Teaching Goal: The Bible is a mirror that will show what is right and what is wrong.
Scriptures: James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
- Masking Tap
- Q-tips/cotton swabs
- Washable Paint
- Light Corn Syrup
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Lesson and Discussion
Words that are written in bold are when you, the parent, are speaking. Feel free to use your own words.
A. Ask someone to read James 1:22-25. This verse says don’t just listen to the Bible, do what it says. Those who listen to the Bible but don’t do what it says are like people who look in a mirror and walk away without doing anything about what they see. Why do we look into a mirror? Listen to answers. To see how I look. Is my hair a mess? Do I have food on my face? Acne? It would be silly to look in a mirror, see jelly and dirt all over, acne ready to pop and hair sticking out everywhere then just walk out the door and go to school without doing anything! Why even look in the mirror if you’re not going to change what is wrong?
The verse also tells us that the man who looks into the perfect law, which is the Bible—God’s perfect directions for living—and does what it says, will be blessed. This is like the person who looks in the mirror, cleans her face, combs her hair will go outside looking clean and ready.
B. Let’s think of some ways this will work using the 10 Commandments (Deut 5). For example, let’s say I tell a lie, Commandment #9. Afterward I read the Bible and I’m reminded that God tells me not to lie. If I hear the words and do nothing about it, I am like the man who looks in the mirror and walks away! If I hear the words and then apologize for the lie and ask God to help me not lie in the future, I am like the person who looks at the Bible and does what it says. My life will be blessed if I keep looking at the Bible and doing what it says.
Let others take turns following your example and explaining how this verse works with:
Commandment #10 Do not covet. Wanting a toy/game someone else has. Wanting it so badly that you have a bad attitude, whine and complain about not having it.
Commandment #8 Do not steal. Borrowing a toy/game. Knowing it’s time to give it back but you keep it hoping your friend won’t remember you still have it.
Commandment #5 Honor your father and mother. Your parents ask you to do a chore and you say “No” in an angry voice and refuse to obey or just act like you didn’t hear them.
Commandment #3 Using the name of God or Jesus as a curse. You get mad and curse at others.
C. ACTIVITY: Write the word “Bible” on the masking tape and put it on the top of the mirror. In a small cup, mix up the paint so that it is a bright color AND a watery consistency. In another small cup mix 2 tablespoons of water with a teaspoon of light corn syrup. Dip one end of the Q-tip cotton swab into the paint and the other end into the water. Choose one child to go first. Have the child close her eyes and then touch her on the forehead, both cheeks, chin and ears. Touch their face with the water/syrup end of the Q-tip except for one time when you touch her face with the paint end of the Q-tip.
Have the child guess which spot on her face is paint. After guessing, have her look into the mirror and see if she is correct. The mirror shows us where the paint is so that we can wipe it clean. In the same way, the Bible shows us the sin/wrong in our life so we can clean it up.
Repeat the activity with each family member.
In the mirror I can see,
Just like the Bible that guides me.
6. Close in Prayer
7. Pass it on