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Bethany Darwin

Church 101: Free Sample Lesson (download only)

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What is the Church? Why do we do what we do at church?

“Church 101” is a 5-week lesson series that lays a foundation on the doctrine of the church. In these lessons, children will hear a Biblical explanation of why the church does what it does and learn more about various aspects of what makes a church a church – proclaiming the gospel, worshipping, hearing the Bible taught, having Biblical leaders, and observing the ordinances (baptism and the Lord’s Supper). This series is perfect for Sunday School, a midweek discipleship time, or even a special class before children begin to attend the main worship gathering. 

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5-Week Curriculum Overview

  1. Churches Proclaim the Gospel
    • Text – Acts 4:1-22
    • Peter and John Preach the Gospel
    • Main Point – The Gospel is the Good News that Jesus died to pay the price for sin
  2. Churches Worship God
    • Text – John 4, Psalm 100, Romans 12:1, 1 Samuel 15, 1 John 4:19
    • What is Worship?
    • Main Point – Worship is focusing 100% on God
  3. Churches Gather to Hear the Bible Taught
    • Text – 2 Timothy 4:1-4
    • Paul’s Charge to Timothy to Teach the Gospel
    • Main Point – Faith Comes from Hearing
  4. Churches Have Biblical Leaders
    • Text – Acts 6:1-7
    • The Choosing of the Seven
    • Main Point – God chooses men to be leaders of His church on earth and to teach about Him
  5. Churches Celebrate Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
    • Text – Acts 16 and 1 Corinthians 11
    • Lydia’s Baptism and Paul’s Teaching on the Lord’s Supper
    • Main Point – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are pictures of the gospel in the church

 ** PLEASE NOTE: Lesson 4 on Biblical leaders teaches the roles of elders as overseers and deacons as servants of the church. Lesson 5 on baptism teaches believer's baptism by immersion. With the WORD format included in the download, you can easily edit these sections to fit your church's teaching if different than these views. 


    • Introductory Activity
    • Large Group Worship Time
      • Welcome activity
      • Study God’s Word – teaching materials for the Biblical text
      • 3 song suggestions
      • Prayer
    • Small Group Lessons (2 options – ages 5-8 and ages 8-12)
      • Review
      • Application
      • Memory Verse
      • Prayer
      • All necessary printables and resources
    • Take home – family devotional guide 


    • Perfect for ages 4-11 (grades K-6 in the USA)
    • 5-weeks of teaching material
    • 125 pages of material
    • Requires 60-90 minutes per lesson
    • Scripture verses from ESV
    • This is an instant download curriculum

     The key verse for this unit is Romans 10:9 - “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  

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    Samantha Mueller
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    We enjoyed studying Bible 101. I believe the kids learned things that will help them as they grow in their Christian lives. The lessons were well written & easy to teach. I recommend this lesson to anyone trying to teach their youth some of the basics.