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Sunday, 5 July, 2020

Jesus continues to grow his squad of disciples. This time it’s a tax collector named Levi (also called Matthew) who drops everything and follows him. And the encounter completely changes his life.

INTRODUCTION:

Money and broken bones … there are so many ways to think about this story. Which will Naomi and Ross choose?

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READ:

Luke 5:27-32

Things change pretty quickly whenever Jesus is around. Get a load of this, it’s another action-packed reading.

WATCH:

This clip refers to Levi by his other name – Matthew. It is based on the accounts of three different gospel writers (Matthew, Mark and Luke) so has a little more information than just today’s reading.

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DISCUSS:

  • Levi was a tax collector. Why didn’t people like them? (ask an adult if you need to)
  • The reading says Levi got up and left everything. Why did he do this?
  • Do you think Levi left behind all the money he was collecting? If so, why?
  • Why were the Pharisees grumbling about the banquet?
  • Jesus talks about doctors and sick people. Who are the sick people in his story? Who is the doctor?
  • Are you one of the people Jesus came for?
  • Levi loved Jesus more than money. Do you?

DO:

CRAFT:

Jesus says: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick”. Of course, he’s talking about coming for sinners. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use band aids in our craft.

Make a card and send it to someone who is unwell or needs cheering up. If you don’t have enough band aids, you could draw something instead.

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COLOURING:

Here are some colouring pages of Levi. Notice the surprised look on Levi’s face as Jesus calls him to follow. I wonder if that’s what he looked like.

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Please share any of your completed crafts or activities on the StAKs Online Facebook page or email Ross and Naomi.

SERVE:

Collect some money of your own by doing odd jobs for your parents or grandparents. Mow the lawn, sort the clothes washing, dry the dishes … extra chores to normal.

Once you’ve collected a little pocket money, be like Levi and give it up for God. Donate it to the church or a charity you like.

VERSE OF THE WEEK:

Jesus keeps saying incredible things. Last week we heard about his authority to forgive sins. This time he explains why he came – for sinners like you and me.

Get a load of this:

Luke 5:32

“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Last week’s verse:

Luke 5:24

“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralysed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”

PRAY:

Today’s kids talk included money. Use 20c to help you pray.

Flip the coin to see if it lands on heads or tails.

When it lands on heads:

  • Pray for a person, either someone you know, a sick person or someone you’ve seen on TV (like the Prime Minister). Pray for a different person every time it’s heads.

When it lands on tails:

  • Pray for something that is happening in the world. You could pray for a country (Australia, China, India … anywhere at all). Or you could pray for hospitals, schools, shopping centres or churches.

Keep flipping the coin until you run out of things to pray for (although you might get a sore hand because there are heaps of things you can pray!).

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