Kids Lesson: Living Like Jesus
Living Like Jesus – 2 Peter 1
Jesus lived a perfect life and died the death we deserve for our sin. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sins and changes our hearts. Jesus calls and empowers His followers to live like Him.
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His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness. - 2 Peter 1:3
Bible Story - Faithful in Hard Times
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Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples who became a leader in the early church. He wrote two letters in the Bible to help believers who were facing hard times. When Peter wrote his second letter, he was in a Roman prison. He had been arrested because he was a follower of Jesus. Peter wrote, “We have everything we need because we know Jesus. When we trust in His righteousness, He gives us power to live for Him. He is good, and He promises us good things. So this is how we should seek to live. Along with faith, seek these things: goodness, knowledge, self- control, patience, brotherly affection, and love.” When we have these qualities, Jesus will be glorified in our lives. When we remember the good promises God has for us, we can rely on His power to resist temptation. Peter wanted the believers to remember what Jesus had done for them. Jesus did the greatest work by dying on the cross. He has taken away our sins! Because of Jesus, God invites us into His kingdom and gives us eternal life. Peter wrote, “God has chosen you and given you His power, so do everything you can to live like Jesus.”
Bible Story Summary
- Peter wrote a letter to help people following Jesus during hard times.
- Peter said Jesus gives us power to live for Him.
- Peter encouraged believers to live like Jesus.
- Peter wanted them to remember what Jesus had done for them.
- What does the Bible say living like Jesus looks like?
- How does remembering what Jesus has done for us help us live like Him?
- Who can we ask for help to live like Jesus?
Play a mirror game where one family member faces another family member and copies his or her actions. Talk about how we want our lives to look like Jesus.
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Actions For Words
Write different simple nouns on index cards. Allow kids to take turns drawing a card and acting out the noun without using any words or noises. Challenge them to guess what word that is being acted out. Suggested nouns: cat, baseball player, dancer, photographer, bird
Say: It was tough to guess those words based only on the actions. In a way, that reminds us of the lesson from today’s story. You may have heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.” If we say we love Jesus, our lives should show that. We live like Jesus so the world will see that He is our King. But actions with no words at all can be confusing as well. That’s why we should not make the mistake of thinking that if we live like Jesus, we won’t have to tell people about Him. Really living like Jesus means our whole lives are devoted to God’s glory. That means our thoughts, speech, and actions all point to the gospel.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find 2 Peter 1. Ask the following questions:
What did Peter say God has given us? (everything required for life and godliness, 2 Peter 1:3)
What should we have along with faith? (goodness, knowledge, self-control, endurance, godliness, brotherly affection; 2 Peter 1:5-7)
Why did Peter want to remind believers of these things they already know? (he knew he would soon die, and wanted to affirm the truth again before he did, 2 Peter 1:12-14)
Why is it important to live for God? Help kids think through God's purpose for us. We were created to glorify and love Him. We cannot be truly happy apart from His plans for us. After faith in Jesus, our mission is to lead others to Jesus. If we say we love Jesus, and live as though we do not, our witness is ineffective.
What are ways we can grow in godliness? Guide kids to think about practical steps they can take to help them grow in their walk with Christ—such as reading their Bibles daily, gathering with other believers to learn about God, praying, and worshiping God. Remind kids that doing these things can’t save them, but will help them grow in godliness if they are saved by grace through faith.
Who does the work of growing us in godliness? Discuss the combination between the Holy Spirit’s power to change us, and our responsibility to live for God. Help kids see that we cannot change ourselves, but that with the Holy Spirit’s power, we will be able to work towards loving and obeying God.
Close with this: Peter instructed believers to live like Jesus. We are called to live like Jesus too!