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Who is Jesus Series - Lesson #3

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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 Teacher,Trainers and students. Get all the Junior Youth to colour the colouring pages and visual aids until it is time to start.

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DOWNLOAD Lesson #3 Weekly Bible Verse Reading, one per student

(10 minutes)

Tell the children that you have hidden 5 letters around the room, challenge them to find all five and identify the hidden word. (L-I-G-H-T)

Optional: Download 'LIGHT' Visual aids

2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Split the group into two teams give each team a basket with the Team Game Instructions cut into strips. The student chosen to be the first 'Light' picks one of the strips from the basket and must run down to their team and give directions without speaking. Once the team has guessed the clue the student tags or touches someone else from the team and the team shouts out "Be the Light" they then runs up and gets a strip from the basket and becomes the 'Light' this continues until everyone in the team has been the "Light".

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)

Optional: Download 'Jump into the light' Active Praise Music video and lyrics.


Optional: Download 'Light of the World' music video.

4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

Optional: Download ''Light of the world' Worship Music video.

5. a Review

In the Weekly Bible Reading, answers will vary. Since the Bible passages are long and they read them at home, it will not be necessary to read the passages in the group. Ask one person to read their answer, if others have a different answer, this opens up for discussion. Then, continue through each Bible Reading answer with discussions.

1. •  Where was King David born?


• Where was Jesus born?


2. •  Can you recall Mary's story?


3. •  Do you know the story of Jesus' trial?


4, •  Can you tell the story of Jesus' crucifixion?


5. •  Where was Jesus buried?


6. •  Write the Resurrection story here


7. •  Where is Jesus now?



b. Sword Play
Ready.Swords up. John 8:12b . CHARGE!

Jesus said "I am the light of the world."
(John 8:12b)

Optional: Download Bible Verse Visual Aid.

Use the Bible Verse colouring page to assist with the teaching of the Bible verse.

Split the class into five groups:

One group says "Jesus said"

Second group say "I am "

Third group says "the light "

Fourth group say "of the world ."

The last group says "John 8:12b"

Say it standing up, say it sitting down, shout it, whisper it, etc. Once the verse is memorized, stand together with lighted candles and say the verse together.

c. Teach the Lesson

What Did Jesus Say?

Purpose of the Lesson
• Present Jesus as the Son of God by the uniqueness of what He said about Himself and what others said about Him.

Identify Him as the Light of the World

• Realize the power and completeness of Jesus’ teaching and prophecies, which reveal that He is God.


Dear Father in heaven, the Book You wrote is such a powerful one! It is full of absolute truth! We want to learn what Jesus taught the people. Open our eyes to see and understand His words. We pray in His wonderful name, amen.

We will continue to learn the answer to the question “Who is Jesus?” by studying what Jesus said about Himself and learning some of the names He called Himself.

One of those names was “I AM.” We mentioned this name briefly last week. It is the name of God. I AM means He always is, He always was, and He always will be. It emphasizes continued existence and completeness.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time wanted to stone Him because He called Himself I AM. They recognized I AM as God’s name. That incident is recorded in the Bible.

Read John 8:56-59 . . . . .

56  Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."

57  Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?"

58  Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

59  Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

The religious leaders did not believe that Jesus was God. Instead, they considered Him to be a blasphemer. The punishment for a blasphemer was to be stoned to death. So they picked up stones to kill Him.

1. God introduced Himself to Moses as I AM WHO I AM (Exodus 3:14). Many times in the Gospels, Jesus called Himself I AM. He completed what seemed to be incomplete sentences (I AM…) with words that told all He is to those who trust Him.

Read the following Bible passages and complete the statements:

a. John 13:19
Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.

I am ................. (He)

b. John 10:9
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture".

I am ........................... (the Gate)

c. John 10:11
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep"

I am ..........................(the Good Shepherd)

d. John 10:36b
'I am the Son of God'

I am ..........................(the Son of God)

e. John 11:25
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live".

I am ........................ (the Resurrection and the Life)

f. John 6:48
"I am the bread of life."

I am ........................ (the Bread of Life)

g. John 14:6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

I am........................ (the Way, the Truth, and the Life)

h.(John 8:12b)
Jesus said "I am the light of the world."

I am ...........................(the Light of the World)

How many of you have ever tried to walk in the dark? Have you ever got up in the middle of the night and tried to walk to the toilet, for example?

Optional: Download 'I am the light of the world' video

Maybe you forgot to pick up some sharp object from the floor and you stepped on it in the dark. It can be very difficult and even painful to walk around when it's really dark.

Junior Youth Teaching:

Gather the children together under the blanket, turn it into a fun experience. "We'll see how many people we can get under this dark blanket. It's pretty dark under here, isn't it? I wanted to read a Bible verse to you, but now it's so dark I don't know if I can. But I think I have something that might help."

(Retrieve the flashlight out of your bag or pocket) This flashlight will really help; just the thing to push back the darkness. (Turn on the light.) That makes a big difference, doesn't it? I can see much better.

Read Isaiah 9:2 "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness; on them light has shined"

Let's push back the darkness and take the blanket off now. ( Remove blanket.) Can anyone answer this question; who is the "light of the world"? (Let junior youth answer .) YES Jesus!

