Scripture: Daniel 5
- Students will learn God expects everyone on earth to worship and obey Him.
- Students will learn God will not allow other gods or religions to replace what He has given us.
- Students will learn God sometimes gives earthly consequences for rejecting Him.
- Students will participate in a service project that teaches younger children common “church” words.
Guiding Question: How can younger students learn more about vocabulary used during church service?
Materials: Your choice based on how you want to complete the service project, need at least a script, video camera, and props
Procedure: Review the story of the writing on the wall. Remind the students that the writing meant nothing to the king until Daniel told him what it meant. Explain to students that the Bible was not originally written in English. Ask students if they know what those three languages were. Explain that the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek with some Aramaic and Hebrew. The other reason the Bible is sometimes hard to understand is that it uses words we don’t use in our every day conversations. So even though we hear words like “faith” and “salvation” at church, we may not hear them many other places. We may even think we know what they mean, but if we can explain them in our own words, then we probably don’t really understand what they mean.
Introduce the service project. Have the students make a fun and respectful video teaching younger children the meaning of common “church” words they may not understand like righteousness, salvation, faith, etc.
Additional Questions: How can young children engage in learning “church” vocabulary?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create a game to help younger children learn common “church” vocabulary.