Reply to "Call of the Apostles Lesson Set - First Presbyterian Church Nevada, Mo"

Jesus Calls His Disciples

Video Workshop Discussion Guide

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the video: The Visual Bible: Matthew.
“Matthew” by GNN International Corporation and Visual Bible, LLC

 

Discussion guide for:

  • The Calling of the First Disciples, Episode 9
  • The Calling of Matthew, Episode 19
  • Jesus Sends out the 12, Episode 24

For scripture and objectives - see above.


 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture and background ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • The Visual Bible: Matthew
  • Popcorn supplies.


 

Presentation

 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Note: This DVD is a little quirky:

  • In the main menu, “Events” refer to what would normally be DVD “chapters.” “Chapters” refers to actual chapters in the Gospel of Matthew. Select scenes by episode.
  • Sometimes the DVD will randomly change to Spanish. When this happens, the only thing that will change it back to English is to eject the disk and reinsert it.


Adjust the discussion for k-2nd grade as necessary. Some adjustment is made for the last episode.

The Calling of the First Disciples, Episode 9
22:20-24:50 (total time 2:30 minutes)
Mt. 4:17-22

  • Insert the DVD. The main menu will automatically load.
  • Choose “Search by Event.”
  • From the event menu choose “7-12” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose “The Calling of the First Disciples”
  • Press the “Display” button on the remote to get the time counter at the top of the screen. The scripture reference will also appear at the bottom of the screen.


Pause as Peter and Andrew are looking at each other.
Discuss:

  • I wonder what Jesus meant when he said, “I will make you fishers of men (people).”
  • I wonder what Peter and Andrew were thinking.
  • I wonder what they will do.


Restart

Pause as Zebedee (the father of James and John) is watching his sons leave the boat

Ask: I wonder what Zebedee is feeling.
Restart

Stop as the disciples run off to follow Jesus (24:50)
Discuss: I wonder what it was about Jesus that made Peter and Andrew and James and John drop everything to follow Jesus.

Say: Next we will see what happened when Matthew met Jesus. Matthew was a tax collector. The Jewish people didn’t like tax collectors because tax collectors worked for the Roman government and helped the Romans take their money. The Jewish people thought that tax collectors were traitors and terrible sinners. At the beginning of the scene we will see Matthew with a granddaughter, remembering when he met Jesus.

The Calling of Matthew, Episode 19
01:01:05-02:36 (Total time 1:30 minutes)
Matthew 9:9

  • Push the “menu” button on the remote.
  • Choose “Search by Event.”
  • From the event menu choose “19-24” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose “The Calling of Matthew”


Pause after Jesus says, “Follow me.”
Discuss:

  • I wonder what Matthew is thinking.
  • I wonder what Matthew will do.
    Restart


Pause at 01:02:25 after the narrator says, “And Matthew got up and followed him.”
Discuss:

  • I wonder what the other disciples are thinking.
  • I wonder why Jesus chose a man who was considered to be a traitor to the Jewish people.


Stop as the scene changes to a feast at 01:02:36

Say: In the next scene the disciples will become “fishers of people.” Jesus sent out his 12 Apostles to spread his message in Jewish towns, and to heal people of their sicknesses.

Jesus sends out the 12, Episode 24 (k-2nd grades)
01:10:05—01:13:27 (Total time 3:25)
Matthew 10:1-10:20

  • Push the “menu” button on the remote.
    Choose “Search by Event.”
  • From the event menu choose “19-24” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose “Jesus Sends out the 12”
  • Stop at 01:12:24 when the reference at the bottom says 10:13 and Jesus says, “…let your peace return to you.”


Discuss:

  • I wonder how the Apostles felt about being sent out to teach and to heal.
  • I wonder if it was easy.
  • I wonder how they “caught” people for Jesus.
  • I wonder if the people were happy to be “caught.”

See theological note below.

Jesus sends out the 12, Episode 24 (3rd -5th grades)
01:10:05—01:13:27 (Total time 3:25)
Matthew 10:1-10:20

  • Push the “menu” button on the remote.
  • Choose “Search by Event.”
  • From the event menu choose “19-24” at the bottom of the screen.
  • Choose “Jesus Sends out the 12”
  • Stop at 01:13:25 when the reference at the bottom says 10:20 and Jesus says, “…the Spirit of the Father speaking through you.”


Discuss:

  • I wonder how the Apostles felt about being sent out to teach and to heal.
  • I wonder if it was easy.
  • I wonder how they “caught” people for Jesus.
  • I wonder if the people were happy to be “caught.”


Theological note: “Fishing for People” shouldn’t be taken as coercion. In the Bible there is no pleading or manipulating. Notice in the video that when Jesus called someone, he called and then turned and walked off, leaving them to “stew” about it. It was their decision. Also note that Jesus’ disciples weren’t trying to get caught. First Jesus called them—then they came. Jesus’ call to us is the first step in following.

 

Closing:

End with a prayer.


A lesson from First Presbyterian Church

Nevada, MO

 

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