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Living Water Sunday School Lesson

Living Water Sunday School LessonHere is our Living Water Sunday School Lesson! Kids will learn that only Jesus can satisfy their deepest longings. They say that Snickers satisfies,but nothing on Earth can satisfy us for very long. Kids will learn that we can be truly satisfied with Jesus. Jesus loved us so much, he died for us. He took our place when he died on the cross, taking the punishment for sin upon Himself. Jesus can forgive our sins, and he can give us the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we can have a one on one relationship with God. The Holy Spirit becomes an unending fountain of living water, filling us over and over. This lesson is great for every Children's Ministry, Kids Church, and Sunday School!  And, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids! You're also going to want to check out Candy Bars 12-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum.

Living Water Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus can satisfy our hunger.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn that only Jesus can satisfy their deepest longings.

KEY PASSAGE:

John 4:4-26, The Living Water

MEMORY VERSE:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.- Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

They say that Snickers satisfies,but nothing on Earth can satisfy us for very long. Kids will learn that we can be truly satisfied with Jesus.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for the living water that comes from Jesus.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.- Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

But put Gods kingdom first. Do what he wants you to do. Then all those things will also be given to you. - Matthew 6:33 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Have the kids read the verse together. Read it normally, then in a whisper, then really, really loud!

SMALL GROUP:

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

 

SKIT

 

THE YUM AND DELICIOUS

ITEMS NEEDED:

None

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

2M, 1F

CHARACTERS:

The Announcer

Wendy and Jared - Star-crossed soap opera couple

Dramatic soap opera music plays. Wendy and Jared enter, looking as if theyve been having a fight.

ANNOUNCER: On the next episode of, The Yum and Delicious, Wendy discovers a shocking secret about Jared. Will this be the end of their relationship?

JARED: So, you found out, did you? I knew this day would come.

WENDY: Jared, why would you keep this a secret from me?

JARED: I didn't know what to say, Wendy. I don't know what to say now.

WENDY: Say you love me enough to tell me why.

JARED: Why what?

WENDY: Why you have so many Snicker bars hidden away in the attic!

JARED: All right, I'll tell you. Sometimes, I'm not me when I'm hungry. I get cranky and I turn into...

WENDY: Yes?

JARED: I turn into Mr. Crabs from Spongebob. There, I said it. I know you probably despise me now.

WENDY: No, Jared, I could never despise you for that. Sometimes I get hungry, and I turn into a funny old TV celebrity.

JARED: You mean like Betty White?

WENDY: Who's that?

JARED: The old, old lady who always makes our parents laugh She was on some old TV shows.

WENDY: Maybe, yes. But Jared, Snickers cannot satisfy your hunger forever.

JARED: Liar!

WENDY: It's true, Jared. Only one thing can satisfy, and that's... well, it's the love of Jesus. There, I said it. Jesus loves you, Jared, and he wants to satisfy your deepest hunger.

JARED: All of them?

WENDY: Yes, all of them.

JARED: Even the hunger I have to own a pet monkey?

WENDY: A pet monkey?

JARED: Yes, Wendy, I want a pet monkey. There, I said it. I ordered one from the San Diego Zoo. It will be arriving tomorrow.

WENDY: But Jared, we can't have a monkey! You're allergic to bananas!

ANNOUNCER: Tune in next time for more of the Yum and Delicious.

 

OBJECT LESSON

 

ITEM NEEDED:

A Snickers bar

Is it true what they say? Can Snickers really satisfy? Can Snickers turn someone who is grouchy, tired, or irritated into a pleasant person again?

Snickers is packed with peanuts, a good source of protein, and science has shown that chocolate does have a positive effect on our minds. It makes us happy! But there's only so much a Snickers bar can do.

Have one of the kids read the calorie count on the side of the wrapper.

Calories are units of energy, and Snickers has 215 calories per bar. But guess what? A kid can burn off those calories in only an hour of riding a bike. Snickers may satisfy your hunger, but it's not going to satisfy you for very long. What's more, Snickers can only satisfy so many things. It can't satisfy loneliness, sadness, and the hunger we all feel inside for something to give our lives purpose.

Only Jesus can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts. Jesus can forgive our sins and give us the Holy Spirit. And yes, Jesus can satisfy us when we are grouchy, tired, or hungry- even more than a Snickers bar.

Snickers can satisfy hunger for a time, but only Jesus can satisfy the deepest hunger. When you're really hungry, reach for Jesus.

 

LARGE GROUP GAME

 

BABY WANTS A DRINK

ITEMS NEEDED:

Baby bottles filled with water

INSTRUCTIONS:

When babies are hungry or thirsty, they need a bottle now! Choose a few kids from the audience and give each one a bottle. Have the kids race to see who can finish their bottle first. Choose small bottles or dont fill large bottles to the top.

VARIATION:

You can use sippy cups instead of bottles, or make the game a 60 second beat the clock challenge.

WHATS THE POINT?

