Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Online Sunday School Lessons - Jesus Helps Us Get Along with People Who Are Different From Us!

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach about the unity we have in Christ.

Needed: vegetable oil, vinegar, tablespoon, liquid dishwashing soap, jars with lids

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

What are some ways that one person could be like another person?  What kinds of things could people have in common? (Suggestions could include hobbies, country, religion, race, color, social class, etc.)

How could people be different? (Again, try to use some of the more obvious divisions.)

Do people usually get along better with people who are like them or people who are different from them?

(Divide students into groups of four and give each group a jar with a lid, a cup of vegetable oil, a cup of vinegar, a cup of dishwashing soap, and a tablespoon.

Everyone, pour half of the vegetable oil into the jar. We’re going to pretend that we’re like this oil.

Pour the other half of the vegetable oil into the jar. Put the lid tightly on the jar and shake the jar around.

What happened to the first and second halves of oil? Did they mix together or not? (All the oil mixed together.)

When we find other people that are like us, we get along and mix really well together, just like the oil mixed with the other oil because it was the same.

Now we’re going to add some vinegar to the jar and vinegar is not like oil. What do you think will happen?

Everyone, put a tablespoon of vinegar into the jar, then put the lid back on and shake it up.

What happened to the oil and vinegar? (The two didn’t mix.)

When we meet someone different from us, we might think, "This person is just too different from us”, like the vinegar is different from the oil, and we might decide that we don’t like that person because they’re different.

But Jesus tells us that that is not the kind of attitude we’re supposed to have. Jesus wants to clean us from having bad thoughts about other people and He wants us all to get along, even if we are different.

Everyone, add some of the soap, replace the lid, and shake the jar the around.

What happened this time? (The oil and vinegar mixed together.)

Jesus cleans us our thoughts and attitudes, like soap cleans our bodies, and helps us all to get along.

Jesus’ first followers, people like Peter and Paul, had to learn this lesson early on. Jesus was born in the country of Israel and the people who live in that country are called Jews. Jesus and Peter and Paul were all Jews. Most Jews didn’t really like people from other countries. And most people from other countries didn’t really like the Jews.

But even though Jesus was a Jew, He didn’t come to just save the Jews, did He? No, God loves everyone, not just the Jews! And Jesus wants to save everyone in the whole world, not just the Jews!

That’s why Jesus told us that we have to be nice to everyone and tell everyone about Jesus, not just the people that are like us. We have to get along with everyone because God loves everyone and so that we can tell everyone about how Jesus wants to save them.

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