FAITH QUEST

 

The Beatitudes

 

Apostle’s Playhouse

 

 

Scripture:  Matthew 5:1-12       

 

Concepts:      

 

·          Jesus’ followers are gentle, kind, and peaceful.

·          We are disciples devoted to God, when we do God’s will.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 8:32  "Pay attention, my children! Follow my advice, and you will be happy."

 

Objectives:    

1.      Children will understand the beatitudes through discussion, creating, and acting.

2.      The class will understand that the beatitudes are a description of how God’s community of believers acts.

 

 

Procedure:                        

Welcome and Introductions:

1.      Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

2.      Explain the purpose of this workshop. The class will be reading Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which includes the Beatitudes. Then they will discuss what the Beatitudes mean to us today. The children will act out a scene of their own creation to show how we can follow Jesus’ advice.

 

3.      You have the option of video taping the skits and letting the kids see their movie at the end of class. Instructions for video taping found in teacher preparation section at the end of this lesson. If you find that the classes are running too short this will add time and interest to the class. If there is not enough time to complete activities you may opt not to record.

 

 

 

Scripture/Bible Story:

Read Matthew 5:1-12. Have children take turns reading aloud or you may choose to read to them (especially when the material is new in the first few weeks of the rotation). Assist children who need help with looking up the scripture.

 

A little background: The Sermon on the Mount lays out the teachings of Jesus Christ for his disciples or followers. The sermon describes what characterizes the community of believers and what the Kingdom of God looks like. The Beatitudes describe the characteristics of the collective community of Christians. An individual may not have all the virtues described.

Note:  Kirk’s children are given the Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible at the end of second grade. Attached to this lesson is a verse by verse comparison of the CEV and the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) which may be more familiar to many adults.

 

 

Application:

1.      Discuss each beatitude with children, give or ask children to give examples of how a person would act who is following each beatitude. See attached “examples sheet” for ideas and suggestions.

2.      A poster will be provided to write the children’s ideas on. The poster will be similar to the Beatitudes worksheet attached to this lesson. Beatitudes will be on the left and jotting paper on the right. Remove jotting paper for each new workshop. Write the brainstormed ideas on the chart for the class to see.

3.      After discussing beatitudes ask children to form small groups (2 to 3 per group). Depending on the group you may ask the shepherds to help you assign groups or children can select their own groups. Each group can choose a beatitude to act out. They can look at the poster where ideas were written down for help. It does not matter if several choose the same one. They shouldn’t tell which one they have chosen.

4.      Next, the small groups develop a little skit or scene demonstrating their beatitude. Give them about 10-15 minutes to practice. Wander about from group to group giving suggestions and encouragement. They can be acting out a modern or a biblical scene.

5.      After practicing have children gather in a circle to watch each other’s skits/scenes. Have each group perform without telling which beatitude they are acting out. When they are done ask the audience to guess which beatitude was demonstrated and why they thought so. Give praise and cheers (maybe a small prize such as a sticker) for right answers.

 

 

 

Reflection Time:

Ask the shepherds to pass out the journals and pencils/markers. Suggestion: You may wish to give the children a sticker or some memento to paste in their journal as a reminder of the story or activity.

 

Prompts for journal writing: Make strips of paper with the following sentences and put them in a bag. Ask each child to pick a paper and finish writing their sentence. Then share your answers. Option: try acting out the sentence instead of reading it. Younger children may need to have their sentence read to them and can draw instead of write.

 

Today I will show mercy or comfort to…

 

Today I will be humble about…

 

Today I will make peace with…

 

Today I will help the poor by…

 

When someone calls me a name or treats me badly I will…

 

Today I will follow and obey God better by…

 

 

 

Closing:

Prayer: Ask for prayer requests and lead prayer. Example: Thank you God for giving us Jesus who showed us how to be good Christians and told us about the Kingdom of God. Amen    

 

 

Teacher preparation in advance:

 

1.      Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.

2.      Prepare a closing prayer.

3.      Check out the room before your first Sunday workshop so that you know where everything is located. The bin with supplies is located in on the stage.

 

Supply List

 

·          Beatitudes poster

·          Video supplies if taping

·          camera, extension cord, tripod, blank VHS tape, TV/VCR.

 

References

 

·          Notes supplied by Lori Houck for curriculum writers Bible study July 21, 2002

·          Drama/Bible Game Workshop by Neil MacQueen from Workshop Rotation ideas and Lesson exchange

·          Art Workshop by Neil MacQueen from Workshop Rotation ideas and Lesson exchange

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparison of CEV and NRSV Matthew 5:1-12

 

 

Contemporary English Version

New Revised Standard Version

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want.

Blesses are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy!

Blesses are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him!

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worksheet

 

Examples of Beatitudes and what they mean for us

 

 

Contemporary English Version

What this means?

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down.

 

God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

 

God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!

 

God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them.

 

God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want.

 

God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy!

 

God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him!

 

God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children!

 

God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

 

God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of Beatitudes and what they mean for us

 

 

Contemporary English Version

What this means/examples

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down.

 

God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

God blesses people who humbly love Him and need Him. Perhaps this means people who are having an especially  hard time in life and need to feel secure in God’s love. Who do you know who especially needs God’s love right now?

God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!

God blesses people who are sad (lost or sick loved one) etc. or people who are sad about unhappiness in the world (floods, famine). God’s comfort can be God guiding people who are sad about unhappiness in the world to help others.

God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them.

Humble people do not brag, they are gentle with others and nonviolent. A humble person wouldn’t brag about how far he could kick a ball but would use his talents to teach someone else.

God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want.

God will help people who want to know God’s love and try hard to do what God and Jesus have taught us by giving them understanding and knowledge of God’s love. Children who try to learn about Jesus and follow his teaching will be happy because they will know God’s love.

God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy!

God asks us to be patient and kindhearted. An older child can be patient with a younger brother who breaks a toy.

God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him!

Our hearts are pure when we are only devoted to God, not distracted by money, TV, or  too much “stuff”.

God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children!

People who make peace try to live in peace and help others live in peace. A child who helps two friends make up after a fight is a peacemaker.

God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Have you ever been teased for doing the right thing or not going along with the crowd? Jesus understood this and tells us that God is with us always.

God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.

Jesus was treated badly by people who did not believe his teaching. Still today people can be treated badly for believing in Jesus. Christians need to take a stand for what is right even if at times it is unpopular.