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Zacchaeus Sunday School Lesson

Zacchaeus Sunday School Lesson
Check out our FREE Zacchaeus Sunday School Lesson! Teach kids to turn away from sin and follow Jesus. And by the end of this lesson, kids will name ways they can repent, turn and go the other way, from their sin. This lesson is great for every Children's Ministry, Kids Church, and Sunday School!  Jesus can help you turn from sin as well. If you give your life to Jesus, he will help you repent of your sins and follow Him. Jesus wants to turn every heart he can away from sin. Jesus died to set you free from sin, and he loves when someone calls his name and asks for help and forgiveness. Let Jesus know you are sorry for your sins. Let him know you are ready to change. Let Jesus come inside and change you from the inside out. And, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids! Take a look at our Disciple Me 4-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum.

Zacchaeus Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

Turn away from sin and follow Jesus.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will name ways they can repent, turn and go the other way, from their sin.

KEY PASSAGE:

Luke 19:1-10, Zacchaeus

MEMORY VERSE:

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

Just like Gru had to change his old ways to do what was right, kids will learn that to be Jesus’ disciples we first have to realize we are sinners and we need a Savior.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us how we can turn away from sin.

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

 

So encourage one another with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, thats what you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIrV)

 

LARGE GROUP:

Divide the room in half. Have one half read it aloud, then have the other half read it aloud. Who can read the loudest?

 

SMALL GROUP:

Give all the kids a Bible.  Then after you read the verse, give them the reference and see who can find it first in their Bible.

 

 

 

 

SKIT

  

JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE BAD GUYS

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

Villain and henchman costume

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

2M

 

CHARACTERS:

The Villain - A former super-villain

Minion - Assistant to the villain

 

The Villain and the Minion enter. They both speak directly to the kids.  You can also have the minion speak gibberish and mime all of his lines.

VILLAIN: Hello.

MINION: Hi there, kids.

VILLAIN: Do you know me?

MINION: Do you know who he is?

VILLAIN: I used to be a super-villain.

MINION: He is a bad man.

VILLAIN: I dont like to brag, but I once tried to steal the entire state of Kansas.

MINION: He tried to steal a whole state!  The one right in the middle too!

VILLAIN: I was going to replace George Washingtons face on Mt. Rushmore with my own.

MINION: He has a big head.

VILLAIN: And I never looked both ways before crossing the street.

MINION: Told ya he was a bad boy.

VILLAIN: But not anymore!

MINION: What?

VILLAIN: Im no longer the bad guy I used to be!

MINION: Hes even worse!

VILLAIN: Now, Im a good guy!

MINION: Now, hes a - WHAT??

VILLAIN: You see, kids, I used to think there was no hope for a guy like me.

MINION: There is no hope.

VILLAIN: Guys like me always go to jail. But then, I met Jesus.

MINION: Whos Jesus?

VILLAIN: Jesus is the Son of God.

MINION: He is?

VILLAIN: And it turns out, Jesus loves everybody.

MINION: Not you.

VILLAIN: Even me.

MINION: Nobody loves you.

VILLAIN: When I learned that Jesus loved a guy as bad as me, I knew he could love anybody.

MINION: He must be crazy.

VILLAIN: He is crazy in love with me!

MINION: I called it.

VILLAIN: Jesus changed my life. Now instead of doing bad things, I do good things.

MINION: Im so ashamed.

VILLAIN: I want everyone to know that Im a changed man.

MINION: This is not the villain I was looking for.

VILLAIN: And I want the world to know that Jesus loves them!

MINION: Not me.

VILLAIN: Even you.

MINION: But why?

VILLAIN: Because hes Gods Son, and he can change anyones heart.

MINION: You talking to me, or them?

VILLAIN: Yes, and yes.

MINION: Wow.

VILLAIN: Jesus loves you, my little friends.

MINION: Even a minion like me?

VILLAIN: Especially a minion like you!

 

OBJECT LESSON

  

ITEMS NEEDED:

A withered potted plant

 

What would you do if you saw a plant in your house like this? Would you throw it out right away? Odds are you wouldnt. If a plant was withered and dying, you would do whatever you could to save it. Youd start by giving it some water. Then youd move it to a window where it can get some sunlight. With a little love and care, a plant like this can not only survive, but thrive again!

 

God would never think of tossing any of us aside either. As long as we are alive, theres hope for us. No matter what weve done, no matter how bad of a sinner we think we are, God still loves us.

 

Nothing makes God happier than seeing a sinner turn from sin and turn to him. Even the worstof people can be saved if they truly are sorry and willing to change their hearts. God can make it happen if we place our trust in him.

 

Remember Charlie Browns Christmas tree? All it needed was a little love. A little love from Jesus can help you turn from sin and begin growing in Christ.  LARGE GROUP GAME

  

SUPER VILLAIN PICTIONARY

 

ITEMS NEEDED:

A large drawing pad, a marker, cards

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Write the names of three super-villains on cards. Keep them simple and easy for the kids, names they will know, like the Joker, Darth Vader, Gru, etc.

 

Choose two players for this game. Let the players decide who will draw and who will try to guess what is being drawn. The players will have 90 seconds to try and get all three villains right. If they succeed, they win a prize.

 

VARIATION:

An alternate game would be to have an adult draw five villains, one at a time, on the sketchpad while two players try to guess the villains. The first player to guess 3 correctly wins.

 

WHATS THE POINT?

No matter how badyou are, you can turn from sin and repent!

LARGE GROUP LESSON

 

BOTTOM LINE:

Turn away from sin and follow Jesus.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will name ways they can repent, turn and go the other way, from their sin.

