How to Teach a Sunday School Lesson Using the Bible

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I just created a video showing how to use the Bible to teach a Sunday School lesson.

Click here to watch this video on Youtube.


Using the Bible when you teach Sunday School is important for three reasons:

1 – The Bible is exciting. I want children to see that the stories like Jonah, Noah, and Daniel are true stories. This will spark an excitement for God’s Word and hopefully will make children want to read it for themselves.
2 – The Bible is true. The stories are not make-believe from story books.
3 – The Bible is sufficient for daily living. As we pull out truths from Scripture, children will begin to see the necessity of reading their Bibles.

The Bible is a major tool God uses to speak to His people. We must do what we can to point children to read their Bibles and pray daily.

Striving to point people of ALL ages to spend time daily In His Presence.


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Sunday School Lesson – God Made a Covenant with David

Our church uses Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum in our Preschool and Children’s Department.  It is awesome!  I’d love to answer any questions you may have if you are considering it.

I usually modify it somewhat for our very little ones – toddlers and two’s.  I create a one page lesson plan for those rooms.   You can download that here.

Preschool Toddlers through 2’s – God Made a Covenant with David

I actually wound up changing the craft.  They made the “paper plate pull” craft from the Lifeway Lesson plans.  Basically, you punch a hole in a paper plate and tie a long string of yarn to it.  The kids loaded toys onto their paper plate pulls to move them from place to place.  (David helped gather supplies for the temple.  He may have moved heavy supplies like logs using rafts along the river.)

Hope this helps!

The Parable of the Sower Sunday School Lesson

Below you will find a Sunday School lesson that we will be using this Sunday.


Theme:  Jesus Used Parables to Teach—The Parable of the Sower

Prayer: Pray before you begin the lesson.

Find it:    Matthew 13:1-23,  (have everyone find this in their own Bible)

Bible Story: 

Once you get in your room, you can reinforce what they learned during Praise Park with the following ideas:

Display 4 cups of different soil in a place where all the children can see them and tell them what kind of soil resides in each one. (The cups of soil will already be on a table in your room.)

Read (and Recap) Matthew 13:3-9; 18-23.  As each soil is discussed, pick up that cup and use the sun, birds, twigs, or fake flowers (provided in your Ziploc bag of materials) to show what happened to the soil and seed as it began to sprout.  When giving Jesus’ explanation, lift that cup again with the object that caused the problems for the seed to take root.

  • Wayside Soil (like the packed down dirt on a pathway) – the birds ate it [represents those who hear the Word but don’t understand and the wicked one snatches it away vs. 19]
  • Rocky Soil – sprang up quickly, but with no deep roots, it withered when the sun came out [hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy, but has no root and when trouble comes, he stumbles vs. 20-21]
  • Thorny Soil – choked out the plants [hears the Word, but the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful vs. 22]
  • Good Soil – grew and multiplied [hears the Word and understands it and bears fruit]

Reinforce the lesson by asking questions.  After each presentation of soil ask the children “What happened to the seed when it tried to take root?” (The birds ate the seed, the rocks got in the way and sun burned it, thorns choked the seed, the seed multiplied over and over again.) What did Jesus say the seed represented? (The seed represented the giving of the salvation message, the Word of truth.)  It is at this time a salvation message should be given.

Lesson Evaluation: Give a list of possible lessons and ask the children to stand up if the statement is true from the teaching in the passage.

  1. Birds eat seeds when they are planted in the ground.  False.
  2. Thorns cause seeds not to grow.  True.
  3. The sun always scorches a plant growing in soil.  False.
  4. The seed in good soil usually grows. True.
  5. It doesn’t matter what soil you use when you plant a seed.  False.
  6. Rocky soil makes it hard for seeds to take root.  True.

Memory Verse:

Matthew 13:24, “…The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.”

Pass an artificial flower and have children each say one word of the Bible Verse when the flower is passed to them.  Repeat several times and then have each child recite the entire verse with reference when the flower is passed to them.


Plant seeds:

Have children put some good planting soil in a cup and show them how deeply to plant the seed in the dirt.  Put a small amount of water in each and encourage the children to care for their seed and watch it grow.  Encourage them to replant it outside in the spring to watch it multiply.

I got a lot of these ideas from  I LOVE this site and it is one of the first I turn to when I am preparing a lesson.

Bible Lesson on the Fruits of the Spirit – Gentleness

The kids and I have our Bible Time in the morning at the kitchen table while they eat breakfast.  It’s the way we begin our homeschool day.  We continued our discussion on Gentleness throughout the week last week.  I found this neat idea which really drove the point home.  It came from an excerpt a friend had torn from the Aug./Sept 2011, Focus on the Family Magazine.

I held up a balloon and a wooden skewer and had my son try to get the skewer through the balloon.  Of course he stabbed it and it popped.

I then took another balloon that had already been blown up (not too tight…you should be able to poke a finger inward pretty easily).  I had rubbed dish detergent on a wooden skewer in advance.  I gently rotated the skewer and pushed it through the balloon starting at the end at the top that has the darker colored spot…and ending on the bottom end, just beside the knot.

The kids were amazed!!

We discussed that when we use force to get what we want, it just doesn’t work so well!  In fact, we usually wind up with a mess!  When we are gentle, we can get things done.

We read the scripture from Proverbs 15:1, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

click to enlarge so that you can really see the skewer

We brainstormed ways to apply the scripture.  For example, when your sister has your toy, what could you do/say to show gentleness verses yelling and snatching the toy back.

Be sure to check out my Youtube Channel for videos on How to Use the Bible to Teach a Sunday School lesson (verses just reading the lesson).