Thursday, June 26, 2014

No One Can Serve Two Masters Sunday School Lesson

Use this No One Can Serve Two Master Sunday School lesson to teach kids about keeping God first.

Needed: Bibles, money

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

Have a leader stand at one side of the room while you stand at the other. The other leader tries to get kids to sit down or to come to them to hear the lesson while you try to lure kids to you, offering them money. Wait to see what the kids will do and then tell them to sit down. Don’t really give them anything, as this would be rewarding negative behavior. Do not punish them either, though, as this exercise is simply meant to introduce the point of the lesson.

Ask students, Was it hard knowing which one of the leaders to listen to? Why?

The other leader was trying to teach you a lesson about God and that’s more important than the money I was going to give you.

(Have a student read Matthew 6:24, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough.)

Jesus is saying that we can’t listen to two people at one time. We can’t listen to God and to money. We have to make a choice about what one is more important to us, and we should always make God the most important person in our lives.

I have some questions about money and making the most important in our lives. I want you to tell me what I should do in each of these situations:

1. Should I keep all of my money for myself, or should I give some to God by giving to the offering? (Giving some of your money to God instead of keeping it all for yourself is putting God first!)

2. When I grow up, should I work all the time so that I can make more money, but can’t come to church, or should I take a break from work and making money sometimes so that I can come to church once a week? (Coming to church instead of making more money is putting God first!)

3. Should I steal to get more money, or should I listen to God’s rule and not steal? (Listening to God’s rule to not steal is putting God first!)

4. Should I spend my money on bad things like bad movies, cigarettes, or drugs that God doesn’t want me to have, or should I spend my money on good things that God does want me to have? (Spending your money on the things God wants you to have instead of the things He doesn’t want you to have is putting God first!)

So, remember: I know we all like to get money and spend it on things we want, but we always have to put God first.

(If you feel that students have understood the lesson, you can give them the money you were tempting them with now, if you want. Either that or you can give the students the money and then direct them to put it into the offering.)

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