Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lord's Prayer Sunday School Lesson

Needed materials
·         Bible (Matthew 7:21, 28:18-20; Romans 14:17-19, Mark 12:30-31, 1 Timothy 2:3-4)
·         Dry erase board & markers or chart paper & markers
·         Special envelope with the message “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”
·         Colorful (cheap) band aids

Game – Band Aid Relay
Depending on class size, form 2-3 teams, and line them up at one end of the room. Lay the band aids out on the floor at the opposite end of the room (unwrapped for younger kids, still wrapped for older). The game’s objective is being the first team to have every member wearing a band aid.
The children take turns doing the following:
·         Run to the other end of the room
·         Grab (and unwrap) a band aid
·         Run back, and place it on the back of the hand of the next person in line
·         Now it’s that child’s turn
·         Repeat until one team wins, with each member wearing a band aid (the last child in line places the band aid on the hand of the first child to run)

Lesson script
Who remembers what we’ve been learning about in the last few weeks? That’s right, the Lord’s Prayer! So far, we’ve memorized the parts that say “Our father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon.” Last week we talked about how we want Jesus’ kingdom to come soon, so that we can spend all of forever with Him.

(Take out the special envelope)

What I have here is this week’s special message from God. It says, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”

(Across the top of the white board or chart paper, write the column headings, “God’s Kingdom,” “God’s Will,” and “how to.”)

(Read Matthew 7:21)

What Jesus mean when he said those things, is that Christians should do what God wants us to do, not just talk about it. So we do nice things for people, and we show God we love Him, by trying our best to always do His will.

(Read Romans 14:17-19)

We can see that God’s will isn’t about rules, but more about loving Him, showing people that we love God, and being kind to each other. That is how we can earn our place in His kingdom.

(Under “God’s Kingdom,” write “love God,” and under “God’s Will,” write, “love others.”)

That’s how we follow the Lord—by loving each other. Let’s read about what Jesus said when someone asked him what the most important commandment was.

(Read Mark 12:30-31)

So Jesus said that the most important rules to follow are to love God first, and love other people second.

The special message this week, “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” is asking God for something really special. In heaven, there is no sin, and there isn’t even the temptation to sin! God’s will is just what happens, and nobody even has to try!

Everyone would be so happy all the time, and nobody would be hurting, ever. Another part of God’s will, is that everyone gets to know Jesus with their hearts, and that we can all be forgiven for our sins, by knowing Jesus.

(Read 1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Has anyone ever heard of the Great Commission? That was a job that Jesus gave to all Christians, right before ascending into heaven. Here is what the Bible says about the Great Commission.

(Read Matthew 28:18-20)

Who here has a favourite toy, that you just can’t wait to show people when they come over to play? That toy is sort of like the love of Jesus, isn’t it? As Christians, the very best thing we have to share with people is God’s love, and Jesus’ forgiveness.

The Great Commission tells us that we have to share Jesus with the people that don’t know him yet.

 (Under the “how to” column, write “tell other people about Jesus.”)

When we are saying the Lord’s Prayer, think about the people that don’t know Jesus yet. And when we say “May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,” we’ll be letting God know that we are going to try our best, to do His will, by showing God and others that we love them. We can do that by spreading God’s Word, and the Good News about Jesus.  

Sample Prayer
Say the Lord’s Prayer together, to reinforce the children’s memorization. 

Find more Sunday School lesson ideas on our Free Children Sunday School Lesson Helps page.

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