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Parable of the Vineyard Owner (Matthew 20) | Talk

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus tells the parable of the Vineyard owner or the hired hands.
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Today’s hero is The Vineyard Owner because he shows us the gift of Order

Essential Teachers notes:
Jesus was a storyteller and this powerful small story goes against the grain of so much that is taught to kids. It doesn’t matter how many followers or likes you can score, Jesus will love you the same, it doesn’t matter how many bible verses you can recite or how much muck your sin has created God’s going to take you in as his chosen child.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 20:1-16

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Parable of the forgiven Debt (Matthew 18) | Talk

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus tells the parable of the forgiven debt.
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Today’s hero is the servant because he shows us the gift of Forgiveness

Essential Teachers notes:
This parable of Jesus is probably not the most popular with many, especially not bankers, but the kind of radical forgiveness it displays is sorely needed in today’s world. The idea of burning your last bridges, squandering your last chance, and ‘no way back’ are rife and yet God never shuts that door to us and asks us to not shut that door to others. If you have older kids it’s worth reminding them that forgive means to not hold it over someone’s head but not to necessarily forget – the king would have been wise to hesitate before lending the man more – equally forgiveness is granted when requested on our knees, acknowledging our shortcomings, not given automatically.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 18:21-35
Extra reference : Acts 1

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2 or 3 are gathered (Matthew 18) | Talk

 
Story notes based on Matthew 18 where Jesus talks about resolving disputes and gathering to pray.
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Today’s hero is Justus because he shows us the gift of praying together

Essential Teachers notes:
There are two quite distinct teachings in this short 6 verse section from Matthew 18 – the teaching on resolving arguments and the teaching on corporate prayer. I’ve tried to capture both by weaving a slightly fictional story alongside about one of the crowd of extra’s. We know from Acts 2 that many men were with Jesus throughout his time but not chosen to be one of his disciples, I’ve chosen a name from there ‘Justus’ to be our hero. Which of the two elements you choose to stress is entirely up to you but for the supporting material I’ve chosen the latter message about corporate gathering as I write this while the world is struggling with a pandemic and the idea that Jesus is just as present in the living room as the sanctuary is key.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 18 15-20
Extra reference : Acts 1

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Peter gets it wrong (Matthew 16) | Talk

 
Peter gets it wrong (Matthew 16) | Talk
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Today’s heroes is Simon-Peter because he shows us the gift of a cross

Essential Teachers notes:
A huge part of understanding scripture comes from understanding the context that it’s played out in. In passages like this where Peter challenges Jesus’ planned schedule as absurd, we have to see the wider picture to understand the actions of the characters. This shift in Jesus’ teaching is totally incompatible with the expectations and teachings of a coming Messiah and Peter putting his foot in it is a very predictable response. It’s easy to make Peter look like a fool or a man of weak faith in this conversation but neither is true. By understanding why he had trouble grasping this concept we also shed light on why the religious leaders lead Jesus to his death.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 16

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Who Am I ? Simon-Peter (Matthew 16) | Talk

 
Who Am I ? Simon-Peter (Matthew 16) | Talk
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Today’s heroes is Simon-Peter because he shows us the gift of Foundation

Essential Teachers notes:
This short conversation with Jesus’ tired followers is a pivotal moment. For Peter to speak out with such assurance is surely a divine revelation but he probably wasn’t the only one thinking it. Peter’s boldness is richly rewarded, not only does he get a new name he is also given the keys to the kingdom. This passage lends itself well to being acted out and this retelling would work as a narrated script.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 16

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Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15) | Talk

 
Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15) | Talk
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Today’s heroes is the Canaanite Woman because she shows us the gift of Abundance

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage is sometimes shied away from in ministry circles because it seems Jesus’ actions are derogatory, he appears to insult the woman and those who do not come from the Jewish nation. It’s certainly a discussion older children may want to have as to why Jesus chooses to use this soft insult. But this passage is contains a much bigger challenge for churches today, the challenge to include the outsider, to allow God’s abundance to spill over the edges of the table we set.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 15

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Bread of Life (Matthew 14) | Talk

 
Bread of Life (Matthew 14) | Talk
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Today’s heroes is Jesus because he shows us the gift of Bread.

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage of teaching seems to go totally over the heads of those who were listening to Jesus and it’s not a big jump that kids concrete thinking could risk us doing the same thing. Kids struggle with transference, the ability to transfer a quality of one thing to another, developmentally they aren’t there, but they can cope well with symbolism. The people in this story seem to confuse the two. Jesus stops their clumsy understanding and goes back to the basic symbol before starting them down the right transference path. If you can take some time to talk about sharing the bread and wine in church services that would help to solidify the symbol in their heads. If you’re kids ages are already in double digits they can probably run with the transference and you can start to draw lines on how Jesus could be ‘like’ bread.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Matthew 14

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Jacob’s Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29) | Talk

 
Jacob's Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29) | Talk
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Today’s heroes is Leah because she shows us the gift of Deception.

Essential Teachers notes:
There is so much you can draw out of this story of Jacob finding his family and falling in love with the youngest daughter of a relative. There is also lots of trip wires – Why did Leah need to marry first? Why did her father not find her another suitor? Why does Jacoob agree to keeping a second wife when he clearly loved another? How drunk was he the evening of his wedding not to notice? While this passage may lead to interesting questions the actual narrative is quite straightforward.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favorite bible translation or story book.

Main Passage : Genesis 29

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