Friday, June 27, 2014

Beatitudes Sunday School Lesson - Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Use this Beatitudes Sunday School lesson to teach children why we need God in our lives.

Needed: Bibles, old clothes, sign

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)

Dress in old clothes, ask students for money, carry a sign that says you’re poor and hungry

Ask, What was I doing when I was asking you for money? Begging.

Why was I begging? Because you were poor and didn’t have any money.

Why couldn’t I just go get a job and get money that way?

Some people can’t work because they’re sick or handicapped or they can’t find a job. Maybe all the jobs are taken. So the only way some people can get money is by begging for it. They have to ask other people.

Do you think God wants us to help people who are poor and need money and can’t find a job? Yes.

Well, Jesus talked about being poor in another way.

Read Matthew 5:3 – Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (NIV).

What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?

To be poor in spirit means to be poor on the inside of you. You don’t have something inside of you that you need. The only way you can get that thing that you need inside of you is to ask God for it. What do you think you have to ask God for?

We have to ask God to forgive us for our sins, all the wrong thing that we do and all the wrong things that we think about, and we have to ask God to save us from going to Hell for those things.

And do you know what God says He will do if we do ask Him to forgive us and save us from Hell? God promises to bring us to Heaven when we die. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” – blessed are the people who ask God to save and forgive them – “for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” All you have to do is ask God to forgive you and to save you and you’ll get to go Heaven!

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