Grades 1-6: Watch Out! Session 2 – Resist Temptation

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11

Grades 1-3

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.

Grades 4-6

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.



  1. We are just starting Bible Studies for Life. Still not sure about the different format but realize this is new material and I need to get through several Sunday’s to get the swing of things. I bought the digital teachers guide. It was not easy figuring out how to print – I’m going back to the printed copy for the next session. I appreciate the availability of different ideas online but I received an email about this in early August and stumbled on it in my inbox. Might not hurt for LifeWay to sent out emails periodically reminding teachers of things available to them online.

  2. We will be starting our second week of Bible Studies for Life. We like the idea of the the aligned curriculum but I am trying to figure out how the Large Group part fits with the individual class lesson plans. I was getting ready to show one of the videos last week during Kids Church, but realized that most of the older kids had already seen it during their Sunday School class. Is Large Group supposed to be “instead of” lessons for churches that don’t have Sunday School classes? Because right now it seems like I am just repeating what they’ve already heard and we have to come up with new resources to fill our time. Just wondering what others are finding works if you have 2 separate sessions on Sunday mornings.

  3. I am in agreement that the new format is hard to use. Also many of the activities included in the lesson plans are virtually impossible to execute w/o having the “leader pack”. Purchasing all these “extra’s” can put a strain on a small church’s materials budget. There really needs to be more user friendly activities included w/in the lesson plan or there needs to be better instructions on how to make/construct the aides/props included in the activities w/ out having to go out and purchase the pack/cd. I do understand that Life Way is a money making machine but should not it be more focused on being a ministry helper to the local church!

    • James Jackson says:

      Candace, here is a response from Jeff Land, team leader for Bible Studies For Life: Kids.

      Hi Candace,

      It sounds like you and the previous commenter are having the same issue with following the new format. It’s actually the same as the old format, just with title changes. Here they are with the new titles: Leader Bible Study (Personal Bible Study), Practice Bible Skills (Preview), Introductory Activity (Power Up), Study the Bible (Plug In), and Personalize (Live It Out). Also, here is a link to training videos that will help you understand the new format better : I’m sorry that we can’t make the curriculum easier to use without a leader pack. It is one of those things that is really necessary to use the curriculum to the fullest, but most every session has quite a few activities that don’t use pack items. If there are particular pack items that you would like to know more about, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help you with knowing the content.
      Sent from my iPad

  4. Sally Smith says:

    I am very disappointed with the new Sunday School literature format. It is not teacher friendly or student friendly. It was perfectly fine the way it was. I do not know why you changed it. We all liked how the old material had the lesson in the back for the kids to take home and you took it off. Please rethink your methods.

    • James Jackson says:

      Sally, here is a response from Jeff Land, Team Leader for Bible Studies For Life: Kids

      Hi Sally,

      I’m sorry that you don’t like our new format. We really tried hard to find something that would look great and work well for all of our churches. We are constantly working on improving the look of the curriculum, so hopefully in the coming months you will see some more improvements. In the meantime, I did want to point out a few things that hopefully will help you to understand the new format better. It’s actually the exact same plan as the old curriculum. Here are the new titles with the old titles in parenthesis: Leader Bible Study (Personal Bible Study), Practice Bible Skills (Preview), Introductory Activity (Power Up), Study the Bible (Plug In), and Personalize (Live It Out). Also, here is a link to training videos that will help you understand the new format better : Please let me know if I can help offer further clarifications. I want this to be a successful time for your church and I will do what I can to make it the best transition possible.

  5. As a parent of children using the Preschool & Early Elementary curriculum, I would like to make a comment about the One Conversation side of the take home sheet. It is nice to see what both my children were taught in Sunday School that week & the questions are nice to get them talking. But I am saddened that the daily bible verses are left out now for the elementary age group. We used these verses, that correlated with the bible story/lesson, throughout the week & that led to great conversations! It was a great way for us to have our child open his bible each day & learn how to find verses himself (which were usually all throughout the scripture, proving the consistency of the bible, start to finish!). Reading the bible himself brings him great reward! The One Conversation is great, but isn’t it important to get the kids (of reading age) immersed in and reading the bible? Please reconsider bringing back this valuable tool for parents! Whether in print form or a blog/email that we could print off ourselves. Thank you for your consideration.

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