THE GLORIOUS SON

TGSIn the run up to Easter why not have a listen to these talks from Steve Lawson that will take you through the account of Passion Week, the Death of Jesus, and the Resurrection of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel.

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KIDS TALKS FOR EASTER

freeimages.co.uk seasonal imagesEaster time is here, and with it comes Easter services in church or Easter assemblies in schools.

Here are some kids talks which would be suitable to do over the Easter period, that I’ve done over the years in both of these contexts.

Big Words that End in Shun!

The Big Bible Adventure – The Last Days of Jesus

The Big Bible Adventure – The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Big Bible Adventure – The Resurrection of Jesus

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KIDS TALK: ISAIAH

IsaiahThe Big Read – Isaiah

Powerpoint Pictures: Toddlers; Stormtroopers; War Horses; Planes & Tanks; Mud Hut; Castle; Wooden Idol; Superhero

Imagine that a powerful enemy is threatening to attack this community you are living in. Think about who you’d like to defend you – who if you had a choice you’d choose to protect you.

Would you choose an army of toddlers or an army of stormtroopers?

Would you choose to have men on horses or men in planes and tanks fight for you?

Would you choose to take cover in a mud hut or in a castle?

Would you choose a little wooden statue or a superhero to lead you into battle?

You would choose the more powerful option, wouldn’t you?

Now the people of Judah were facing invasion from the Assyrian army, the most powerful enemy of the day, but instead of trusting in God to protect them and defend them, they chose to trust in all the wrong things, whether it be idols, themselves, their leaders or other nations.

So the prophet Isaiah speaks to the people with a message from God, which we find in the book of Isaiah, and the message is simple: Trust in God alone.

Trust in God alone because if you don’t, it will end badly for you. Listen to what Isaiah said to King Ahaz: “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” (Isaiah 7:9)

If you don’t trust in God, you’ll end up in trouble, and sadly for the people of Judah they did end up in a mess and they were exiled to Babylon.

But God also says through Isaiah, that in the future, if the people of Judah were to trust in God, they would have a wonderful future.

Why?

Because God’s Servant-King is coming who will save you from your sins, including all the times you’ve failed to trust God alone.

And this Servant-King has now come.

Jesus is God’s Servant-King that Isaiah spoke of, and He will save us from our sins if we trust in Him. But if we don’t, like it ended badly for the people of Judah, it will end badly for us as well.

More talks from The Big Read for Kids can be found HERE.

BAND OF BROTHERS: TITUS (PART 6)

Band of BrothersA key part of our elder’s meetings is time in God’s Word and prayer which I usually lead.

We’re continuing to work our way through the book of Titus.

Download my notes on Titus 3:1-8 as a pdf

More notes can be found HERE.

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KIDS TALK: JOHN 20:19-29 (BIG BIBLE ADVENTURE #94)

42_Lk_24_20_RGThe Big Bible Adventure – John 20:19-29

Powerpoint Pictures: Flags of France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, Kenya, Hawaii, South Africa, England, Israel

When we greet someone, we say “Hello” to them. But if we were in another country, we would say something different.

Can you tell me what country you would say the following in: Bonjour (France); Guten Tag (Germany); Hola (Spain); G’Day (Australia); Konnichi Wa (Japan); Jambo (Kenya); Aloha (Hawaii); Sawubona (South Africa); God Dæg (England – Anglo-Saxon); Shalom (Israel).

Shalom means peace, and it is what Jesus would have said when he greeted people. There was an occasion when He did this and gave a group of people a big surprise by doing so.

Jesus’ disciples were in a locked room. They were afraid that what had happened to Jesus, might happen to them. Suddenly Jesus appeared in that room and said “Shalom” or “Hello”. Wasn’t Jesus supposed to be dead?

The disciples wondered was it really Him, How would they know? Mary recognised Jesus’ voice. But this wasn’t the way they would tell. Jesus showed them His hands. What would be different about Jesus’ hands? (They would have the nail marks in them).

