Thursday, June 26, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - The Narrow and Wide Gates

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Teach kids about following the narrow road.

Needed: Bibles, Road signs, computer paper

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

*You could switch the order of the lesson and the activity, depending on how you’d like to make your point. If you do the activity first, simply remove the signs and tell children that there is a prize waiting for them at the end of one of the two paths, but that they have to figure out which is the right one. Then use that experience as a lead-in to the Scripture and discussion.

(Have a student read Matthew 7:13-14, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough.)

Do you think most people believe in Jesus or most people don’t believe in Jesus? (Most people do not believe in Jesus.)
What does Jesus mean when He says that “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and  many enter through it”? (He’s saying that most people don’t believe in Jesus and do the wrong things and end up going to Hell. You can picture a bunch of people walking down the road, doing wrong things, and at the end of the road is Hell. That’s where they’re walking to.)
What does Jesus mean when He says, “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”? (He’s saying that only some people, not most people, will believe in Jesus and do the right things and go to Heaven. You can picture a couple people walking down another road, doing the right things, and at the end of that road is Heaven.)
Activity: Make two paths using pieces of paper on the ground. One is one sheet wide. The other is three. The first has a sign, saying “Heaven This Way!” The other has a sign, saying, “Hell This Way!” The path to Hell leads out of the building or to a closet or something (a dead end). The path to Heaven leads to the snack area or some other sort of prize. If children make the right choice and come to the snack area, they get a free snack or other prize you’ve set out. It’s not as good as Heaven, but it is something good for them waiting at the end.

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