Sunday School at Home for September 25

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Theme: Salvation.
Scripture: Luke 16:19-31

Complete Supply List:
● An alarm clock with a snooze button
● “The Rich Man and Lazarus” video
● Something to play the video
● Plates - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● A plastic knife (for the teacher)
● Tortillas - 1 per child
● Butter
● Cinnamon
● Sugar
● A plastic spoon
● Round wood peg clothespins - 2 per child
● Scissors
● Fine-tipped markers
● Glue
● Purple felt
● Burlap
 

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● An alarm clock with a snooze button
Do This:
SAY: Do you use an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning? A lot of alarm
clocks have a button on them called a snooze button. (Show snooze button.) When
your alarm goes off, you can hit that button and go back to sleep. In about 10
minutes, the alarm will go off again. You can just keep on doing this and go right on
sleeping.
Maybe it is nice to get that extra sleep, but there are two problems with snooze
buttons. The first is that if you keep on hitting the snooze button, you may be late
or miss out on something completely. The second problem is that if you keep
hitting the snooze button, you may get so used to the sound of the alarm that you
don’t even hear it at all and you will sleep right through the alarm.
Did you know that God sometimes sounds a "wake up" alarm in our lives? He speaks
to our heart and says, "It is time to wake up and follow Me." Some people hit the
snooze button and say, "Not now Lord, call me again -- a little bit later." Some
people hit that "snooze button" so many times that they get to where they don’t
even hear God’s voice. When they finally wake up, they find out that it is too late.
That is what happened in our Bible story today.
Jesus told a story about a rich man who wore the finest clothes and lived in luxury.
A beggar named Lazarus lay outside the rich man's gate. Lazarus was hungry and
his body was covered with sores. He was hoping that the rich man might have pity
on him and that he might be able to satisfy his hunger with the leftovers from the
rich man's table. But every day the rich man passed by Lazarus without even giving
him a thought. I imagine that he passed by Lazarus so many times that he
eventually got to the point that he didn't see him at all.
The Bible says that Lazarus died and went to heaven. The rich man also died, but he
went to hell. In hell, he looked up and saw Lazarus in heaven with Abraham. He
asked Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water and come and touch it to his
burning tongue, but Abraham said, "No." Then he reminded the rich man how he
had enjoyed such good things on earth while Lazarus had nothing.
The rich man then asked Abraham to allow Lazarus to go back to earth and warn
his five brothers so that they would not end up in hell with him, but again, Abraham
said, "No." The rich man finally woke up, but it was too late.
God is still sending "wake up" calls to people today. Let us pray that they will listen
to His voice and follow Him before it is too late.

PRAY: Father, may we never be guilty of hitting the snooze button saying, "Later,
Lord." Instead, let us rise up and follow You. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

The Rich Man and Lazarus
You’ll Need:
● “The Rich Man and Lazarus” video
● Something to play the video


Do This:
Show the video.
ASK:
● Why did the rich man want to warn his family?
● What do you think the rich man should have done when he was alive?
● Tell about a situation in your life where you have plenty and could help
someone else in need.


Poor Man’s Sandwich
You’ll Need:
● Plates - 1 per child
● Napkins - 1 per child
● A plastic knife (for the teacher)
● Tortillas - 1 per child
● Butter
● Cinnamon
● Sugar
● A plastic spoon

Get Ready: Before the snack, have kids clean their hands. Combine cinnamon and
sugar to create a mixture.

Do This:
Follow these steps for the “Poor Man’s Sandwich” snacks:
● Give each child a plate, a napkin, and a tortilla with butter on it.
● Help kids sprinkle cinnamon sugar across the tortilla.
● Roll up the tortilla.
● Enjoy!

ASK:
● What does Jesus teach us with the story of the rich man and Lazarus?
SAY: We have to choose where we will place our trust. We can trust in God or we
can trust in ourselves. If we put our trust in the wrong thing, we will end up like the
rich man, wishing we could have another chance.

Rich Man and Lazarus
You’ll Need:
The Rich Man and Lazarus How-to video
● Round wood peg clothespins - 2 per child
● Scissors
● Fine-tipped markers
● Glue
● Purple felt
● Burlap

Do This: Have kids follow these steps to make the “Rich Man and Lazarus” craft:
● Give each child two round wood peg clothespins, purple felt, burlap and glue.
● Invite kids to wrap one clothespin in purple felt to represent the rich man, and
the other in burlap to represent Lazarus.
● Glue the materials in place and finish by drawing faces on the round heads of
each clothespin.

SAY: Great job creating your “Rich Man and Lazarus” crafts! Take these home as a
reminder that Jesus gives us the choice to follow Him. It’s only through Him that we
have salvation.

Poor Man Prayers
You’ll Need:
● “Rich Man and Lazarus” crafts

Do This: Follow these steps to lead kids in prayer.
● Have kids spread out around the room and hold their craft.
● Remind kids that in today’s passage, we learned about a man who had favor on
Earth, but overlooked those in need right in front of them.
● Invite kids to pray silently to themselves and thank Jesus for the salvation that
is found in Him alone.
● Close in prayer.

PRAY: Dear Father, we trust in Your unfailing love; our hearts rejoice in Your
salvation. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
 

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