Jars of Clay Essay

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Jars of Clay






1. Introduction:

I will be teaching this lesson to a group of second graders at my church. Are classroom is on the
upstairs level and, I will also be utilizing the outside area that is directly behind of my church.
There are about thirty second graders in my classroom. So, it is a really busy class. But, they are
a whole lot of fun to work with. And, they seem to respond to me well. We will be talking
about II Cor. 4:7-18. I think that this lesson will be very interesting to first and second graders.
It will help them to better understand the gift of salvation.

2. Outline:

I. Opening Focus
A. Make small clay pinch pots
B. Ask the children questions
C. Show large pot
II. Saul (Acts : 9)
A. Saul’s threats
B. Jesus speaking to Saul
1. “why do you persecute me?”
2. “go to the city”
C. Saul’s blindness
1. blind for three days
2. Saul meets Ananias
3. Saul is healed spiritually and physically
D. Saul’s Discipleship
1. the other disciples did not believe Paul
2. Barnabas tells of Saul’s healing
3. Paul is accepted
III. Paul (Acts 13:9)
A. “Asked of God”
B. Prison
1. wrote letters
2. rejoiced
C. Paul’s letter to Corinth (2 Cor. 4:1-18)
1. Corinth’s problems
2. Corinth’s disbelief
3. Jars of Clay (2 Cor. 4:7)
a. kept treasures in them
b. fragil
4. Christians as Jars of Clay
a. hard pressed
b. struck down by others
c. treasures of heaven inside (2 Cor. 4:18)

3-5 External Content, Internal Content, and Application:

Opening focus: As my opening focus I am going to take the children outside to make clay pots.
I will teach them to make a simple pinch pot. While the children are pinching their pots I will
ask them questions (Where in the Bible do we learn about clay pots? What are some of the
things that you can do with a clay pot? Do you all have any clay pots at your house? Do clay
pots break easy? and etc.). Then when they are finished I will show them a large clay pot that I
have made. Then, I will have all of the children leave their pots at their seats and come sit in the
grass so I can tell them a story.

Lesson Body: I want to tell you a story about a man named Saul (Acts:9). Saul was a very bad
man. He threatened to murder Jesus’s disciples in Acts 9:1. One day while Saul was walking to
Damascus he fell to the ground. He heard a great voice saying, “Saul, Saul why do you
persecute me?”. Who are you, Lord” Saul asked. And, what do you all think that the voice
replied? The voice said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now, get up and go into the
city”.
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