Key Concept: Jesus is our foundation.
Scripture: Matthew 7:24-29
Song: “The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock”
Ask children to stand up and spread out. Have them jump up and down and feel how firm the ground (or floor) is beneath their feet. Have them imagine they are walking on ice, on sand, on a rock, through mud, and trying to stand on a spinning merry-go-round. Which is most wobbly? Which is the strongest? Choosing the right foundation can help you grow strong and good. Jesus showed us the right way to live. His example is a good foundation. We can choose to live like Jesus and know that his love is with us to hold us steady.
Jesus taught many lessons through story. One of these stories is about a wise man who built his house upon a foundation of rocks. Another man built his house on the sand. A storm came. The rain came down and the wind blew hard against the houses. The house on the sand fell down, but the house built on the rock stood strong.
Challenge: Jesus is our foundation. We try to live like Jesus. Encourage children to think about what Jesus would do as they make choices each day.
Keywords: action, scripture story, parable, song
It’s Your Choice
Key Concept: God wants us to make good choices.
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Song: “Zacchaeus was a Wee Little Man”
Play this game to help children better understand what a choice is. Explain that this game of choice has no right or wrong answers. The choice is always up to them. State the choices by saying, “You have a choice. You can sit down or stand up. It is your choice.” Wait for their response and then go onto the next choice. Some suggestions are:
You can shout or whisper your name to me. It is your choice.
You can clap your hands or stomp your feet. It is your choice.
You can reach for the sky or touch the floor. It is your choice.
You can touch your ears or touch your nose. It is your choice.
You can sit on the floor or sit in a chair. It is your choice.
You can raise your right arm or your left arm. It is your choice.
You can turn around or jump up and down. It is your choice.
Let the children add choices as well.
One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the ability to make choices for ourselves. God hopes we will make good choices. Tell the story of Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10. Talk about the choices he made the day Jesus came to town. How did those choices change his life?
Challenge: What can we do when we are not sure which choice to make? Ask a parent or other adult? We can also ask God to help us make good choices! Pray together. Ask God to help us make wise choices.