Jesus Calls His Disciples
To Remember: Jesus had 12 close followers (disciples)
  • Disciple: student, follower
  • Apostle: 1 of 12 special disciples
Lesson - Read Luke 5:1-11

Matthew 4:18-22 "As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, how saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea - for they were fishermen. And he said to them, 'Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.' Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him."

Matthew 9:9 "As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and followed him."

Read the passages about the calling of the disciples. List all 12, and go over the pronunciation of their names.
  • SING apostles song
  • Graphic A color picture of Jesus calling two fishermen
  • Play Follow the Leader: clap, hop, turn around, put arms up, sit down, hands on hips.
    Go over vocabulary, discussing what it means to follow a leader and be a disciple.
  • Memory Work: Names of the Apostles
  • True and False
    1. Jesus offered to pay his disciples. F
    2. There were 20 disciples. F
    3. Some disciples were fishermen. T
    4. Matthew was a tax collector.  T
    5. Jesus' followers were all rich and educated. F
    6. If the disciples disagreed with Jesus they voted to decide the issue. F
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