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Who is Jesus Series - Lesson #1

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This English Stonecroft 'Youth Discipleship Teaching' has been adapted from the Adult Stonecroft Trinity Series.

The English Stonecroft Trinity Series - Who is Jesus? is available online from Stonecroft's corporate website.


Welcome, as the Junior Youth arrive get them to colour the colouring pages and visual aids that will be used during the session.

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1. WELCOME GAME for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

Let the children run around, shout, laugh and sing until the teacher blows a whistle or claps her hands and says, "QUIET! BE STILL!" Everyone must "freeze" until the whistle blows again and then the children can resume different activities like hopping until another whistle blows when children will once again "freeze" and the teacher will call out "QUIET! BE STILL!" Continue to play the game several times with different activities.

2. TEAM GAMES for the Junior Youth: (10 minutes)

BOAT GAME: The teacher can tape off two specific areas in the shape of boats. Divide the children into two teams. The children can jump in and out of the boat as the teacher tells them what to do. The teacher could tell the children to jump OUT of the boat, or jump INTO the boat, or all jump to the back of the boat or to the front of the boat, etc, as time allows. Anyone who makes an incorrect move is out of the game. The team that finishes with the most children in the boat is the winner.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS (10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Jesus loves the little children' music, video and lyrics.


4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Oh how I love Jesus' Worship Music video and lyrics.




a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review - God Series Lesson #9

While at home, following the 'God Series' you would have read the Bible verses and written your comments to share in this session did you memorize one verse per day? Here are a few questions to test if you fully understood the readings.

1.. Mark 12:28-31

(What is the most important commandment?'

...........( "Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." )

(What is the second commandment?)

.........( "Love your neighbour as yourself." )

2 . Matthew 4:10

(Who are we to worship and serve?)

...........(Only worship and serve God)

3 . Matthew 12:50

(What demonstrates that we are truly related to Jesus Christ?)

......... (That we do what He wants us to do; obedience)

4 . John 14:23

(How do you show that you love God? )

.........(Obey the teaching of the Bible, God's teaching.)

5 . Philippians 1:9-11

(What will happen if you always choose the best?)

........................(Your life will be filled with good qualities which Christ will form in you.)

6 . 1 Corinthians 10:31

(How can you bring glory to God?)

........(Do all you do for God's glory. Remember the importance of the right attitude.)

7 . 1 Chronicles 16:23-29

(What does verse 29 tell the people to do?)

.......(Give God glory, bring an offering and worship Him.)

a. God Series Lesson #9 Review:

Remember in the 'What is God like' Series we learnt:

God has revealed Himself to humanity through these several ways:




Jesus, His Son

Can you remember some of God's Unique Attributes?

  • Self-existence, meaning complete independence
  • Omnipotence (ahm-NIP-oh-tents), meaning all-powerful
  • Omnipresence (ahm-nee-PREH-sents), meaning present everywhere
  • Omniscience (ahm-NISH-ents), meaning knowing all things
  • Immutability (im-MUTE-uh-bil-ity), meaning unchangeable
  • Sovereignty (SOV-ren-tee), meaning unlimited authority

b. Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Mark 4:41b … CHARGE

"What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"
Mark 4:41b

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c. Teach the Lesson

What Does the Bible
Say About Jesus?

Purpose of the Lesson
• Introduce the lesson in a nonthreatening manner.
• Learn the procedures and how to prepare for each lesson.
• Present what the Bible says about Jesus and consider who He really is.

The Guide's responsibility is to lead and guide the Bible Study. As the Guide serves they have the opportunity to impact their community by introducing others to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Be prepared to guide effectively by reading “Directions for Guiding Who is Jesus?” and “Guide’s Responsibility on this website.

When the people are seated, introduce yourself and have everyone give their names and tell two or three things they would like to have the others know about themselves.

Our Bible study will start on time and lasts 60 to 90 minutes. We will leave when the study is finished so we don’t impose on our host.

Since we are from various backgrounds (possible including assorted churches), we will respect each other’s opinions and beliefs.

Prayer: Dear God, we want to learn what the Bible says about Jesus. Open our eyes and hearts to understand what we read from Your Word. We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.

Who is Jesus?

Saul, a Jewish man who was imprisoning and murdering early Christians, asked a very important question. In fact, it is one of the most important questions we can ask. He inquired, “Who are you, Lord?”

He received an immediate answer: “I am Jesus, whom you persecute . . .”
(Acts 9:5).

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When this angry man (who raised havoc in the first church of Jerusalem) received the correct information, he became a changed person.

He had been motivated by a false belief. He thought he was pleasing God with his murderous actions, but he was really persecuting Him.

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Adapted from Bible for Children.


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We do the same, when we believe things that are false. We do things that are harmful to ourselves—as well as to others. The only way to have correct information is to discover and believe the truth.

This Bible study will meet the need for truthful information. It goes to the source of all truth, God’s Word. God says,

“Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will never pass away.”
—Matthew 24:35

God’s words are true and they stand forever.

