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Who is Jesus Series - Lesson #4

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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. GUESSING GAME: (10 minutes) Guess how many seeds I have in my right hand(Once a child guesses correctly they sit out next time until most of the children have guessed correctly.)

2. TEAM GAME: (10 minutes) Make two teams maybe girls and boys, or tall and short alternatively. Pass a big seed, such as a small coconut, over your head and between your knees. When it has passed down the line the last person runs to the front and begins the process until all have run to the front, first team to complete is the winner.

3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)

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4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)

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a. Weekly Bible Verse Readings Review: Allow the class to share their answers and discuss together.

When at home this week you read Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount that is found in Matthew 5:1–7:29. List the bold subtitles and the Bible references that were most helpful to you.

Teaching about Anger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:21-26

Possible Answers:
True Happiness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:3-12
Salt and Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:13-16
Teaching about the Law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:17-20
Teaching about Adultery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:27-30
Teaching about Divorce. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:31-32
Teaching about Vows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:33-37
Teaching about Revenge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:38-42
Love for Enemies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 5:43-48
Teaching about Charity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 6:1-4
Teaching about Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 6:5-15
Teaching about Fasting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 6:16-18
Riches in Heaven. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . Matthew 6:19-21
The Light of the Body. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . Matthew 6:22-23
God and Possessions. . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Matthew 6:24-34
Judging Others. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:1-6
Ask, Seek, Knock. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Matthew 7:7-12
The Narrow Gate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:13-14
A Tree and Its Fruit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:15-20
I Never Knew You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:21-23
The Two House Builders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:24-27
The Authority of Jesus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matthew 7:28-29

b. Junior Youth Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Matthew 13: 3 - 4a. … CHARGE!
“ A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path”

(Matthew 13: 3 - 4a)

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(Matthew 13: 3 - 4a.)

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c. Teach the Lesson (15 minutes)

What Did Jesus Say?

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.

We learnt in the last session that Jesus taught in various ways—by His sermons,(Sermon on the Mount), this session we will learn His Parables, and His Prophecies. Lets look at one of Jesus’ Parables.

A Parable Jesus Told

A parable is a short, simple story which communicates a spiritual truth and/or a moral attitude.

Jesus taught by parables. He used illustrations that He drew from nature and familiar, everyday happenings to explain some moral or spiritual truth that was less familiar.

In the Bible, the parable had a hidden meaning which needed further explanation. Jesus used this method of teaching when He wanted to conceal the meaning from His enemies. That way, those who were trying to trap Him could find no direct statements from the parables to use against Him.

One of the benefits of using parables in teaching is that it presents powerful truths in an interesting way, which does not immediately overwhelm the listeners.

The Bible teaches us who can understand the things that Jesus said.

What does the apostle Paul say about that in 1 Corinthians 2:13-16?

13  These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15  But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16  For "who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

This says that people who do not have God’s Spirit living in them cannot understand what Jesus said. His words seem like so much nonsense to those who are not Christians.

Bible teacher Charles Ryrie says the truths taught in the parables are mysteries, because they were not revealed in the Old Testament. They were revealed by Christ in the New Testament to those who put their trust in Him.

1. Altogether, Jesus told 60 parables that are recorded in the Gospels. Some are repeated in the other Gospels. One of the best known is the Parable of the Sower.

Matthew, Mark, and Luke record Jesus’ explanation of this parable.

Read Luke 8:4 -15 . . . . .

The Parable of the Sower

4  And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5  "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6  Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7  And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8  But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

The Purpose of Parables

9  Then His disciples asked Him, saying, "What does this parable mean?"

10  And He said, "To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'

The Parable of the Sower Explained

11  "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12  Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 13  But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 14  Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15  But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."

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Adapted from Bible for Children.

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Adapted from Bible for Children.

a. What does the sower sow? . . . . . (the Word of God)

b. What prevents the seed of God’s Word from taking root in our
lives? . . . . . (The devil snatches it away; it does not sink in and is soon crowded out; trouble comes and we give up; the worries of life and our love for riches choke it out.)

c. Why does some soil yield more than others? . . . . . (It is good soil— people hear the Word of God, understand it, believe it, and obey it.)

2. Consider the explanation of the parable of the soil.

a. Which soil does your life represent?. . . . . (Answers will vary.)

b. What changes are needed in your life to represent the good soil?. . . . . (Answers will vary.)

Introduction: The Parable of the Sower:

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Now we will look at some of Jesus’ prophecies.

Prophecies Jesus Foretold

A prophecy comes from “speaking under the influence of God’s guidance.”

3. The New Testament contains many of Jesus’ prophecies, a few of which are given below. Write the correct Bible reference after the prophecies.

Mark 8:38

38  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."

Mark 14:72

72  A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word that Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." And when he thought about it, he wept.

Luke 24:5-7

5  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6  He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7  saying, 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.' "

John 5:25-29

25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth-those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

John 12:32-33

32  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33  This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

a. His Disciple’s Denial .....................................................
b. His Own Death .............................................................
c. His Own Resurrection.....................................................
d. Our Future Resurrection..................................................
e. His Return......................................................................

Jesus prophesied much about the last days.

4.Turn to Matthew 24:1-3. . . . .

1.Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2  And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."

3  Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

What two questions did the disciples ask Jesus? . . . . .

(When will the temple be destroyed?)

(What will be the sign of Jesus’ coming back?)

