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What is a disciple?[edit | edit source]

Find in the Bible the names and occupation of the disciples and put each name and occupation on a separate card. (Matthew 10:2-4, Mark 3:14-19, Luke 6:13-16, John 1:41-48). Mix up the cards on the floor and see how many names you can match with an occupation.

Disciple is a personal follower of Jesus during his life, especially one of the twelve Apostles.


Andrew, Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, worked as fishermen Matthew 4:18-22 relates that Andrew and Peter were fishing, plying their trade when called, and James and John were mending nets with their father. The Bible states that these two men weren’t just fishermen, but business owners, along with their father, for they employed others in the business. Thomas, Nathaniel and Philip may have also worked as fishermen, for they were all together and fishing when Jesus appeared to them in John 21:2-8, following his resurrection.

Tax Collector

Matthew, called Levi in Luke, worked as a tax collector for the Roman government. He would have acquired some education and reputation to achieve this job. His job provided him with considerable wealth, because tax collectors earned a portion of what they collected, as noted in the story of Zacchaeus, another famous tax collector who followed Jesus. Matthew invited Jesus home and threw a party that included many of his sinful friends. Matthew’s wealth may have helped fund Jesus' ministry.


Simon was known as the Zealot, not strictly a profession, and as a Canaanite. Zealots engaged in politics and anarchy, attempting to overthrow the Roman government. He may have been a politician or a revolutionary. When he joined Jesus, he remained zealous, but with allegiance to Jesus rather than political revolution.


Judas served as the treasurer in Jesus' band, and John 12:4-6 identifies him as a thief and an embezzler. The Bible doesn’t tell us what he did prior to becoming an apostle. Each of the Gospels identify him as the one who betrayed Jesus. Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 27:3-10) notes that Judas suffered remorse over his betrayal and hung himself after he tried to give the money back to the high priests. They used the 30 pieces of silver to buy a burial site for the poor.

Name two sets of disciples that were brothers. See Matt. 10:2.[edit | edit source]

These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

Discover which disciple was called first to follow Jesus? Read to find what that disciple did when he discovered Jesus was the Messiah? John 1:35-42.[edit | edit source]

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.

40 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus.

What did the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to do? See Luke 11:1.[edit | edit source]

Luke 11:1

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Repeat the Lord’s Prayer.[edit | edit source]

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be your name,

Your kingdom come,

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

As we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from the evil one.

Choose a disciple and learn three things about him.[edit | edit source]

  • He was crucified upside down
  • He was a fisherman
  • His character was the most outstanding of all the 12 disciples
    • One of the most interesting disciples of Jesus was Peter. He was the most outspoken, assertive and loyal. He loved Jesus and was very dedicated to spreading the gospel. Peter was also very inquisitive and did not hesitate to ask questions he did not understand. He always sought clarification.

Sing a song about the disciples and/or do a short skit.[edit | edit source]


(Tune "Jesus Loves Me")

Jesus called them one by one,

Peter, Andrew, James and John,

Next came Philip, Thomas, too,

Matthew and Bartholomew.

Yes, Jesus called them,

Yes, Jesus called them,

Yes, Jesus called them,

Disciples they became.

James the one they called the less,

Simon, also Thaddeus,

The twelfth apostle Judas made,

Jesus was by him betrayed

Be a disciple for Jesus.[edit | edit source]

Egg Carton Disciple Craft[edit | edit source]

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Egg Carton Disciples Craft

Craft for disciples

External Resources[edit | edit source]

Disciples Craft - Bible Fun for Kids

The Lord's Prayer - Bible Gateway