In this Sunday School Lesson, children will see that Jesus has great power and deserves our faith. Download our printable lesson plan below to be ready to teach. We’ve included bonus learning activities to make your planning easier.
The Centurion’s Faith: Luke 17:1-10 Bible Lesson for Kids
Learning Objectives: After this lesson, children will demonstrate knowledge of the story … by telling the story back in their own words.
Target Age: Kindergarten – 5th
Text: Luke 7:1-10
- Marked Bible for this passage. Prepare the copy in advance by highlighting the significant points to emphasize. Underlining words or ideas that will need additional explanation. I typically make small notes in the margin.
- Coloring Page: Centurion activity page (included in the printable lesson above)
- Coloring Page: F is or Faith (included in the printable lesson above)
- Faith Craft ideas for Sunday School (included in the printable lesson above)
Lesson Background: Luke Chapter Seven
This seventh chapter in Luke is all about the greatness of Jesus, he is greater than disease (v.1-10), death (v.11-17), all the former prophets (v.18-33), and even our sin (v.34-50).
Don’t miss the fact that Jesus welcomed and praised the faith of the Roman Solider, the very symbol of worldly power. He was also an outsider who understood Jesus’ power better than the Jews who were supposed to know the Scriptures. There is no person outside of God’s love and no human power that will not bow to Christ one day.
Lesson (Luke 7:1-10)
The Centurion’s Faith
Hook (Lesson Introduction)
Tell a story about a time when you were sick. Tell the children that even the strongest adults can become very weak when they get sick. Disease and sickness are very strong. But in our story today we will see that Jesus is much greater than sickness.
Book (Biblical Content)
Active Listening: Ask the children to listen carefully for the three people Jesus heals in this passage. Tell them you will ask them to tell the story back when you are done.
Read (and summarize) Matthew Luke 7:1-10. (Read with emotion and pause often to engage the children with the reading.)
Ask for reports: How would you explain this story if you saw it first hand.
Yes or No: Ask the children to stand up if these were things Jesus did in this story. If they are not in the story the children should stay seated with arms crossed.
In this story ….
- Did Jesus heal Peter’s mother-in-law?
- Did Jesus heal a soldier’s servant from the other side of the city?
- Did Jesus turn water into wine?
- Did Jesus praise the soldier’s faith?
- Did Jesus clear the moneychangers out of the Temple?
Look (Applying the Truth)
How can it help us to know that Jesus is greater than sickness?
- We can trust him more when we pray.
- We can look forward to the Kingdom of heaven.
- We don’t have to be afraid, because Jesus is in charge.
Took (Taking this Lesson Home)
Discuss with the children how this Bible story can affect them in real life:
In this story the solider showed his faith in Jesus’ power. How can you show your faith that Jesus has power?
Sunday School Activities
As time allows, use the coloring pages and craft ideas to offer the children some hands-on learning time. Be sure to dialogue about the meaning of this lesson as the children have their craft time.
Luke 7:1-10 NIV The Faith of the Centurion
7 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. 2 There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. 3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. 4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.” 6 So Jesus went with them.
He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” 10 Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.