The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

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Scripture: Matthew 7: 24 – 28 

Target Age Group:  1st through 6th grade

Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.

Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.

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Bible Lesson:
Have the children open their Bibles to Matthew 7.

(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)

  • Where did the wise man build his house? on a rock
  • Where did the foolish man build his house? on the sand
  • What happened when a bad rain storm and flood came? The foolish man’s house was washed away, and the wise man’s house stood firm.
  • This story is a parable.  That means it is a story with a double meaning.  When Jesus talked about building a “house”, what did He really mean?  How we live our lives and act out our faith
  • Who is like a wise man?  Whoever not only hears what Jesus says, but who also does what He says to do.
  • Do you think that Jesus knows what is best for you? yes The Bible is kind of like the architects house plan, isn’t it.  If we follow the instructions and build our lives as it instructs, things will go well for us and our faith will remain strong. 
  • Who is the foolish man?  Whoever hears what Jesus says, but then doesn’t do what He said to do.
  • What do you think that rain storm represents?  Trials in our lives.
  • What will happen to the person who doesn’t listen to and do what Jesus says to do?  When trials come his life and faith in God not be strong enough to stand firm and he will be ruined.
  • What kind of follower of Jesus do you want to be?  One who listens to Jesus words and obeys – or one who disobeys?
  • What are some of the things that Jesus said to do? to love God and others, to obey your parents, to pray and read the Bible, etc.
  • What do you think is the most important thing that Jesus wants you to do?  Ask him to forgive my sins.
  • Let’s pray and thank Jesus for showing us how to live out our faith…

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During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…

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Memorize the verse.

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” 

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Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story. Color page #1 from sermons4kids  Color page #2 from Emmanuel.org. Color page #3  from Calvary Kids.   An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles.  The pages are reproducible.

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Show a video that tells this story.

Video #1

Video #2

Video #3

Video #4

Video #5

Video #6

Video #7  For the teacher

Video #8  Very creative!

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Have the children fill out “The House Built on the Rock” worksheets  from Calvary Curriculum  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Share this children’s sermon from sermons4kids  Don’t forget the activity ideas and worksheets at the bottom of the page!

And here is another great object lesson from Kids Sunday School.

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Have the children make paper houses.  There are several patterns out there.

Craft #1   from Chandler Christian Church.

Craft #2  from DLTK

Craft #3  from Enchanted Learning

Craft #4  from mssscrafts

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Here are some other house craft ideas  for younger children at South Florida Church.

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This is a great dot to dot from Bible Wise.

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Have the children make the book “Two Builders” by Lambsongs.  Scroll Down.

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Younger children will enjoy learning to sing “The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock”

Terri Hutchings has come up with an different version of the song.

Or sing “Build Your House On a Rock” by Razz Taylor, or “Walk Like Jesus” by Mary Rice Hopkins.

You could also sing “We’re Following Jesus”  or “Live a Pure Life” by the Donut Man.  Get them on itunes.

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Evaluate what the children have learned.  While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.

Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.

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