BIG IDEA: GOD DESERVES ALL THE GLORY!
AIM: The ‘I Can Give God Glory’ Childrens Lesson on Paul Preaching is to give children the opportunity to see the kind of things that Paul did to bring God glory. Feel free to choose one or two sections to focus on within this session. This session plan is jam packed full of material which may, or may not, be appropriate for your age group and setting. Make sure you pray about what God is calling you to speak to your children about.
- Whispers. Children sit in a circle and one person is given a phrase to whisper to the next person. Each person whispers it into the ear of the next person until the phrase is returned. Was the phrase the same? This game can be played just for fun or in teams – teams compete to see who got the most phrases correct.
- The Blob. Three players hold hands and must try and touch as many other players as possible. If touched, then that player becomes part of the blob and must join hands. The last person to avoid the blob is the winner.
- Telephone Charades. Teams sit in parallel lines. The back person in the line must learn an action/scene from the leader. They then tap on the shoulder of the person in front and must teach them that action/scene. Then they tap the next person and teach them and so on. The team that has the front person in the line doing the action/scene most accurately is the winning team.
BIG VERSE: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 1 Corinthians 5:17.
SET the Scene:
Read Acts 19:1-12. Explain to the children that Paul was doing exactly what God had made him to do (v8). Paul was teaching and preaching all about Jesus and this gave glory to God because it pointed people to Jesus – to God – and showed them exactly what God can do! Paul showed the people that they needed the Holy Spirit – God – to help them to live for Jesus.
- ‘Paul’s Ministry’ by Saddleback Kids
- ‘Paul’s Journey’ by What’s in the Bible?
- ‘The Story of Paul’ by Kids on the Move
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) GOD IS INCREDIBLE!
Say: Did you know that God is INCREDIBLE! He is one God, yet He is also three persons in one! He is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit! That seems difficult to understand sometimes… yet there are many ways that help us to think about who God is:
- THE TREE. Small Image: 1 2 3 Widescreen: 1 2 3 The tree picture shows three main parts of the tree – the trunk, branches and leaves. It shows that all are connected and different parts with different jobs, yet together they are one thing – a tree. However, this is not a perfect example as leaves fall off a tree (and there are more than one).
- THE EGG. Small Image: 1 2 3 Widescreen: 1 2 3 The egg splits up into three parts. These parts all have an important role to play for the egg.
- THE PERSON. Small Image: 1 2 3 Widescreen: 1 2 3 This person (you could name him Rob!) has different roles to play. Although he is his son’s father, he is also his sister’s brother and his mother’s son. Yet he is one person. This isn’t the greatest example, as God is three persons, one God. Yet it helps children to understand that God has different roles.
- THE FIDGET SPINNER. Small Image. Widescreen. The fidget spinner shows three separate handles. They are all equal. This helps children to understand that God the Father, Son and Spirit all work together as one, yet they are each different.
Of course, none of these illustrations help us to fully understand God! We will spend our whole lives trying to know and understand Him! What we do know that He is good and the things He gives and does are always good. In our story we found out that some people did not know who the Holy Spirit is. He is a person – one of the three persons of God. That means He can be our friend and our comforter and our teacher.
2) GOD GIVES INCREDIBLE GIFTS!
[Have a large gift wrapped up, a letter and a handkerchief]
When we have Jesus in our lives God gives us different gifts to help us to live for Him! [Show large gift wrapped up.] Some of those gifts were mentioned in today’s passage from the bible.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES:
The Holy Spirit gives us special gifts like being able to speak in different languages. Sometimes someone might recognize one of these languages as their own. At other times the language is a heavenly language that only God understands. We use this language to help us pray when we don’t know what to say.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit gives us the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is a special message given by God that a messenger must deliver. God might give you a word or a picture in your mind and wants you to give it to someone else. Just like when you are delivered a letter [show the letter]. God gives you a special message [hold up the letter] and then you can pass it on. This special message might be to show someone that God knows how they are feeling, what they are doing or what will happen to them. Gifts of prophecy ‘Always Build up, Cheer up and Draw Near.’ [This is taken from Bethel teaching ‘ABCD’s of Prophecy’ and is a great way to encourage children to think about what they are saying to others before sharing a word or picture.]
[show children the handkerchief] God gave Paul the gift of healing. He was able to heal others when they came to him and were sick! Wow! That is an incredible gift from an incredible God! What is EVEN MORE INCREDIBLE is that Paul didn’t even need to be there for people to be healed – handkerchiefs and aprons that he had touched were taken home to their family and friends and the people were healed!
3) GOD CAN DO INCREDIBLE THINGS THROUGH YOU
You will need a mirror.
