-4- The Good Samaritan: Ages 3 – 8

Note: I adapted these lessons to correspond with the Family Entertainment Network: Animated Stories from the New Testament video series. The numbers before the lesson title match up with the numbers on the video cases. These lessons can also be used on their own, or along with other video material, such as SuperBook and VeggieTales.

Scripture:

 

He answered: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27 (NIV)

One day, a lawyer asked Jesus what he had to do to have eternal life. When Jesus asked him what God’s Law said, the lawyer answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus answered, “You are right. Do this and you will live.” But the man wanted to make himself look good, so he asked Jesus another question. “Who is my neighbor?” he asked.

To answer this question, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan.

The world is full of people today who are in desperate need of a neighbor like the Good Samaritan.  “Won’t you be my neighbor?” they ask.  Just as the good Samaritan in the story helped the one in need, Jesus says to you and me, “Go and do the same.”

 

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, you have taught us to love our neighbor. Help us to be a good neighbor to everyone we meet. Amen.

Song:

Mr. Roger’s Theme Song (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?)

(Excerpts taken from Sermons4Kids: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?)

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