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Unit 23: Jesus the Teacher

Key Passage:
John 14:25-26

Big Picture Question:
What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.

Session 2: The Cost of Following Jesus

Bible Passage:
Matthew 8; 16; Luke 9; 14

Story Point:
Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.


Matthew 8; 16; Luke 9; 14

Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.

Lesson

Large crowds traveled with Jesus; many people wanted to follow Him. One man said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus told the man, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”
Another disciple said, “Lord, I will follow You, but first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus replied, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
Jesus told the people that following Him wouldn’t be easy. It would cost them a lot.
“Anyone who comes to Me must be willing to leave his family. You must love me most of all—more than your own life! Anyone who is unwilling to suffer cannot be My disciple,” Jesus said.
Jesus urged the people to think about what they were doing. He told them a story: “If you wanted to build a tower, you would first sit down and figure out what it would take to complete the tower. Otherwise, you would build the foundation and be unable to finish. People would laugh at you.”
Then He told them another story: “If you were a king, you wouldn’t go to war against another king without considering whether your army would be great enough to win the war. If you have too few men to fight, you would send some men to ask for peace before the battle even started.”
Jesus wanted the people to consider the cost. “If you are not willing to give up everything you have, you
cannot follow Me,” Jesus said. Following Jesus means giving Him complete control of your life. That is not easy,
but it is worth it.
Jesus said, “Whoever gives up his life for Me will find true life. What good is it to have everything you want in
the world if you give up life with God forever?”

Christ Connection: Jesus taught that following Him is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. True life is found in Jesus, who gave up His life to rescue us from sin and death. He is worth it.

VIDEOS

Download the Gospel Project Bible Story Video

Download the Gospel Project Questions From Kids Video

Questions

  1. Jesus said the Son of Man has no place to what? (lay His head, Matt. 8:20)
  2. What did Jesus say a person must take up to follow Him? (his cross, Matt. 16:24)
  3. What did Jesus say about a king going to war? (He must consider whether his army can win, Luke 14:31)
  4. Why do you think we must be willing to give up our family and even our life to follow Jesus? Guide kids to see that Jesus is the most important. If we truly love our families, we will want to put Jesus first so that we can help them see that He is best for them. If we love anything, even families or other good things, more than we love Jesus, those things have become idols.
  5. What are some ways you might suffer for Jesus’ sake? Discuss what can happen if kids stand up for what’s right against friends or other kids at school. Discuss missionaries who move away from home. Talk about places where Christians are not allowed to worship God and might be arrested or killed for their faith.
  6. What do we gain by following Jesus? Help kids think about the rewards we have through Jesus, both in this life and the next. Remind them that Jesus gives us peace, love, joy, and wisdom. Help them see that no matter what hard situations we face now, someday we will rule with Jesus when He returns.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Many people wanted to follow Jesus.
  • Jesus told people they must love Him most of all to follow Him.
  • People who follow Jesus will have life with Him forever.
  • Following Jesus means letting Him be in charge.
  • Jesus taught about God.
  • Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.
  • What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.

Prayer Time

1- Close your time in prayer, thanking God for what you have learned in your time together.
2- Encourage each family member to share one thing they are grateful to God for and one thing they would like to ask God for.
3- Take a few minutes to consider who else your family can pray for, especially those who do not know Jesus.

ACTIVITY PAGES

Download the Gospel Project Activity Page 3yo-1st Grade 

Download the Gospel Project Activity Page 2nd-5th Grade