Unit: Jesus Teaches Me How to Live

Session Title: Jesus Was Tempted

Life Point: With Jesus’ help, people can say no to temptation.

Unit Verse: “Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34

Weekly Bible Verse: “Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34

Bible Passage: Matthew 4:1-11

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Craft: Five Fingers (best for 2nd – 5th grades)
Die cut a hand or have the kids trace their hands. Then have them write the different things to remember when they are tempted on the fingers (see PDF below). On the other side of the hand they can draw what tempts them.

Object Lesson: Dirt and Water
Bring a clear glass, water and dirt. Pour the clean water into the glass. Now add the dirt. Ask the kids if they can get the dirt completely out of the water. Share how we are the same way when we sin; we become dirty on the inside. We, by ourselves can never make ourselves clean again. Jesus is the only One who can clean us of our sin.
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Object Lesson: Temptation Cookies
Bring in a plate of cookies. Leave them in the middle of the table so all the children can see them. Place a sign that says “do not touch” on them or near them. Do not let them have a cookie, even if they ask nicely. If possible, have the teachers leave the room or turn away from the cookies to see if anyone eats a cookie. Talk to the children about if it was easy or hard to resist the temptation. Talk about how we can be tempted to do things we are not supposed to do or things we are told not to do.

Object Lesson: Temptation Sheet
The website below gives all the instructions for this easy and fun object lesson.
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Craft: Hide the Word in Your Heart
Cool craft focusing on how we can hide God’s word in our hearts to fight temptation when it comes our way.
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Science Experiment: Temptation
A cool activity to do with kids to show them how sin effects our lives. The website below outlines all the instructions as well as the biblical truth behind the science experiment. This does involve a lighter so please be careful if you chose to do this with your class.
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Craft: Follow in Jesus’s Footsteps (same as last week)
Easy craft to make and would make a great wall art for your classroom. Print off a footprint outline (search Google for one) or have the kids trace around their shoe on a piece of paper and then cut it out. Then have each kid decorate it and write one way they can do something Jesus did. Talk about how Jesus showed us examples of how to live a Godly life such as resisting temptation.
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