February 2, 2009

Faith Kids: Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

Jesus is arrested. Peter cuts off a servant's ear, but Jesus fixes it. (John 18:1-12)

Big Idea
Be a peacemaker, not a peacebreaker.

Bible Verse
Matthew 5:8 - "Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called sons of God." (NIrV)

1. To understand the difference between a peacemaker and a peacebreaker, we listed all the superheroes and supervillains we could think of.

2. As we told the story, we had our "Peter" cut off our "servant's" ear with a foam sword, in super-slo-mo movie style. During the lesson, we learned that Jesus was a peacemaker, and allowed himself to be arrested because he trusted that God had a plan. Peter, on the other hand, decided to be a peacebreaker, and trust in his sword instead of God.

3. While learning our verse, we slowly dressed up Carter as a superhero. He wore super pajama pants, a super blue tank top, super fuzzy slippers, super sunglasses, a super winter cap, a super bandana, and a super bath towel cape.

4. We talked about situations we could find ourselves in at home and at school, and how we could choose to act as a peacemaker instead of a peacebreaker.

Materials We Used
1. Lesson Plan
2. Small Group Leader Sheet
3. Verse Activity

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