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Teach kids what Jesus says about money and how we cannot serve two masters in Luke 16:1-15. Watch our video teaching example and download the printable script.
Main Objective: The parable of the shrewd manager is not an easy one to understand, even for adults. It can be even more challenging to communicate to children the main principles of what Jesus communicated in this dialogue. It is helpful to focus on the most “digestible” take-away elements: stewardship and priorities. Even kids less familiar with money matters can comprehend how important it is to put God first.
Law/Gospel - Theme - God - Blessing - Gifts
Law/Gospel Theme: God gives us every blessing we have, whether monetary or spiritual. He wants us to be wise in how we interact with one another, and to use our gifts to give back to Him and to one another. We have the choice to deny and reject, but God wants nothing to interfere with our love for Him.
Optional Materials: Bags or boxes; small items or trinkets; word cards with “time,” “talent”, “love” written on them; dollar or coin.
Passage - Luke
Bible Passage: Luke 16:1-15
Bonus Ideas: More free resources to help teach this lesson.
Download - Verse - Coloring - Page - One
Download our Bible verse coloring page “No One Can Serve Two Masters”
Greet students, with a few boxes or bags, labeled with price tags ahead of time.
Hello - Children - God
Hello, children of God!
How are you today? Look what I have here (Hold up a dollar or coin). Today we are going to talk a little about money. Say, do any of you have jobs? Do you make money or an allowance for anything? Well, in this day and age, it seems everything comes with a price tag of some sort. Take a look at what I have here (Show the bags with price labels).
Hmm…that - Item - Price
Hmm…that’s an okay item, I guess…but I really don’t think it’s worth that price! I should...
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