In addition to these public lessons and ideas posted below, our Writing Team has created an extra creative set of lessons on this story for our supporting members: Jesus Calls the Disciples ...and You!  The set's lesson summaries and Bible background are open to all.

This thread is for posting Video Workshop lessons, video resources and a-v related ideas for teaching about Jesus Calls the Disciples.

Some key "Call of the Disciples" stories:

Matthew 4:19, Mark 1:16-20, Luke 5:1-11
“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” (fishers of men)

Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17, and Luke 5:27-28
"Follow me!"  The Call of Matthew the Tax Collector

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Matthew 19:27-28
Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?”  Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.



Original Post

Chris18 posted:

Movie Clip Suggestions - "Oh God"; "Evan Almighty"; and "Bruce Almighty"


There is a posting under the Abraham and Sarah ideas that uses "Oh, God" to compare John Denver's "call" to God calling Abraham. I haven't used this, but have had it in my mind for some time to use this idea somehow. I am preparing the movie lesson for Jesus Calls the Disciples. I am considering using a 12 minute segment of "Oh God"- where God is talking to Denver through the intercom and his car radio- along with a 6 minute segment from "Evan Almighty" - where the wood is dropped off and God tells him to build an ark.

Discussion along these lines: These are Hollywood ideas of how God might contact a person to help him out. Do you think they are realistic? How would you react if you were in these situations? How do you think God might really call YOU? How can you react when you think God is asking you to do something?

I'm looking for feedback on this concept. Do you think this could work? What could be more specific discussion possibilities, any potential problems?

Hi Chris -- I've shown clips of "Oh God" during our Abraham & Sarah rotation twice over the years, and it's been well received both times. I've used different clips; have used your 12 minute radio clip, as well as the scene when John Denver first physically encounters George Burns as God. I found that the older kids -- 4th & 5th graders -- were more receptive, and better able to understand the message we were trying to get across.

It's a great idea -- hope it goes well --

I think it would work well. You could also consider "Bruce Almighty." I think "Oh God" is excellent and very real.


Julie Burton

Originally posted by Cynthia:


"Jesus" TV Mini-Series

We just finished a rotation on the disciples. We used excerpts from the "Jesus" TV mini-series video, where Jesus called the disciples. It's very realistic. You just have to be ready to hit stop when the zealots come charging into town and cut someones head off!

Video's that include clips on the "Call of the Disciples"

  • "Matthew" (Visual Bible)

  9   - Calling First Disciples;
19   - Jesus Calls Matthew;
24   - Jesus Sends out the Twelve.

  • "Jesus" Video - starring Brian Deacon DVD

Scene 12:  Miracle of Catching the Fish
Scene 14:  Jesus Calls Matthew
Scene 15:  Jesus Chooses the Apostles

  • "Long Journey" (#1 Friends & Heroes Series) - includes (Daniel & The Disciples Call)

"In this episode, Macky has to pluck up his courage to do something important and he hears the story of how Jesus invited his first followers to join him
The Bible stories are tucked into a larger story about children and their family/friends set in the Roman occupied city of Alexandria. They are refugees from Galilee. (The dad knew Jesus.) In each story line they come to two decision points where a Bible story is 'remembered' to them to help guide their actions. 
The Bible story portions are in a distinct 3D animated style, whereas the "kids adventure" storyline is in 2D cartoon style."

  • “Follow The Leader” (#4 Cherub Wings Series) – great for the younger children.

  Nicely broken down into short segments - three of which focus on the disciples call.

  • Fluffy, McDuffy, and Puffy - a comical object lesson about three very different sheep and how they each responded to the shepherd's call.
  • The Fishermen’s Call - illustrated story of Jesus' calling Peter and the apostles to service.
  • Jesus is Calling You - a visualized song about following Jesus.

The Bible: Epic Mini Series


Produced by Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Fox Faith, 2013, 024543823964.


We are using The Bible, the new one with Roma Downey, the new series.  It was a REALLY well done series.  We are watching disc 2, clip "Hope".  It was fantastic!

The Miracle Maker

by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Now on DVD the 2002 release (012236103486), and the 2007 ( 9781400311958), at this time both are still out there.

We used "The Miracle Maker", scene 7 (calling of Simon, Andrew, James and John) and 1 minute into scene 9 (calling of Matthew the tax collector). I was an adult before I understood that not all Jesus' 12 disciples were called to be "fishers of men," so showing Matthew's call alongside the more well-known one by the sea is important, I think.

"The Miracle Maker" is a *great* video. It uses the stop-action animation technique. The figures are expressive and the theology is sound. It draws from all four gospels to tell the story of Jesus. 

"Come Follow Me" is a really good 34 minute video focusing on Jesus' life and ministry with Peter by his side. Jesus and Peter talk a lot to each other in very wonderful way.


It has a strong "follow me" message and begins with the fisherman's call.


See my extended comments about it in our Peter forum at:


Jesus Calls Matthew

Jesus Calls Peter, Rock, Fisher of People

...two free and very short animated videos from Saddleback Kids' YouTube channel. Suitable for introducing a study or use in worship.

Jesus calls Matthew the tax collector, and Jesus' "call" to sinners, preaching mercy.

Jesus calls Peter, "The rock," Cast your net, Fish for People

Add Reply

Likes and Bookmarks (0)
Post Your Question, Comment, Idea, or Resource Inc. is a volunteer-run, 100% member supported, 501(c)3 non-profit Sunday School lesson ministry. All content here is the copyrighted property of its listed author. You are welcome to borrow and adapt content here for non-commercial teaching purposes --as long as both the site and author is referenced. Posting here implies permission for others to use your content for non-commercial purposes. Inc reserves the right to manage, move, condense, delete, and otherwise improve all content posted to the site. Read our Terms of Service. Google Ad Note: Serving the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, S. Africa, and more! is rated 5 stars on Google based on 55 reviews.