Monday, June 16, 2014

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Sunday School Lesson

Use this Parable of the Good Samaritan Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the importance of helping others.


Needed: Bibles, bandages, cups of water

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

(Have a student read Luke 10:25, or read it yourself.)

What does the man want? (He wants to know how he get eternal life.)

What is eternal life? (Living forever in Heaven. So the man wants to know what he has to do to get to Heaven.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 10:26-28, or read it yourself.)

Jesus says that if we love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and if we love other people like we love ourselves, then we’ll get to go to Heaven and live forever. What does it mean to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind? (It means that we should love God with our whole life. Everything we do should be things that make God happy. If we always do the right things that make God happy, then we’ll be loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.)

What does it mean to love other people like we love ourselves? (It means to always want what’s best for them, just like we always want what’s best for us. If we wouldn’t hurt ourselves, then we don’t hurt them. If we try to make good things happen for us, then we try to make good things happen for them too. We love them like we love ourselves.)

(Have students take turns reading Luke 10:29-32, or read it yourself.)

A Levite is a helper for the priest. Why do you think the priest and the Levite didn’t help the man who got beat up?

Do you think they would have wanted someone to help them? (Yes.)

So they should have helped the other man. They should have loved the other man like they love themselves. They should have helped him like they would want someone else to help them.

(Have students take turns reading Luke 10:33-35, or read it yourself.)

Do you think the Samaritan man did the right thing by helping the man who got beat up? (Yes.)

The Samaritan did the right thing because he loved the other man like he loved himself. He helped the other man because he would want someone to help him if he got beat up like that.

Jesus says that we should always try to help other people too, because then we will be loving other people like we love ourselves.

Game: Being the Good Samaritan – Divide students into teams of four or five and give them some bandages and a cup of water for each person on the team. One student from each team starts out as the Beat-Up Man. They go and lie down on the other side of the room. The rest of their teammates are the Good Samaritan. On “Go!” their teammates race over to them, put a couple of bandages on them, give them a drink of the cold water, and then pick them up and carry them back to the team’s starting line. The second person then races back to the other side of the room and becomes the Beat-Up Man. Once they lie down, the rest of the team can go help them. The game ends when one team has carried all of their Beat-Up Men back to the line. If you don’t have enough students to make two teams, simply have them all on one team and have them race against the clock, trying to see how fast they can “save” their whole team.

Remind students that Jesus wants us to help other people, just like the Samaritan helped the man who got beat up, and to love other people like we love ourselves.

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