Teaching Goal: God wants us to share the Good News about Jesus with others.
Matthew 4:18-22 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee, and John his brother, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Acts 3:11-26 Peter speaks to the onlookers. He tells others the “good news:” Repent and believe in Jesus, the Son of God, so that you will be raised up like Jesus.
Weights to put on the end of the fishing line Buckets, rope or garden hose
Paper people or small plastic toy characters (Optional) Matthew – video 1, Acts- video 1
- Play theme song
- Review Last Season
- Lesson and Discussion
Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.
A. When you go fishing, what are you trying to catch? Fish. What do you use for bait? Marshmallows, cheese, hooks, etc.
Jesus had a group of 12 close friends. Do you know what they are called in the Bible? Disciples. Did you know that at least 4 of his 12 disciples were fishermen?
When Jesus met the four fishermen–Peter, Andrew, James and John–he said, “follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” What is a fisher of people trying to catch? Other people. What bait did Peter, Andrew, James and John use to catch other people? The Good News: Jesus is the Son of God and those people who believe in his death for our sins become followers and go to heaven.
B. OPTIONAL: Rent or borrow from a church library the first video in the Matthew series and the Acts series. Show the part in which Jesus calls the four disciples to follow him (Matthew 4:18-22). Explain how the fishermen used nets then and still use nets today even though this activity uses poles.
Next show the video of Acts 3:11-26 in which Peter tells the good news to people gathered around.
C. Jesus commands Christians to tell others the good news (Matthew 28:16-20). When he called his disciples to be fishers of men, it was to tell others about Jesus so that they could go to heaven.
Share stories of times you have shared Jesus with others.
D. ACTIVITY (outside): Use a big box as a boat. Each child takes a turn being a fisherman in the boat. Others stay far away while kids are learning to cast. Place buckets containing paper people or plastic characters close to the box-boat. When the child successfully drops the lure (weight) into the bucket, he or she may take out one of the people. Using rope or a garden hose, make circular areas farther out in the yard and place paper people or plastic characters within the circles. Each time a child casts into the area, he or she may take out one of the people. Wading pools also make great target areas.
As the children take turns playing, explain again how God used the term “Fishers of Men” to describe our sharing the Good News with family, friends and people we meet.
I am God’s fisher of men, when I share His Good News plan.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19
VI. Close in Prayer
VII. Pass It On: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it on to another family.