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Teaching Goal: We can accomplish more with God than we can alone.

Scripture: Luke 5: 4-11 Story of Jesus telling Peter to Fish. Peter had already tried without success but does it again for Jesus, this time successfully.

John 21: 3-8 Story of disciples Fishing without success again and Jesus tells them to cast their net on the other side of the boat, this time with success.

Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Materials:

  • 2 balloons
  • 1 with a hole in it
  • 1 without a hole it in
  • String of rope to outline a pretend boat
  1. Play Theme Song
  2. Pray
  3. Review last lesson
  4. Lesson and Discussion

Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

Have you ever been fishing? Did you ever go fishing and not catch a single fish? Have you gone fishing and caught lots of fish? How does it feel not to catch any fish? How does it feel to catch lots of fish?

Tell the story of Peter the Fisherman in your own words. When is the best time to catch fish, during the day or at night? The best Fishing is at night. Peter was a professional 7isherman. That means he made his living by catching and selling fish. One day, Jesus came to Peter and said, “Let’s go fishing.” Peter said, “Master, I’ve been fishing all night and didn’t catch anything. But if you want to go, let’s go.” So Peter and Jesus go fishing during the day, the worst time to fish, and they catch so many fish the boat almost sinks!

Another time, Jesus went fishing with his disciples. The disciples had been fishing unsuccessfully all night. Jesus told them to put the net on the other side of the boat and they caught so many fish that the boat almost sank.

B. ACTIVITY #1: Act out one or both of these stories. Use the rope to outline a boat on the floor (you can also use a couch as the boat). First, the children try fishing on their own and do not catch anything. They act discouraged and tired. Then, the person playing Jesus tells them to try Fishing again and this time they fill their nets with Fish. They are excited and it takes all their strength to get the Fish into the boat.

C. ACTIVITY #2: Give the balloon with the hole in it to one of the children. Blow up this balloon for me. Child will not be able to do it. Keep trying. Just blow harder. The child may become frustrated. Give child the balloon without the hole and let him try again, this time successfully. (Younger children may not be able to inflate the balloon and will need a parent to help.) The balloon with the hole represents us when we try to do things on our own. The balloon without the hole represents when we let Jesus help us. Sometimes trying to do things on our own is like running in place, treading water—working hard but going nowhere—blowing and blowing into a balloon with a hole. We waste our energy, become frustrated and discouraged.

But, when we have Jesus working with us it’s like blowing into the other balloon. Jesus can take our efforts and make them grow and grow just like this balloon. We see the positive results of our efforts. Read Philippians 4:13. What do you think this means? Things that seem too hard for us become easier when Jesus is with us. Jesus wants to help us.

  1. Memorize 

Without Jesus we’ll just blow and blow Try with Jesus; He’ll make things grow.  OR
Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

  1. Close in Prayer
  2. Pass it on: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it on to another family.