Use this Parable of the Two Sons Sunday School lesson to teach kids about the importance of believing in God.
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 are some chores that your parents tell you to do?
What would happen if your parents told you to do a chore and you said no?
What would happen if your parents told you to do a chore and you said you would do it, but then you never did?
(Have students take turns reading Matthew 21:28-30, or read it yourself.)
So the first son said he wouldn’t do the chore, but then he did it. The second son said he would do the chore, but then he didn’t. Which son do you think did the right thing in the end? (The son who did the chore.)
The second son, the one who said he would do the chore, but then didn’t, is like some people who tell God that they’ll listen to Him and do the right things, but then they just keep doing the wrong things. They say they’ll listen to God, but they don’t do what He says.
The first son, the one who said he wouldn’t do the chore, but then did it, is like people who say they don’t believe in God, but then decide later that they do want to believe in God and they start doing what God told them.
God likes it when people who didn’t believe in Him, start believing in Him and doing the right things. But God doesn’t like it when people do believe in God, but won’t do what He tells them.