If you are teaching children the story of the Good Samaritan I’ve put together some resources that I hope you will find useful. I’m teaching 3rd and 4th graders so if you are teaching younger or older kids you may want make some adjustments.
Before I get into the lesson I wanted to give some background to the adults. Jesus said that the two most important commandments are to love God and love others. 1 Corinthians 13 gives us the definition of love: Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing it’s own praises. It isn’t arrogant. It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.
I think that kind of love can only exist when the Holy Spirit has taken over our life, and that happens when we ask God to forgive us, trust and turn to him. Through prayers, reading the Bible, memorizing Scripture, spending time with other believers and opening our hearts to Jesus he will transform our lives.
The Good Samaritan for Kids
Back to the Sunday School lesson. After asking kids about their week bring up this questions: what did Jesus say are the two most important commandments. The answer is found in Matthew 22: 36-40 and Luke 10:27.
Jesus replies: “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. An the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two.
In the book of Luke, chapter 10 an expert in Moses’ teachings tests Jesus by asking the question: “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” That is a question that has implications that will last forever and something that you can talk to your children about.
Jesus answered him by saying: “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as your love yourself.”
He went on to ask Jesus, Who is my neighbor? Jesus replied with the story of the Good Samaritan. “A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. On the way robbers stripped him, beat him and left him for dead. By chance a priest was traveling along that road. When he saw the man, he went around him and continued on his way. Then a Levite came to that place. When he saw the man, he too one around him and continued on his way.
But a Samaritan, as he was traveling along, came across the man. When the Samaritan saw him, he felt sorry for the man, went to him, and cleaned and bandaged his wounds. Then he put him on his own animal brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave the to the innkeeper. He told the innkeeper, ‘Take card of him. If you spend more than that, I’ll pay you on my return trip.
Jesus then asked the expert which of these three men, do you think was a neighbor to the man who was attacked? That’s the question to ask the children. Here are a couple videos that you can use to help reinforce the story of the Good Samaritan. The first one is by Saddleback Kids and the Second by the Holy Tails.
If you have not visited Ministries To Children they have a lot of great free resources available on their website. Just type in what you are looking for in the search bar and odds are pretty good that you’ll find a number of resources.
When I searched for the Good Samaritan I found these results:
- A simple skit that kids can act out on the Good Samaritan. It might be fun to video the skit and show it to the children afterwards.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover is a skit on the modern look at love.
- The Good Samaritan coloring pages. I decided to use the Memory Cross card on the Good Samaritan but the coloring pages are also a good choice if you are going to include a craft activity.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is a great story to help us teach children learn to love all those that they meet. Finally I’m ending with a story of someone who put into practice the message in the Good Samaritan. I hope you enjoy it. Consider ending your discussion of the Good Samaritan with how your kids can show love to others.
If you have other resources about the Good Samaritan you’d like to let people know about include them in the comments box. If you’d like a free sample of the Memory Cross card, click here and put in the discount code “Facebook” and we’ll even pick up the shipping if you live in the USA. If you don’t know how it folds watch the video below.