2 Peter: Second Coming

II Peter 3:10 – The Second Coming

Scripture reference: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…”

Objectives:

  1. Older students should be able to recite the verse and tell what it means.
  2. Students should be able to list several examples of Christian behavior.
  3. Each student should have a personal plan of action for the following week.

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.

 

  1. Discuss the Scripture verse and have each student recite it.

 

  1. From II Peter 2 and Jude, tell several stories of obedience and disobedience and God’s punishment.  The Children’s Bible has the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, of Noah, of Balaam and the donkey, of the golden calf and Moses, and of Cain and Abel.  Can the children help you with these stories, as they remember them?

 

  1. Ask for examples of things we can do to obey Jesus; see if the children can come up with the examples in the parable of the Last Judgment.

 

  1. Tell the parable of the Last Judgment:  Jesus said, “When the Son of man comes, he will be like a king sitting on a throne.  All around the throne will be angels and in front of the throne will be all the peoples of the earth.  Then the King will judge the people.  He will separate the good people from the bad people.  He will have the good people stand on his right side and he will say to them, ‘ Come, O good children of my Father.  Receive the beautiful Kingdom that God created for you in the beginning. You have lived as my Father wanted you to live, for when I was hungry, you gave me food to eat, when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink, when I came as a stranger, you welcomed me, when I was naked, you clothed me, when I was sick, you visited me, when I was in prison, you came to see me.’ Then the people will answer the King: ‘ Lord, when did we see you and do all these things for you?’ And the King will answer, ‘If you were kind or helped anyone who needed help, you helped me.  The good things you did to them, you did to me.’ Then the King will say to those at his left side, ‘Because you didn’t help anyone, or weren’t kind or generous to anyone, you didn’t show kindness to me.’ Therefore the King will send them away to be punished forever, but to the good people, he will give life forever in his kingdom.”

 

  1. Make a Judgment Day Booklet: Before class, take a sheet of construction paper. Fold in half and cut on the fold. Put the pieces together and fold in the middle, making a booklet. Staple in the center. On the bottom of the front page print “JESUS WANTS ME TO”, on the next page “FEED HUNGRY PEOPLE”, on the 3rd page “GIVE THIRSTY PEOPLE DRINK”, on the 4th page “WELCOME LONELY PEOPLE, on the 5th page “GIVE CLOTHES TO PEOPLE”, on the 6th page “HELP PEOPLE IN PRISON”, on the 7th page “VISIT SICK PEOPLE”, and on the back page “COME, YOU BLESSED OF MY FATHER, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU”. In class, have children glue a paper icon of Jesus on the front, tape a tiny bag made of plastic wrap and filled with a few raisins on page 2, tape a tiny paper cup cut in half on page 3, color a big smiley face (or sticker) on page 4, glue a tiny coat cut from felt on page 5, draw a person with bars in front on page 6, and tape a small silk flower on page 7. Decorate the back with cotton ball clouds.

 

  1. Make food bags for the homeless – have each child take 3-4 lunch bags, decorate the outside with stickers or an icon picture, and add cheese crackers, raisins, oatmeal cookies, juice boxes, or other healthy, individually-wrapped snacks.  Keep them in your car to give to those who are pan-handling or begging.

 

  1. Have each child select something to do this week – collect food for the food pantry, write a get-well card to someone in the hospital or a nursing home, etc. and pray at closing specifically for these intentions.