Sunday School at Home for November 1 2020

Practice What You Preach from Sermons 4 Kids


Theme: Do what you tell others to do.

Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12


The Children’s Sermon:

Do This:

Lead kids through a couple rounds of Simon Says. In Simon Says, the leader tells kids things to do but they have to listen closely. If you say, “Simon says,” then kids do the motion. If you don’t say, “Simon Says,” kids don’t do the motion.

After a few rounds of Simon Says,

Simon says, “don’t clap your hands.”

(Kids should clap their hands because they’re doing the opposite thing.)

Say these things for kids to do the opposite:

“Simon says, ‘Stand up.’ ” (Kids will sit.)

“Stand up.” (Kids should not move.)

“Simon says, ‘Sit down.’ ” (Kids will stand up.)

“Simon says, ‘Don’t pat your head.’ ” (Kids will pat their head.)

“Simon says, ‘Don’t stop patting your head.’ ” (Kids will stop.)

“Pat your stomach.” (Kids should not move.)

“Simon says, ‘Don’t practice what you preach.” (Kids will be confused.)

Have kids sit down.

SAY: Practice what you preach. What does that mean? (Pause.) I think it means

that if you tell someone to do something, you need to do it too. Practice what you preach means don’t do the opposite thing that you say. Instead do what you say others should do. In our Bible lesson today, Jesus had something to say about "practicing what you preach." Jesus was talking about the teachers of the law and the Pharisees in the synagogue where people went to worship. Jesus said that everything that they did was done so that others would see them and think how great they were. But they didn’t do what they told other people to do. In fact, they did the opposite!

ASK: What did Jesus tell us to do about teachers like these? (Pause.)

SAY: You might think Jesus would say, "Don't listen to them! You don't have to do what they say." But He didn't. Jesus said, "Obey these teachers and do everything they say. But do not do what they do, because they do not practice what they preach." When it comes to living the Christian life, we need to make sure we do what we say.

Here’s a little poem that would be good to remember.

You can know a lot of Scripture

And have the gift to teach,

But what is more important --

Is to practice what you preach!

PRAY: Dear God, help us be people who do what we say so that others can see the love of Jesus in us.
In Jesus’ name, amen.


“Practice What You Preach” Video Lesson


What did you learn about what it means to “practice what you preach”?

Why do people not practice what they preach?

How can we be people who practice what we preach?


Church Snacks

You’ll Need:

Graham Crackers


Pretzel sticks

Plastic knives

Paper plates


Do This:

Give each child six graham cracker squares, a paper plate, and a plastic knife. Place

bowls of frosting and pretzels in the middle of the table.

To make the “Church Snack,” have kids follow these steps:

Frost the sides of the graham crackers and lean them together to form the

church building.

Frost pretzel sticks and place them on the graham crackers to make a door,

windows, etc.



What’s the difference between “pretending to be an adult” and “being an


What’s the difference between “pretending to be a Christian” and “being a

real Christian”?

How can we be sure that we are really being the church this week?

SAY: Jesus taught about how we should act vs. how the Pharisees were acting.

They were just playing church and Jesus wants us to be the real church.


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