People have many incorrect and strange ideas about Jesus. Since our behavior is influenced and motivated by what we believe, it is important that we have accurate information about who Jesus is, who God is, and who we are. When you have finished this study, you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt who Jesus really is.

Who do you believe Jesus is?

Today we hear an odd mixture of ideas. Some say He is the founder of a religion . . . a great Christian leader . . . a great moral teacher . . . a first-century victim of cruelty etc.

We can know the truth only when we believe information from a true source. There is one True Source—God. He has given us a Book, which tells us how to know Him and how to live a life that is pleasing to Him and us.

Jesus is not just one of the great religious leaders of the world. He is not just another great man of the Bible like Abraham, Moses, or King David. Every time we write the date and year, we are recognizing the fact that about 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ came to earth and split history in two:

B.C. - Before Christ, and A.D. - After Christ

Now, let’s see what the New Testament says about Jesus.

Read Mark 4:41. . . . . "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!"

His disciples realized He was not just an ordinary man.

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Adapted from Bible for Children.

Even in those days, people had strange ideas about who Jesus was.

Read Matthew 16:13-16

13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"

14  They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

15  "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?"

16  Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

People knew He was not an ordinary man. They knew He was someone special.

They thought John the Baptist, who had been beheaded, had come back to life.

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Adapted from Bible for Children.

Mark 6:14-16

14  Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, "John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him."

15  Others said, "It is Elijah."

And others said, "It is the Prophet, or like one of the prophets."

16  But when Herod heard, he said, "This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!" 17  For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had married her. 18  Because John had said to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

Others thought He was Elijah, an Old Testament prophet who was taken up into heaven without dying.

11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 2 Kings 2:11

Since the Jews were expecting Elijah to return, they believed Jesus was Elijah returned to earth.

Others thought Jesus to be Jeremiah—another Old Testament prophet who had been killed many years earlier. They were all wrong.

The Bible tells us many amazing things about Jesus. For example, Jesus was alive in eternity before the beginning of time. Many places in the Bible explain that Jesus was present in eternity before the universe was created. The Bible says,

“Christ existed before all things. . . .”
—Colossians 1:17

Jesus existed before He was born as a man. He has always existed and will live forever. No other religious leader ever claimed to be eternal, but Jesus did. He said,

“ . . . Before Abraham was born, ‘I Am’.”
—John 8:58

This meant Jesus has always existed. I AM was God’s name.

In Exodus 3:14, two thousand years before Jesus was born, God identified Himself to Moses as “I AM WHO I AM.” The Hebrew meaning of the name implies continuous existence.

Jesus claimed equality with God

18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God (John 5:18).

Jesus is unique. His uniqueness is revealed in His conception and miraculous birth from a virgin, His sinless life, and His powerful teachings that gave the world new heights of spiritual understanding. All this and much more reveal His unparalleled life.

Discovering Truth

The Bible is the world’s most important book. Reading the Bible and meditating on what you read has a vital influence on your spiritual life. As you read it, remember that it is God’s message to you as an individual.

Think reflectively and prayerfully about the lesson you are studying.
Ask yourself these three questions:

What does this Bible passage say?
Discover God’s truth.

What does the Bible passage mean?
Understand what God is saying.

What is God saying to me personally?
Apply that truth to your life.

Prayerfully consider how God wants you to respond.
Should you obey a command or change your attitude?

The Gospels

The first four books of the New Testament were not written to be biographies of Jesus. They were written by different men to certain groups of people for different reasons. These four books are called the Gospels.

Two of the books—the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of John—were written by two men who had traveled with Jesus for three years. They were part of the group of twelve men Jesus had selected as apostles.

Matthew wrote the Gospel of Matthew to convince the Jews that Jesus was the promised Messiah for whom they were looking.

John wrote the Gospel of John to convince his readers that Jesus was the Son of God.

The Gospel of Mark was written by a young man named Mark, who had worked as a missionary with Paul, Barnabas, and the apostle Peter. Mark wrote to the Gentiles to tell them of Jesus and what He had done.

The Gospel of Luke was written by a Greek doctor who researched the facts and interviewed people who had known Jesus.

Because each of the Gospels was written to different groups of people, they each present a different aspect of the life of Christ.

1. What did John say at the end of his Gospel?

Read John 21:25 . . .

25  And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one,  I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Allocate one Bible verse to be read per person and then discuss the answers.

a. Matthew 1:21 ..........................................................................

21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins."

What is He called? 'Jesus' which means “Savior.” The last part of the verse we just looked up tells why He was given the name which means Savior. He would save the people from having to pay the penalty for their own sins.

b. Matthew 1:23

23  "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."

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What was the name that God gave Him? . . . . .

The verse also told us what the name means. What does Immanuel mean? . . . . . (God is with us.)

c. Matthew 3: 17

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

(Matthew 3: 17)

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What did God call Him? . . . . . ( My beloved Son)

d. Matthew 12:8 ..........................................................................

8  "For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath."

These are two names Jesus called Himself. What are they? . . . . .

