Children's Sermon on Doubting Thomas

Children's Sermon on Doubting Thomas

This Bible Object Lesson will teach kids about faith in Jesus. It’s based on John 20:19-31 and tells the Story of Doubting Thomas for children. Download the teachers notes, watch our Children’s Message example, and gather your supplies. Then you’re ready to share this message in your church next Sunday!

“Believing the Unseen”
Children’s Sermon Object about Doubting Thomas

Children’s Message: Believing the Unseen
Doubting Thomas and Hope in Times of Fear

Main Objective: This message pairs an ancient story with a current event. The idea is that we do not have to see things in order to know they exist, for better or for worse. Lately there have been a great many things impacted by the spread of covid-19. This virus is invisible to the eye, but we can certainly notice the effects of it, and can see that it causes fear and death. We take preventative measures to hope that we can be protected from getting sick.
In the same way, sin is something that can negatively influence our lives. But we have the hope of knowing God heals our hearts. We cannot see God with our eyes, but we certainly know that He is present, and that brings us joy and comfort. In the Gospel, Thomas refused to believe until He saw Jesus in person. Jesus told Him that those who do not see, and still believe, are blessed. We must have faith to believe and trust God, even when times are uncertain.

Law/Gospel Theme: We are living in unprecedented and uncertain times, as we so frequently hear. Things that we cannot fully know or see can hurt us. This can be frightening. But thanks to the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have ultimate hope and reassurance. We know that Christ cleansed sin, and that even if things are hard in this life, one day we will be with Him in Heaven. God is more powerful than any virus, and He conquered death. We can believe in His goodness and faithfulness to us.

Optional Materials: Cleaning/disinfecting supplies (Clorox, Lysol), hand sanitizer, soap, face mask.

Bible Passage: John 20:19-31

Message Note: As with most messages, the details of how you choose to communicate this are adaptable and should cater to timing as well as to your audience and student needs. Use your judgment and ideas to best serve students.

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