Jesus Taught with Stories
God, help us all to learn to forgive others, from Jesus’ story
Use any of these learning activities that fit current needs.
1. An older child or adult tells the story of an unforgiving servant. Matthew 18:21-34.
What command of
God did Jesus illustrate with this story? Verse 21.
· Should we ever stop forgiving people? 21-22. (Answer: We must always forgive.)
· What did the master do for the servant who could not pay his debt? 23-27
· What did that servant do to another servant who owed him a little money? 28-30
· How did the master respond to the unforgiving servant’s refusal to forgive? 31-34
How does our
Lord in heaven want us to treat those who do us wrong? 35.
An ungrateful man who had been forgiven a big debt would not forgive
another man that owed him a small debt.
2. If the children present the drama to the adults then let the children also ask the adults the questions under #1 above.
3. Older children write poems, songs or brief skits about Jesus’ story of the forgiving servant.
4. Memorize Matthew 13:34:
“All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables, and he did not speak to them without a parable.”
5. Children may copy this picture of an unforgiving servant.
may like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
6. Dramatize the story of the unforgiving servant.
· Arrange for the children present this drama for the adults.
Use your time
with the children to prepare the drama.
· Older children or adults play these parts:
Younger children play these parts:
Tell the 1st part of the story, verses 21-27.
“This paper is your loan agreement: you owe me a very large debt.
Selfish Servant: Kneel and beg, “Have mercy! I will pay. Please have mercy!”
Tear up the paper and say,
Tell the next part of the story, verses 28-35. Then
Servant: Leave the king; go and
shake the Poor Servant and say,
Poor servant: (Kneel) “Please have mercy, master. I will pay you soon.”
Selfish Servant: (Shout) “No! Jailer, come and take him away!”
Drag the Poor Servant away, and say,
Go to king and say,
King: (Call to the Selfish Servant.) “Come here, you!”
servant: Run to the Master, bow
(Angrily), “Why did you not forgive like I forgave you?
Drag away the Selfish Servant saying,
Narrator: Thank those who helped with the drama.
children to give other examples of stories that Jesus told to teach us
8. Draw a king’s royal crown and let the children copy it.
the children show their pictures to the adults, or to their parents,
God is our
spiritual King. We owe him everything.
· We should forgive others just as Jesus our Master has forgiven us.
9. Three children each recite one of the verses from Psalm 45, verses 1, 2 and 4.
10. Have an older child pray:
“Dear God, help the children repeat Bible stories to their friends in the way that their friends will pass the stories on to others to learn important truths.
A more detailed drama dealing with what Jesus taught about forgiving others: