The following is a listing of Bible Truths in
Luke 6:12-49, the story of the sermon on a level place.
- Jesus prayed before making important decisions. Luke 6:12.
- Jesus has power over disease and unclean spirits. Luke 6:18-19.
- Jesus promised a great reward in heaven to faithful disciples, some of whom may have been poor or hungry or
sad or persecuted because of Jesus. Luke 6:20-23.
- Jesus warned of the judgment that would come to those who trust in their
wealth or possessions or popularity instead of trusting in Jesus. Luke
- Jesus taught His disciples to have a special love for others, especially their
enemies. Luke 6:27-35.
- Jesus taught His disciples not to condemn or judge others. Luke
- Jesus taught that a person who cannot see his or her own faults is not
able to help another person find or correct a fault. Luke 6:39-42.
- Jesus taught the importance of following the right teacher since the
student will learn what the teacher knows. Luke
- A person must have a good heart to do the good things that Jesus taught
should be done. Luke 6:43-45.
- Jesus taught that a person who hears the words of Jesus must act on those
words. Luke 6:46-49.
The following Background Information is
helpful in understanding the story.
disciple is a student or follower of a teacher. The disciples in this
story are followers of Jesus. All kinds of people followed Jesus,
including women (Luke 8:1-3), men who had left everything to follow Jesus
(Luke 5:11), and rich men (Matthew 27:57). The Bible also tells about disciples
of the Pharisees (Matthew 22:15-16), disciples of John the Baptist
(Mark 2:18), and disciples of Moses (John 9:28). For more information,
see the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, edited by Joel B. Green
and Scot McKnight.|
someone teaches others about God and the things God wants you to do.|
The following activities can be used to
teach the Bible story and truths.
Bible Story Activities.
|Time for Prayer.
the children to follow the example of Jesus and pray before making big
decisions or doing something important. Let each child tell about the
activities planned for the coming week.|
|Recreate the Story Outdoors.
Go outside and spread a blanket on the ground. The teacher can play
the role of Jesus. Go off by yourself and pray, select the apostles
from the class, let the other students play the crowd being healed, and then
teach as Jesus did.|
|What Do I Do?
Use the following
situations to help the children understand what
Jesus meant when He said to love your enemies.
|Write the following situations on separate slips of paper. Or
click here to go to a page you can print. Situations 1 through
5 are for younger students.|
|For younger students, put the separate slips of paper into a
hat. Ask a child to draw a slip from the hat. The teacher
can read the situation and ask the children what they can do to show the
special love Jesus says we should have.|
|For older students, consider dividing the class into groups and
letting them role play the situation.|
This morning you were playing at Susie's house. She got mad
and told you to go home. This afternoon, Susie comes to your
house and wants to play.|
Yesterday, Tommy brought his favorite toy to the playground but you
forgot your toy. He would not play with you or let you play
with his toy. Today, Tommy forgot his toy and wants to play
with you and your toy.|
When you are at Bobby's house, he will not share his Easter candy
with you. Later in the day, Bobby comes to your house.
Your mom has just made cookies and Bobby wants some. |
Jane and Molly would not play with you yesterday. They said
they did not want to be your friend any more. Today, you and
Jill are playing soccer and Jane wants to play.|
You are on a field trip to the butterfly museum with your
class. Billy has been mean to you all morning. It is now
time for lunch and Billy forgot his dessert. You have extra
dessert and Billy wants some of your dessert.|
You and Bill have been drafted by the same basketball team.
Bill thinks he is a much better player than you. He laughs
every time you shoot. The coach just named the starting
players. You will start but Bill will not. Bill is sad
and thinking about quitting the team.|
Susie is a classmate who lives down the street from you and always
makes fun of the clothes you wear. She will not play with you
and tells the other girls in your class not to play with you
either. She calls you a nerd. Your class has a math
project due tomorrow. Susie forgot her book at school and
wants to borrow yours.|
You live next door to a grumpy man and his grumpy wife. They
yell at you whenever your ball goes in their yard. They
complain to your parents whenever you and your friends make too much
noise. They are always getting you into trouble. The
grumpy man and his grumpy wife have planned a vacation and are
trying to find someone to pick up their newspaper and take care of
their cat while they are out of town.|
Last week Jill invited everyone in your class except you to her
birthday party. She handed out the invitations during class
and told everyone in the class that you were not invited. Your
birthday is next month. Your mom said you could have a party
and invite the whole class if you wanted. Your mom wants to
know who you want to invite to your party.|
You are on an all day field trip to the zoo with your class.
Tommy, the class bully, picks on you all morning long. It is
now lunch and everyone goes to the snack bar to buy a snack.
Tommy discovers he forgot his lunch money at home. You are the
only one in the class with extra money.|
|Picking the Right Teacher.
Use this activity to help the children understand the importance of
following the right people.
|Ask the class to name the people they want to be
like when they grow up. Write the answers on the board.|
|Next ask why they want to be like the people
they named and write their reasons on the board.|
|Now ask if the people they named are Christians
who show their beliefs by the way they live their lives.|
|Explain the importance of associating with
people who can teach them to live their lives as Christians.|
|Ask if they can name any famous people whose
behavior indicates they are not living a Christian life.|
|Ask if they can name any famous people who are
living a Christian life.|