Jesus was revealing that He was both man and God. He called Himself both the 'Son of Man' and the 'Son of God' in other Bible passages.

e. Matthew 16:16 .........................................................................

16  Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

What did Peter call Jesus? . . . . . (The Christ, the Son of the living God." )

Jesus said that God had revealed this name to Peter. To the Jewish mind, Messiah meant that Jesus was God’s appointed Ruler. The Son of the living God meant Jesus was co-eternal and co-equal with God.

f. Matthew 19:16 ........................................................................

16  Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?"

What was He called? . . . . . (Good Teacher)

A teacher reveals truth, and Jesus reveals absolute truth.

The next question gives us more names for Jesus Christ. Each new name reveals some trait or characteristic that describes Him more fully.

a. Mark 5:6-7

6  When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7  And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me."

What is Jesus called? . . . . . (Jesus, Son of the Most High God)

Jesus is His earthly name. As Son of the Most High God, He is worthy of all of our worship.

b. Luke 5:5

5  But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net."

What did Simon Peter call Him? . . . . . (Master)

Jesus is the One whom Christians serve. He is the Master. As believers, we are His servants.

c. John 1:35-36

35  Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36  And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, "Behold the Lamb of God!"

What did John the Baptist call Him? . . . . . (Lamb of God)

This name revealed Jesus as the Perfect Sacrifice sent to die for the sins of all people everywhere.

The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that the wages of sin is death.

CRAFT TIME: Print the 'Bridge Track' (Use visual aid) Give each child a small Bridge Track and a small Cross. Filling in the Romans 6:23 Bible verse and gluing the cross to bridge the gap between man and God.

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Print the small children's 'Bridge Track' Give each child a small Bridge Track and a small Cross. Filling in the Romans 6:23 Bible verse.

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Print the small crosses, cut them out and get the children to stick them as a bridge to connect Man and GOD.

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We read about the sacrifice of the lamb in the Old Testament

Leviticus 14:12-13

12  And the priest shall take one male lamb and offer it as a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them as a wave offering before the Lord . 13  Then he shall kill the lamb in the place where he kills the sin offering and the burnt offering, in a holy place; for as the sin offering is the priest's, so is the trespass offering. It is most holy.

Thiis symbolized the death of Jesus Christ. God had said He would send the Perfect Sacrifice to die in the place of sinners. That’s why Jesus is called the 'Lamb of God.'

d. John 1:49

49  Nathanael answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"

What are the two new names Nathanael called Jesus in this passage? . . . . . (Son of God, King of Israel)

e. 1 Corinthians 1:4-8

4  I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5  that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6  even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7  so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8  who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What did Paul call Him here? . . . . . (Lord Jesus Christ)

These are His three most commonly used names and titles, but here the three are used together as one complete name. When we call Him Lord, it means that we submit to His lordship or leadership.



Give the Junior Youth supplies to draw storm clouds on a piece of construction paper. ( Or photocopy Storm Clouds cut them out and give one to each student ) Give them markers to write various "storms" that can happen in our lives: Eg 'A Natural Disaster - Cyclone' 'A death in our family' 'Dad loss his job' 'Dad has walked out' 'Abuse' 'Domestic Violence' 'Fighting at home' 'Bullying' 'Fear'. Write a "storm" on each cloud. Get the studens on the other side to draw a sun rising and write Jesus said "QUIET - BE STILL" .

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•  Have you ever lived though a really bad storm or hurricane?

•  Do you want to share your experience?

•  Have you been through other storms in your personal life, not weather storms?

•  How did it make you feel?

•  Who did you turn to for help?

CLOSING PRAYER: Our Father, we know that each day we will face difficult situations. We are thankful that as we sail through life, you are always there to calm the storms, we thank you for those times when you calm the storms that come up in our daily lives. We also thank you for those times when you give us peace even though we are in the middle of a storm. We ask you to watch over us and keep us safe. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


Print the Take Home Bible Verse one for each child. Make sure the youth store them safely in the folder and bring them back the next session.

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•  Colouring pages

•  Fill in the words quiz

•  Cross word, Decoder quiz, Wordsearch and Children's Workbook

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Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #1

Print 'Weekly Bible Verse Readings', one for each youth to take home.

During the week, while at home, read the Bible verses below and write in your own words one thing the Bible say about Jesus?

1. Colossians 1:15-19

15  The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in Him.

2. Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

(What is Jesus called in each of the following references?)

3. Mark 5:6-7a

6  When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. 7  He shouted at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?"

4. Luke 5:5

5  Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

5. John 1:35-36

35  The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36  When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, "Look, the Lamb of God!"

6. John 1:49

49  Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel."

7. 1 Corinthians 1:9

"God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord".

Bring back your 'Weekly Bible Verse Take Home Readings 'so you can discuss your answers at the next session.

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NEXT WEEK: We will continue to learn that there are many more names and titles we could look at to see who Jesus really is. The disciples called Him Master, Teacher, and Lord. They had surrendered their lives to His control.


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