Scripture: Matthew 5:13-18
- Students will learn the importance of salt and light in our world.
- Students will learn why God wants His people to be salt and light.
- Students will learn ways they can be salt and light in their worlds.
- Students will learn the benefits and problems of salt in a diet.
Guiding Question: Why does God want us to be light to others?
Materials: Paper, pencil, internet access
Procedure: Review the Salt and Light story. Remind students that God wants us to be salt and light to others to help them know God and grow in Him. Ask students how they think they could be salt and light in school, after school activities, running errands, etc. Allow students to share and also give examples of when they have been salt and light to others before. Explain that God often places people/opportunities in our life to be salt and light to and we need to be aware and open to what God brings in our life. Who could God have in our life right now that is light for us? Explain that our words and our actions reflect God to others and we should have a Godly attitude with those we interact with. As we serve as role models, we spread God with others.
Introduce the activity. Explain the different benefits and problems of salt in diet. Have students share what kinds of food they think of a great deal of salt and little or no salt. Then have students research and find out what recipes need salt and why. Have the students decide which ones can you reduce the amount of salt without ruining recipe.
Additional Questions: How does health affect our diet?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create an advertisement about health and how to eliminate excess salt from a diet, why it is important, etc.