1 Corinthians 13- Summer Sunday School

Week One: 1 Corinthians 13

The Summer session utilizes: Youtube links, object lessons, handouts and a song from GodRocks.  It includes kids from Preschool to fifth grade.  This four weeks we will memorize 1 Corinthians 13 and see how it is lived out in light of international missions.

Week One:  What is Love?

Week Two:  What Love is not!

Week Three:  What does the Bible say that God’s love can do?

Week Four: God’s love can reach the lost!

Week One:  What is Love?

So what is Love?  The world says love is a feeling meaning you can fall in to and out off it.  (Have a pot of slime and a toy person falls in it)

The Bible says:

1. God is love. (1 John 4:8)  “not slime”
2. Love is an action. A response to God first loving us. (1 John 3:18) This slime is not love.  God’s love shows through our actions.  So if another man comes along and sees the person in the slime, and feels sorry for him and helps him out.  Now love has taken place. (Have another toy person and pretend he is walking along, sees the man, make a sorry face, and help the man out of the slime.)  Because love is an action and not a feeling, we can choose to love even if we don’t feel like it.  Whether or not you feel like loving someone is not important, to the act of loving them.
3. Love is our identity, it is who we are.  Others will know we are Christians by our love. (John 13:34-35)  Love works through us and tells others that Jesus lives in our hearts.  (hold up the “good samaritan” toy person)  This person showed God’s love in side him.  Without love we look like everyone else, but Jesus said we are different.  That difference is love.
4. Love never ends, “eternal.” The Bible says that even people that don’t have God in their hearts can show love sometimes.  (They are still made in the image of God.)  But only God in us can show love all the time, even when people hurt us. (Luke 6:32-36)  Love your enemies and you will shine God’s love through you.  God not only wants us to love our enemies, he also wants us to love the stinky, icky and helpless.  The people that the world considers not worth anything.  Those are the exact people God wants you to love and serve.  You won’t become a movie star by serving  people no one else wants to be around, but you will learn about God’s love for you.  Because even before you knew anything about him, God loved you, and even though you were an icky sinner Jesus died for you.

The verses from 1 Corinthians 13, we are going to remember this week are:

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.

Important Point, week one:

What is love?  Love is God, it is an action through us; it is our identity; and it is eternal.  Love serves everyone, especially enemies and those that are “least” around us.

1 cor 13 week one ssp (Click link to download pdf)

Additional Material:

Youtube Video Week One: “They will know we are Christians by our love” by margyhill

Songs:  “Love is…” by God Rocks.  The mp3 is .99 cents at the GodrocksVideo.com store.

God Rocks!  BibleToons: Grow in the Lord- DVD

4 Responses to “1 Corinthians 13- Summer Sunday School”

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  1. Jason says:

    You rock Sunday School Teacher Sherry!
    Love, Jason (Sherry’s Hubby)

  2. Alison Sims says:

    Just what i was looking for to help me with my lesson plan. Have been following a series of relationship talks and wanted to do one on gods Love and how we can show it to others. Decided to break it down to 3 lessons
    Everybody matters – looking at what makes people different but that God love us independant of colour, background, social standing or how we dress.
    What the bible tells us love is and thirdly how we can show that to others.
    Thank you for sharing your ideas

  3. Sherry says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for commenting. You can also check out my new site at SundaySchoolLady.com. I have been posting my new lessons there.
    Blessings to you.

  4. Deborah says:

    I went to the download 1 cor 13 week one ssp but did not understand what the students were to do with the last heart that said “Heart Test” I can ask the children to look at their hearts and see how they are doing with the things that love is…patient…kind…etc…but I am not sure if this is where you were going and wanted to know. Thank you so much for pulling this lesson together in such a neat way! The slime thing is really great!

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