Jesus Calmed a Storm

The following is a list of Bible Truths in Mark 4:35-41, the story of Jesus calming a storm.

  1. Jesus cared for the safety of His disciples.  Mark 4:38-39.
  2. Jesus showed His authority as God by calming the storm.  Mark 4:39.
  3. Jesus wanted the disciples to trust in the saving powers of God which were made known through Jesus.  Mark 4:40.

The following activities can be used to teach the Bible story and truths.

Bible Story Activities.
Put on the Armor of God.  Use this activity to help the younger children understand the nature of Jesus and why they can trust Him to help when they have a need.
Cut different colored sheets of paper into the shape of a shield.
Write the different qualities of God on the shields.  God's qualities include His power, knowledge, love, righteousness, etc.  Click here for a further description of the qualities of God.  Select the qualities that can be understood by the age of children you teach.
Trace the outline of each child on a sheet of butcher paper.
Let each child glue the shields to the traced outline.
Explain that Jesus has each of these qualities because Jesus is God.
Discuss the different qualities and help the children understand why they can trust Jesus to help them in the following situations.
It is the first day of preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, etc. and you do not know anyone.  You would rather stay home with mom.
Your mom and dad are going out to a movie and you are staying with a babysitter you do not know.
There is a thunderstorm outside.  It is raining really hard and thundering really loud.
There is a kid in your neighborhood who is always picking on you.
Your dad got a new job and you are moving to a new town.
The children should understand that God might not change their situation.  But He will give them whatever they need to make it through the situation.
Put God's Armor to Work.  Use this activity to illustrate why a person can trust Jesus when facing a difficult situation.
Cut several shields out of poster board or a cardboard box and use string for a handle.  Write the different qualities of God on the shields.  God's qualities include His power, knowledge, love, righteousness, etc.  Click here for a further description of the qualities of God.
Give everyone in the class a shield except two people.  The children with shields will pretend to be "Qualities of God."  As you hand out the shields, explain that Jesus has each of these qualities because Jesus is God.  Discuss the different qualities and help the children understand why they can trust Jesus to help them in times of need.
One of the children without a shield will pretend to be "Fear."
The other child without a shield will be a "Person of God."
The "Qualities of God" will use their shields to form a protective barrier around the "Person of God" while "Fear" throws crumpled paper, foam balls, etc. at the "Person of God."  The "Qualities of God" will not allow the crumpled paper, foam balls, etc. to hit the "Person of God."
Rule - No throwing hard and no throwing above chest level.
Explain that a person can trust Jesus to help in a time of need just like the "Qualities of God" protected the "Person of God."
Put Your Fears In a Box.  Use this activity to help the children understand how trusting in Jesus can help them when they are afraid.
Set up a table on one side of the room with a box, pieces of paper, and a pen.
Ask the children to go to the table one at a time, write something they are afraid of on a piece of paper, and put it in the box.  Explain that no one else will know what they have written on the paper.  The teacher might put their fears in the box also.
List the qualities of God on the chalk board.  Click here for a list of the qualities.
Explain that Jesus has each of these qualities because Jesus is God.
Draw a piece of paper from the box and read the fear written on the paper.  Discuss the qualities of God and help the children understand how trusting in Jesus can help them when they are afraid.
The children should understand that God might not change their situation.  But He will give them whatever they need to make it through the situation.

Games

Play Heir to a Christian Fortune.  Suggestions for phrases to use include.
Jesus calmed a storm.
We can trust Jesus when we are afraid.
Jesus showed his power as God by calming the storm.

Life In Biblical Times.

Jesus showed His authority as God by performing a number of different miracles.  Use a wall map to discover where Jesus performed these miracles.
 
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