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Good Samaritan for Older Children Bible Lesson

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In A Nutshell

With the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus explains how we as Christians should treat others and the path we should take if we are walking with God. This Bible Lesson is part of Bible Boot Camp VBS, a 1-day Vacation Bible School Program.

Ages

Elementary, Tweens, Teens

Scripture

Luke 10:25-37

Memory Verse:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

What You Will Need

  • Bible Boot Camp Journal (See Related Activities).
  • Pencils
  • Prizes (1 for each child)
  • Misc. items for the relay game
  • Bible

Preparation

  • Each child will need a Bible Boot Camp Journal. Teachers can copy pages in advance and children can put them together in about 10 minutes.

All About Me

Have children fill out the “All About Me” page in their journal. As an icebreaker, go around the room and have each child tell three things about themselves that they have written down.

What’s Important Relay

The purpose of this game is to challenge the children with a game that has prizes for the winners. Before class begins, you will need to pick one child who will be your “actor”. When the game starts, they will pretend to hurt their ankle so they can’t finish the race. They should sit down in the middle of the race and hold their ankle as if hurt. They are to keep their role a secret from the others.

Tell the children that they will be running a relay race and the first three to complete the task will win prizes (prizes should be something they would really like to win). You will have several items on one side of the room. The children's task is to pick up one item at a time and take it to the other side of the room and place it on the floor. Depending on where you are, this can be a running or fast walking game. Have at least five items for each child to relocate. Play the game and observe what happens.

Gather the children in a group and hand out a prize to every child. Discuss the game with them.

Discussion questions:

  • Did anyone stop to help the person who was hurt? Why or why not?
  • Where you too busy? Didn’t see them? Wanted the prize too much?
  • What would Jesus have wanted you to do? (Help the person who was hurt). (Read Luke 10:27 and discuss. Write it on a chalkboard or butcher paper and have the children copy it in their journal.

Bible Lesson: The Good Samaritan

One day a very educated man asked Jesus what he must do to achieve eternal life. Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, love your neighbor as yourself.” Trying to understand, the man asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Then Jesus told this story: There was once a man who was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. It was a dangerous road, with lots of curves and places for robbers to hide. On his travels some thieves attacked him and stole all the items he had, even his clothes. He was beaten until he was almost dead and left lying on the side of the road.

A priest came along the same road. When he saw the man who had been beaten, he crossed to the opposite side of the road and kept right on going because he didn’t want to get involved.

The next man to come down the road was a Levite. He does the same as the priest, he walks on the other side of the road and ignores the hurt man.

The next man to come down the road was a Samaritan. Samaritans were considered a low class of people in those times because they did not follow all of the Jewish laws. Most Jews would not even associate with them. They would not talk with them, or eat with them, or sit with them.

The “Good Samaritan” stopped to help the man. He did not see him as a good man or a bad man, he only saw him as a person in need. The Samaritan stopped and doctored the injured man’s wounds. He lifted the man up onto his animal and transported him to an Inn. He left him in the care of the Innkeeper who he paid with his own money. He also told the Innkeeper that he would pay for any additional costs on his return trip.

Discussion questions:

  • What is Jesus telling us in this story? Who is our neighbor? The hurt man? (Yes) The Samaritan? (Yes) The priest (Yes) The Levite? (Yes. Everyone is our neighbor).
  • Who does God want us to love? (Everyone).
  • Which person is Jesus wanting us to be like? (The Samaritan).
  • What do you think Jesus would have done if he had walked past the hurt man? (Stopped and helped him).
  • Why do you think the priest and the Levite did not stop to help? (Perhaps they thought the man was not worthy of their help. They didn’t like the way he looked or lived, or perhaps they were to busy to stop).
  • Which person was walking with God that day? (The Samaritan).
  • What should you do if you see someone you don’t know who needs help? (Go get an adult to come and help)

Walking With God Worksheet Activity

Have each child think about their busiest weekday and all the activities they do in that day. Items would be things like: eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, go to school, softball practice, etc. Have them make a list in their journal. Once everyone has completed their list, go around the room and have each child read out something they have on their list. Have them list the total number of activities at the bottom of the page. On a second page, have them make a list of activities they do on a typical Sunday. Repeat the activity for Sunday. If you have younger children who don’t write well, you can have the group do this activity together as you write their responses on a board.

Discussion questions:

  • How many activities do you do on a typical day?
  • Go back and put a check by all the activities that have to do with God, such as go to Sunday School, say a prayer, read the Bible, etc.
  • How many activities are related to God?
  • Do you think this is enough?
  • What are the reasons you aren’t doing more?
  • If you are walking with God, what other activities should you be doing that you aren’t? (Have them add these activities to their list).

Prayer

Dear Lord,
Thank you for all the things you do for us. Help us to keep you in the center of our lives. Help us to always think about what you want us to do and how we can walk with you. Help us to treat others as Jesus would have. We want our life to be a walk with God, following His path and going where He leads us.

Amen

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