Be Humble (Part 1)

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (Matthew 23:12 ESV)

The Parable of the Tax Collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14)

“Two men went up to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

  1. What did the Pharisees do? The Tax collector? How was the tax collector different from the Pharisee?
  2. What kind of attitude did the Pharisee have? What kind of attitude did the tax collector have? Who has a humble heart and a proud heart?
  3. Who is more sincere in praying? Which of these two prayers do you think was pleasing to God?
  4. Who do you think went away forgiven and “right with God”?
  5. Are there times when you are tempted to act like a Pharisee and be the judge of another person?

Craft

Be Humble craft

God First (Craft/Artwork)

Kids will make their own #1 hand sign (fit for their hand). Already printed and pre-cut in different colorful art paper

#1 foam finger template: >> Download Here <<

    1. Distribute 2pcs for each kid, 1st page for the front and 2nd for the back.
    2. They will write “GOD is #1” or “GOD FIRST” at the front page and will glue a bible verse (printed in a small paper) at the back.
      Matthew 6:33
      “But seek fist the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”
    3. Then glue the sides to make a glove-like #1 sign that they can wea

Parable of the Hidden Treasure

God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find! —and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.”- Matthew 13:44

Story-telling:

Narrator: One day, there’s this hidden treasure in a big, big field. The field is a vast ground with some grass and stones. In that field, there is also a man who was just walking. A little later, he stumbled and fell on the ground! He was surprised of what he saw. It was the hidden treasure after all! The man was so happy that he sells everything he owns so he could have enough money to buy that field.

* Pause *

Q&A portion

  • Let the children guess what did the man find in that field
  • What do they think of the treasure?

Explain that in the Bible, the field is actually like the Kingdom of God. That the man did not really found a box like that of a treasure chest. But it was Jesus. Jesus is the treasure.

Connect story to the lesson of Jar of Life. By Putting God first, we should also seek him in everything. Follow Jesus. Be like Jesus. See Jesus in others. How? By focusing on the treasure not on the field.

  • See Jesus in your family – Mommy/ Daddy/ Siblings
  • See Jesus in your school – Teacher/ Classmate/ Guard/ Janitor/ Nurse
  • See Jesus in happy times but also in sad times. Sometimes you don’t get what you want but Jesus has something better for you! So, pray more. Because, when we put God first, remember that everything else will fit right.

 

Related Craft link here: God is #1

“Jar of Life” (Putting God First)

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33”

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Explain to kids that we will be like scientists experimenting on something. Our goal is to fit all the things (present props) inside one jar.

Let the kids (1 or 2 volunteers) try out (or point out what to put first) and execute transferring; assist if needed.

Then, demonstrate how to put all things inside the jar after trying.

Begin with the biggest. Next, medium. And last is the smallest.

– Explain the representation of each prop.

  • Jar – Life/ You
  • Big props – God
  • Medium props – Family/ Friends/ Dreams
  • Small props – others/ wants

Emphasize on :

  1. “If we put the BIG things first, everything else will fit right.” Who should we put first? GOD.
  2.  When we put GOD (or the big things) first, we will still be full or WHOLE. In that sense, whether or not we have the small things, we will still BE WHOLE, because we have GOD.

*Other props needed:

  •  Jars
  •  Candies/ Chocolates (Large, Medium, Small-sized)
  • Big spoon
  • Lab gown (as costume)
  • Lab goggles

 

Related Craft link here: God is #1

If We Love Everyday, Our Love Compounds Daily

Obey the LORD, and you will live longer. The wicked die before their time.

(Proverbs 10:27 GNT)

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Story Telling

Below are two stories about the consequences of doing good constantly.
(You can make visuals/pictures to show the children while telling the story)

Download the stories here:

Processing:

  • Who were the characters in the story?
  • How did they show goodness to other people?
  • Did they stop being good or doing goodness to others? (No)
  • Why do we do things that are good? (To please God, because it is right, to make others happy)
  • Do we need to do good things everyday? (Yes, we must also follow God everyday)
  • Enumerate some good deeds: Do household chores (e.g. helps in preparing the table for meal), fix the toys after playing, play and take care of younger siblings..
  • Or enumerate some good attitudes: Generous, helpful, honest, respectful, kind, disciplined..
  • What are the consequences of being good? (We can influence others on how to live a good life and learn from how we treat them. People will trust us, help us, respect us..)
  • We are commanded to be lights in this world so that we can bring/lead others to Jesus, to be a good example. (Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”). If people knew us by our bad attitudes/actions, they will have difficulty in seeing Jesus on us and how great He is.
  • As we continue to be a good child as we grow older, we will be like Jesus and become the light for others.
|The stories above are not mine, I don’t know the source but if you know you can tell me and I can give credit|

Influence (Be kind to others)

  1. Video Presentation
    Short clip on how to be kind
  1. Processing
    Discussion about how kindness can influence others even for just a small act of doing and being good to others. Enumerate different acts of kindness & importance on why we have to be kind:
    1. I will help mom in setting the table (or other chores like folding clothes, clearing the table, wiping the table, etc).
    2. I will pack away my toys without being told
    3. I will share my toys/food with my brother/sister/friend
    4. I will pray for the poor
    5. I will behave
    6. I will say,”I love you.” everyday to my mom, dad and my siblings

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The Starfish Story

I. THE STORY

One morning, a man went for a walk on the beach.

In the distance, he saw a small boy throwing something into the sea, over and over again.

As the man got nearer the boy, he couldn’t figure out what he was doing.

“Good morning” the man said to the boy. “Morning” the boy replied.

As the boy threw a starfish that he was holding into the sea, the man asked “What are you doing?”

“These starfish are stranded on the sand after the high tide. I am throwing them back into the sea.” The boy

replied.

“Why are you doing that? There are thousands of starfish and thousands of beaches; you aren’t going to

make a difference….”

“Hmmnnn..” the boy thought. He picked up another starfish, threw it into the sea and said to the man “We’’,

I made a difference to that one!”

Lost for words, the man walked away. And the boy continued throwing starfish back to the sea…

But as he walked away, the man thought, “Hmmnn..”, maybe this little boy is right…

And the man bent down, and picked up a starfish…

And surprised himself by throwing it back into the sea…

The boy saw this and said “ I thought you disagreed with me?”

“You have a point” the man said, “You were making a difference.”

“Find together” he said, “with a few more, we can all make an even bigger difference.”

II. DISCUSSION AND PROCESSING

After the story telling, a teacher will talk about “be inspired and inspire”.

How does one inspire others? We are inspired and can inspire through our words and actions. In the story of the starfish, it represents some ways to inspire people.

Be a good example. People watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Be someone worth emulating. Like the boy in the story, he did what he knows is right and good and does not easily give up even if other people does not approved with him.

Care about others. People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. The man saw how the boy really cared for the starfishes well being.

Encouragement. Everyone goes through tough times. When you support people and encourage them through these times, you’ll be inspiring them to see the best in themselves and in the situation. The man was encouraged by the words of the boy.

Be inspired yourself. Look for people, ideas, environments and knowledge that you find inspiring and motivating. Since the man was touched by the boy’s goodness and care to the starfish, he himself was inspired to do the same.