13 Very Surprising Sayings and Why Jesus Said Them

13 Very Surprising Sayings and Why Jesus Said Them

by Mikal Keefer


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If you want kids to do God’s Word and not just hear it—you’re in exactly the right place.
Each session focuses on one key Bible truth—kids will discover it, think about it, talk about it, pray about it, and apply what they learn. You’ll drive that point home through Bible exploration, fun discussions, giggle-worthy games, and oh-wow activities that engage kids in multiple ways.
Just add an adult or teenage leader to these easy-to-lead sessions to keep kids engaged, entertained, and growing in their faith! Each session is
  • Flexible—sessions work for 1 or 2 kids, 12 kids, or more
  • Multi–aged—suitable for all elementary kids
  • Low–prep—using easy-to-find supplies
  • 45 minutes of fun—with time stretchers to fill an hour
  • Relational—children grow close to Jesus and each other
Perfect for any children’s ministry program—Sunday school, children’s church, and more!

Help kids discover the faith-building, life-changing truths tucked into 13 of Jesus’ surprising sayings. They will begin to understand what it means to start fishing for people, love the meanies they know, why they would want to be last, and others. And along the way, kids will see that Jesus changes everything—for those who choose to follow Him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434712554
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Series: 13 Very Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Mikal Keefer has published more than 20 books and is a frequent contributor to Group Publishing curriculum. He’s an active volunteer leader in children’s ministry at Church of the Good Shepherd in Loveland, Colorado. Mikal, who is married and the father of two children, is the author of all six titles in this series.

Table of Contents


How to Use These Sessions
Page 7
SESSION 1: Jesus Said ... Love Your Enemies
Page 9
Love everyone—even the meanies! Matthew 5:43–47

SESSION 2: Jesus Said ...Turn the Other Cheek
Page 17
Don’t try to even up the score. Matthew 5:38–39

SESSION 3: Jesus Said ... Your Thoughts Matter
Page 25
Your thoughts matter, just like your actions. Matthew 5:21–22

SESSION 4: Jesus Said ... Don’t Worry
Page 33
Don’t worry—trust God. Matthew 6:25–27

SESSION 5: Jesus Said ... Be Happy When Others Are Mean to You
Page 41
Be joyful—no matter what. Matthew 5:10–12

SESSION 6: Jesus Said ... I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Page 49
Jesus is the only way to God. John 14:6–9

SESSION 7: Jesus Said ... The First Will Be Last
Page 55
Serve others. Mark 10:43–45

SESSION 8: Jesus Said ... Put Me First
Page 63
Love Jesus most of all. Matthew 10:37–39

SESSION 9: Jesus Said ... Fish for People
Page 71
You have good news to share. Matthew 4:18–20

SESSION 10: Jesus Said ... Forgive and Keep Forgiving
Page 79
Forgive—and forgive again. Matthew 18:21–35

SESSION 11: Jesus Said ... With Faith, Nothing Is Impossible
Page 87
Have faith in God. Matthew 17:20–21

SESSION 12: Jesus Said ... It’s Hard for Rich People to Enter God’s Kingdom
Page 95
Keep your focus on God. Luke 18:18–27

SESSION 13: Jesus Said ... Care Most about the Life to Come
Page 103
You can be friends with Jesus forever. John 3:16; 12:25; 1 John 5:13

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