What is Temptation?
Items Needed: a bag of cookies or a special treat
Explain the meaning of temptation through an object lesson. Just before mealtime, show the bag of cookies and say something like this.
I bought some cookies, but it almost time to eat so we will wait to eat them after we eat our lunch/dinner. “You may not have any cookies before we eat.”
What might you be tempted to do if I sat the cookies on the counter and left the room? (eat a cookie)
What is temptation? (a desire to do something that goes against a command; a desire to something wrong; etc.)
We all feel tempted. It is not wrong to be tempted – to want to eat the cookie. It is wrong to give in to temptation and eat the cookie.
Eat the meal and then share the cookies/treat.
Learning from Example
Demonstrate a skill or activity to teach kids about the power of example. (Ideas: how to…make a bed, make a paper airplane, stand on one’s head, eat an ice cream cone, tie a shoe, etc.)
What did you learn from my example?
What is an example? (a pattern or a model; something to be imitated or avoided)
Paul told the Corinthians (and us) to learn from the example of the Israelites who were tempted and gave in to sin.
Three things we can learn from their example:
- Don’t desire wrong things. (1 Corinthians 10:6)
- Unthankfulness and complaining lead to sin. (1 Corinthians 10:9-10)
- We are all tempted, but God can help us win over the temptation and keep from sinning. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Finding Help When Tempted
Pray Matthew 6:13 (part of the Lord’s Prayer) each morning before heading out the door. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Brainstorm some things we can do when tempted. You may want to write each of the following things on a slip of paper and have the kids choose one to act out for the family:
- walk away
- call Mom or Dad for help
- say a prayer
- say ‘no’ or shake your head ‘no’
- think of a Bible verse that might help you
God has promised that He will provide a way to escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)