Denise Day Spencer

May 15, 2006

Children’s sermon: Discipleship

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:38 am

Here's another of my children's sermons based on the doctrinal outlines in the Disciple's Study Bible.

Scripture: John 15:5, 10

Object: a branch or vine containing fruit, or a picture of a fruit tree

I've got a question for you today. When Jesus was here on earth, he had 12 special helpers. What were those helpers called? That's right–disciples. Do you remember what Jesus often said when he asked someone to become His disciple? Yes–"Come, follow me."

Today anyone who knows Jesus as Savior and follows Him can be called a disciple. What does it mean to be a disciple? How do we follow Jesus?

First, we need to understand that for the Christian, being a disciple is not a choice. We can't say, "Yes, I've given my life to Jesus, but I'm not going to follow Him." If we've truly given our lives to Jesus, we will follow Him…because we'll want to!

Just what is it Jesus wants His disciples to do? In John's gospel, Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Jesus wants us to stay in Him, to be close to Him every day. Then we will bear fruit. That means we will become more and more like Him.

Look at this branch. The fruit was able to grow because it was connected to the branch, and the branch was connected to the tree. If the branch is cut off from the tree, it will die and it won't bear any more fruit.

That leads us to another question: How do we stay in Christ? Listen to Jesus' words: "If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love…" We stay close to Jesus by doing what He tells us to do day by day. How do we find out what He wants us to do? We must study the Bible, pray, worship Him, and spend time with other Christians.

If we keep in touch with His Spirit, His word, and His people, we won't be old, dead branches. We'll be healthy branches loaded with fruit for the kingdom of God.



  1. Denise…I was looking for such a children’s sermon this evening to go with Pastor’s message tomorrow, and stumbled onto this site! Please let Michael know I said hello, and that all is well in Cadiz. Let me hear from you guys from time to time. As for this one, it looks to be a real winner…and will be presented tomorrow morning! Thanks again for your ministry to we struggling Children’s Sermonizers on Saturday Night!

    Comment by Michael — July 9, 2006 @ 2:47 am | Reply

  2. I am looking for a children’s sermon that teach them about the nature of the unity of the body of Jesus Christ , the church, and would like to include a visual demonstration the show how when working together in unity , amazing results can occur. Thanks and have a great day, with the Lors,

    Comment by Sylvia Jessee — March 9, 2007 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for this sermonate..I was looking for a short sermon for my daughter ( 9 years) to present to adults in church and this is it!

    Comment by Rose O — October 1, 2012 @ 1:01 am | Reply

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