the ‘3 in 1’ symbol next to the verse and if necessary briefly recap last week’s lesson about the Three in One of God).

2. Jesus lived, died and rose again so that everybody everywhere can become close friends with God (draw a cross and an empty tomb next to the ‘3 in 1’ symbol).

Although most Christians haven’t seen Jesus with their own eyes they still believe in him. We call this faith or trust. Talk about things we haven’t seen with our own eyes, yet believe are real or true, such as the air around us, planets in outer space and events in history that we have read about in books. Ask the children why we believe that these things are real or true. Talk briefly about things that help us to believe. With older children you could talk about evidence. Talk about the game the children have just played. Ask the children how they knew the items were in front of them. Listen to the children’s answers. Talk about them feeling the items with their hands and you telling them they were there.

Talk about why Christians believe in Jesus. Explain that there are many reasons why Christians trust that Jesus really is God the Son and that He really lived, died and rose again. Here are five reasons:

1. The Bible is full of stories that help them believe.
2. Other Christians talk about their friendship with God.
3. The Holy Spirit helps them to believe.
4. Christians see God at work in their own lives and the lives of other people.
5. There are other history books (not just the Bible) that talk about what Jesus did when He lived on the earth.

Explain that people who believe Jesus is God’s Son and believe He lived, died and rose again often turn to Him and say ‘Yes’ to His love and forgiveness. Show the children the ‘‘God's love and forgiveness’ word graphic and remind them that people who say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness are Christians: they are close friends with God.


Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’

God loves the whole world so-o much,
God loves the whole world so-o much,
God loves the whole world so-o much,
That he gave his only Son.

If you believe in him, you will have,
If you believe in him, you will have,
If you believe in him, you will have,
You’ll have eternal life.
 

 
 
 
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