Lesson Title: The Great Commission
Scripture: Matt. 28: 16-20
Our theme is EVANGELISM

What is happening in this story? 

Matthew presents Jesus as the one promised in the Old Testament-both sovereign king and humble servant.  This is very different from what most people anticipated in a Messiah.  Followers of Jesus are invited into the understanding that God’s kingdom is both present and future, now and not yet.  One day it will be fulfilled completely.  However, in the meantime, we are to follow the ways of Jesus and lead others into a life that changes things both here and now, and for all eternity.  

Why does this story matter for kids?  

Kids – especially younger ones – know what it’s like to be excited to share.  Whether sharing toys, stories, or just information, kids know this impulse well.  While challenging for some church communities, evangelism, at its core, is simply this fervent desire to share with others something that gives us joy.  When we truly experience the love of God and the good news of Jesus, we are compelled to share it through our words and deeds.  

Why this theme? 

Evangelism comes directly from the Greek for ‘gospel’ or ‘good news.’  What better news is there than the assurance that Jesus is with us ‘always, to the end of the age”?  Whenever we share Jesus’ teachings and love with others, we evangelize – we spread the good news.  Kids are some of the very best at doing this. 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.