Jesus goes on to say "Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"

This is a life-changing verse if you see Jesus for who He is . It says that following Jesus is more than tagging along behind him. It means following Him for who He is. (God)

When you follow Jesus you have Him as the light of life. He said "I am the light" Whoever follows me . . . will have the light . . .You will have me,he says, as your light. If you follow me, you have me. I am yours, your Light, your direction "You will have the light of life."

What is the connection between light and life? John 1:4 gives the answer can someone read this verse:

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men."

The life Jesus has, and the life he shares with those who follow him, gives them light. The life gives the light. The life Jesus has, and the life he shares with those who follow him, gives them light.

The eyes of our hearts are opened, and divine light streams into our living spirits. And thus we have the light of life. The light that comes from new, spiritual, eye-opening life - the life that gives sight to the blind soul, eternal life giving eternal sight.

Youth Teaching:

"The light of the world" what does this means?

1. The world has no other light than Him. If there is going to be a light for the world, it will be Jesus. It is Jesus or darkness. There is no third alternative. No other light.

2. It means that all the world, and everyone in it needs, Jesus as their light.

3. It means that the world was made for this light. This is not a foreign light. This is the light of the owner of the world. When this light comes, it not only makes sin plain and ugly, but it also makes everything good in the world shine with its full and true beauty.

4. It means that that one day this world will be filled with this light as the waters cover the sea, and all darkness, and all the works of darkness, and all the sons of darkness will be cast out. In that day, all will be light. Jesus, the radiance of the Father, will fill the world, and everything will be beautiful with the light of Christ.

Extracts taken from

Jesus Is A Shining Light - When He walked upon this earth, Jesus was in the business of delivering men from darkness. He is still doing that today? If you have never been saved, you can come to Jesus today and He will bring you out of the darkness and the bondage in which you find yourself. He is still a Shining Light and a Saviour to all who will come to Him He said, "I am the light." He didn't say, "I am a light in Jerusalem." He said, "I am the light of the world." That includes us.

Light dispels darkness. And Jesus Christ is the light of truth that dispels the darkness of falsehood. Jesus is the light of wisdom that dispels the darkness of ignorance. Jesus is the light of holiness that dispels the darkness of impurity. Jesus is the light of joy that dispels the darkness of sorrow. Jesus Christ is the light of life that dispels the darkness of death. To say, "I am the light of the world," is to identify yourself as God.

Psalm 27:1. "The Lord is my light and my salvation" - The people that heard this teaching understood what Jesus was saying. He was claiming to be God. He was claiming to be the Messiah, the light. "I know the way out of darkness," Jesus says. "I know the way out of the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of sin. I know the way out of the darkness of sadness and sorrow, out of the darkness of death. Follow me, and I will lead you to life, eternal life."

The names and titles given for Jesus in Lesson 1 and in the previous question reveal His traits and characteristics.

At different times in our lives, certain names or qualities of Jesus may be more meaningful to us. For example, at a time when we need protection and guidance, the title “Good Shepherd” might mean the most to us. When we are studying the Bible and are being fed spiritual food, He is our “Bread of Life.

2. Which of the names in Question 1 mean the most to you at this time in your life . . . . . (Allow each person to answer. Some may want to tell why that name means more to them, but keep their sharing brief.)

Jesus taught in three ways—by His sermons, His parables, and His prophecies. In this lesson we will look at one of Jesus’ sermons.

A Sermon Jesus Preached

A sermon is a “speech given to instruct in religion or morals.”

One of the well-known sermons of Jesus is called the “Sermon on the Mount.” Mark and Luke each recorded parts of this sermon in their Gospels. But Matthew, who was one of Jesus’ disciples, recorded it in detail. It is possible that Jesus preached this sermon, or parts of it, many times as He traveled around the country.

This next week, when at home and you read your Weekly Bible Reading, you will have read the entire Sermon on the Mount. So we will not read it again. Notice the wide range of topics Jesus covered in the sermon.

Encourage the children to come forward holding a candle (either a lighted real candle or the candle bookmark) and Pray and thank God for sending His son Jesus to be the Light of the World.

Jesus, you are the Light of the world! Thank you for shining in our lives to show us the way we should go. Amen.


Print the Take Home Bible Verse candle bookmark one for each child.

DOWNLOAD Take Home Bible Verse Visual Aids


•  Light of the world Crosswords.

•  Light of the world Maze

•  Light of the world Decoder quiz

•  Light of the world Word search


Take Home Weekly Bible Readings: LESSON #3

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

Read the Bible verses below and write in your own words one thing Jesus was telling the people.

1. Matthew 5:1-12

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.

He said:

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

(We are happy when we live the way God says to live.)

2. Matthew 5: 13-16

13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.   15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.   16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Jesus taught us that people who believe in Him are salt and light to the rest of the world)

3. Matthew 6:1-15

6 "Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others.

Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 "This, then, is how you should pray:

"'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.'

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

(Jesus taught us how to pray.)

4. Matthew 6:24-34

24 "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

(We should not worry.)

5. Matthew 7:1-12

7 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  4 How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

6 "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

9 "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

(We should not judge others. We should treat others as we want to be treated.)

6. Matthew 7:13-20

13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

15 "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

(Jesus taught us the right way to live and how to identify false teachers.)

7. Matthew 7:21-27

21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?' 23 Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

(We are to let Jesus be Lord of our lives and build our lives on the firm foundation of faith in God.

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NEXT WEEK:In Lesson 4, we will learn some of Jesus' Parables including the 'Parable of the Sower'


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