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Feb 2018

Lesson Review – Matthew 7:21-27 – The Wise & Foolish Builders


Here are some review notes from this week’s lesson in our preschool and K-4 classes. This week we studied Matthew 7:21-27 – The Wise & Foolish Builders.

This is lesson 17 of 78 in our study of the New Testament. This lesson corresponds with Story 95 in The Gospel Story Bible and with Week 17 of the Old Story New family devotional.

Gospel Truth for Today

Jesus life, death, and resurrection in our place and for our sins is the “rock” on which we must build our lives. This will not only allow us to whether to “trials” of life but will allow us to stand firm in the final “trial” at the judgment seat of God.

The Lesson In A Sentence

Our love for God is shown by the fruit of our lives, especially when the winds of trials blow.

Questions For You Kids

Special Note: Parents, our Preschoolers primarily focused on the rock/sand portion of this story. Our Elementary kids expanded their lesson to include Matthew 7:15-23 which addresses how our actions are often a representation what we really believe (we are known by our fruits). Therefore, I’ve included P and E next to questions that correspond to the kids’ lessons.

E – I heard that one of your teachers got sprayed during class. That’s pretty silly. What were they trying to teach you?

The teacher with the spray bottle kept saying, “I won’t spray you,” but then kept spraying the other teacher. It helped us learn that our actions often show what we really believe, even if we say something different. That’s kind of what Jesus was saying about people who say they are his followers but don’t really follow him.

E&P – What ground did the two people build their houses on in the lesson? What did (the sand/rock) mean?

Sand – These people build their lives around things like money, having lots of stuff, being famous or important, and doing whatever they want to do.
Rock – These people build their lives on Jesus’ teaching and having faith in his life, death, and resurrection in our place and for our sins.

E&P – What happened to the houses when the storm came? What was the storm?

The house on the sand was destroyed and the one on the rock survived. Parents, help your kids understand “trials/storms” by relating an experience that your child would remember your family going through. From there, help them understand how having your life build on Jesus allowed you to not be destroyed by the “storm.”

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