Use this online Sunday School lesson to teach kids about spiritual gifts.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Ask students, How do people pick their leaders?
What does a leader have to be good at?
If you’re with your friends, who gets to be the leader?
How do we pick our leaders for the country, like the President?
How do we pick our leaders in church?
(Summarize Numbers 16, using the following story questions as you read.)
One day, while Moses and the Israelites were living in the desert after God freed them from slavery in Egypt, four men named Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and On started making trouble for Moses and his brother, Aaron. They said, “We are all God’s people. Why does Moses get to be the leader? And why does his brother, Aaron, get to be the priest? Why can’t we be the leaders?”
Do you think the four men should be allowed to be the leaders?
Should anyone have a chance to be the leader if they want to?
When Moses heard the four men saying this, he got down on his hands and knees and prayed. Then he stood up and said to the four men, “Tomorrow, the Lord will show you who the leaders are supposed to be. You will all get your chance to try to be the priest and whoever God chooses, that person will be the priest.”
So the next morning, Aaron and all four of the men and the four men’s followers came to the Tabernacle, or the church. Then God made it so that the ground started shaking and an earthquake happened. The ground split apart under the four men’s feet and they fell down into the crack. The ground closed back up and the men were smooshed and buried in the crack. Then God sent fire down from Heaven and burned the four men’s followers. Only Moses and Aaron were left because they were the ones whom God had chosen to be the leaders for the people.
Why do you think God killed those four men who wanted to be the leaders?
The four men were trying to take over being the leader from Moses and Aaron. God had already picked Moses and Aaron to be the leaders.
Remember that God has given us all talents and made us good at different things. He made some people to be good at making things and some people to be good at singing and playing music. He made some people to be good friends toward people and He made some people to be good leaders. You have to do what God has made you good at. You can’t be the leader if God has made you good at something else. If you want to be the leader, you have to wait to see if God has picked you to be the leader. If God hasn’t picked you to be the leader – if He’s picked you to do something else – then you shouldn’t try to be the leader.