Monday, June 16, 2014

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Sunday School Lesson

Use this Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard Sunday School lesson to teach students about God's desire for us to be saved.


Needed: Bibles, coins

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

Ask students, Can any of you think of a time when you thought something wasn’t fair?

Tell me about it. (Allow students to share their stories. Feel free to share a story of your own.)

We like things to be fair, don’t we?

Well, today we’re going to read a story about some people who didn’t think things were fair.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 20:1-7, or read it yourself.)

So the farmer is hiring different people to work on his farm. He hired some of the people in the morning and they worked all day. Then he hired some more later in the day, and he hired some just an hour before the workday was over.

Let’s act this out. (Have students line up in a row facing you. Tell the students on your left that they worked all morning and all day. The next student or students worked half of the day. The last student or students only worked one hour.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 20:8-12, or read it yourself.)

(Give each student a coin of the same value, starting with the students on your right who only worked for one hour and ending with the students on the left who worked all day. Let students keep the coins after the lesson.)

The farmer paid everyone the same amount of money. The person who worked only one hour was paid the same amount as the person who worked all day. Do you think that’s fair?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 20:13-15, or read it yourself.)

So the farmer said that he was paying the people who worked all day exactly what he said he would pay them. He wasn’t cheating them. He was just being nice to the other workers by giving them the same amount.

That’s kind of how God is. There are some people who love God and do the right things for their whole life. They’re kind of like the people who worked for the farmer the whole day. And they know that when they love God and do the right things for their whole life, then they will go to Heaven when they die. That will be their reward from God.

But other people don’t love God and do the right things their whole life. Maybe they only start to love God when they’re an adult, or when they get old, or maybe even right before they die. But God still lets them go to Heaven the same as the person who loves God and does the right things their whole life.

So the farmer gave everyone the same pay, no matter how long they worked, and God lets everyone come to Heaven, no matter how long they believed in Him. God wants everyone to go to Heaven, so He always gives everyone as many chances to believe in Him as He can before they die.

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