Only Jesus can satisfy our deepest hunger.

 

LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

Jesus can satisfy our hunger.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn that only Jesus can satisfy their deepest longings.

KEY PASSAGE:

John 4:4-26, The Living Water

INTRO

For years, Snickers told people that their candy bar was the perfect remedy for hunger. Their commercials always ended with the tag line, "Packed with peanuts, Snickers really satisfies." Then a few years ago, they went a step further. Snickers created a Super Bowl ad that became the most popular commercial of the night, featuring classic TV star Betty White as a grumpy, hungry, tired football player. The ad was so popular, they went out and got more TV and movie stars acting cranky and grumpy and grouchy - like the guy throwing the machete into the Brady Bunch's coffee table.

Snickers is a great treat when you're hungry. It is packed with peanuts, caramel, and nougat wrapped in chocolate. But a Snickers bar can only do so much. Snickers has very little nutritional value, and too many Snickers will make you overweight and unhealthy. In short, too many Snickers can make you even more tired and grumpy than if you never had one in the first place!

It's not Snickersfault that they can only satisfy a little hunger. The same can be said for any food. We eat, we feel satisfied, then we feel hungry again. Food is the fuel that gives our bodies energy, and the more energy we use, the more often we get hungry. There is no meal that will ever satisfy us for life because we constantly need refueling.

There's an even deeper hunger we all have for something more than food. It's a hunger for meaning, for purpose, for something to make us feel loved. God placed an empty place in all of our hearts, and there's only one fuel that can fill that hole. That fuel is Jesus.

In today's scripture, Jesus tells a woman something very similar to what I've just told you about Snickers. The woman has come to a well looking for water. Jesus tells her he can offer her something better than ordinary water.

READ JOHN 4:4-26

MAIN POINT

The woman at the well was thirsty. Yes, she needed water to drink, to wash, and to cook, but she longed for something more. Jesus knows her life's story, and he knows how empty she feels. Her many husbands have made her an outcast - which is why she comes to fetch water when no one else is around. And the more she searches for something on Earth to satisfy her, the thirstier she becomes.

Jesus tells her she needs living water. The living water Jesus is referring to is Himself. Jesus is the Son of God, who became man so that he could restore us to a relationship with God. Jesus made this possible by dying on the cross to pay the price for our sins. When we place our trust in Jesus, he forgives our sins and gives the living water that truly satisfies!

DRIVE IT HOME

The Snickers commercials are funny, but they make an interesting point. They remind us that there's a hunger that goes deeper than the growl in our stomachs. We hunger for justice. We hunger for things to go our way. We hunger for healing for ourselves and our loved ones. We hunger for love, for friendship, for success. We hunger for something to give meaning to our lives.

A candy bar can make you feel better for a bit. Science has even shown that chocolate has a positive effect on our minds. But chocolate can't heal a broken heart, or take away your lonely thoughts. Nothing on this Earth can.

People still try to satisfy their hungers with the things of this world. They think money, fame, power, and things will make them happy. These things can give us a temporary boost, just like a candy bar, but they never last. The sugar crash always comes, and we feel worse than we ever did.

God knows we need him. He knows without Him, we are lost. That's why he put that hunger inside us for something greater than this world. He wants us to feel hungry, and he wants us to fill that hunger with Jesus.

Jesus loved us so much, he died for us. He took our place when he died on the cross, taking the punishment for sin upon Himself. Jesus can forgive our sins, and he can give us the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we can have a one on one relationship with God. The Holy Spirit becomes an unending fountain of living water, filling us over and over.

Snickers can satisfy hunger for a bit. Many things in this world can put a smile on our face - for the moment. But only Jesus can satisfy the deepest longing. If you're feeling that hunger this morning, it's time to reach for Jesus. He is the only one who truly satisfies.

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for the living water that comes from Jesus.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER

Whats your favorite snack when you are hungry?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

Matthew 6:33

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY

Have the kids make up their own commercial about how Jesus really satisfies.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Read John 4:4-26

Who did Jesus meet at the well?

What did the woman want?

What did Jesus tell the woman she needed?

Who is the living water?

Why is Jesus more satisfying than anything on Earth?

SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

Do not let us settle for lesser things, but give us the living water we need.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER

Whats your favorite snack when you are hungry?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

Matthew 6:33

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY

Have the kids make up their own commercial about how Jesus really satisfies.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Read John 4:4-26

Why was the woman at the well?

What did Jesus tell the woman she needed?

What did Jesus mean by living water?

What kinds of things do people use to try to satisfy their hungers?

Why is Jesus more satisfying than anything on Earth?

SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

Do not let us settle for lesser things, but give us the living water we need.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Living Water Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). 

 

Take a look at the links below for other ideas for teaching a Living Water Sunday School Lesson:

Preschool Bible Lesson: Jesus is the Living Water - Ministry-To-Children 

Living Water - Children's Sermons from Sermons4Kids.com

Living Water - Group Activities - Sermons4Kids