Children’s Bible Lesson for the Super Bowl (Proverbs 20:11)

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 Seahawk fan look like? Who plays for them?

He /she may have a jersey on, wear the team colors, have their face painted.

So what does a Bronco fan look like? Who plays for them?

He / she may be orange.  They might be wearing a Peyton Manning 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.


Comments

  1. Ruth says

    Using the ideas from a similar post on here, we’re doing an obstacle course– Love (make a heart out of legos), Joy (jump for joy 10x), Peace (Close your eyes and stretch as high as you can 3x), Patience (stand on an x and count to 20 slowly), Kindness (write something nice about someone in the room), Goodness (say “God is good all the time” while doing 10 jumping jacks), Gentleness (gently throw a beanbag through a hoop), Self Control (run in place to a count of 20 before tagging your teammate)

  2. Angie says

    Thank you so much for all the wonderful lessons you share. I am using these for my Sunday School and after school program and they have been great for the children.

  3. Robin says

    God bless you for this site! I got really excited when I looked over your lesson plan! It is perfect for the children and really hits the heart… Aloha and God bless

  4. ROBERTA says

    Thank you so much!! I used this lesson from your website last year during children’s church and it was a great hit! I decorated as if we were having a Super Bowl party and ended the class with cupcakes. It was a fun but impactful lesson. Thanks!

  5. Wendy says

    Thanks for this lesson… We are having a Super Bowl Sunday in our Children’s Church and this is perfect…

  6. Timothy A. says

    Glory to Almighty God, with this, I will make good use of this for my children.
    God bless you, and increase your ministry, in Jesus Name.
    Prophet Timothy A.

  7. Junene Du Bose says

    What a blessing this site is to so many children. I am using this lesson today for Super Bowl Sunday. My 5 adopted children were amazed this morning to see the news filled with people already with a party going on anticipating the game instead of preparing for church. I know this lesson will make an impact. I am never disappointed when opening this site because I know my job of teaching is so easy because of you. Thank you so much!

  8. Robert Shepard says

    I love this so much. So helpful and really good. Although our kids don’t know the Superbowl too much, I am a Giants fan but am going to run this through with them and already of other ways and sports to interact this. brilliant!

  9. elizabeth nemeth says

    This is perfect for my students. I may change the teams to teams they like. I’ll start out with that question before I start the lesson. My Sunday school does “Souper Bowl” every year where we collect cans of soup or money for the local food bank. They love this. Thanks for the lesson. Maybe we will make “Team Jesus” shirts.

  10. Kimberly says

    Thanks so much for this lesson…..This sunday is the FIRST sunday that my husband and I will be teaching our sunday school class. My husband has worked very hard getting his lesson plan all set and ready. well,……he woke up this morning with the flu! Needless to say, I have to teach this morning (FIRST TIME) and his plan does not speak to me. So I found this one and I feell it is God speaking to me to teach it. Say a prayer.

  11. says

    Sandy,

    So glad it can be of use to you. Praying that hearts will be open and receptive to the message.

    Warning though: When I gave this message at our church, I asked the kids what a follower of Christ looks like. A little hand went up and quite sincerely said, “A follower of Jesus looks like a Steeler fan.”

    That’s Pittsburgh for you! Oh dear! We are in trouble then!

  12. Sandy says

    Thanks for the Children’s sermon on the super bowl. It’s great! We are having a superbowl party for our children’s ministry and I was looking for a devotion. This is perfect.

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