This Disciples of Jesus post has several printable choices. There is a interactive bulletin board that can be used with the Lapbook, File Folder Game, or two sided worksheet. The posters for the bulletin board can also be used for visuals for the lesson. Some of the downloads also include the Apostles.This week we are going to talk about the helpers that Jesus picks. They are called Disciples, which means follower. (Apostle means one who is sent.) Jesus chooses 12 men to follow Him. If we follow the list that Luke has in Luke 6:12-15, they are in this order:
(Mathew 4:18) Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and He saw two brothers fishing. (1) Simon Peter and (2) Andrew were throwing a net into the sea. Jesus told them "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately, they left their nets and they followed Jesus! Jesus named Peter a 'Rock'. (John 1:42)
(Matthew 4:21) Then, Jesus saw two more brothers named (3) James and (4) John. They were in the boat with their Zebedee their father mending fishing nets. But, when Jesus called to them, they left the boat and their father immediately to follow Jesus. Later, when Jesus was on the cross, He told Mary (His Mother) "Here is your son" and to John He said "Here is your Mother". John took Mary home with him. Jesus knew that John would take care of Mary. (John 19:26-27)
John 1:43-51 Jesus went to Galilee and He found (5) Philip and told him to “Follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida. Philip found (6) Bartholomew who was also called Nathanael. Bartholomew asked Philip if anything good could come out of Nazareth and Philip told him to come and see Jesus! Bartholomew was from Cana of Galilee. (John 21:2)
They went to Jesus and Jesus greeted them and told Bartholomew “Before Philip called you, I saw you sitting under the fig tree". Bartholomew was amazed and Jesus told him that he would see greater things. Because Jesus had known that Bartholomew was sitting under a fig tree, he knew that Jesus was special!
(Mathew 9:9) Jesus was walking and He saw a man named (7) Matthew sitting in a tax office. Jesus told Matthew to "Follow Me", and Matthew stood up and followed Jesus!
Matthew was a tax collector. He collected taxes outside the city of Capernaum. People who came by him had to pay taxes for average items they traded. The fishermen also paid taxes on their catches. People didn’t like the tax collectors because the overcharged to make extra money for themselves. It was usually a 5% fee but some things were charged up to 12%. People thought the tax collectors money was so unclean, they didn’t ask for their change!
(8) Thomas is known as Doubting Thomas because he didn’t believe that Jesus, after He died was raised from the dead. (John 20:25) Thomas was also called 'The Twin'. (John 20:24)
(9) James, son of Alphaeus. James is also called James the Less. Then, (10) Simon the Zealot. And, (11) Thaddeus. Thaddeus was also called Jude. There isn’t much told to us about them.
Last we have (12) Judas Iscariot. He is the one that betrayed Jesus. Judas was the treasurer for the Disciples. (John 12:6) He betrays Jesus for money. Matthias took the place of Judas as the twelfth Disciple after Judas betrayed Jesus and died. (Acts 1:23-26)
This is a basic Fill-in-the-Blank double sided worksheet that can be used on it's own, or with the bulletin board below. I added a line below each Disciple as a divider and can also be used to write more information. Click here to print it.The students used the Disciples file Folder Game you see below. I printed and put together one for each child, and as I was teaching the lesson, I added the 'About Me' cards to the bulletin board with each Disciple. They found their cards and laid the correct 'About Me' cards on each Disciple, then took the file folder games home. Even though I posted this set some time ago, this was what I planned to use with this class. This bulletin board is designed to be used with the above Fill-in-the -Blank worksheet, the file folder game and/or the lapbook you see below. Click here to print the 'About Me' cards.
But, for something new, I added the same basic set as a lapbook. For the lapbook, the kids will lift the flap and write the facts about each person, so depending on the ages of your students and how much time you have, this is an option for you. I included the Apostles, which you can use, or spread out the Disciples and not use. Click here to download it.
There are visuals and a matching Disciples file folder game available by clicking on one of the pictures above. I have several choices for Disciples for several age brackets, and you can find more by putting Disciples in the right side-bar.
I also had these visuals set up on a table to reinforce the facts about each Disciple. I started with the Galilee Boat and set it on fleece to look like water and added the fish for the fishermen. I added the scales for Matthew, the tree for Bartholomew, and the money bag for Judas Iscariot. You can print the name tags here.
If you do not want to purchase the Galilee Boat with the Disciples, bit would like to have a display, you could print these Disciples that Nina Smith gave me permission to share with you. Click here for the download and directions. Thanks again for sharing them, Nina!
Bible Verse: Mark 1:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” (NKJV) Click on the picture to print.
Click here to download a basic black & white Bible Verse printable. I have started using these and printing on color paper. I don't need the scripture written on them because we look it up in the Bible and it is easier to read.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.