We Obey Jesus
Teach children to be obedient followers of Jesus.
Our Father in Heaven, please use
this study to help the children to love Jesus
Choose children's learning activities that fit their ages and needs.
1. Let an older child or teacher read from Matthew 7:24-29 a story about wise and foolish builders.
· Ask the children to listen to what happened when two men responded differently to the teachings of Jesus.
· Ask these questions. [Answers appear after each question.]
Which people are like the wise builder? [See verse 24]
How should we respond to Jesus’
Which people are like the foolish builder? 
What made the foolish man’s house fall? 
Why were the crowds surprised at
the way that Jesus taught?
2. Dramatize the story of the two builders, Matthew 7:24-29.
· Arrange with the leader of the congregational worship to have the children present this drama. Use your time with the children to practice the drama.
· Older children or adults play these parts:
Narrator (Summarize the story and help
the children remember their lines.}
Younger children play these parts:
Wise builder (have a few blocks, rocks, or bricks)
Foolish builder (have a few blocks, rocks, or bricks)
Storm (Any number of children)
the first part of the story from verses 24-25. Say,
Jesus “If you put into practice what I say, you will be like this wise builder here.”
builder Set building blocks on top of
each other. Say,
the building blocks.
the second part of the story from verses 25-29. Say,
Jesus “If you only listen to what I say, you will be like this foolish builder.”
builder Go a short way aside. Lay
building blocks on each other. Say,
the foolish man’s building blocks and push the blocks over. Say:
Narrator Thank everyone who helped with the drama.
might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this
the children dramatize this story for the adults, then let them
also ask the adults the questions that are listed above, under #1.
5. Have children tell some things Jesus has commanded us to do that we should obey.
Let the children give examples.
Let older children write a song,
story or poem.
7. Draw a Picture of a house on a rock. Let the children copy it.
· Let the older children help the younger ones.
The children can show their
pictures to the adults at the next worship time and explain that this
illustrates how to put Jesus’ words into practice. Believers must
not merely listen to Jesus’ words; they must do what he said.
8. Memorize Luke 11:28.
children each recite one of the verses from Psalm 18:2, 7,
15 and 16.
10. Let an older child pray:
“Lord, we love to listen to your
words. We also love to put them into practice.
A more detailed drama of the wise and foolish builders, five minutes.