Scripture: Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30
- Students will learn God wants us to put Him first in our lives.
- Students will learn money can distract you from worshipping and obeying God.
- Students will learn God expects us to be willing to sacrifice the things that are most important to us if He asks.
- Students will learn how to appropriately use words describing emotions and attitude.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to use words to express feelings?
Materials: None needed
Procedure: Review the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Remind students that obeying God means we don’t get to do everything our way/get everything we want. God knows what is best for us. He knew the rich young ruler would grow spiritually if he didn’t care so much about money. Telling him to give away everything to the poor was a way for the rich young ruler to become more like the person God wanted him to be. He was unwilling to obey and please God and his money was more important.
Introduce the activity. Have the students play charades using attitude and emotion words and phrases. For example, a student would act out the work “angry” or “nervous”. The other students would need to guess the word and explain how they know that word is correct.
Additional Questions: How can students physically express different emotions?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students create a video where they display different emotions or attitudes by themselves or in a short skit with a partner.