‘Simon Peter answered,“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”’ Matthew 16:16

 
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Week 1 objectives: to discover that this verse comes from the book of ‘Matthew’ and that the disciple, Simon Peter, knew who Jesus was because God helped him understand.

Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about watching somebody and guessing what they are doing.
You will need: the 'What's my line?' textboxes (see Printables).

Before the session print and cut out the textboxes.

Explain how to play 'What's my line?' One child will mime an occupation while the other children try to guess what the job is. The children can ask the volunteer questions about the job, but the volunteer can only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

Hand a textbox to a volunteer with a job title printed on it. Encourage the volunteer to begin miming the occupation. Once the children have guessed correctly (or, after many goes, have given up) the volunteer sits down and it is someone else's turn to take a 'What's my line?' textbox and act out an occupation.

Talk about - 6 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, the speech bubbles (see Printables) and sticky tac.

Before the session print and cut out the speech bubbles. Write the verse on the large sheet of paper or whiteboard. Underline the word ‘Matthew’.

Explain that this verse comes from the book of Matthew. Talk about the book of Matthew being the first book in the New Testament and one of the four Gospels, the books that tell the story of Jesus’ life. Briefly show the children the Gospels in a Bible and quickly find the book of Matthew.

Draw a stick person next to the verse and write the name ‘Matthew’ underneath. Explain that Matthew used to be a tax collector; he worked for the Romans collecting money. One day Jesus asked him to become one of his disciples. Draw a stick person next to ‘Matthew’ and write the name ‘Jesus’ underneath. Matthew travelled with Jesus. He watched him and listened to what he said. Matthew wrote down what he saw and heard. Everything he wrote down has been put into the book of Matthew.

When Matthew wrote this verse he was writing about a time when Jesus had travelled to a place called Caesarea Philippi. There Jesus spent time talking to his disciples. Stick the speech bubbles next to the verse. Jesus asked them the question ‘Who do people say I am?’ The disciples replied, ‘Some people say you are John the Baptist; others say Elijah; others say Jeremiah.’ Jesus asked them another question: ‘But who do you say I am?’ Point to the verse as you read it aloud... ‘Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” ’ Jesus explained that Peter had not learnt this but God had shown him.

Briefly remind the children about the game they have just played. Talk about how it was sometimes difficult to guess what somebody was doing just by watching them. Explain that the Bible tells us that when some people who had spent time with Jesus tried to guess who he was they got it wrong. Simon Peter however knew who Jesus was because God had told him. Simon Peter had not learnt it, God had helped him understand.


Song - 2 mins
To the tune 'This little light of mine'

Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah',
Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah',
Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Messiah',
'The Son of the living God.'

Matthew 16:16, 'You are the Messiah',
Matthew 16:16, 'You are the Messiah',
Matthew 16:16, 'You are the Messiah',
'The Son of the living God.'

Encourage the children to clap their hands or click their fingers as they sing along.

 
 
 
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