Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - It's What Comes Out of Your Mouth

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach kids about the importance of speaking well.

Needed: Bibles, rotten food, candy, dirt

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

Summarize Matthew 15:1-20 with the following object lesson and discussion:

Show students a piece of rotten food. Ask, Should anyone eat something like this? (No.)

What would happen if you ate it? (You would get sick.)

Would it make you a bad person if you ate it? (No, it would just be gross.)

(Show students a piece of candy and then drop it in the dirt.) Should I eat this dirty piece of candy? (No.)

It would be gross if I ate that, right? But would it make me a bad person if I ate it? (No.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 15:10-11, or read it yourself.)

Jesus said it’s usually not a sin to eat something, because it’s not what goes into your mouth that makes you a bad person, even if what you’re eating is gross. It’s what comes out of your mouth that might be a sin. Jesus says that the things that we say sometimes are not very good.

What types of things might we say that God wouldn’t be happy with? (Lying, calling names, saying bad words, being rude to people, etc.)

Jesus says that when we say those bad things, we are sinning. So let’s remember to always think about what we’re about to say and before we say it, ask ourselves if God would like what we’re about to say or not. If what we’re about to say is bad, let’s try really hard to think of something else to say instead, or else just not say anything.

Prayer: Pray that God would help you and the students remember to only say good things.

(Give students a piece of clean candy.)

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