Use this Bible activity to help kids understand that God wants us to remember and imitate Christian role models who’ve passed faith from generation to generation.
SUPPLIES: You’ll need a Bible, a chalkboard and chalk or newsprint and a marker, paper, and pencils.
Write out the verse at the very top of the chalkboard or newsprint, leaving plenty of room underneath. Lead children in reading the verse aloud.
Say: Today we’re going to follow the advice of this verse. The first thing this verse tells us to do is to “remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you.” Have the children repeat the sentence. Then say: “The first thing I want you to do is to remember your Christian leaders. Write a list of all the Christian leaders you can think of.”
Hand out paper and pencils, and have the children write a vertical list of at least four or five Christian leaders, such as the pastors in your church, older people in your church, parents, and even famous or historical people such as Billy Graham or Martin Luther. Make sure the children leave plenty of room between the names on their lists.
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Give the children a few minutes, then say: “The next thing this verse tells us to do is to ‘consider the outcome of their way of life.’ Have the children repeat the sentence. Then ask: What do you think this means?”
Say: “Let’s think about how these people have lived their Christian lives. What kinds of things do they do to show they’re strong Christians? How have those actions affected their lives? Write down your ideas next to each person’s name on your list.”
Give the children several minutes. Then say: “Last, this verse tells us to ‘imitate their faith.’ Make a third column on your paper, and write what you’ve learned about being a Christian from each person and how you can follow his or her example.”
Give the children a few minutes. Then have volunteers share what they’ve written. Copy what they say onto the chalkboard under the appropriate phrase of the verse. After each person is mentioned, have the children read aloud the verse, while you point to the appropriate examples from the children’s lists. For example, Troy might give the example of his Uncle Bill who never uses bad words even when he’s mad. Troy decided to guard his tongue and his temper. While the children all say, “Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you,” you’ll point to the words “Uncle Bill.” While the children say, “consider the outcome of their way of life,” you’ll point to the words, “never uses bad words.” And when the children say “and imitate their faith,” you’ll point to the words, “Troy will guard his tongue and temper.”
Continue this activity for each volunteer who wants to share from his or her list.