Use this Sermon on the Mount Sunday School lesson to teach kids to be sincere in their spirituality.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Ask students, Have you ever known someone who just liked to show-off and brag all the time?
What do you think about people when they’re just showing off and bragging all the time? (Nobody likes a show-off.)
(Have a student read Matthew 6:1-4.)
Do you think Jesus want us to give money to help poor people? Yes.
Does Jesus want us to make a big deal about it when we give money and tell everyone that we’re doing it? No, because that would be showing-off.
Jesus wants us to do good things, but He doesn’t want us to show-off when we do them. We don’t do good things to get attention or to make people think how great we are. We do good things because we love God and we love other people and it’s the right thing to do.
(Have another student read Matthew 6:5-8.)
Do you think Jesus want us to pray? Yes.
Does Jesus want us to show-off and use big words and talk for a long time in front of people when we pray? No. Using big words and talking for a long time in front of other people when we pray is just showing off.
What does Jesus say we should do when we pray? He says we should go in our room or somewhere where we can be alone and have time to just talk God by ourselves.
Jesus said that we don’t need to pray for a long time and use a lot of words when we pray. Why not? God knows what we need before we ask Him. We don’t have to explain everything to God or try to convince Him to help us. He already knows what we’re going to ask for. We should just ask Him for it in a simple way, like we would ask our parents for something.
So remember, do good things for God and pray to Him because you love Him, not because you want to show-off in front of other people.