One of the lessons that should be taught in Sunday School is "Love your Neighbor." A neighbour can be someone you're sitting next to, the children at school or your actual neighbour. God instructs everyone to love Him first and then to love their neighbours as themselves. This lesson can be taught in Sunday School with visuals and Bible stories to help the children understand the topic.
The Good Samaritan
Explain to the students that Jesus told the Good Samaritan story in Luke 10:25-27 because he was making a point with a Jewish teacher. Write the word "love" on the board and ask the children to think of who they love. Tell the children that the story talks about how we should love everyone, not just our friends but our neighbours, too, including anyone we come in contact with. Read the story and point out the priest, Levite and Samaritan. Ask questions about the story, such as was it right that the Samaritan helped the man when no one else would and if the students are good Samaritans at school.
The Golden Rule
Teach the concept of "loving your neighbour as yourself" by reading these verses with the children: Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, John 13:34 and I Corinthians 13:4. Talk about how you should treat others as you would want to be treated. Use a noodle man puppet to illustrate the point. Make a swimming pool noodle into a man by giving him eyes and a nose drawn on paper and attached with hot glue. Cut a few inches off the other end of the noodle and cut that in half to make feet. Make a slit up the centre of one end for legs. Stuff tissue paper into the top hole for hair. Tell the students that the noodle man is sad because no one wants to play with him. Talk about how no one likes to be called names. This will help the children remember to love even the people they don't like.
What Would Jesus Do?
Make a "What Would Jesus Do" colouring page by preparing an outline image of Jesus on one side with the words "What Would Jesus Do?" above it and a blank space on the other side with "What Would You Do?" Ask the children to colour Jesus and then draw their own face in the blank space. Discuss the following questions with them: Would Jesus be nice to the mean kid at school? Would Jesus help a little girl pick up her books? Would Jesus help the teacher? How can you love your neighbours at school? To remember, have the children make bracelets with leather strings and beads with the letters "WWJD."
God's Greatest Commandments
Ask the children what they think God's greatest commandments are. Then read Matthew 22:35-38 and ask them again what God says they are. "Love the Lord your God...and love your neighbour as yourself". Discuss with the children why loving your neighbour is one of the greatest commandments. Have the children read 1 John 4:20-21 and ask them, "Why isn't it possible to love God and hate others?" Ask the children what they can do to love other people. Plan a service project with them and brainstorm ideas of who they can help in the community.
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