This is a message geared towards elementary students from first through sixth grade. It can be utilized in a chapel message, Awana lesson, or children’s church sermon. It is intended to be used prior to the Super Bowl, but can be adapted to be used at any time of year, especially for any major sporting event.
** We’ve updated the team descriptions for this years Super Bowl.
Super Bowl Bible Message for Children
Pretty soon, the New York Giants will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. If you watch the game, you’re going to see crazy fans cheering on each of their teams. I guarantee you that you will know who is cheering for whom.
So what does a San Francisco 49s fan look like? Who plays for them?
He or she may have a jersey on, wear gold & red, have their face painted.
So what does a Baltimore Ravens fan look like? Who plays for them?
He or she may be wearing purple & black. They might be wearing a Ray Lewis #52 Jersey.
Now what does any of this have to do with God?
Well, just like we can tell who you might be cheering for, we can also tell who your heart is living for based on the choices you make and the attitude you have. Let’s see what these fans might look like.
What does a follower of Jesus look like?
A follower of Jesus has accepted Jesus to live in his/her heart. He or she has asked for forgiveness of their sins and has made a choice to live for God. They will always have sin in their lives, but they are not controlled by that sin because God gives them freedom and strength to get rid of it.
In Galatians 5:22, it says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
When Jesus walked on this earth, he showed us how to live by the Spirit. He taught us to love one another. He is our best example. A follower of Jesus lives like He lived.
What does a follower of Satan look like?
The Bible says that if you are not a follower of Christ, you are following another master. You are following the god of this world: the Deceiver, whose name is Satan. Jesus is not in your heart. You do not live to know Him or make Him known. You live for yourself.
Now remember… The signs of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. That’s how we know that you follow Christ.
But if God is not in your heart, this is what lives there instead: hatred, a lack of joy, fear, impatience, unkindness, unfaithfulness, making something or someone else your god, jealousy, thinking of only yourself, causing problems, using your tongue to hurt others, and meanness. Someone who doesn’t have Christ does not have control of the choices they make. They sin and sin and sin some more.
We are known by our actions.
What are you known for?
In Proverbs 20:11 it says, “Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?”
When people see you next week, will they know that you are a football fan (or will they know that you don’t care about either team)? When your family and friends see you this week, will they know that you are a follower of Christ or a follower of the world?
Maybe some of you have never accepted Jesus as your Savior. Maybe today, you need to become a follower of Christ. If so, please talk with a grown up here today about this.
But if Jesus is in your heart, then you should be able to tell! Your actions should prove that He has His home in your life. You should be showing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. You should be living out what it means to love. You should be living like a crazy fan for Him today.
Close in a word of prayer.