Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Introductory Activity – In Control, Out of Control
Tell the children to move around the area as if they are driving cars (or flying airplanes). Call out: “Out of control!” Kids move as if the cars were out of control. Call out: “In control!” Kids then drive as if back in control. Call “out of control” or “in control” at random times. (Sometimes repeat the same instruction twice.) Tell the children to park their cars and gather together. Tell kids that you are going to talk about how God helps you stay in control when you respond to temptation.
Live It Out – Heart Reminder
- Gather red construction paper, scissors, markers, a hole punch, and yarn.
Recall the Life Point and talk about the Bible story. Guide children to cut out heart shapes. Each child can print the words of James 2:8 on one side of the heart and the words of Psalm 119:10 on the other side. Talk about how these Bible verses can help them resist temptation.
Help a child punch a hole in the top of the heart shape and tie a length of yarn through the hole to make a hanger. Tell him to hang the heart reminder in his room.
Optional: Kids could cut out other hearts and write reminders about resisting temptation. They can punch a hole in the top and bottom of each heart and use yarn to tie them together in a long streamer.
Introductory Activity – Group-up Spelling
- ·On index cards or squares of paper, print the letters T, E, M, P, T, A, T, I, O, N. Make 2-3 sets, enough so that everyone will have one letter card.
Tell kids to combine their letters to spell words. Encourage kids to spell as many words in different groups as they can in 2 minutes. List the words they spell on a white board or large piece of paper. Encourage them to make a word with as many letters as they can. Tell them that at least one 10-letter word can be made.
After time is up, ask for kids with each letter to come to the front of the group. Then call for 2 more Ts. Spell temptation. Tell the kids that you will discuss resisting temptation during the session today.
Live It Out – Four-in-a-Row Game
- Gather tape, a beanbag, and red and blue paper.
- Create a 5-by-5 grid on the floor with tape.
Review the Life Point and Bible study content with kids. Divide the group into 2 teams. Team 1 tosses the beanbag into a square on the grid. Ask the group to say a Bible verse that could help a person face or resist temptation. If the team can say a verse, they place a blue piece of paper in the square. If they cannot, the square remains blank. Team 2 tosses the beanbag into a square. If the team can say a verse, they place a red piece of paper in the square. Continue playing until one team gets four squares of its color in a row (in any direction). If time runs short, stop the game and count the colors in the squares. The team with the most colored squares wins.
Tip: To help teams that struggle with remembering appropriate verses, allow them to look at the Activity Page or a leader pack item for verses to say on their next turn.