Monday, June 16, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - How to Solve a Problem with Someone

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach children about how to solve an argument.


Needed: Bibles

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

Ask students, When someone does something mean to you, what should you do?

Should you do something mean back to them?

Should you yell at them or hit them?

Should you tell your parent or a teacher?

Today, we’re going to learn what Jesus says you should do when someone does something mean to you.

(Have a student read Matthew 18:15, or read it yourself.)

What does Jesus say you should do if someone does something wrong? (Go talk to that person and tell them how they were wrong, just you and them.)

But what if they won’t listen to you or say they’re sorry?

(Have another student read Matthew 18:16, or read it yourself.)

Now what does Jesus say you should do? (Take one or two more people with you to talk to the person and tell them how they were wrong.)

So, first, you go talk to them by yourself. Then you take a couple of people with you to talk to them. But what if they still listen and say they’re sorry?

(Have another student read Matthew 18:17, or read it yourself.)

So if the person won’t listen to you or to the one or two other people you took with you, then what does Jesus say you should do? (Tell the church.)

If it happens at church, you can tell your teacher. If it happens at school, you can tell your school teacher. If it happens at home, you can tell your parents. But Jesus says that you only tell on people if they won’t say they’re sorry to just you, or they won’t say they’re sorry when you take one or two more people to talk to them.

First, you talk to them by yourself. Second, you take a couple of people with you. Third, you tell a teacher or your parent or someone who’s in charge. But what if they still won’t listen and say they’re sorry?

Jesus says that then you treat them like a pagan or a tax collector. That means that you don’t talk to them anymore until they say they’re sorry.

When can you hit them? (You can’t.)

When can you call them a name? (You can’t.)

When can you do something mean back to them? (You can’t.)

The only thing you can do is first, talk to them by yourself; second, take one or two more people with you; third, tell a teacher or parent or someone else who is in charge; fourth, don’t talk to them again until they say they’re sorry. That’s all Jesus said we can do. And whenever someone does they’re sorry, we have to forgive them. We can’t keep being mad at them after they say they’re sorry.

Activity: What Should I Do? – Okay. Let’s practice. I’m going to tell you a story and you tell me what the person should do at the end.

Yesterday, Bob was outside playing a game with his neighbor, Allen. Kayla and Carrie were there too. When Allen started losing the game, he got mad and called Bob a name. What should Bob do? (He should ask Allen to say he was sorry for calling him a name.)

So Bob says, “Allen, I didn’t like you to call me that name. You should say you’re sorry.”

What should Allen do? (He should say he was sorry for calling Bob a name.)

What if Allen says he doesn’t want to say he’s sorry, then what should Bob do? (He should ask Kayla and Carrie to talk to Allen too, and ask Allen to say he was sorry.)

So Kayla and Carrie say, “Yeah, Allen. It’s not nice to call people names. You should say you’re sorry.”

What should Allen do? (He should say he was sorry for calling Bob a name.)

But what if Allen still says he doesn’t want to say he’s sorry, then what should Bob do? (He could go in the house and tell his mom, or he could tell Allen’s mom on him.)

So Bob goes inside and tells him mom, and his mom comes out and says, “Allen, you’re not allowed to call people names. Say you’re sorry.”

What should Allen do? (He should say he was sorry for calling Bob a name.)

But what if Allen still won’t listen and say he’s sorry, then what should Bob do? (He should stop talking to Allen or playing with him until Allen says he’s sorry.)

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