Lesson Title: Thomas Believes
Scripture: John 20: 19-31
Our theme is BELIEVE

What’s happening in this story?  

Jesus’ grace – not Thomas’s doubt – is the focus of this story.  Thomas is a follower of Jesus with some questions – questions similar to those the other disciples had, and got answered, when Jesus appeared among them one week earlier.  But Thomas was not there when Jesus appeared to the others, and he was not going to be fooled.  People do not, as a rule, rise from the dead.  He needed to know this wasn’t a hoax – he needed to see and touch Jesus’ wounds.  Jesus gives Thomas exactly what he says he needs.  Thomas responds in faith with the words “My Lord and my God!”

What does this story mean for kids? 

Kids understand the need to question, and can identify with Thomas.  They probably have many questions about this story, in fact – questions that should be encouraged.  It is important for kids to know that God loves questions; that Jesus encouraged questions in his teaching and storytelling; and that Thomas’s critical thinking and desire to be sure are important aspects of faith, just as they are important in other realms of life.  God never asks us to sign onto something glibly.  

Why this theme? 

Belief isn’t something that is above doubt.  Kids will have questions – everyone doubts at some point in their life.  But this story reminds us that true belief comes from asking questions, that faith is interwoven with doubt and grows from it.  
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.