Brave Hearts Ministry



Matthew

Memory Verse: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find.” (Matthew 7:7)

 

Key Facts

 

Author: Mathew, one of Jesus’ disciples.

Purpose: Matthew shows that Jesus is the Messiah promised in Old Testament.

Time: 6 B.C. and A.D.30

Location: Galilee

Important People: Jesus

 

Lesson #1: The Beatitudes. Matthew 5:3-10

 

   “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

     Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

     Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

     Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

     Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

     Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

     Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

     Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the       kingdom of heaven.”

 

1.              Take each line; help the kids to define it; provide examples; discuss the outcome of each when we apply it to our lives.

 

Ex: Who are the “poor in spirit”? Answer – those who are humble.  Discuss what “humble” is and how we can apply it.  If God gives us a talent, we do not want to tell others how great we are.  Let your talent speak for itself.

 

Summary: Pray that God will stamp these lessons in our hearts.

 

Lesson #2: Love your enemies. Matthew 5:43-48

 

     “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in haven.  He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?  Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others?  Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

Questions:

 

1.              Who are your enemies? (allow the kids to talk about people they struggle with in their lives)

2.              Why is it hard to love your enemy? (talk about the difference in the emotions of hate and love)

3.              How can we love our enemies? (provide concrete examples for the kids: pray for them, be nice even when you do not feel like it, be polite)

4.              Why is it not enough just to love those who love us? (believers and non-believers to this; Christians are called to be different)

5.              Be perfect. Can we ever achieve this? (No – but we are called to try out best to be Christ-like).

 

Summary: This may be the most difficult thing that we are asked to do as Christians. Everyone struggles with this – even adults. Ask kids to pray for someone that they are struggling with.

 

Lesson #3: Golden Rule. Matthew 7:7-12

 

     “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

   

     Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!  So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Questions:

 

1.              Verse 7 talks about the promise. Verse 8 talks about the results.  Spend some time talking about what we should ask for (provide examples of good requests vs. selfish requests).

2.              Get responses from kids on what their reaction would be if their parent gave them a stone for food.  Discuss God’s love and work as provider.

3.              What gifts has God given each child? (let them go around and think about what talents each has)

4.              Read verse 12 – the Golden Rule.  Spend time discussing what it means and how the kids can apply it to their lives.

 

Summary: God is waiting for us to ask for his help and his blessings.

 

 

Lesson #4: Parable of the Talents.  Matthew 25:14-30

 

     “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.  Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.  So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 

 

     After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.  ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents.  See, I have gained five more.’

 

     ‘His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 

     The man with the two talents also came, ‘Master,’ he said, ’you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more,’

 

      His master replied, ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 

     ‘Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is hat belongs to you.’

 

     ‘His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 

     Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.  For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

 

Questions:

 

1.              Review what “talents” are.  Talk about your own talents and let the kids talk about their talents.

2.              Read about servant #1 (vs. 19). He doubled the talents given to him.  What was the response of the master? (vs. 21).

3.              Read about servant #2 (vs. 22).  He doubled his talents.  What was the response of the master? (vs. 23).

4.              Read about servant #3 (vs. 24). What was his master’s response? (v. 26-28).

5.              How can we develop the talents God has given each child?  Let each child talk about how they can develop their talents and use them for God’s purpose.

 

Summary: Acknowledge the talents God has given you as gifts from God and develop them for his purpose.

 

Lesson #5: The Resurrection.  Matthew 28:1-10

 

     “After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

 

     There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 

     The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.’  Now I have told you.’

 

     So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings,’ he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’”

 

Questions:

 

1.              Review the events leading up to the resurrection (crucifixion, death, burial in the tomb). Talk about what the resurrection was and why it is the core of Christianity.

2.              Read vs. 3.  Why do you think his clothes were “white as snow”? (symbol of purity)

3.              Who discovered that Jesus had risen from the dead (Mary Magdalene and another Mary; vs. 1).

      4.              What was their reaction to seeing Jesus alive? (vs. 5 – they were afraid). How would you have reacted?  

5.              Discuss the implications of the resurrection.

·         Jesus is in heaven.

·         Jesus can live in our hearts.

·         Allows the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.

·         Allows for a relationship with the living Jesus.

·         Jesus is our direct-link to God – no longer do we need a mediator to talk to God.

      6.  Talk to the kids about accepting Jesus into their hearts.

 

 

Summary: Thank the Lord that he now can live in our hearts and walk with us through the challenges that we face everyday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Posted 1.12.09