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Jesus Taught About Possessions

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Jesus Taught About Possessions - Luke 12

Jesus is our greatest treasure. Jesus came down from heaven to live on earth with nothing. He obeyed God to set up His kingdom. We can give cheerfully and trust God to give us everything we need.

Key Passage

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you”- John 14:26

  • The Holy Spirit (put arms up with palms in)
  • Will teach you all things (bring arms down with palms up at waist)
  • And remind you (point to temples)
  • Of everything (shake head)
  • I have told you (bring fingers down in front of your waist)

Songs

The Holy Spirit

Choose one or more of the songs below:

  • For God Loved The World - Video
  • He is Faithful - Video
  • The Lord Will Be With You - Video  
  • You Are Great - Video
  • Everlasting Kingdom - Video
  • Ask God - Video
  • The Lord is Patient With You - Video
  • If My People - Video
  • God Will! - Video
  • Kingdom Kid - Video

Bible Story Video

Jesus Taught About Possessions

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus told a story about sheep and a shepherd.
  • Jesus said God’s people are like sheep.
  • Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives up His life for the sheep.

Family Discussion Starters

  • How are we like sheep?
  • How did Jesus show He is the Good Shepherd?
  • How does it feel to know no one
    can take you “out of Jesus’ hand”?

Family Activity

  • Research fun facts about sheep and shepherds as a family. If possible, arrange to see sheep in person. Talk about how we are like sheep and Jesus is our Good Shepherd.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF (Lessons for July 5 - August 2)
  • Activity: Guess Who Has It
    • Form a circle on the floor. Choose a child to sit in the middle with a small Bible behind her back. The child in the middle will close her eyes, and you will choose another child to silently take the Bible and return to his spot in the circle. Once the Bible is hidden, tell the child in the middle to open her eyes and guess who has the Bible. Reveal the child with the Bible after three guesses and play again.

    • That was a fun game, but it would be sad if someone really did take my Bible. Can anyone take away God’s words that I have memorized though? No! People might take things that are special to us on earth, but there is a kind of treasure that no one can take away from us. Jesus taught us to seek that treasure and not worry about other stuff. Listen to our Bible story today to learn what that treasure is!

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study  - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - Sept. 20)

  • New City Catechism - Question 40
    • What should we pray?

    • The whole Word of God directs us in what we should pray.

  • Discussion Questions
    • Help kids find Luke 12. Remind the kids that Luke is a part of the Gospels division of the New Testament. Help the kids draw a connection between the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of Matthew by showing them how Matthew 6:25-34 contains a very similar teaching. Help kids see that the authors of all the Bible were inspired by God to write exactly God’s Word. Ask the following questions:

    • What happened to the rich man who stored up his possessions? (He didn’t get to use them because he died, Luke 12:20)

    • What did Jesus say about the birds? (They don’t plant or harvest food, but God feeds them; Luke 12:24)

    • What treasure did Jesus tell people to seek? (the kingdom of God; heavenly treasure; Luke 12:31-33)

       

    • What does “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” mean? Guide kids to see that when we value something a lot, we think about it. Whatever we treasure most, we will spend our time and energy trying to get or protect. Help them see that greed distracts us from loving God and obeying His commands to be generous.

    • What do you think treasure in heaven will be like? Talk to your kids about what they think. Encourage them to be honest. Gently guide them away from the traditional ideas of gold, silver, or jewels. Help them see that heavenly treasure has more to do with enjoying God’s perfection and living in a perfect, restored world.

    • How can we avoid greed and selfishness? Help kids understand that to overcome greed we must understand Jesus’ generosity displayed on the cross. As we better understand the extravagant generosity of Christ, our love for Him will move us to show generosity as Jesus did.

    • Jesus taught people not to worry because God provides for our needs. It is not sinful to own possessions, but those who love Jesus seek ways to show generosity and glorify God with our stuff.