Entries in great commission (9)

Wednesday
Mar292017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in five 15- to 20-minute sessions, relating to the lesson objectives: “Be able to list Jesus’ twelve disciples who followed Him while He was on earth, and the role that they played in helping Jesus in His mission,” and “learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; and Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

SESSIONS 1 – 4
Read and study
the following classes, going over one a day. (Tip: To gain the most from these classes, read the story in a children’s or regular Bible. Scriptural references are found within each article.)

SESSION 5
Listen to
the audio “I Know Whom I Have Believed.” Look up 2 Timothy 1:12 in the Bible to show the children which of Paul’s letters this is from.

Study the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Want Some Power?” Ask the children if they can find the one verse that was written by Paul. (Answer: 2 Corinthians 4:7.)

Discuss the verses in “Crazily Cool Cards Set: An Active Force Field.”

Memorize a verse from one of the above two “Crazily Cool Card Sets.” (You can also print these out to use as coloring pages.)

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Discipleship-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International.

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Paul, the Faithful Witness (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jun222016

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 40 minutes, or made into a more in-depth study over a few days. It highlights the lesson objectives: “Be able to articulate why the Holy Spirit was sent to believers after Jesus departed” and “be able to define the baptism (or overflowing) of the Holy Spirit, and understand the purposes of Holy Spirit baptism, to give one comfort and peace, power to give more love to others, to be a greater witness of God’s love through Jesus, transformative power, a closer relationship with Jesus, wisdom to understand God’s Word, and help in hearing God’s voice; read and memorize Bible verses which highlight the purposes of the Holy Spirit.” (Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Holy Spirit-1a,b)

Listen to the song, “Ye Shall be Witnesses.” 

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Gift of the Holy Spirit

ReadThe Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Listen to Rivers.”

Talk about the various ways the Holy Spirit helps us with the following:

  • ŸUnderstand God’s Word and apply it in our lives
  • ŸHear God’s voice or the convictions laid on our hearts by God
  • ŸTo be filled to overflowing with the love of God for others so that we are open to Him working through us to help others
  • ŸGives us power and boldness to be a witness for Him

Read Faith-filled Models from the New Testament: Peter.”

Listen to the audio An Audio Bible Adventure: Peter’s Transformation.”

Read The Acts of the Apostles: The Healing of the Lame Man.”

Listen toPerfect in Weakness.”

Bring out the ways Peter changed from denying he knew Jesus just prior to the crucifixion (John 18:1528), to becoming a man of great faith and courage, not afraid to stand up for Jesus after he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1438, Acts 3). He even defied the high priest and elders of the temple who commanded them to not teach about Jesus (Acts 4:1331).

Choose and memorize a verse from “Crazily Cool Card Set: The Holy Spirit.”

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Holy Spirit-1a,b

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Holy Spirit (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Jan152014

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on the follow lesson objectives:

Watch Make Each Step a Loving Step.”

Define courtesy: Polite behavior that shows respect for other people. (Merriam-Webster)

Read What Is Courtesy?

Make a list with the children of courteous behavior they would like to improve in.

Read We’re Having Guests.” Ask the children if they have any questions about things they should do when you have guests.

Discuss local customs for being polite and courteous.

ReadHe’s the Picture, We’re the Frame.” (Note: Better viewing by accessing the PDF.)

Read A Caring Servant.”

Watch The Power of a Smile.” Smiling and helping others are examples of courtesy. Here are some ways the main character in this video was courteous and the good results that were achieved because of that.

  • While preparing for the day, the main character made the decision to put a smile on his face. He didn’t wait for something to happen to make him happy; he decided from the start to be positive and smile.
  • He wasn’t just smiling to look nice, but to help others. The first person he helped with his smile was his mother with the baby. Later, he helped others with his smile.
  • The main character was also concerned about being the help others needed. For example, to cheer up the bird, he sang a happy tune. And when he saw the woman struggling with her cart, he helped her push the cart.
  • Smiling won him friends, and those friends helped him smile at the two people who were arguing.
  • His smile helped people believe that good would come when the gloomy cloud gave way to a rainbow.
  • His happiness and concern for others helped him to show the girl the love God has for her.
  • Ask the children if they noticed other acts of courtesy in the video and what results came from those actions.

ReadSimple Courtesy.” This can be followed up with the activity found here.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Courtesy-1abcde

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Be Courteous (Spanish)

Friday
Dec142012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gifts for Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:
•    Learn of the blessings and benefits that God gives to those who give Him to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1b)
•    Learn to identify ways in which one can show generosity to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1e)

Read A Key to Christmas Joy.

