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Jesus Taught About God's Kingdom

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Jesus Taught About His Kingdom - Matthew 5

Jesus taught people what it means to follow Him. He taught how people should live, how they should treat one another, and how to love God. People who trust in Jesus live to honor God and lead others to know Him.

Key Passage

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you”- John 14:26

  • The Holy Spirit (put arms up with palms in)
  • Will teach you all things (bring arms down with palms up at waist)
  • And remind you (point to temples)
  • Of everything (shake head)
  • I have told you (bring fingers down in front of your waist)

Songs

The Holy Spirit

Choose one or more of the songs below:

  • For God Loved The World - Video
  • He is Faithful - Video
  • The Lord Will Be With You - Video  
  • You Are Great - Video
  • Everlasting Kingdom - Video
  • Ask God - Video
  • The Lord is Patient With You - Video
  • If My People - Video
  • God Will! - Video
  • Kingdom Kid - Video

Bible Story Video

Jesus Taught About His Kingdom

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus taught people about God’s kingdom.
  • Jesus taught that people who believe in Him live differently than people who do not.
  • The people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching.

Family Discussion Starters

  • Talk about specific ways Jesus said in His sermon believers should live.
  • Is living the way Jesus described easy or hard? Who will help us live the way God wants us to live?

Family Activity

  • Read Matthew 5:3-10 as a family from several different versions of the Bible. Put some of it in your own words to help understanding.
  • Talk about ways people live and why your family lives in a certain way. Examples include going to church or putting others first.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF (Lessons for July 5 - August 2)
  • Activity: Obey Happily
    • Give children a fun command to obey. Encourage them to respond with “Yes, ma’am” or “Yes, sir” and obey quickly. Reward quick and happy obedience with a sticker.

    • When Jesus lived on earth, the religious leaders thought a person could go to heaven if they did all the right things. In today’s Bible story, Jesus said that why a person does the right thing is just as important as doing the right thing. Doing the right thing is hard, but doing the right thing for the right reason is even harder!

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study  - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - Sept. 20)

  • New City Catechism - Question 37
    • How does the Holy Spirit help us?

    • The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts and the desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God’s Word.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Help kids find Matthew 5.

    • Ask the following questions:

      • Why did Jesus say those who mourn are blessed? (because they will be comforted, Matt. 5:4)

      • What did Jesus compare believers to? (salt and light, Matt. 5:13-16)

      • What did Jesus come to do with the law? (obey it perfectly, not get rid of it; Matt. 5:17)

      • What are some ways God’s kingdom is different from worldly kingdoms? Guide kids to give examples about how God’s kingdom is the opposite of what our hearts naturally desire. In God’s kingdom, we love our enemies and consider ourselves blessed even in difficult or sad times. We give generously even to those who cannot repay. We trust in God instead of ourselves, and we do good to glorify God, not to look good in front of others.

      • Why does God care so much about what’s in our hearts? Help kids understand that sinful actions always begin as sinful thoughts and desires. Remind them that it is not enough to simply avoid doing bad things. Obedience to God means we do not even think evil thoughts. Help them see that we need Jesus because only He can meet God’s standard of perfection.

      • Where did Jesus’ authority to teach come from? Guide kids to think about Jesus’ identity as God the Son. Remind them that He was present at creation and that He is the King of kings. His words are God’s own words. His teaching is perfect.

      • Jesus taught people how to live in God’s kingdom. We can only enter His kingdom by faith in Jesus. Then God transforms our lives to look like Jesus. We cannot live the way Jesus said to, but Jesus fulfilled the law for us. We are saved by Him alone.