For middle schoolers, it may seem like an impossibly tall order to ask them to stop comparing themselves to others. They don’t live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of...their peers. Or so it seems. Everyone asks the question, “Am I good enough?” Good enough for what? Good enough to be worthy of love and admiration. The answer has to be: You have God’s love… What else do you need?
This lesson looks at Jesus calming the storm (found in Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25). Jesus wakes up, calms the storm, and knocks his disciples’ lack of faith. When you go through storms in your own life, do you have Jesus in your boat? If so, have you asked him to calm the storm or are you afraid to wake him up?
Chris is excited about his upcoming baptism; so much so that he forgets to show up at Joy's volunteer event. Superbook whisks them back to meet a tax collector named Zacchaeus in ancient Jericho. The kids are amazed to watch the transformation of a sinner like Zacchaeus when he meets Jesus. Joy sees that Jesus came to seek and save the lost--including herself! Joy realizes that she also needs to accept Jesus as her Savior--just as Zacchaeus did and begins to understand why Chris is so excited about being baptized. Joy prays to receive Jesus and then shares the good news with her parents.
*Be sure to preview the Bible story video for this course, as some imagery may be too intense for young children. The condensed version is less intense. Also preview the Bible Background and the Signposts videos.
Superbook Episode: Zacchaeus