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Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 15 “The Lost Son”

Featured Passage: Luke 15


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The Jewish leaders didn’t like the fact that Jesus spent so much time teaching and eating with sinners. Jesus had told two parables to them about lost things – the parable of the lost sheep, and the parable of the lost coin. He wanted to explain to them how much God loves every person and how happy He is when someone who is sinning decides to repent and start following Him. There was one more parable Jesus wanted to tell the people listening about something, or someone, who got lost.

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Discuss:

  1. Who are the characters Jesus talks about in this parable? 
  2. What does the younger son decide to do? How do you think the father felt when he made this decision? 
  3. What happened to the son? 
  4. What did the son decide to do after he got the job feeding pigs? 
  5. How did the father react when he saw his son coming home? How did the older son react? 
  6. Who does the father in the story represent? 
  7. How do you think God wants us to react when someone decides to repent from their sins to follow God’s way?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 16:32

“It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 14 “The Lost Sheep”

Featured Passage: Luke 15


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Wherever Jesus went, people of all kinds followed Him to hear Him speak and to see His miracles. Many of them were poor or sick, but there were others who were rich and important – they all wanted to hear what Jesus had to say. One day, a group of tax collectors and sinners came to hear Him. The Jewish leaders were upset. They didn’t want Jesus to spend time teaching those kinds of people. They thought it was a waste of time. Then Jesus told them a story – it was a parable. He was explaining why He chose to teach and help the people who mostly everyone else didn’t seem to like.

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Discuss:

  1. What is a parable? (If you have a dictionary, look up the word, or you can go to dictionary.com online to find the meaning)
  2. Who does the shepherd in Jesus’ story about the lost sheep represent?
  3. What happens to the sheep in the parable? 
  4. Why do you think Jesus told this parable to the Jewish leaders? 
  5. How does God feel about all the people in the world? How does God feel when someone repents?
  6. What are some ways we can show love to other people? What about people who don’t understand God’s way?
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Memory Challenge:

Mark 16:15-18

Luke 15:7 

“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 13 “The Good Samaritan”

Featured Passage: Luke 10


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Jesus Christ taught many different kinds of people. They would sometimes ask Him questions and many times He would use stories, called parables, to answer them and to explain certain lessons. One day a lawyer asked Christ a question about how to receive eternal life. Jesus found that the man already knew the answer – to have eternal life, he must love God with all his being and love his neighbor as himself. The lawyer then asked Christ, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus could see that the lawyer didn’t really have the right attitude, so He had a very special story in mind to answer his question.

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Discuss:

  1. Why was the lawyer asking Jesus questions? 
  2. What happens to the man who is traveling in the story? 
  3. Who are the first two people who saw the man? What do priests and Levites do as their jobs? Why do you think they didn’t stop to help? 
  4. Who was the third person to see the man lying on the road? Why did he stop to help? What does it mean to have compassion?
  5. How did the Samaritan help the man who was hurt? 
  6. Who is our neighbor? When we see someone who needs help, what should we do? Can you think of some examples of things you could do to help others?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 10:27

 “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 12 “Walking on Water”

Featured Passage: Matthew 14


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After a long day, Jesus sent the disciples to the other side of the lake by boat. By a miracle He had fed the multitude with five loaves of bread and two small fish, then he told the people to go home. Jesus wanted to spend some time alone to pray as He often did. Late that night, He went to catch up with the disciples, but they were at sea and He had no boat. This was not a problem for Jesus; He knew exactly what He would do.

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Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Jesus wanted to spend some time alone to pray? 
  2. How did Jesus decide He would catch up with the disciples?
  3. Why was it taking the disciples so long to get to the other side of the lake?
  4. Why were the disciples scared when they saw Jesus coming toward them? 
  5. What did Peter do when He realized who was walking toward them? Why do you think Peter began to sink after he started walking toward Jesus on the water? What lesson can we learn from this?
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Memory Challenge:

Matthew 14:27

“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 11 “Five Loaves and Two Fish”

Featured Passage: Luke 9, John 6


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The disciples had just returned from preaching the gospel to many people, and they were excited to tell Jesus about what they had done. Jesus took them to a deserted place so that they could rest. Even so, the crowds heard where they went and came to find them. Jesus began to teach the people so they stayed to listen to Him all day as He preached the gospel of the Kingdom and healed their sick. After sitting there so long everyone started getting hungry.

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Discuss:

  1. Why do you think Jesus wanted to feed the people? How many people were there listening to Him teach?
  2. What food did Andrew find among the people? Who brought the food to share? Was it enough to feed all the people?
  3. What did Jesus do to the food before giving it to the disciples to distribute?
  4. How many baskets of leftover food was taken up by the disciples? 
  5. What did the people want to do when they witnessed the miracle Jesus performed (John 6:14-15)? Why didn’t Jesus want this?
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Memory Challenge:

John 6:35 

“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 10 “A Little Girl Resurrected”

Featured Passage: Luke 8


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Like wildfire, the news spread that Jesus was doing miracles and healing many people of all kinds of sicknesses. Crowds of people followed Him nearly everywhere He went. One day, when Jesus returned to one of the towns by the Sea of Galilee, a man came to Jesus and desperately begged him to come to his house. The man’s young daughter was very sick and was dying. Jesus began to follow the man, but as he went, the crowd of people tried to keep following Him, bumping and pushing to get close. Suddenly Jesus felt someone touch him. He stopped to find that a woman had reached out to touch His garments, believing she would be healed—and she was! While Jesus was still talking to the woman someone came to tell Him that the little girl had already died. It was too late, or was it?

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Discuss:

  1. How old was the girl who was sick? 
  2. How do you imagine the man, Jarius, felt while the crowd was making it take longer for Jesus to get to his house to heal his daughter? 
  3. What did Jesus say when they found out the little girl was dead? Why do you think He told them that?
  4. Who did Jesus allow to be with Him in the house when He went to the little girl? Why do you think He didn’t want anyone else to come in?
  5. What did Jesus mean when He said the little girl was “sleeping”? Can you think of any other places in the Bible where God says being dead is like sleeping?
  6. How do you think the girl’s parents felt when Jesus caused her to wake up from being dead? Is there anyone you know who has died who you are looking forward to seeing again when God brings them back to life in the resurrection?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 8:50 

But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 9 “The Wind and the Waves”

Featured Passage: Luke 8


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Jesus picked twelve men from among His disciples to travel with Him and to be taught by Him firsthand. Others also followed Jesus throughout the region as He preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God, performed miracles, and healed the sick.  Often, large crowds came to see Jesus and to hear Him preach. They wondered who He could be and what was the meaning of the things He said. His disciples believed that He was the Messiah, but did they really know what that meant? They would soon begin to see.

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Discuss:

  1. Who were some of the women that traveled with Jesus? 
  2. What is a parable? Why did Jesus speak to the people in parables? 
  3. What happened after Jesus and the disciples set out to sea? What was Jesus doing? 
  4. Why do you think the disciples wanted Jesus to wake up? What happened when Jesus woke up? What does the word “rebuke” mean? 
  5. How was Jesus able to calm the storm? What were the disciples’ reactions when the storm ceased? Do you think they were surprised?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 8:25 

“Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him.”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 8 “Jesus and the Centurion”

Featured Passage: Luke 7


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Jesus performed many miracles, and His fame grew throughout the region. The Romans were also very much aware of what Jesus was doing. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Capernaum where Roman soldiers were stationed. A Roman centurion, a man who commanded one hundred soldiers, had a servant who was very sick and about to die. When the centurion found out that Jesus was in town he sent some people to get Him knowing this may be the only chance his servant had to be healed.

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Discuss:

  1. Do you think the centurion was an important person in the town? 
  2. Who did the centurion send to get Jesus? Why were the people so eager to help him? 
  3. Why did the centurion send his friends to tell Jesus not to come into the house? 
  4. What was Jesus’ response when he heard what the centurion had said? How did Jesus know that the man had faith? 
  5. What happened to the centurion’s servant?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 7:8

“For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 7 “Jesus Heals on the Sabbath”

Featured Passage: Luke 6


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Jesus obeyed God and kept the Sabbath each week just like the Ten Commandments say we should. However, the Jewish leaders, especially the Pharisees, added many do’s and don’ts to how to keep the Sabbath. These extra rules made it hard for the people to keep the Sabbath properly. Many people followed Jesus to be healed or to listen to Him teach and the Pharisees were jealous. They thought if they could catch Him doing something wrong the people would not follow Him anymore. One day, they thought they had caught Jesus breaking the Sabbath.

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Discuss:

  1. When was the Sabbath created? Who created the Sabbath? 
  2. What was the penalty for breaking the Sabbath (Ex. 31:15)? Breaking the Sabbath is a serious matter in God’s eyes. When the Pharisees accused Christ of breaking the Sabbath, it was very serious.
  3. What were Jesus and His disciples doing in the fields on the Sabbath? Why did the Pharisees think they were breaking the Sabbath? 
  4. What did Jesus do when He went into the synagogue that made the Pharisees angry? Why do you think the Pharisees were so upset? 
  5. Does God allow acts of mercy and kindness on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:11)? What kinds of things can we do on the Sabbath that might make God happy?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 6:5  

“And He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.’”


Children’s Bible Program – Level 1: NT Lesson 6 “Through a Roof”

Featured Passage: Luke 5


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The Jews were looking for a messiah. However, Christ came as a lowly carpenter, a common person in their view, and many people, especially the religious leaders, had a hard time believing Jesus could be the One sent by God. The prophets of old foretold that the Messiah would cause the deaf to hear and the blind to see. People started to hear that Jesus was able to heal those who were sick, so they came from all around to see if He would work a miracle for them. There were so many people who came to see Jesus that one day when some people brought a man who could not walk, they had to get a little creative so the man could get close to Jesus.

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Discuss:

  1. How did people know that Jesus had the power to heal people? 
  2. What kinds of people came to be healed by Jesus? 
  3. What did the paralytic’s friends do when they could not get through the crowd to bring him close to Jesus?
  4. What did Jesus do when the man who was lowered through the roof? 
  5. Why were the Pharisees upset that Jesus told the paralytic his sins were forgiven? 
  6. What did the man do when he was healed? What do you imagine it would have been like to be there when Jesus healed him?
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Memory Challenge:

Luke 5:24

“But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”