My Faith Story
Ask kids to respond to the Big Question: God will really save me from all evil?
Then share a part of your own faith story using the suggestion below or another way to share about temptations you have faced in your life.
Bring pictures to show and tell students in your class about the lifelong nature of temptation. Show them a childhood picture of yourself and tell them what tempted you as a child; bring a picture of yourself at their age and tell them what temptations caused you to struggle. Finally, cut out some pictures of cars or houses or material items you tend to covet now, and tell your students how God works with you when you fall into the sin of wanting more and more.
Open the Bible
Read the account of Jesus' temptation in the desert in Luke 4:1–15. Consider the strategies Jesus used to withstand temptation: he was filled with the Holy Spirit; he held on to God's Word and commandments; he met the strength of the evil one with God's strength. In the end Jesus was still filled with the Spirit and went about God's work for the kingdom. Can temptation strengthen the Spirit within us and lead us out? The devil tempted Jesus with promises of comfort and success. Does this sound familiar?
Lutheran Study Bible page 1704: Read the Faith Reflection sidebar out loud. As a group, discuss the questions as you read.
Read the Lord's Prayer as found in Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:1–4. How are these prayers the same and different? What do they have to say about trial and temptation?
Lutheran Study Bible page 2076: Direct students to open their Bibles to the concordance and find the word Temptation. Invite volunteers to locate the verses listed and read them out loud. Lead a discussion about how these verses relate to our lives today.
Have students locate Exodus 15:1–18, and have a volunteer read the song Moses sang to the Lord after God delivered the Israelites across the Red Sea. Notice the powerful language of this song as Moses gives an account of God's work.
Invite students to turn to 1 Chronicles 29:11–13 for a doxology on which some believe the conclusion to the Lord's Prayer is based. This final prayer of David expresses a profound personal relationship between God, the king, and the people. Ask students how this doxology is the same as or different from the conclusion to the Lord's Prayer.
Open the Catechism
Student Book page 303: Find the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer in the Small Catechism. Here we ask God to save us from either "the time of trial" or "temptation." Ponder with the group what the difference is between the two. Which do you use in your congregation? As you read Luther's explanation, which version do you think Luther used? Where have you seen "the devil," "the world," and "our flesh" before? How do you think this petition and the next petition are connected?
Student Book page 304: Find the seventh petition in the Small Catechism. Here we pray for God to deliver us from evil. Do you believe in the devil? What is the source of evil in the world? How can God allow bad things to happen to good people? Does God send evil to strengthen us? Punish us?
Student Book page 304: Look again at Matthew 6:9–13 and Luke 11:2–4. Compare the biblical versions of the Lord's Prayer with the version you pray today. Now look at the conclusion to the Lord's Prayer in the Small Catechism. Consider all we ask for in this prayer. What does this say about our God who can provide all of these requests? Look at the explanation. What promise does God make?
Choose two small groups to come forward and square off for a trivia showdown. (Have each student practice their "buzz" sound out loud until you're satisfied they're being sufficiently obnoxious!) Read from the list of questions below and call on the first person to "buzz." Keep score (one point per question) and reward the first group to reach three points with a gag prize, like a jar of pickled eggs, a tin of Spam, or a handy moist towelette. You can make up more questions and play as long as you wish!
1. Martin Luther believed that temptation originates from three sources. Which of the following is NOT one of those sources?
a. The flesh (our desires)
b. The world
c. The devil
d. God (Correct)
2. We pray, "Save us from the time of trial" . . .
a. if we are lawyers.
b. to get us back on track when we have failed. (Correct)
c. when we can't think of anything else to say.
d. just to see if God is listening.
3. In order to "deliver us from evil," God . . .
a. recommends that we just stay in bed for life.
b. wishes us luck and gives us a pat on the back.
c. redeems evil's effects and draws us into new life. (Correct)
d. helps us as long as we keep our hopes up.
4. The best protection against evil is . . .
a. really strong deodorant.
b. the "whole armor of God" (Ephesians 6:11). (Correct)
d. a stiff upper lip.
5. Luther believed that evil could be traced back to . . .
a. Adam and Eve. (Correct)
b. poor nutrition.
c. people who didn't have a strong enough faith.
d. Lutherans who could not sing.
6. When we say "Amen" at the end of the Lord's Prayer . . .
a. we are trying to make it last longer.
b. we are saying, "It shall be so," that is, we will do what we prayed. (Correct)
c. we know the prayer is finally over.
d. we are really supposed to shout it.
7. The conclusion to the Lord's Prayer acknowledges . . .
a. that God cares deeply about us.
b. that God has ultimate power in this world.
c. that God is glorious and worthy of glory.
d. all of the above. (Correct)
8. Studying the Lord's Prayer has taught us . . .
a. that this prayer addresses all aspects of our relationship with God.
b. that we really should pay more attention in church.
c. to listen carefully to what Jesus asks of us.
d. both a and c. (Correct)
Take a Break
Take a break and have a snack of carrot sticks and dip. As students eat their snack, talk about how we alone cannot stand up to temptation and evil. We are not strong enough; only God is stronger than evil. Just like the dip sticks to the carrots, we should stick with God. (Before serving any food, always check with caregivers for kids with food allergies.)
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