Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Parable of the Mustard Seed Sunday School Lesson - A Little Bit Goes a Long Way

Use this Parable of the Mustard Seed Sunday School lesson to teach children about the importance of spreading the Gospel.


Needed: Bibles, seed, picture of a tree, bread without yeast, yeast, bread with yeast

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

Ask students, do any of you know of any famous singers or music groups?

Who are they?

Did you know that at one time, those people were not famous? Maybe only a few people liked them, but since they were really good and their songs were really good, more and people heard about them and they got more and more popular. Their songs got played on the radio and they got to make cds and music videos and play big concerts.

That’s kind of how it is with Jesus.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 13:31-33, or read it yourself.)

(Show students your seed.) Jesus said that the message about God started small, like this seed, because Jesus could only tell the people in His own country about God. But then, after Jesus died, His disciples went and told more and more people about God. They even went to other countries to tell people about God. And people are still doing that today. Christians go to other countries and tell people about God, just like you can tell your friends and family about God. More and people did believe and will still believe in God and that makes the message about God more popular. It’s like the seed growing up to be a big tree. (Show picture of tree.)

The message about God is also like baking bread. (Give students a piece of unleavened bread.) What’s wrong with this bread? (It’s not tall, it’s flat, etc.)

(Show students yeast.) This is what you put into bread to make it get taller. It’s called yeast and you only need a little bit. If you use just a little bit of yeast, your whole loaf of bread will rise up. (Give students a piece of leavened bread.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 13:31-33, or read it yourself.)

The message about God started small, just like the small amount of yeast you need to bake bread, because Jesus could only tell the people in His own country about God. But then, as His disciples told more and more people about God, and as we tell more and people about God, then the message about God will get more popular, just like the little bit of yeast makes the whole loaf of bread rise up.

What is one thing you can do to help tell other people the message about God? (Tell your friends what you know about God, invite them to church or special church activities, etc.)



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