Thursday, June 26, 2014

Don't Worry, but Seek First God's Kingdom Sunday School Lesson

Use this Don't Worry but Seek First God's Kingdom Sunday School lesson to teach children how to not worry.

Needed: stuffed or real bird (or a picture of a bird), flower

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, “What does it mean to worry? (If you worry about something it means you’re thinking a lot about bad things happening and you’re afraid of bad things happening.)

“Do you ever worry about things? What kinds of things do you worry about? (Write the students’ answers on the board. Suggestions could include school work and grades, making other kids like you, bullies and people teasing you, parents fighting, thunderstorms, sirens, the dark, monsters, our families not having enough money, etc.)

“Jesus said that people worry a lot of times about whether or not they’ll get enough food to eat or whether they’ll have enough clothes to wear. And do you know what Jesus told them. He said, ‘Look at the birds. (pull out bird) They don’t worry about not having enough food. God gives them their food. And do you see how pretty the flowers are? (pull out flower) They don’t worry about not having enough clothes to wear. God gives them everything they need and decorates them with all kinds of colors.’”

“Then Jesus said, ‘So you shouldn’t worry about things, either. God will take care of you and will give you everything you need, just like He gives the birds their food, and gives the flowers their pretty colors to wear, because you are more important to God than birds and flowers. Just remember to trust God and put God first in your life and He will take care of you.’”

“But God doesn’t usually just give us what we need, does He? What do birds eat? (Worms, bugs, berries, and other animals)

“How do birds get their food? (They have to look for it and hunt for it. God doesn’t just give it to them.)

“But who made the worms and the bugs and the berries and the other animals for the birds to eat? (God did.)

“So God made the food for the birds to eat, but the birds still have to work to get the food. They still have to go out looking for it.

“And that’s kind of the way it is with us. God made the food that we eat. And God helps us with our problems and everything that we worry about. But we still have to do things to help too. Do you remember some of the things we were worried about?

“One of them was school work and getting good grades. Can God help us with our school work and help us to get good grades? (Yes.)

“But God isn’t just going to do our work for us or magically make us get good grades, is He? We have to do something too. What do we have to do if we want to get good grades? (We have to pay attention in school and study and do our work.)

“And if we pray and ask God to help us with those things, He will, but we have to do what we’re supposed to do too. So remember to ask God to help you with your problems and to ask God to help you not worry, but also remember that you have to what you’re supposed to do too.”

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