BIG IDEA: I CAN REMEMBER GOD’S WORD.
AIM: This lesson is the third in the ‘Sweet!’ teaching series. The ‘Digest’ Childrens Lesson on Matthew 4:1-11 looks at how we each need to take in God’s Word and remember it so that it becomes a part of us. It would be beneficial to try and teach the ‘Big Verse’ in this session and help the children to memorize the bible verse.
INTRO QUESTION: What have you been reading in the Bible this week and what did God say to you?
RECAP: In the last couple of sessions, we have been looking at how God’s Word is sweet and that means it is really good! We thought about the Israelites and how they were fed bread from heaven, and how we each need feeding spiritually too – from God’s Word. In the last session we looked at how we need to ‘chew’ on God’s Word which means we need to think and pray over it as we read. Now this week we’ll be thinking about what it means to ‘digest’ God’s Word. So let’s get going!
- Candy Dive. (regular/widescreen) Fill a tub or bucket with water. Add candy and encourage your kids to dive their face into the water to retrieve the candy with their mouths. They must keep their hands behind their backs. Make sure they don’t keep their heads under the water for too long! The player that grabs the most candy is the winner.
- Candy Colors. (regular/widescreen) Put different candy in a big bowl for each team. Teams must work to separate the candy into their correct candy in smaller bowls. The first team to arrange every candy into a colored candy bowl is the winning team.
- Donut Nibble.
- Hanging Donuts.
BIG VERSE: O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the one who trusts in him. Psalm 34:8.
SET the Scene:
- ‘The Temptation of Jesus’ by Saddleback Kids
- ‘Temptation of Jesus’ from the Miracle Maker DVD
- ‘The Temptation of Jesus’ by PursueGod Kids
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. I CAN DIGEST GOD’S WORD
Play this hilariously random ‘Digestion Song’ video. Have fun with it as you introduce this video. Your kids may roll their eyes if you take it too seriously! You may also want to use a picture of the digestive system as you talk about how the body breaks down food.
Say: When we digest something after eating our body needs to break down the food. All the goodness from the food helps our bodies and stays, and all the rest is flushed down the toilet! So our bodies work to break down the food so that we can get the goodness out of it.
Jesus knew how important it is to study the scriptures and understand them, and to know how to learn them. He was often caught talking to the religious leaders in the temple, teaching and learning from them. In our passage today Jesus uses the scriptures – God’s Word – to defend himself against the devil’s attacks and temptations. He could only fight the devil in this way because he had learned the scriptures and knew what his Father said.
It can be hard work to memorize scripture sometimes. It’s takes repetition and remembering. Are you good at remembering things? Hand up if you think you are [wait for response.]
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says:
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
God’s people were told to make sure they remembered His words. This week let’s try to learn a verse from God’s Word and put it into practice throughout the week!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Help your children to learn the Books of the Bible by playing one of these games:
- Bible Book Match. (regular/widescreen) Printables available soon. Have a board for each child with the books of the Bible – either New Testament or Old Testament – children should play against an opponent. The board should have matching shapes for the books to be written on individually. Place all of the tabs with the book names on the floor face down. The children must pick up a tab and see if it matches their board. If it is on their board they can place it over the top of the name on the board, if not they must put it back ready for their opponent to pick it up. The player with all their books found first is the winning player.
- Bible Bingo by ministry-to-children.
- How do you digest God’s Word (the Bible)?
- Do you want to start remembering God’s Word (the Bible)? How?
- How has God’s Word (the Bible) helped or transformed you?
- How can God’s Word (the Bible) help others?
SENSE How You Feel:
- Create a folding bible verse with craft sticks. Stick craft sticks together by lining them all side by side and sticking a sheet of paper over them or simply tape them together side by side. Then write or stick the bible verse to each craft stick, sentence by sentence or word by word; depending on how big the verse is.
- Choose a bible verse and find some Legos, Duplos, Jenga blocks or other type of brick. Write and tape a word from the bible verse on each brick that you have. Encourage the children to try and work out the correct order. [This can also be done using cups and have the children rearrange them]
- Bible verse craft sticks cup. Children can stick bible verses onto craft sticks and decorate them. Then they pop them into a paper cup and each day pull out one craft stick to help teach them a bible verse.
- Create some edible starburst slime.
- Make or decorate some cupcakes and add one of these cake toppers (color/B&W) saying ‘God’s Word is sweet’ on it.
- Color or play some of the activity sheets or games here.
Hand out the list of memory verses to the children. Is there one memory verse that they feel God has put on their heart to learn this week? Give the children a few minutes to think about which one they would like to learn. Pray that they would have the drive and commitment to learn that memory verse.