The temple prophecy was fulfilled in A.D. 70—about 37 years after Jesus’ time on earth—when the Romans “completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple buildings [and] stones were pried apart to collect the gold that melted from the roof when the temple was set on fire.”

Jesus also answered the second question.

Read Matthew 24:36-39. . . .

36  "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39  and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Jesus, in His humanness, said no one but His heavenly Father knows when He is coming back. We should not believe people who set dates concerning Jesus Christ’s return!

Jesus said many terrible things would happen before He came back. We have always had famines, earthquakes, and catastrophes. However, these things will happen even more frequently and violently as the time of Christ’s return draws near.

When we know Jesus as our Savior, we can trust Him with our future. We must not leave the topic of what Jesus said without learning the source of His words.

4. Where did the words Jesus spoke come from?

John 17:5-8

5  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

6  "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7  Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8  For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

..................................(the Father)

All through the Old Testament we read of times when God spoke to
different prophets, priests, and kings. The Bible records this by saying “God said to . . .” or “The Word of the Lord came to. . . .” God spoke to people in the New Testament also.

5. To whom did God give His words and message in the following New Testament references?

a. Mark 1:10-11. . . . .

10  And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 11  Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

...................................(to Jesus )

b. John 1:32-33

32  And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33  I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'

................................(to John the Baptist)

c. Acts 11:4-9

4  But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying: 5  "I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me. 6  When I observed it intently and considered, I saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 7  And I heard a voice saying to me, 'Rise, Peter; kill and eat.' 8  But I said, 'Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.' 9  But the voice answered me again from heaven, 'What God has cleansed you must not call common.'

...............................(to Peter)

God spoke in other ways to people.

Read Acts 10:3-6

3  About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!"

4  And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?"

So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5  Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6  He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do."

Tell us how God spoke to a man named Cornelius . . . . . (through a vision of an angel). Here, God spoke to a Gentile, which amazed the Jews. They believed God spoke only to the Jewish people!

When the leaders of the church in Antioch were serving the Lord and fasting, how did the Lord speak to them?

Read Acts 13:2-3

2  As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." 3  Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

(by the Holy Spirit). God spoke to them through the Holy Spirit. He told them to send Saul, also known as Paul, and Barnabas as missionaries to the Gentiles.

God also speaks to us today.

Read Hebrews 1:1-2a.

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,

In your own words, what does this say? . . . . . (God speaks to us through His Son, Jesus)

Just think of it! God is speaking to our hearts every time that we read the Bible. Our responsibility is to listen and obey.

Read Proverbs 8:34-35

34  Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
35  For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord ;

God speaks to people today. When we hear a message from God’s Word, we know it is God speaking to us.

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13

13  For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.

God has already told us all that we need to know about life—past, present, and future. He has preserved His Book through the ages of time and has preserved its accuracy in the original manuscripts. Isn’t it amazing to realize that we can actually read God’s thoughts in His Word?

What have you learned in this lesson about Jesus and what He has said. . . . . (Allow each to share their answers.)

Through our Bible references, we have learned that Jesus is God. He is called the Son of God. All that He said in His conversations, His teachings, His sermons, His parables, and His prophecies came from God. We know all that Jesus said is the truth—God’s truth.


There are some people that have no desire to learn more about God, these people are like the seeds that fall on the path. Let’s spend some time holding our seed and asking God to make our hearts fertile ground for the Jesus seed that was just planted in our hearts.

1. Praise to God for the opportunity to be able to hear His Word and learn from it.
2. Thank Him for "Planting the Jesus seed," in our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to help everyone during the week to think about Jesus planted in their heart like a seed, water it by reading the Bible.
3. Safety and health for the young people.
4. That others may see Jesus in our lives.

Lord Jesus, thank You that we can know that everything You said is true. No one ever spoke as You did. We can depend upon Your promises. Thank You for teaching us. We pray in Your name, amen.

Youth Take Home Bible Memory Verse

(Matthew 13: 3 - 4a.)

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For Lessons 3 through 6, you will write your own prayer to close your Bible study time at home. This will give you an opportunity to express your thanks to God and to ask Him to help you apply the biblical truths in your own life. Your personal prayer will not be shared in the group.

Take Home Weekly Bible Verse Readings - LESSON #4

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

During the week at home, read the Bible verses below and write a short summary of the seven parables

Read: Matthew 13:3-58

1. The Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:3-9

3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  9  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"


2. The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Matthew 13:24-30

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying:  "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;  25  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.  26  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  27  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'  28  He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'  29  But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  30  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but   gather the wheat into my barn."


3. The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Matthew 13:31-32

31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying:  "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,  32  which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a   tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches."


4. The Parable of the Leaven

Matthew 13:33

33 Another parable He spoke to them:  "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three   measures of meal till   it was all leavened."


5. Prophecy and the Parables

Matthew 13:34-35

34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

"I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world."


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6. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:44

44  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and   sells all that he has and   buys that field.


Matthew 13:45- 46

45  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,  46  who, when he had found   one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.


7. The Parable of the Dragnet

Matthew 13:47- 52

47  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and   gathered some of every kind,  48  which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away.  49  So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth,   separate the wicked from among the just,  50  and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."

51 Jesus said to them,  "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord."

52 Then He said to them,  "Therefore every  scribe instructed   concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure   things new and old."

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NEXT WEEK: Lesson #5 is called “What Did Jesus Do?” We will learn about the importance of working and resting.


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