KEY PASSAGE:

Luke 19:1-10, Zacchaeus

INTRO:

What makes a good action movie? Is it big stunts? Is it the special effects, the explosions, the cars jumping broken bridges, and the stunt men falling off buildings?

Maybe its not the stunts and special effects. Maybe its the good guys. Maybe its a secret agent like James Bond who is super cool and indestructible. Maybe its a wise-cracking super hero like Spider-Man, who always has a funny line to say as he captures the villain. Or maybe its a lightsaber wielding heroine like Rey from Star Wars who finds her strength and makes us cheer?

Heroes and big stunts are part of the fun in action films, but lets face it: the secret to a great action movie is the villain. The bigger and badder the villain, the bigger and better the movie. The best Bond movies are the ones with the best villains. Harry Potter may be a great wizard, but his greatness is only magnified by the notorious villain Voldemort. And is there any bigger, scarier, badder villain in any movie than Darth Vader?

We may cheer against them, but deep down, we are all a fan of villains. Villains make action movies scary. They make them dangerous. They put the excitement into these action-packed thrillers. And sometimes, as in the movie Despicable Me, the villains can make us cheer for them!

Despicable Me introduces us to Gru, a super-villain who wants to show the world he is still one of the most evil men living in it. Gru is a brilliant inventor with some truly evil plans in the works, but something rather unusual happens to Gru, doesnt it? Gru meets three little girls who change his life. In the end, Gru decides he no longer wants to be known for doing bad. His little girls inspire him to do good.

Its not every action movie that shows us a villain who changes his ways, but Despicable Me is one of those movies that remind us even the worse of people can change for the good. The Bible teaches us over and over, as we will see in todays story about a man named Zacchaeus.

READ LUKE 19:1-10

 

MAIN POINT:

Zacchaeus wasnt a super-villain. He didnt have an evil lair or any minions. But Zacchaeus wasnt a man known for his kindness and generosity. Tax collectors were well-known villains. They stole from and cheated everyone, and they kept lots of that stolen money for themselves.

But what happened when Zacchaeus learned that Jesus loved him? Just like Gru, he was changed! Zacchaeus gave his life to Jesus. He repented of all the wrong he had done, and he promised to set things right. A bad man known for his dishonesty decided to change his ways and do good.

Jesus wants to make the same change in everyones heart. No matter who you are, no matter what you have done. Jesus can and will help you turn from sin and follow Him!

 

DRIVE IT HOME:

Its hard to imagine seeing bad people turn away from evil and doing good, but its happened all throughout history when people met Jesus. In the Bible we see men like Zacchaeus and Saul of Tarsus turn from disobeying God to following Jesus. Zacchaeus gave the money he had stolen back to the people, with interest. Saul turned from persecuting Christians to becoming a leader in Christs church.

In more recent times we have the story of Chuck Colson. Chuck Colson was the right hand man to former President Richard Nixon. Colson helped the president to break the law, and many people saw both Colson and the president as villains. Colson went to prison for his actions, but before he entered jail, Chuck Colson gave his life to Jesus. He began to read the Bible and study Jesus, and Jesus changed his life.

When Chuck Colson left prison, he turned away from his crooked pursuits and created a ministry that has touched thousands of lives. Do you know what that ministry does? Its called Prison Fellowship, and their purpose is to share Jesus with prisoners - criminals who have broken the law - and the families they left behind.

Chuck Colsons life was changed by Jesus, and so have thousands of other prisoners. No matter what those people have done, God still loves them, and he wants to help them turn away from sin.

Jesus can help you turn from sin as well. If you give your life to Jesus, he will help you repent of your sins and follow Him. Jesus wants to turn every heart he can away from sin.

If youre struggling with sin this morning, I hope and pray that you wont leave here without having a talk with Jesus. Jesus died to set you free from sin, and he loves when someone calls his name and asks for help and forgiveness. Let Jesus know you are sorry for your sins. Let him know you are ready to change. Let Jesus come inside and change you from the inside out.

 

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Show us how we can turn away from sin.

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

 

ICEBREAKER:

What does repent mean?

 

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Without putting the verse on display or looking it up, see how many kids can recite the memory verse.

 

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Play a game of Go Reverse - This will be played like Red Light Green Light, but will emphasize the idea of repenting, by turning and going another way.  When you say “Go” all the kids will try to run towards you.  When you say “Reverse” all the kids will turn around and run the other way.  You can play until someone reaches you. 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Luke 19:1-10

Who was Zacchaeus?

What made Zacchaeus so bad?

What happened that changed Zacchaeus life?

What did Zacchaeus do to turn from his sin?

What are some ways we can turn away from our sins?

 

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to die for our sins.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

 

ICEBREAKER:

What does repent mean?

 

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY:

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Without putting the verse on display or looking it up, see how many kids can recite the memory verse.

 

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY:

Play a game of Go Reverse - This will be played like Red Light Green Light, but will emphasize the idea of repenting, by turning and going another way.  When you say “Go” all the kids will try to run towards you.  When you say “Reverse” all the kids will turn around and run the other way.  You can play until someone reaches you. 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

Read Luke 19:1-10

Why did so many people dislike Zacchaeus?

Why did Jesus ask to go to Zacchaeus house?

What did Zacchaeus do to turn from his sin?

What are some sins that trip you up every day, at school or at home?

What are some ways we can turn away from those sins?

 

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to die for our sins.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

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

Here's a video from Saddleback kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on Zacchaeus. 

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

 

Jesus & Zacchaeus Bible Lesson for Children - Ministry-to-Children.com

 

 

A Little Man with a Big Problem - The story of Zacchaeus

 

 

Sunday School Lesson Plan- Zacchaeus - DLTK-Bible