This object lesson helps children understand what it means to be on Jesus’ team and why they should get baptized.
· Sports jersey
· Pitcher of water
· Optional – large bin or bucket for volunteer to stand in when getting wet
· Find a space where it’s okay to get things wet, or set up a bucket or bin to catch the water. Pouring water on the volunteer is optional, but the kids will really enjoy it, so I recommend it.
· Place the pitcher of water, towel and jersey nearby.
· Practice the script.
Use the following script, or modify to suit your needs:
· “Once you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, God has something He wants you to do.”
· “He wants you to tell others that you’re on His team now.” (Ask for volunteer who doesn’t mind getting wet to come up. If you have a bucket or bin set up, have him/her stand inside it.)
· “Let me explain it this way. If you joined a sports team, you would wear their jersey, right?” (Put jersey on volunteer.)
· “You wouldn’t wear the other team’s jersey, would you?”
· “No, you would wear your team’s jersey and be proud to do it, right?”
· “And your jersey would tell everyone whose team you were on.”
· “That’s what baptism is. It’s putting on God’s jersey.”
· “When you get baptized, you are letting everyone know that you’re on God’s team.” (Optional – pour water over volunteer’s head for comedic effect.)
· “Now, the truth is, when I put on this jersey, it didn’t really make me a member of the (name sports team represented by jersey), did it?”
· “I can’t join the team just by wearing their clothes, can I?”
· “Right. I can’t. And just like that, getting baptized doesn’t make you a member of God’s team. If you haven’t asked Jesus to be your Savior, you can’t be on the team, even if you take a bath every day in the baptismal.” (Optional – pour more water over volunteer’s head.)
· “But what if I really was a (name sports team represented by jersey), but I never wore the jersey? Could I be on the team without wearing the jersey?” (Take jersey off volunteer.)
· “Sure I could. If the coach says I’m on the team, I’m on the team. If I don’t wear the team’s jersey, the coach will probably get frustrated with me, but he’s not going to kick me off the team for that.”
· “You see, you don’t have to get baptized to be on God’s team. As long as you call on Jesus to be your Savior, He lets you on the team. You don’t ever have to do anything else.”
· “But you should want to. If you’re proud of being on Jesus’ team, you should wear His jersey. If you’re thankful that He let you be on the team, you should wear His jersey.” (Put jersey back on volunteer.)
· “Getting baptized tells everyone, “I’m proud to be on Jesus’ team!” (Optional – pour more water over volunteer’s head.)
· “You see, Jesus wants to be more than just your Savior. He wants to be your Lord, too!”
· “But for Jesus to be your Lord, you have to do what He says to do, and He says that the first thing He wants you to do after you ask Him to be your Savior is to get baptized.” (Optional – pour more water over volunteer’s head.)
· “That tells the world that Jesus is both your Savior and your Lord!”
· “But it does even more than that. This is so cool!”
· “I’m a leader, and this person is my follower.” (Indicate your volunteer.)
· “A follower is someone who does what he sees his leader doing, so (speaking to your volunteer) I want you to do exactly what you see me doing.” (Walk around the room in a funny way with exaggerated movements. The funnier the better. Make sure your volunteer mimics what he sees you doing.)
· “Now, if you saw the two of us walking down the street like this, would it be hard to tell that we were together?”
· “Could you tell that he was my follower?”
· “Not hard, right, because he’s doing exactly what he sees me doing.” (Thank and dismiss the volunteer. Have towel ready for him/her to dry off.)
· “That’s what baptism is. You are telling everyone that you are on Jesus’ team by doing exactly what you see Him doing.”
· “What do I mean by that?” (Take responses if anyone thinks they know.)
· “How many of you remember that the first thing Jesus did when He started His ministry was to get baptized by John the Baptizer?” (Look for a show of hands.)
· “Right! He was setting the example. We should do what we see Jesus doing in the Bible.”
· “Also, remember how Jesus paid for our sins?” (He died on the cross.)
· “What happened next?” (He was buried in the ground for three days.)
· “Then what happened? (He rose from the dead on the third day.)
· “That’s great news! If Jesus had died and stayed dead, He sure wouldn’t have been God. And if He’s not God, we shouldn’t follow Him.”
· “But He did rise again! He died and then defeated death by bringing Himself back to life! Amazing! Incredible!”
· “So, watch this! Jesus died, was buried and rose again.” (Use the following motions while you are sharing this. Place one arm in front of you parallel to the floor. Put the elbow of your other arm on the hand of this arm so that they make a right angle. As you say that Jesus was buried, lower your top arm like you are closing a lid. Then, when you say Jesus rose again, lift your forearm back to it’s original position.)
· “Let’s do it together.” (Have kids do arm motions.) “Jesus died, was buried and rose again. Good!”
· “Now, when we get baptized, we are doing what we saw our leader doing.”
· “We go down into the water and come back out again.” (Do arm motions.)
· “Baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (which means to rise again).”
· “So when you get baptized in front of the church, you are saying, ‘I’m on Jesus’ team! I’m doing what I saw my Leader do!’”
· “Touch your neighbor and say, ‘I’m on Jesus’ team!’”
· “Touch your other neighbor and say, ‘I’m doing what I saw my Leader do!’”
· “If you’ve already told Jesus you want to be on His team, you should talk to your parents about getting baptized. If they think the time is right, they can arrange it with the church.”
· “And if you haven’t told Jesus you want to be on His team, talk to your parents about that, too!”
15 responses to “On Jesus’ Team – A Baptism Lesson”
I was just looking for a lesson about baptism and I think this is great! I think the kids will definitely be able to understand much better what baptism is all about with all the visual aides in this lesson. Thank you! Can’t wait to do this with my class.
Thanks, Amber! I hope it goes over well! Blessings to your ministry!
I like the whole lesson and drama involved. Thanks.
Thanks, Irene! Glad you found something you can use…Michael
I can not wait to use this tomorrow night. Thank you!
Fantastic! I hope it goes really well!
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I used a modification of this today, and it went really well! The kids loved the analogy. I was teaching 4 and 5 year olds. I think they got a little lost with the death and resurrection part though, so I’ll try to go over and review that part next week.
Excellent, Amy…thanks for letting me know. I’m glad you were able to modify it to fit your audience.
Blessings on your ministry!
thanks for this! Needed some inspiration! I appreciate you sharing yours! 🙂
Could you share the Scripture references you used to build this lesson? Would love to give our kids Biblical proof!!
Great question, Rebecca… I should have included those. Thanks for asking.
Matthew 3:13-17 – the baptism of Jesus, setting the example for all who follow Him
Acts 2:37-38 – what were the new believers at Pentecost to do? Get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:4 – buried with Christ through baptism then raised back up to life
Matthew 28:19-20 – the Great Commission – go, teach, baptize!
Hope these help!
I love this so much! I will be using this to demonstrate baptism to new believers at my church and at a local camp. Thank you for taking the time to create this lesson.
Thank you for this lesson idea! I was looking for something to help my Sunday school class visualize baptism, and this is perfect. I look forward to using it with them in church tomorrow!
Thanks for the awesome Object Lesson on Baptism! I’m going to try it this weekend for my Sunday School class!