Friday, June 27, 2014

Sermon on the Mount Sunday School Lesson - Raca!

Use this Sermon on the Mount Sunday School lesson to teach children how to speak well to others.

Needed: Bibles, “Joe” paper doll, tape

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

Make and color a paper doll ahead of time. When it’s time for the lesson to start, have students sit in a circle and then bring out the paper doll and introduce the students to the doll, as if the doll were a real person. You can name the doll anything you like, and make it either sex you want, but I usually call him Joe.

Tell students to pass Joe around. When it is their turn to hold Joe, instruct them to call him a name or say something mean to him. They should then rip a piece off of Joe (like an arm or a leg, or if you have a large group, a part of an arm or a leg) and keep it before passing the rest on.

When Joe has gone around the circle, ask students, How do you think Joe felt when we were calling him names and being mean to him?

Has anyone ever called you a name or been mean to you?

How did that make you feel?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 5:21-26.)

Jesus says that people will be punished for murdering people. What else does Jesus say people will be punished for? Being angry with other people and calling them names.

Jesus even says that calling a person a bad name could get you sent to Hell.
Why do you think Jesus doesn’t want us to call each other names or insult each other? God loves every person and He doesn’t want us to hurt someone else’s feelings by calling them a bad name. He wants us to love other people and be nice to them like God loves them and is nice to them.
Jesus says that if we are worshiping God and remember that we’ve done something wrong to someone, we should stop worshiping God and go apologize to the person that we did something wrong to. Why do you think Jesus says that apologizing to people is so important that you can interrupt worshiping God to do it?

God doesn’t want us to just come to church and worship Him. He wants us to be nice to other people and if we do something wrong, He wants us to apologize for it. God will know that we’re not really being one of His followers if we’re always mean to other people.
(Pass Joe around the circle again. This time, tell students to say something nice to Joe or to apologize for what they said before and then tape the part that they ripped off back on.)

Remember, being nice to people and not hurting people is part of what it means to be a real follower of Jesus.

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