Opening Song: The Apostles' Creed
Big Idea: When you are tempted, ask Jesus for help.
Story: "Tempted" | Spark Story Bible, pg. 248
Lesson Video | The Temptation of Jesus
Ask: Do you sometimes feel like doing things that are unkind or might make others feel mad or sad? Are there times when you feel like doing unkind things, but stop yourself? How does it feel when you are able to control your actions?
Say: When we feel like doing something unkind, that's called "Temptation". When we feel tempted to do something wrong, we can still stop ourselves! The problem is when we actually do unkind things. Did you know that Satan does not want us to be like Jesus? He doesn't want us to love others or be kind. But Jesus is always ready to help us fight Satan and the temptation to do unkind things.
Action for the Kids - Say: When you feel like you want to do something that might not be kind this week, stop and say a prayer like this: "Jesus, help me be like you!"
Song for Kids: Resist the Devil
Activity Sheets or Play
After the song, hand out the activity sheets. Younger children are welcome to play with the Duplos (encourage them to play out a story that fits with the lesson).
End with the Lord's Prayer when the Usher comes to let you know the prayers have started.
(If you need more time)
Go around the room and ask the children to share something they are thankful for this week.
Ask them if there is anything or anyone they would like to pray for this week.