We Confess to God the Bad Things
The Ministry of John the Baptist
Dear Lord, help each child to confess their sins to you, so that you will break their chains of sin, free them from shame and bad habits, then cleanse the conscience of each girl and boy. Hear us, forgive us, and bring peace to our hearts.
Choose activities that fit the ages and needs of the children.
1. Let an adult or older child tell how John the Baptist helped people to confess their sins to God and be forgiven.
· Where did John the Baptist teach the people? [Matthew 3:1]
· What did John tell the people to do? [Matt. 3:1]
· What two things did they do to show that they had repented? [Matt. 3:6]
· What does ‘repent’ mean? [Turn from our sins and obey God]
What did John
call those who thought they were too good to need to confess their sins?
Whom did John
mean when he said, “He who is coming after me is mightier than I?”
What did John
say that Jesus would do?
· What did John tell the crowds to do to show that they had repented [Luke 3:10-11]
· What did John tell greedy tax collectors to do after he baptized them? [Luke 3:12-13]
· What did John tell soldiers to do? [Luke 3:14]
2. Dramatize parts of the story of the people who confessed their sins:
· Arrange with the worship leader for the children to present the drama to the adults.
· Rehearse the drama during your teaching time with the children.
· Let older children help younger ones to prepare.
older children play these parts:
Smaller children play these
Tell the first part of the story, from Matthew 3:1-12.
“We who live in Judea and Jerusalem have done many bad things.
John “God has forgiven you. Come and be baptized.”
Judea (Some say) “Why
are so many people going out to see John the Baptist?”
"You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Tell the second part of the story, from Luke 3:10-18.
“We have done selfish and bad things.
“Collect no more money than what you have been ordered to.
"And what about us soldiers, what shall we do?
“Do not take money from anyone by force, or accuse anyone falsely,
People from Judea “Praise God for his wonderful grace and forgiveness!”
Narrator Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
3. If the children present this drama to the adults, then let them ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
4. Draw pictures of a fire that the children can show to the adults during worship.
Let them explain that when Jesus
raises the dead, it will be like harvest time:
Some children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
5. Three children recite these verses from Psalm 51:
Wash me thoroughly from my
For I know my transgressions,
Against You, You only, I have
Behold, I was brought forth in
Purify me with hyssop, and I
shall be clean;
Create in me a clean heart, O
6. Let older children write poems or a song about confessing our sins and being forgiven.
7. Memorize Psalm 51:10":
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
A more detailed drama, about
John the Baptist and his baptism of repentance: