Sunday School Lesson: Jesus preaches and calls his Disciples in Matthew 4

Download this Sunday School lesson about Jesus’ early ministry. It is based on Matthew 4 and the Fishers of Men. Teach kids how the disciples started following Jesus and how they can tell others about Jesus too.

January 26, 2020 Sunday School Lessons

These lesson plans includes the complete teachers guide, coloring page, children’s sermon, craft ideas, and worksheets. It’s everything you need to teach your Sunday School lesson.

Crafts on “Fishers of Men” for Matthew 4:12-23

“Fishers of Men” Bible Crafts – You can view these craft ideas on Ministry-To-Children, but they are included in the combined lesson plan download above.

These Sunday School crafts are on Matthew 4. They help teach teach kids what it means to become “Fishers of Men” for Jesus. Print the how-to directions, gather your craft supplies, and watch our demonstration video below. Use this Bible craft in your Sunday School or Kids’ Church.

“Fishers of Men” Object Lesson

The script for this children’s sermon is included in the combined lesson plan above. This is the video demonstration to help you to share this ministry moment at your church.

This Children’s Message is based on Matthew 4. The Bible object lesson will teach kids what it means to become “Fishers of Men” for Jesus. Print the sermon script and then watch our teaching demonstration video below. Share this message with your church, Sunday School, or children’s ministry.

Peter becomes a “Fisher of Men” Bible Story for Kids

Check out the story of Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, who learned what it means to fish for men! Find out more videos (and other cool stuff) at

More Fishers of Men Activities

Matthew 4:12-23 (NIV)

Devotionals on Matthew 4:12-23 from Devotional Christian

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Matthew 4:12-23 NIV

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