BIG IDEA: GOD GIVES AUTHORITY
AIM: TO TEACH KIDS THAT GOD WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOU INTO PEOPLE THAT RESPECT AUTHORITY!
BIG VERSE: Obey your leaders and accept their authority. Hebrews 13:17.
SET the Scene:
Read the parable of the Wicked Tenants from Luke 20:9-19. To tell this parable you could also ask the children to act it out whilst you read. To do this you will need to choose certain people to be characters – or have them split up into teams and have each team play the characters.
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. OBJECT LESSON: GOD WANTS US TO RESPECT HIS AUTHORITY
Explain respect using this video.
Go round doing ‘respect’ knuckle punch with kids.) God wants us to respect authority. To respect something means to think good things about it and to see it or the person as something that is worth something and to act accordingly. It’s like coming around the room again saying “you are worth something.” (go around the room doing it) Now if something or someone matters to you will you:
a) scribble all over it/them?
b) Tell it/them to get lost?
c) Walk out on them or throw it away?
d) Listen to them?
e) Look after it?
f) Do what they say?
Exactly. When something or someone is worth something to us we want to act in a certain way. In our parable today the tenants did not respect the vine owner. God wants us to respect His authority – that means acting differently to the tenants! It means God wants us to remember that He is worth something GREAT and that His power to give orders matters. That means we will want to listen to what He says; so we’ll read the Bible and pray to hear from Him, we might even go to church. It means we will do what He says because His orders matter to us and what He wants matters to us! So, our first point is that God wants us to respect His authority – He wants us to know He is worth something!
2. OBJECT LESSON: GOD DOESN’T WANT US TO MISUSE OUR AUTHORITY
Skit: pushing around younger kids at school or brother or sister
In the parable the authority over the vineyard was given to the tenants for a while. They got to order people about and sort out what was done in the vineyard. yet they misused their authority for their own gain. They didn’t respect the vine owner or his servants – they didn’t even respect his son. Sometimes God gives us power and authority over other people. Maybe you have a younger brother or sister or there are younger children at your school. God wants us to use our power and authority to do good things, not bad things. He doesn’t want us to misuse our authority by doing things for ourselves or making things tough for others to respect us. When we don’t use our authority for good then others find it hard to say what we do matters and is worth something. It makes them think that it is rubbish and won’t help them at all! It becomes worthless to them rather than really mattering to them. It makes them think that whoever gave us power isn’t worth anything either because they are not stopping us from doing bad things.
The skit showed bad ways to use the power and authority that you have been given, but what are some good ways to use it? (caring for others, not being selfish, thinking of others, sharing, listening, taking good advice, not bossing others around). God loves it when we use our authority in a good way because it helps others to respect us and to respect Him! God doesn’t want us to misuse our authority.
3. OBJECT LESSON: GOD WANTS US TO RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S AUTHORITY
Who respects authority? Show three animation clips: a) NEMO (touched the butt) b) MINIONS (get a new unicorn) c) Sulley and his boss.
Hmm… who out of these three characters in these scenes do you think respects other people’s authority? So who shows others that they matter and that they are worth something? We said authority was the power or right to give orders. So maybe teachers, parents and others who are older than us could be other people to respect. Do you think Nemo respected the teachers and his father’s authority? Why not? That’s right he showed them that what they said didn’t matter. He was going to do his own thing. And it got him into trouble!
What about the minions? Did they respect Gru’s authority? Yes thats right. They did because they listened and they did what he said. They showed him that what he said and did mattered! It was worth listening to! Did Sulley respect his boss’ authority? In some ways – in other ways no. He didn’t respect Waternoose’s authority because he misused his authority. He used it for his own selfish purposes. That meant his authority no longer mattered and Sulley no longer thought it was worth anything. Waternoose broke the Monsters Inc rules. However, he wasn’t completely rude to him. He still respected him as a monster. Yet Sulley respected Roz’s (#001) authority because he listened to her and did as she said. She was in charge and he showed her respect by showing that what she said and did mattered. He valued what she did.
God wants us to respect everyone and to respect other people’s authority, even when it might be tough. Sometimes we need his help to do it!
RESPONSE: So… how will you respect God and other people’s authority? Let’s ask
God to help us respect others and to use our power and authority for good!