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Lesson for the Fifth Sunday in Easter  (May 22, 2011)

Scripture Reference:  1 Peter 2: 2-10

Theme Song for May: "You Who Give Us Life"

First Thoughts:  The lectionary passages for today are a little difficult, but this one from 1 Peter gives us a perfect relatable image - a baby drinking milk!  So we’re going to focus on how a Christian grows in his/her walk of faith, how we progress - just like in school.  

Props You Will Need: A baby bottle and a sandwich.  

Teaching as a Team
Leader 1: Hey, (name).  How‘re you doing today?
Leader 2:  Actually, I’m kinda hungry.  I got up late this morning and didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast.  You think it would be all right if I get a little snack? 
Leader 1: Oh, well.  I guess so - if you make it quick.
Leader 2: (pulls out baby bottle) No problem.  I can down one of these really quickly. (starts drinking)
Leader 1:  (look to kids for their response) What are you doing?  
Leader 2:  Getting a snack, just like I said.
Leader 1: But that’s a baby bottle, and you’re not a baby.  Don’t you think that’s a little inappropriate.
Leader 2:   What do you mean?
Leader 2:  Like in school, you have to learn your abc’s before you can read!
Leader 2: Like having to write and do math. Leader 1: And the same is true of our life as Christians - as we get older God asks us to grow and be challenged in our live.  Kindergarten is fun, but we don’t want to be stuck there forever.  
Leader 2: And bottles are good for babies…. 
Leader 1: But this (bringing out sandwich) is better for your what you need!

Teaching On Your Own: Hey guys.  How you doing today?  You know what? I’m actually kinda hungry.  I got up late this morning and didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast.  Would you guys mind if I get a little snack?  Thanks!  (bring out baby bottle - wait for kids’ response)  What?  What’s wrong?  You have a problem with my snack?  It’s a baby bottle - and I’m not a baby!  Why do babies drink milk?  Because they don’t have any teeth, right?  But as they grow older they get teeth, and then they learn how to chew.  That’s when it’s time for them to eat other foods.  Just like our scripture lesson today - it tells that when we first become Christians we can only learn the beginner lessons of faith.  Like in school, you have to learn your abc’s before you can read!  Paul calls that spiritual milk.  But as we get older we learn harder lessons,  like having to write and do math.  And the same is true of our life as Christians - as we get older God asks us to grow and be challenged in our lives.   I mean, kindergarten is fun, but we don’t want to be stuck there forever.  So instead of drinking this (bottle) maybe I should eat this (sandwich), right?
Closing Prayer:  We thank you, God, that you give us just what we need in our Christian lives.  That you begin by feeding us spiritual milk, and then help us get stronger until we are eating the full food of faith.  Help us as we grow and love together.  In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Follow-Up Lesson:  A great way to follow up on this sermon in the classroom or at home is to create a scale of Christian lessons, beginning with first lessons, and then “graduating” to harder ones.  I would suggest you have several Christian lessons on pieces of paper, and have the kids place them in order of difficulty on a “Christian Growth Scale.”  Lessons might include, “I know God loves me”, “I share my things with others”, “I help others when they’re sad”, “I forgive others when they hurt me”, “I stand up for the right thing even when I might get in trouble for it.”  Be prepared to give kids applications of these lessons in everyday life.