But one of the disciples was missing on that day. Thomas. When he turned up, Jesus had gone. The 10 disciples said to him, “We’ve seen Jesus” but Thomas did not believe them.

“Unless I see the nail makes in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” (John 20:25).

Jesus appeared to them again 1 week later. Thomas saw Jesus and believed. He believed that Jesus really did rise from the dead and that He was God’s Son.

Because the disciples, along with a number of other people were eyewitnesses who saw Jesus alive, we can be sure that Jesus is really alive too.

What are the disciples going to do with this news that Jesus is alive?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

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KIDS TALK: JOHN 20:11-18 (BIG BIBLE ADVENTURE #93)

42_Lk_24_07_RGThe Big Bible Adventure – John 20:11-18

Sound Effects: Boris Johnson; Queen Elizabeth II; David Beckham; Elsa/Indina Menzel; Barak Obama

We’re going to play a game called ‘Guess the Gardener’. Listen to the following gardener’s voices and see if you tell me who they are, by recognising their voices. [Boris Johnson; Queen Elizabeth II; David Beckham; Elsa/Indina Menzel; Barak Obama].

After the women (and the two disciples) had visited the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid, Mary Magdalene stayed behind.

She was upset. She thought that someone had stolen the body.

As she turns from the tomb, she sees in front of her a man she guesses was the gardener who asked her why she was crying.

“Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her “Mary.” She turned towards him and cried out in Aramaic “Teacher”. (John 20:15-16)

The gardener was actually Jesus. Jesus risen from the dead.

Here was the evidence that Jesus really was alive.

The body hadn’t been carried away and hidden – it was standing right in front of her. And when Jesus spoke ‘Mary’, she recognised His voice.

Mary was so happy.

She clung onto Jesus. But Jesus told her not to do that, but instead to go and tell the disciples that He was alive.

So Mary did as He said. She told the disciples that she had seen Jesus. That He had risen from the dead.

But will the disciples believe that Jesus really was alive?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

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KIDS TALK: JOHN 20:1-10 (BIG BIBLE ADVENTURE #92)

Res1The Big Bible Adventure – John 20:1-10

Powerpoint Pictures: Heart Monitor; Brain; Blowing Dandelion; Speech Bubble; People jumping

How do you know that you are alive? What are some signs of life in a person? [Heart is beating; Brain activity; Breathing; Talking; Moving].

Jesus was buried in a tomb and soldiers were left guarding it to make sure that no-one could steal the body.

Once the Sabbath was over, a group of women including Mary Magdalene, got to work preparing spices and perfume to put on Jesus’ dead body. Then early Sunday morning, they went to the tomb where they had seen Jesus’ body buried. They hoped that there would be someone there to help them roll the stone covering the entrance away.

When the women arrived at the tomb, they were stunned.

The guards had done. The stone had been rolled away. And the body was missing.

These things were all signs of life.

What did Mary Magdalene do?

“She came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” (John 20:2)

Simon Peter and John (who was the other disciple) ran to the tomb, and they saw what Mary Magdalene and the other women had seen.

They wondered what had happened to the body.

Had the body been stolen? No. The guards were there to stop that from happened.

Did Mary Magdalene and the other women go to the wrong tomb? No. They had seen where Jesus was buried.

Did Jesus really die? Yes. Roman soldiers were experts in killing people and had made sure that Jesus was dead by thrusting a spearing into his side.

So what had happened to Jesus’ body?

Had He done what He said He was going to do? Had He risen from the dead on the third day? How would we know?

More talks from The Big Bible Adventure can be found HERE.

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AMAZING GRACE (4)

IMG_7596-2Amazing Grace – Grace that Overcomes

Download my teaching handout as a pdf

More teaching handouts can be found HERE

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Teaching series is based on this great book PROOF: Finding Freedom through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones.