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Kingdom Adventures

Jenks Church Children’s Ministry

This Month’s Theme: Goodness

Lesson Title: The Good Samaritan

Teaching Dates: February 2011

Scripture Reference(s): Luke 10:25-37

Workshop: Bible Skills and Games

Lesson Summary and Objectives:

Children learn about Jews and Samaritans in Jesus’ time.
Children will be able to retell the story Jesus told to the expert in the law in
answer to the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
Children learn that Jesus wants us to be kind to everyone around us, not just
our friends.

Special Room Décor, Supplies or Classroom Needs:

Supplies Needed
Map showing Jericho and Jerusalem
Cloth bandages or gauze

Room Set-up:
Move out all furniture if possible to allow more rooms for relay race.

(Introduce yourself and welcome the children as they enter.)

As Jesus traveled from city to city, he taught people about God’s love and
kindness. Many times his special helpers, called disciples, traveled with him.
Everywhere he went people listened to Jesus as he told them about God.
Thousands and thousands of people came to see Jesus. Poor people, rich
people, sick people, old people and young people went to listen to him.
Important and powerful people came to Jesus. Religious leaders came, too.
Often the people asked Jesus questions about God’s laws. Sometimes people
came to test Jesus because they were not sure he was the son of God.

Today’s story is found in one of the four gospels: Luke. It is a story Jesus told
to a man who was an expert in God’s law. The man was trying to test Jesus.

[Turn in your Bible to the book of Luke.] Is Luke in the Old Testament or New
[Read the story from the Bible or a story book. Then, go back and read it
again stopping to make the following points:]

The man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho. [Have children find Jericho
and Jerusalem on the map.]

The people we would assume would help – the religious people – didn’t stop
to help. Why? (Let children give answers.) Back in Jesus’ time, if a person
touched a dead person they would be unclean. For a priest or Levite, that
would mean he could not do his job. Levites and priests worked at the
temple. Perhaps the priest and the Levite thought the man was dead. They
didn’t even get close enough to find out!

In his stories and teachings, Jesus frequently focused on the fact that the
Pharisees' made up rules about what was right often got in the way of
actually doing good. Read James 1:27. Pure and genuine religion in the sight
of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and
refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27 (New Living Translation)
Jesus was pretty clear that the Priest and the Levite's obedience to religious
rules kept them from doing a good deed – and that was not pleasing to God.

The Samaritan stopped. Why did Jesus point out that the man was a
Samaritan? (The Jews and Samaritans hated each other. They had hated
each other since before WAY back when Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall.
Hundreds of years! Jews would not marry Samaritans, they would not speak
to them, and often would walk many extra miles just to avoid going in the
Samaritan country. They fought over religion and pretty much everything

The Samaritan didn’t care that he was a Jew. He didn't know if the man was
good or bad, only that he was hurt. Jesus very deliberately used a Samaritan
to be the good guy in the story. How did that help Jesus answer the expert’s
question, “Who is my neighbor?” (Discuss, allow children to answer. Lead
them to understand that Jesus did this to show the man that ANYONE could
be his neighbor, and that he could be a neighbor/friend to ANYONE.)

[Play the game. Divide into teams of three. If you do not have a complete
team, make 1 or 2 teams of 2.]

We are going to play a game that is fun, but you have to pay attention to
understand the rules. I am going to ask you some questions. If you answer
correctly, you get to move forward. If you answer incorrectly, you have to
move back. You will answer as a team. If you shout out an answer without
consulting your team, you have to move back even if the answer is correct.
So here is how the game works. One person on your team, the YOUNGEST
person is the Jew. That person is the one who will move up or back. The
MIDDLE person according to age will give the answers for your team.

The first questions are easy. They will get harder. Remember, the MIDDLE
person will tell me the answer for your team.

Ask questions one at a time to all the teams. DO NOT reveal the answer until
all teams have answered. Rotate which team answers first. For example, the
first question is asked. Team 1 says their answer. Then Team 2 and so on
until all teams have answered. THEN reveal the answer. The YOUNGEST
person on the teams who have answered correctly moves forward one step.
(To make the game more fun you can specify a baby step or giant step for
each question – according to difficulty level or randomly.)

When you get to the LAST question, say this BEFORE you reveal the answer!!

This is our last question. BUT DON’T MOVE more than one step, there is more
to the game.

(Reveal the answer and have people move as required.)

Now we are going to have a race. The team members back at the starting
line have to run up to the Jew and help him get to the inn (back wall or finish
line, etc.). Who remembers what the Samaritan did to help the Jew get to the
inn? (Put him on his donkey.) The person who is in the OLDEST on your team
will be the donkey. The MIDDLE person rides the donkey to the Jew, then the
Jew rides to the inn. The first team to the inn wins.

[Gather everyone into a circle for discussion time.]

How do we learn what God wants us to do? (read the Bible, learn from family and teachers,
Name two ways God helps us. (gives us food, clothes and shelter; heals us; forgives us,
Name ways we can help others. (Open doors for them, do chores, send
cards, be nice, share what we have, include them in activities, etc.)
Who is your neighbor? Who needs YOUR help? Who can you help?

(If children finish early they can work on one of the extra activity pages in
their journals.)

Modifications/Suggestions for Older Children:

No modifications suggested for older children.

Modifications/Suggestions for Younger Children:

A story book or other version of the Bible story can be used for younger

Teacher Notes:
True or False (Baby Steps)
1. We don't have to be kind to everyone. F
2. The Priest was in too big a hurry to notice the man beside the road. F
3. The Levite helped the man get to the inn. F
4. It did not cost the Samaritan anything to help the man. F
5. The Samaritan didn't know whether the victim was a good or bad man.

Short Answer Questions (Giant Steps)

6. Was the victim a Jew? Yes
7. Was the Samaritan a Jew? No
8. How many men passed by the injured man? 2
9. What was the profession of the first man? Priest
10. What was the tribe of the second man? Levite
11. Had the Samaritan ever seen the injured man before? No
12. How did the Samaritan know the man was worth helping? (he didn't, but he knew all
men are worth helping)
13. Are we supposed to help others? Yes
14. Should we help only people like us? No
15. Who is your neighbor? (anyone/everyone)