Lesson Learned:  Names tell us a lot about people in the Bible.

Material Needed: magnetic alaphabet letters (like those for a refrigerator)

Bible Verse:
Mark 3:16-19
 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Luke 6:16
16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Talking Points:   Although we don’t now much about Jesus’ friend, Jude, we do know that he had 3 different names.  Some called him Jude, others called him Thaddeus, and still others called him Lebbeus.  Names were very important during Jesus’ times and we see throughout the Bible that people were given names that tell us what that person did or how they acted.  Jude meant praise and thanksgiving.  So we know that he probably was a praiseworthy person.  Another disciple whose name was important was “Peter”, which meant “rock”.   Another example is “Jesus,” which means the Lord saves and He does save us all from sin!  Names are very important in the Bible.

Questions:    Can you name some of Jesus’ disciples?  How do you think their moms and dads picked their names? 

Activity:  Using the magnetic letters, spell out the child’s name.  As you do so, see if they can identify the letters’ names.  Ask them to spell out their name and share with them the story of how you chose their name or what their name means. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for knowing my name and making my life important. Help me to recognize that all people are Your children and You know them each by name. Amen!

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