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Joy in Jesus (John 15:9-17) Kids' Bible Lesson & Sunday School Activities PDF

Joy in Jesus (John 15:9-17) Kids' Bible Lesson & Sunday School Activities PDF

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🚸 Ages 6-12 Years Old

Jesus tells us that He has come to make our joy complete (John 15:11). What does this mean, though? It’s important for children to develop an understanding of what joy is and how it differs from mere happiness. This lesson explains that joy is more than a temporary feeling. It is an inner attitude of peace and security, given by Jesus. Happiness fades with circumstance, but joy is deep and lasting! 

Genuine joy comes from abiding in God’s love. When we rest in His presence and trust Him, we know the peace that passes all understanding and experience lasting joy. This doesn’t come from our own power or from circumstances. Jesus is the one who provides it. Joy is more than a feeling. It’s an attitude that comes from the Holy Spirit. Out of gratitude for God’s love, we can love and serve one another! 

Passage: John 15:9-17 (optional: add Psalm 98)

Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th grade 

Materials Needed: Construction paper; paper plates; glue; markers or crayons; tape; scissors; decorative supplies; string; items that make someone happy (treats, toys, etc.); musical instruments; Bibles.

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“Joy in Jesus - John 15:9-17” is a Bible lesson and activity resource for children. The lesson aims to help children understand the difference between joy and happiness and how to find lasting joy in Jesus. The lesson begins by discussing what makes people happy and how happiness is often based on circumstances or outward things. It then explains that joy is more than just a feeling; it is an attitude that comes from the Holy Spirit. When we abide in God’s love and trust Him, we can experience His peace and joy, even when things aren’t going our way. The lesson also discusses how Jesus came to give us joy and how we can share that joy with others. The resource provides a variety of activities to help children engage with the material, including a discussion, object lesson, crafts, and games.

Easy-Prep Bible Lesson

  • Target Age: elementary school, adaptable for K-6th grades
  • Translation: choose NIV, ESV or KJV
  • Stand-alone lesson plan
  • Instant digital download
  • Flexible teaching plan for mixed age groups
  • Ideal for Kids' Church or Sunday School (45-60 minutes teaching time)

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  • Object Lesson with video demonstration
  • Game Suggestions
  • Easy To Follow Teaching Plan
  • Craft Ideas with video demonstration 
  • Coloring Page
  • Word Find Worksheet
  • Memory Verse Poster
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