Say: You know, the gifts that God gives were not just for Paul, but they are for someone else too… do you know who? [Get feedback and then hold up the mirror]. They are for you! In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 the Bible tells us about the many gifts that He gives. God wants to do ‘extraordinary miracles’ through you too! We can pray and ask God for these gifts and He may give one or more of them to us. Just remember, He is the gift giver and He knows which gifts to give us. Yet the Bible tells us to go after the gift of prophecy because it will help others and show them who God is.
Whatever we do, every single day, whether extraordinary or ordinary, we can always give God glory! We can always point others to Him! As Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
4) WE CAN GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY!
Say: The gifts that God gives are not so that we can look impressive and they are not for us to show off. They are to point other people to God and to show them how GREAT God is! When we give glory to someone we show how important they are. Maybe we will clap or give them a round of applause. If someone wins in a race or sport they will be given glory when they have won by stepping on a podium while everyone cheers, waves and claps for them. [Show picture]
When we give glory to God in our lives it means that we remember that we are not on the number 1 spot. We remember that the gift has come from God and so we are like the person watching or spectating. We remember that God is number 1 and we cheer and thank Him! Why? Because we can give God all the glory!
One of the ways that we can give God glory is through baptism. People get baptized (just as Jesus did in Matthew 3:13-17) to remember that their old ways of living for self are gone, and now they are a new creation in Jesus. Their old life is buried (that’s why we go down under the water) and we are raised to life with Jesus (thats why we come back up! – and also so we don’t drown!). When we get baptized we show our friends and our families that Jesus is our Lord. This brings God glory as it points everyone to God!
There are so many ways that we can give God glory! How do you want to bring Him glory today?
SEARCH the Scriptures:
- Create an obstacle course using whatever you can find: a bench to walk over, a table to duck under, hula hoops to hula with, cones to move in and out of. Use any sports equipment you might have such as hockey sticks to knock a ball around the cones or a ping pong ball and baton to bounce while walking. At the end of the relay place one of the bible verses. Children should collect a bible verse before running to tag the next player. This can be just for fun, or play it in teams and race against one another. Have the children read the bible verses out loud to everyone at the end of the game.
- If you have little space put all the bible verses on an individual slip of paper, then fold them up and put them in a bowl. Add lots of fake folded slips of paper. Invite the children to take a slip of paper in turns and to read whatever is on their paper. If you know your kids well enough, and they like to have a bit of fun, you could add some actions on the fake pieces that they must do. For example, one of the papers could say ‘ Do a chicken impression’ or ‘Name all the 7 dwarfs’. Read the verses and discuss what they mean.
Bible Verses about Giving God Glory:
Let them give glory to the Lord and proclaim his praise in the islands. Isaiah 42:12.
Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in holy array. Psalm 29:1-2.
There is no one like You among the gods, O Lord, Nor are there any works like Yours. All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God. Psalm 86:8-10.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth. Psalm 115:1.
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; They cry out from the west concerning the majesty of the LORD. Therefore glorify the LORD in the east, The name of the LORD, the God of Israel, In the coastlands of the sea. Isaiah 24:14-15.
1. What does it mean to ‘give God glory’?
2. How can you give God glory in your life?
3. Who do you know that gives God glory?
- Where was Paul preaching and teaching in this passage? (verse 1: Ephesus)
- What kind of baptism did John the Baptist do? (verse 4: a baptism of repentance)
- How long did Paul preach in Ephesus? (verse 8: 3 months)
- What did the people bring to Paul? (verse 12: handkerchiefs and aprons)
- What happened to the people when Paul prayed over the handkerchiefs? (verse 12: healed)
SENSE How You Feel:
- Color in a Trinity coloring sheet.
- Create your own megaphone to remember how Paul brought God glory by preaching about him.
- Color this Paul and the Church Coloring page.
- Make this little booklet (for Americans)
There are several ways in which you could ask your children to respond to this session:
- Spend some time in praise, singing songs that speak of God’s goodness and greatness.
- Ask if there are any children that would like to ask Jesus into their lives, pray with them as they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
- Encourage children to write down some of the great things that they have seen and heard that God has done.
- Encourage the children to ask God about what He might want to say to their friends or their family. Remind them that when we hear God’s voice He will always use us to say things that ‘Always Build Up, Cheer Up or Draw Near.’ Don’t be scared to allow the children to be open about what they feel or think God is saying. It might be something as simple or complex as ‘God loves you’, yet this could be just what someone needs to hear!
RESPONSE TO SPEAKING IN TONGUES/BAPTISM:
- Speak to your Pastor before going forward with this response: Ask if anyone would like to get baptized, or to speak in tongues. Pray for these children. When you pray for children and ask God to give them the gift of speaking in tongues remind the children that this is something that God gives and not something that we ourselves can make up. Make sure they feel no pressure to perform. Allow the Holy Spirit to move, don’t put pressure on a child in any shape or form.