Description: Jesus is A-Z is a free Sunday school curriculum which focuses on who
JESUS is by exploring 102 of His titles and adjectives alphabetically. (This curriculum is based on the King James Version of the Bible. If you
use another translation, titles and adjectives may be slightly
The first Jesus is A-Z lesson is introductory, the next 24 lessons cover one or more letter’s worth of titles and adjectives, and the final lesson is an end-of-series review. Some of the lessons cover a lot of material, so you will need to keep things moving to get through it all in the specified amount of time.
(You can find the "mini posters" and banner as displayed on this board on my Free Sunday School Printables & Visuals page.)
Goal: Help kids get to know Jesus better and realize how truly awesome He is!
Our goal is not to go into extensive detail on each of Jesus’ titles or adjectives, but to expose kids to many words and definitions, emphasizing how amazing it is that Jesus is ALL of these things. Even the 102 titles and adjectives we cover cannot fully describe Him!
Overview: The lesson plans for this Jesus is A-Z Sunday school curriculum are written to cover 1-1/2 hours and follow this basic format:
You will, of course, need to adjust the time allotted to each item depending on your class length. Following is an overview of each section of the lesson plan.
This is one of the most important parts of the class—before the kids arrive. We must spend time in prayer and make sure the classroom is clean, ready, and inviting. Praying together as a team before class will allow God to work through us in ways we cannot accomplish on our own.
We want to engage the kids from the moment they arrive. We play games and sing songs that help them learn and remember the books of the Bible, concepts we are studying this year, and Bible memory work.
NOTE: I thought it would be great to have a song to help us remember Jesus' titles and adjectives, so the last time I went through this curriculum with my students, I came up with a song to the tune of "When the Saints Go Marching In." I do not have audio or visual of us singing this song yet (I hope to do so and add to this website), but see the link below for printable lyrics. If you follow the lyrics of "When the Saints..." printed underneath, you can hopefully see how the song goes.
A few years ago I realized we could make more progress memorizing Bible verses if we divided our class of 5- to 10-year-olds into smaller groups and allowed each student to work at his/her own rate. The kids love this time! They enjoy the more individualized attention of the teachers. Also, the older kids are not held back by the younger.
You will need to assess the size of your group to determine the number of teachers you need to help during this time. We staff our class with three to four teachers, which works very well for 15-20 kids. From time to time we have had some extra helpers come in just during MEMORY WORK - SMALL GROUP time to assist kids and listen to them quote verses.
You will also need to decide what verses you want your kids to
memorize. We often work on doctrinal verses as found in a series of workbooks
called Quick and Powerful Scriptural Concepts for Children by Valda Johnson and Ilene Sargeant, published by Out of the Fire Publications, 230 SE Pine Street, Albany, OR 97321.
The basic idea with the Quick and Powerful system is to have students work on six verses at a time, quoting one at a time, then two at a time, etc., until they are ready to test on all six verses. We then offer prizes for students who pass with a score of 80 percent or better.
Check out my BIBLE MEMORIZATION page for more ideas.
You can find Quick and Powerful at Pentecostal Publishing House.
For Bible memorization charts I made based on verses covered in the Jesus is...A through Z curriculum, click on the links below:
Review is an important part of our class time. We want the kids to remember the things we have been learning, cumulatively, throughout each quarter and the entire year. Start with questions from last week’s lesson and work back through previous lessons, filling up 10 minutes. You can play quick games, but keep track of the time, as it’s easy for games to run long.
Have a basic list of about five rules. (We call ours “Power Hour Promises.”) Review these quickly and pray with the class to help the kids focus right before the BIBLE LESSON.
I have written the Jesus is A-Z Bible lessons with an inductive approach, introducing a topic (using a
3D visual if possible) and asking numerous questions of the students.
Some answers are open ended, intending to invite discussion, and some
have specific answers. Sometimes I ask questions as a way of introducing
information (which I plan to provide in the answer) but find students
surprising me by giving very thought-provoking answers that I hadn’t
thought of. The joys of teaching!
I have scripted these lessons to make them very easy to teach. Words you are to say are bolded. Suggested answers are given in parentheses. Highlighted words are actions you are to take. NOTE: Please read the indicated verses from your Bible. It's important that students see us teaching from God's Word.
There are visuals for each of Jesus’ adjectives and titles we are studying. During the Bible Lesson, these visuals are added to a piece of posterboard with that week’s letter in the middle. The posterboard can be attached to a cardboard display board with a couple of pieces of Velcro in the top corners. You can turn the posterboard over and use the backside for the next week's letter, or you can use a single postboard for each letter and then post them around the classroom. We use these posterboards for review purposes over the course of the quarter.
Each lesson has three parts: Introduction, Lesson, and Life Application. The Life Application always includes time for prayer. Please be sure to allow time for the kids to respond to the lesson in prayer. This is so important!
You will find the printable visuals that go with each Bible Lesson here.
This is where kids get hands-on with the Bible. We purchased a case of inexpensive Bibles to have on hand in our classroom. However, kids should be encouraged to bring one from home so they can become familiar with their very own Bibles. We also review the overall organization of the Bible during BIBLE SKILLS time.
This is the part of the
class where the kids enjoy an activity, craft, and/or snack related to
the lesson. Our goal is that even while they are eating a snack, the
lesson will be reinforced.
Some activities involve a coloring page. You will find these here.
Putting all of the above elements together makes for an exciting
learning environment. Your students will have fun learning more about
who Jesus is (His character) and what He does (His power). Jesus is more
amazing than all of His titles and adjectives put together!
You can freely print each lesson in the Jesus is A-Z curriculum
individually, or, if you prefer, you can purchase all 26 lessons
printed in a spiral-bound book for $25. (NOTE: Lessons and Review
Questions only are included in this book. Associated FREE visuals and
activity pages will still need to be printed via this website.) To order
the book via Lulu.com, click on the following link:
To print the Jesus is A-Z lessons individually, click on the following links to open a PDF file for each one.
Remember the VISUALS for the Jesus is A-Z Bible lessons can be found here.
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