Loving Your Neighbor

Loving Your Neighbor

 (Bible Overview #39 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Express love to those we love and also the unlovely

New to GameLife 123 Bible Discovery?  Click here to see lesson essentials & how to use the “Three Thirds Method.” 

1 GAME: Band Aid Tag

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game The “Doctors” Helped the Hurting / In the Bible The Samaritan helped the Man in Need / In Life Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

  1. One Player will be chosen to be the “Tagger.”
    2. The “Tagger’s” job is to chase around the Players trying to tag each Player three times.
    3. Player’s job is to avoid being tagged.
    4. Once a Player has been tagged three times they must go see a “Doctor.” The “Doctors” will be Players that volunteer to sit out on the sideline helping the other Players get healed and back on the field.
    • The first time a Player gets “tagged,” they have to place one hand on or near the spot where they were tagged, like applying a “Band-Aid.”
    • If they are tagged a second time have them place another “Band-Aid” (hand on or near) the second spot.
    • If they get tagged a third time, they must go to the sidelines, find a doctor and do five(5) jumping jacks to get “healed” and, then, rejoin the game.
     To Use GameLife with your Family at Home using Online “FamilyLife Games”  or with your Children’s Ministry during a lockdown using “Online-Zoom-Games”

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 10

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The “Doctors” Helped the Hurting / In the Bible The Samaritan helped the Man in Need / In Life Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Who is your neighbor?  Someone who lives close to your house is your neighbor. A country that is next to yours is a neighboring country. A stranger sharing the seat
with you on a bus is your neighboring passenger.  Everybody who is near you at any time becomes your neighbor for that time!

The Priest, the Levite, the Samaritan, and the Pilgrim:
Priest: A man who performs sacred duties in a temple, he was considered the mediator between man and God.
Levite: A Levite belonged to a group of people who helped priests in the temple.
Samaritan: A Samaritan was anyone who came from the land of Samaria. Israelites of Samaria had intermarried with foreigners. They worshipped images. The Jews did not like them.
Pilgrim: One who travels to a foreign land; usually to a holy place.

The Unfortunate Pilgrim: A man was traveling on a lonely, rocky road, from Jerusalem towards Jericho. He was singing to himself. Suddenly, robbers attacked him and beat him mercilessly.  They took all his belongings and tore off his clothes. They left him on the roadside half dead.
Upon seeing the wounded man; Priest, looking around: “Let me just cross the road to the other side, and pretend like I didn’t see anything.”
Levite, slowing down: “Let me look closely. Oh. I cannot help him.”
Samaritan, running to help: “Oh no! This man is badly wounded. I must help him. I will kneel next to him and clean his wounds with oil. I will bandage his wounds with strips of my own clothing.  I will put him on a donkey and take him to an inn and pay for his stay there. After all, he is my neighbor on this road.”

The Message from Jesus: The priest and the Levite are supposed to be the ones who should practice love and compassion, yet they don’t. The Samaritan, although he was despised, had the love and compassion for a man in need. God wants us to be sensitive and sympathetic to those who are in need of help.  Jesus said, “You go, and do likewise.”

As the children of God, we should be willing to help people who are in need. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The “Doctors” Helped the Hurting / In the Bible The Samaritan helped the Man in Need / In Life Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Memory Verse:   “Love your neighbour as you love yourself.”  Luke 10:27b

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
In the game if you were tagged three times were you out? (no)
How did you get back into the game?
Raise you hand if you volunteered to be a “doctor?”
Why did you volunteer to be a “doctor?”

2. Bible
What happened to the Samaritan?
How did the man help the Samaritan?
Why did you think the others not help?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, help me to love my neighbor as myself, who would you have me to be kind and help? *pause*.  Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Learn the memory verse.  Then, divide the children into pairs. One will be the Pilgrim and the other will be the Priest, the Levite, and the Good Samaritan. See how they enact their roles. Ask them how they feel when they are bad to someone versus when they are good to someone.

Share this lesson: