Week 3 objective: to begin to talk about what the phrase ‘make disciples’ might mean.
Game - 6 mins
Aims: to introduce the idea that we can often find good news in a newspaper.
You will need: ‘Four points of the gospel’ (see Printables), ‘How to roll the four points into newspaper batons’ instructions (see Printables), masking tape, enough newspapers for one between two (even if you have a small group you will need four newspapers) and a bag of cottonwool balls.
Before the session stick a strip of masking tape to the floor of your teaching area; this will be your start line. At a distance of approximately three metres (and parallel to the first strip) stick a second strip of tape to the floor; this will be your finish line. Print the ‘Four points of the gospel’ and follow the instructions to make the newspaper batons.
Demonstrate how to blow a cottonwool ball from the start line to the finish line by using the newspaper batons like long straws. Divide the children into pairs and give each pair a baton and a cottonwool ball. Ask one child from each pair to sit at the start line and the other to sit at the finish line. Explain that the children at the start line need to blow through their baton to move the cottonwool ball to the finish line. At the finish line they should hand the baton to their partner who will blow the ball back to the start line.
Briefly talk about the different types of news you might find in a newspaper: good news, sad news, bad news, exciting news etc.
Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, the newspaper batons used in the game, ‘Show and tell’ sign (see Printables) and ‘Four points of the gospel’ explanation sheet (see Printables). .
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper. Underline the phrase ‘make disciples’ and remind the children that a disciple is someone who has said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness and with the help of the Holy Spirit, is learning and growing to be like Jesus.
Ask the children what they think the phrase ‘make disciples’ might mean. Explain that to ‘make disciples’ means to help others to become disciples; to help others to become Christians and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to learn and grow to be like Jesus.
But how do we help people become disciples? One way to help people is to show and tell them what being a Christian means to us. Ask the children if they have a ‘show and tell’ time at school. Explain that a ‘show and tell’ time is when you show and talk about something that is special to you. People who are Christians can ‘show and tell’ others what it means to be a Christian.
Ask the children to describe how someone might show what it means to be a Christian. Remind the children that Christians believe the Holy Spirit works in the lives of people that have said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness. He works in their lives guiding and changing them from the inside-out to be more peaceful, patient and kind. Explain that by being patient and kind to others, people who have said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness can show what it means to be a Christian; they can show that the Holy Spirit is at work in their lives.
Ask the children to describe how someone might tell what it means to be a Christian. In the Bible we read that the Apostle Paul travelled from place to place telling people over and over again the good news about being a Christian. Today when Christians are asked what they believe, they too can tell people the good news about being a Christian.
Another word for good news is ‘gospel’. Christians tell people the Gospel. They tell people God's good news about being a Christian.
A great way to think about the gospel is to remember the four points from the4points.com.
Remind the children that during the game you talked about finding good news inside a newspaper. Encourage the children to unroll the newspapers to find the good news about being a Christian.
Use the ‘Four points of the gospel’ sheet to explain to the children how the four signs tell us the good news about being a Christian.
Explain that if somebody asks them ‘Why are you a Christian?’ They can talk about the good news of being a Christian by remembering the four points. Sometimes it’s difficult to remember all four points so even if they just remember the first one that’s great too.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘London's burning’.
Therefore go and make disciples,
In all the nations, all the nations,
Therefore go, therefore go,
Make disciples, make disciples.
Look up on the internet the sign language for the words: ‘make’, ‘disciples’, ‘go’ and ‘nations’. Teach the signs to the children and do them together as you sing or say the verse.