Talk about how “shining for Jesus” is made up of the gifts we give Him during the Christmas season and all throughout the year! The following articles explore some of the gifts we can give to Jesus.

Read Gifts for Jesus.” Look here for ideas on how to get the most out of this class.

Read Piles of Presents for Jesus.”

Read The Angel and the Gifts.

Make a “My Christmas Giving Wheel,” and spin it daily to find an activity you can do as one of your daily gifts to Jesus.

Give to Jesus through the ideas found on “A Christmas-Activity Calendar” on days 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 24. If you like, you could give these gifts to Jesus on some of these same dates.

Read “What Can I Give to Jesus?”

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: Regalos para Jesús
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Presentes para Jesus

Wednesday
Nov282012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Shine for Jesus!

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Watch I’ll Shine” or listen to the “Audio: I’ll Shine.”

ReadChristmas Angels.”

Ask the children to recall what those in “I’ll Shine” and “Christmas Angels” did to shine for Jesus. (For example, singing songs about Jesus, encouraging the elderly or the sick, writing letters and making cards, passing tracts to people, performing for others, praying for others, helping care for younger siblings, helping family and friends.)

Read Matthew 5:14–16.

ReadThe Light of the World.”

ViewYou Are God’s Ray of Light.”

Have fun solving the space travelers’ problems in “Bible Space Trek: The Parable of the Lamp.”

ReadTell Others.”

ReadTell Everyone,” and follow the ideas for discussion found in “‘Tell Everyone’ Supplement.”

ReadPrayer Potential” to see how prayers help to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus has given us.

Discuss how Jesus needs us to shine for Him all year, not just at Christmas. Explain that Christmas is often a time when people are curious about who Jesus is and want to know more about Him. We can use this special time of year to tell others about the wonderful gift of salvation that Jesus came to earth to give us.

Memorize one of the verses on being a witness for Jesus found on “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Sharing God’s Love.”

Additional:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: ¡Brilla para Jesús!
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Brilhar Para Jesus!

Wednesday
Jul182012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on the life of David Livingstone that highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of some of the well-known great men and women of God throughout history,” and “Learn what it means to be a missionary, both in the past as well as in present-day society.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary life-1a)

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ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 1.”

Discuss how David Livingstone applied himself to his schooling in order to prepare for the future, and how he didn’t allow what looked like legitimate excuses to stop him from being educated.

Talk with the children about how receiving a good education is important in order to have a productive life as an adult.

Read The Light of the World.”

WatchI’ll Shine.”

MemorizeGo into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, paraphrased). (See “Crazily Cool Card Set: Sharing God’s Love.”)

ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 2.”

Look up Joshua 1:3. Talk about how the fellow missionary was encouraging David Livingstone with God’s promise that He would work through David to teach the of the people who lived in these new lands about Jesus, and that is what happened because God did a great work through David Livingstone—winning people to faith in Jesus in all of the areas of Africa that he went into.

Discuss how God used the healing of the chief’s daughter to help win the chief and the whole tribe to faith in Jesus. Even though David Livingstone was a doctor, he asked God to do the work of healing while he did what he could with his medical training. Highlight how often the purpose of miracles is to bring glory to God and highlight His great love for people.

Look up Acts 1:8. Talk about how David Livingstone had great difficulty when preaching in a church in England, but when he was faced with the need to preach to the Bakwena tribe, the Holy Spirit gave him the power needed to be a bold witness. Discuss with the children how they too can ask for the Holy Spirit to help them have power to be a bold witness for Jesus. Discuss scenarios that are applicable to their lives, such as telling their friends about faith in Jesus, performing to attract people to Jesus, passing out tracts, and even standing up for their convictions of doing what is right and not something that is wrong.

Ask the children what type of things David and Mary Livingstone’s children might have enjoyed during the time they lived at the Kolobeng mission station (e.g., unique animals native to Africa, plant life native to where they were living, watching and helping their parents teach the local people about Jesus).

Study the list below of key events of David Livingstone’s missionary life so far. Find South Africa on a map.

  • March 1841: arrives in Africa, landing at Cape Town (in present-day South Africa).
  • July 1841: arrives in Kuruman on the Cape Frontier (in present-day South Africa), where he works for two years with Dr. Moffat, a famous pioneer missionary.
  • August 1843: locates to Mabotsa (in present-day South Africa).
  • 1844: marries Mary Moffat, the daughter of Dr. Moffat.
  • 1844–46: wins many of the Bakwena tribe to believe in Jesus and His gift of salvation, and starts a mission station.
  • 1847: builds new mission station at Kolobeng (in present-day South Africa), along with his wife, Mary. Lives there five years.

ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 3.”

Look up Romans 8:18. Talk about what sacrifices people might have been referring to when they talked of honoring Livingstone for the great sacrifices he had made (e.g., left his homeland to go to a land that had a different climate, traveled long distances across large expanses of unknown terrain, learned to eat new foods, built some of his own housing, worked with people who had different cultural habits and languages).

Discuss what Livingstone might have felt were the rewards he was already experiencing (e.g., close friends who appreciated him bringing the Gospel to them; adventure and discovery; God’s supply even in the midst of difficult circumstances; being used by God to reach people with Jesus’ love, and knowing that one day he was going to see these same people in heaven when they are all united again in Jesus).

Study the list below of further important events of David Livingstone’s missionary life. As you go over the list, also find Botswana, the Zambezi River, Angola, Zimbabwe, Lake Nyasa, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, Congo [DRC], and Zambia on a map.

  • 1849: crosses the great Kalahari Desert (in present-day Botswana), which many had thought couldn’t be crossed.
  • 1849: discovers Lake Ngami (in present-day Botswana). This lake was Livingstone’s first great discovery.
  • 1851: is the first to explore the Zambezi River (in southern Africa), in search of new places suitable for mission stations.
  • May 1854: reaches the coast at Luanda (present-day Angola).
  • 1855: discovers Victoria Falls (in present-day Zimbabwe), one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and also one of the great natural wonders of the world, which Livingstone named after Queen Victoria, who was the Queen of England at that time.
  • May 1856: reaches the mouth of the Zambezi River on the Indian Ocean (in present-day Mozambique) and is the first European to cross the width of southern Africa.
  • 1859: discovers Lake Nyasa (also known as Lake Malawi in Malawi), one of the three greatest lakes in Africa (in present-day Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique). To explore Lake Nyasa, he and hundreds of local helpers haul a large sailing boat hundreds of miles overland.
  • 1866 to 1873: explores the area around Lake Tanganyika (in present-day Burundi, Congo [DRC], Tanzania, and Zambia).
  • November 1871: Stanley finds Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika.
  • May 1873: dies at the age of sixty, and goes to heaven to live with the Lord.

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary life-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone (Portuguese)

Friday
Jun292012

Level 2 Lesson Plan: Sparkle!

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on sharing God’s love with others. It highlights the following learning objectives: “Learn that the ‘fruit’ Christians should bear is other Christians, helping others find salvation and happiness in Jesus; be able to identify opportunities to share Jesus with others, and how to be ready to do so at any time.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2c/e)

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Watch A Day in the Life of St. Francis.”

Have your children brainstorm ideas of actions they can take that could help others feel God’s love and care.

ReadSeven Ways to Share God’s Love.”

Discuss how God works in different ways to draw people to Him according to what He sees each individual needs at that time. Some individuals may need a listening ear, others may need prayer, others may appreciate a kind word, etc. The key lies in looking to Jesus for His guidance concerning where each individual is at.

Read “Shine a Light.

ReadThe Secret to Showing Love.”

Recount a time when it may have been difficult for you to step out to perform a kind or caring deed, but you went ahead and did it anyway, and the fruit that was borne as a result.

ReadFill Up to Pour Out.

Print out, color and cut “Crazily Cool Card Set: Sharing God’s Love.” Have your child choose one verse from this set to memorize today.

Additional material: 

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Preaching the Gospel-2c/e

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Sparkle! (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: Sparkle! (Portuguese)

Wednesday
May042011

“Acting God” Supplement (God’s Law of Love-1g)

The story “Acting God” is to highlight the following learning objective: “Learn what putting love into action means, and that real love results in good deeds.”

As an activity to help implement this objective with your child, decide on one day where you both will “act God.” Write down each deed of kindness performed in a notebook for this purpose.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: God’s Law of Love-1g

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DOC: Suplemento de «Representar a Dios» (Spanish)
DOC: Suplemento de “Fazendo o Papel de Deus” (Lei de Amor de Deus-1g)

Wednesday
Oct272010

“Tell Everyone” Supplement (The Great Commission-1a)

The article “Tell Everyone” highlights some of the most significant things Jesus can do for a person who receives Him. After reading it, talk with your child about how you have experienced receiving these gifts from Jesus. Ask your child if he/she can recall any experience with these gifts.

S&S link: Character Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1a

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DOC: Suplemento de «Dile a todo el mundo» (La misión de evangelizar-1a)
DOC: Suplemento de “Conte a Todos” (A Grande Comissão-1a)