Becoming True Worshipers-Worshiping God because He is our Teacher
The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy Christian life. The Beatitudes do not provide specific directions on how we should live our lives, as the Ten Commandments do. Rather, they inspire us to adopt a certain mindset or vision for our lives, namely, the vision of Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes challenge us to be people of virtue. Virtue is a firm attitude, mindset, or disposition to do good. For the virtuous person, doing good is a habit. Through the Beatitudes, Jesus calls us to change our vision and learn that in order to be happy (blessed), we must be peace-loving, merciful, clean of heart, and meek.
Living the Beatitudes is a lifelong task because the Beatitudes turn upside down the values of the world. The world sets up the rich to be first; Jesus puts the poor on top of the world. The world tells us to seek happiness at all costs; Jesus saw happiness in mourning. The world values power over others; Jesus praised the meek. The world encourages self-fulfillment; Jesus told us to work for justice. The world says that the merciless succeed; Jesus proclaimed blessed the merciful. The world announces, Go for the gold!; Jesus taught us to keep our hearts pure. The world honors the winners of wars; Jesus celebrated peacemakers. The world sees the persecuted as losers; Jesus declared them the winners.
So what are some ways that we can develop the Beatitudes in our own lives? First, we can rest assured that the Holy Spirit is already at work within us, drawing us toward God and inspiring our desire to be a Beatitudes-type of person. Second, like anything we hope to develop in ourselves, we must be open, learn, and study. Pay attention to the people you know who model a particular beatitude. Think of ways you can model their behavior in your own life. Finally, talk with God in prayer. Ask him to help you out and to teach you how to develop the Beatitudes in your mind, heart, and actions.
This theme of “Worshiping God” will be continued throughout 2014 as we teach our children to become worshipers in spirit and in truth.
Scripture: Psalm 25:4-5, Matthew 5:1-10,
Memory verse for this rotation: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry
Memory verses :
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
1. Matthew 5:1-10 is in the NewTestament. It was written as a promise to the people of God. We will have Joy if we live our lives with the attitudes that Jesus taught us in the Beatitudes.
2. We praise God because He is our teacher.
3. When we live a life of a true worshiper of God we must live a life of faith in the God to help us have the right attitude in all situations.
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long
Background information http://christianity.about.com/od/topicalbiblestudies/f/beatitudes.htm[/embed]
Musical Parade :Give each child a musical instrument to use (tambourine, triangle, etc.) Teach them this song:
Sing “Oh Be Careful Little Eyes What You See.” Other verses are “Oh be careful little ears
what you hear,” “Oh be careful little feet where you go,” “Oh be careful little mouth what
you say.” Another song you can sing is “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your
Hands,” stomp your feet, say amen, etc.
Hop and Stop: preschool game
5-12 Year Old Powerzone Workshops
Every class will read two of the beatitudes each week and discuss them for the first 20 minutes. All classes will gather outside for games after the lesson. See games below:
Lesson ideas :
Brainstorm ways that we can have attitudes described in Mathew 5:1-10. Give each child a sheet a paper and a pencil, and ask them to write down at least three examples of the Beatitude for that week. Ask students to describe ways that you can show faith in Jesus helping you to change your attitude.
What’s in your heart?
Children will play this simple game to reinforce
the things that should be in our hearts.
Materials: ping-pong ball, large cup, words on
small pieces of paper: love, peace, hatred, fear, joy,
kindness, patience, impatience, meanness, unloving
• Place the papers printed with words into
• Children will take turns trying to throw a
ping-pong ball into the cup from a short
• If a child gets the ball in the cup, he/she
pulls out a word from the cup.
• The child decides whether that is a word
that describes something that should be in
• Keep the words that have been used out of
the cup. Continue until all of the words
have been used up.
This game can be used to teach the message of
the first beatitude. We are poor in spirit when we
empty ourselves so that God can fill us.
Materials: four small buckets, foam packing peanuts,
two long-handled spoons, two blindfolds
• Play a relay game in which the object is to
be the first team to empty a bucket.
• Provide each team with two small buckets.
• Fill one bucket with packing peanuts or
other material and set it at one end of the
• Place the empty container at opposite side
of the room, at the starting line.
• Give each team a long-handled spoon and
• The blindfolded player must follow the
directions shouted by teammates to direct
him or her across the room to the correct
• Once there, the player removes a scoop
from the bucket, returns to the team,
and deposits the spoonful into the empty
• After teams have completed a rotation
or time limit, the team who has emptied
Children Act out each of the Beatitudes. their team mates try to guess which one.