Doers of the Word - Special Greeting

   These are Greek words taken from James 1:22 in the Greek New Testament.  The words mean "doers of the word".  

Teach the children to say these words (see pronunciation guide below).

Explain the meaning of the words.

   means "doers".  A "doer" is a person who does something.

   means "of the word".  The "word" is the word of God, the Bible.

Read James 1:22.  "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says."  Explain that Christians must not only read and understand the word of God, they must also do what the Bible says.

You can remind the children of the importance of doing what the Bible says by using these words as a class greeting every Sunday.  Ask the children to repeat the words after you.  Then ask what the words mean ("doers of the word").  Then ask "what is the word?" (the Bible).

Encourage the children to use the words as a special greeting for anyone they meet.  Since no one will understand what they are saying, the children will then have to explain that the words mean a person must do what the Bible says.

You can further reinforce the idea of "doing the word" by reading the following verses.

"My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."  Luke 8:21.

"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature."  Romans 13:13.

"No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him."  1 John 3:6.

1 John 3:10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world-- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-- comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."  1 John 2:15-17.

The Greek letters are pronounced as follows:

   is pronounced like the p in peach.

   is pronounced like the oi in oil.

   is pronounced like the e in obey.

   is pronounced like the t in talk.

   is pronounced like the ai in aisle.

   is pronounced like the l in law.

   is pronounced like the o in not.

   is pronounced like the g in gone.

   is pronounced like the ou in soup.

In summary, the word is pronounced as follows:

Greek letters  

English sounds  

Click here for a worksheet the children can use in class.

This page is presented to help teachers serving in a Christian Preschool Ministry or a Children's Ministry or a Sunday School class teach children what the Bible says about God and the way He wants us to live.

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