Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Parable of the Tenants Sunday School Lesson - Giving God His Due

Use this Parable of the Tenants Sunday School lesson to teach children about how to get to Heaven.


Needed: Bibles

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

Ask students, What does God want us to do in life?

God wants us to love Him and to love other people. God wants us to do the right things. What will happen when we die if we have loved God and loved other people and tried to do the right things that God wants us to do? (We will go to Heaven when we die.)

What will happen if we don’t love God and we don’t love other people and don’t do the things that God wants us to do? (We will go to Hell when we die.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 21:33-34, or read it yourself.)

So the farmer planted a field and then rented it to other farmers. All the farmer wanted was for the other farmers to give him some of the fruit that they grew on the farm. If they gave him some of the fruit, they could keep using the farm field and growing fruit for themselves.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 21:35-37, or read it yourself.)

When the farmer sent his servants to get some of the fruit from the other farmers, what did they do? (They killed the servants.)

Finally, the farmer decided to send his son to get some of the fruit. Do you think the farmers will give the son some of the fruit from the farm field, or will they kill the son too?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 21:38-41, or read it yourself.)

So the farmers killed the son too. Then what did it say the farmer is going to do? (He’s going to kill the bad farmers and rent the farm to other farmers who will give him his share of the fruit.)

That story is kind of like how God is with us. God made the whole world, just like the farmer planted the farm field. And God gave the world to people, just like the farmer rented his farm field to other farmers.

And all God wants is for people to do the right things, just like all the farmer wanted was some of the fruit from the farm. And in the Bible, we read about how God sent the people prophets an d teachers to remind them about the good things that God wanted them to do, just like the farmer sent his servants to get some of the fruit.

But the people in the Bible killed the prophets and the teachers because they didn’t want to listen to them and didn’t want to do the right things God wanted them to do, just like the bad farmers didn’t want to give the farmer any of the fruit.

Finally, God sent His Son, Jesus, to teach people how to do the right things that God wanted them to do, but the people killed Jesus too, because they didn’t want to listen to God.

And just like the farmer said he was going to kill all those bad farmers, God says that anyone who doesn’t believe in Him and do the right things will eventually go to Hell when they die.

The good news is that as long as we believe in God and love Him and love other people and do our best to do the right things that He wants us to do, then we won’t have to go to Hell. We will go to Heaven instead.

So let’s do our best to believe in God and do the right things He wants us to do. And let’s do our best to tell other people about God too, so that they believe in Him and go to Heaven when they die.

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