To Remember: Jesus is Lord
over all creation
Lesson - Read Matthew 14:22-33
Faith: trust in God and His promises
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go
before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes
away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on
the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was
alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,
tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the
fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the
sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they
were troubled, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for
fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Be of good
cheer! It is I; do not be afraid." And Peter answered Him and
said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the
water." So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of
the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he
saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning
to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!" And immediately
Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, "O
you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into
the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came
and worshiped Him, saying, "Truly You are the Son of God."
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that
are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created
through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him
all things consist.
Walks on the Water by Sharon Broome (click for lyrics and tune)
Craft: Trace child's foot on a piece of blue paper. Draw
waves under the foot. Decorate with stickers of fish. Draw the boat.
Play: Follow the Leader: clap, hop, turn around, put
arms up, sit down, hands on hips. Discuss what it means to follow a
leader and be a disciple.
Act out the verse: Have students design and memorize motions to the
verse: "When Peter came out of the boat, he walked on the water to
True and False
Concentration: Use the
Bible Trading Cards to make a concentration set of the Apostles,
printing only one side. Or read from the backs of the cards
and have the students pick which Apostle it describes.
Peter could only walk on water if there were no waves. F
Peter needed to believe in himself. F
Jesus is in control of all the world. T
The disciples believed Jesus was the son of God after seeing the miracle.
Jesus did miracles in order to be famous and popular. F
Review Questions for
What does it mean to have faith? to trust in someone
What is a miracle? When God does something "impossible" for man
Fill in the blank: "O you of little _________, why did you doubt?"
Act out Peter beginning to sink.
Sing the Apostles
Play a quick game of follow-the-leader. (Table top version - the other kids
make the same hand motions that the leader does)
How did the the disciples feel when they first saw Jesus? (they were scared)
What feeling made Peter begin to sink? (fear and doubt)
What feeling did Jesus express when he said, "O you of little faith"?
(perhaps disappointment, rebuke)
Is God in control of the earth today? yes
Can we get into troubles that God can't help us out of? no
Will we ever be asked to do things based on God's strength, and not ours?
What was the weather like when Jesus appeared? stormy
Who asked to walk on the water with Jesus? Peter
What made Peter afraid? the strong winds
Did Peter walk on the water by his own power? no - it was Jesus'
Does God ask us to do things without giving us the means to do them? never
Who should we trust in to accomplish our work here? God