Map (2)

A children sermon:

(Showing a map of the world)
What is this?
Right, it is a map of the world.
Do you know where you live in this map?
Right, we live here.

Where is Korea?
Right, Korea is right here.
Most of your parents are born here.

Do you know where China is?

This summer some of our adults will go here from our church.
It is called Nicaragua.

Do you know where Jesus lived?
This is called Israel or Palestine.
It is right here.
Let’s come closer.
This is where Jesus was born and lived.

If we make large this part, it looks like this.
This is where Jesus was born: Bethlehem.
Bethlehem means the house of bread.
Jesus grows up here: Nazareth. (Point out in the map).
This is where he is baptized: Jordan River.
Jesus found Peter, a disciple of Jesus fishing here.
This is where Jesus is died: Jerusalem.
After that, the good news of Jesus spreads all over Europe and reaches to America and Korea.

Since they use different languages, they write Jesus differently.
Remember five countries: USA, Korea, China, Israel, and Nicaragua.
Now let me show how they write Jesus. (Count 5)
Like this.

What is this first word?
Right in English we write Jesus like this: Jesus

What is the next?
Right in Koreans we write Jesus like this, right: 예수님.
What about this?
Do you know how Chinese write Jesus?
It is like this: 耶稣.
Do you know how they say these?

Number 4 is a Hebrew word.
This is how Jesus would have written his name, in Hebrew: ישוע.
It reads Yeshua.
Unlike Korean or English, Hebrew goes from right to left.
This name means God saves; God helps.
What a perfect name!

Now I told you that some of our adults will go to Nicaragua for a short-term mission trip.
Nicaragua speaks Spanish. In Spanish Jesus is written like this: Jesús.
(You may ask children to say after you.)

So, this is the world that Jesus loves so much.
And they use many different languages.
So, if we want to tell them about Jesus, we need to know their languages.
Anyway, since Jesus loves this world, let’s pray for this world.
Ok? Let’s pray.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your coming, two thousand years ago. And thank you for your coming back to life. Thank you for loving us and remembering this world. Thank you also for guiding our way. Jesus, we pray for all the people on this earth. May they know that you love them! In the name of Jesus, Amen.


Matt 5:21-37

A children sermon: Matt 5:21-37

Object: A bandage, a long sticky tape (to put two toys together), two animal toys (e.g., a tiger and a bear) and scissors

Good morning!
Do you know what this is?
Right, it is a bandage.
Have you ever used this before?
Sometimes, when you get a little hurt, you put this bandage on it.
Then you can go out and play again, right?
I use a lot f these for these guys.

Let me introduce my friends.
(Tiger and bear)
But I have a problem with these guys.
They fight all the time.
So, when I try to make them friends again, the tiger says:
“It is all his fault. He started it.” Or the bear says, “He is so annoying. It is all his fault. He started it.”
So, I have a question. What should I do?

Sometimes, I want to do like this.
I want to put this sticky tape around them and leave like that, until they become friends again.

What do you think it is a good idea?
No, I cannot do that.

Then I thought about God.
Sometimes, people fight with each other or have some argument with each other, right?
God also wants all of us to live in peace.
God wants all of us to be friends.

But what does God do to make them friends again?
What do you think?
Does God use this sticky tape? No.
God is simply asking us to go and tell the other:
“I forgive you or I am sorry that it ever happened.”
Sometimes, this may be a difficult thing to say.
But in this way, we can forgive and become friends again.
Then we can go out and play together, right.

But what if our friend is having a difficult time forgiving us?
Then I guess we need to wait patiently until they can forgive.
We may pray for them.
It is not easy sometimes.

But I hope we keep on forgiving and making friends with each other until Jesus comes. I think that is what God wants us to do, right?

Let’s pray: thank you Jesus for forgiving us. Help us to forgive one other. In your name we pray. Amen.