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This Bible lesson will help kids understand that although they are small, God can use them for amazingly BIG things! Whether it is their small hand reaching to help someone or a smile that brightens someone else's day. They are not too small to make a difference in the world around them. God can use even the smallest of our actions or words when we do or say them for His glory.
Bible Lesson Summary: We may feel small and like we don’t have a lot to offer, but small in God’s hands is BIG!
Time/Audience: This lesson took about 30-40 minutes with a group of 12 third and fourth graders. It is easily adaptable to be used with both younger children and youth.
Bible Lesson Preparation:
Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42, John 6:1-15, Matthew 10:29-31
Key Takeaway: Small is BIG in the hands of God!
Give each student paper and pencil. Have them make four columns with numbers 1-5 so they can list items for different categories. Tell them you will give them 30 seconds to write down five items for each category. (Categories may vary in number and kind; I chose four because I was teaching virtually.). Example categories: countries, body parts, things you see out your window, etc. Make sure one is Bible characters.
They will probably think of big things to write like well-known countries such as the United States, Canada, Spain, etc. or body parts they can see like arms, legs, head.
I always like to let my students know it is okay to use the Table of Contents in their Bibles if they are not sure where a Book of the Bible is.
Have them name the four Gospels while also reminding them they are at the beginning of the New Testament. Today we will start in Matthew, but also read a story form the Gospel of John.
Have students turn in their Bibles to Matthew 10:40-42. You may have volunteers to read or you may read. Make note of “small” and “cup of cold water”. I like to read it in different translations or paraphrases to help children (and myself) understand what the Scripture is saying. For my lesson, I read from the New King James Version and also The Message paraphrase.
Matthew 10:40-42 The Message:
“We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”
Turn to John 6:1-15, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Have students close their eyes while they listen to the story fresh with new eyes and imagining actually being there. Talk about the boy probably being small and young like they are. What he had to offer was small. God is able to use even small things to make a difference!
Go back to Matthew 10 and read verses 29-31.
Matthew 10:29-31 NKJV:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
Make these connections as you sum up the Bible lesson:
A Zentangle is an easy craft that can help students think and pray about small ways God can use them in big ways to make a difference for His glory.
Take an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper and cut it into a square. Fold into four sections or any small square sheets of paper may be used.
1. Put a dot in each corner of the square.
2. Draw a line from each dot to the next; this does not have to be straight.
3. Draw lines or loops across the square from side to side so that it is divided into four or more sections.
4. Doodle or draw designs in each section. This may be done in pencil, but tracing with a black pen makes a nice contrast. This may or may not be colored.
1 Corinthians 10:31 is an excellent memory verse to go with this lesson. Have students write it on the back of their Zentangle and practice it during the week.
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
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This video of "Kid President" is such fun and has an excellent message of being a hero by showing compassion and kindness to others. I let my students watch it while working on the Zentangle.
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