Main point: Jesus teaches us we can share our stuff.
Bible story: Bigger Barns ● Acts 2:45; Luke 12:16-21
As a family, watch this week’s video and then discuss a few questions together.
- “Was Jesus’ story about a farmer or a firefighter?” (a farmer)
- “Did the farmer grow a lot of food or only a little bit of food?” (a lot of food)
- “Did the farmer share the extra food with others?” (no)
- “What did the farmer build so he could store the extra food?” (a bigger barn)
- “Did Jesus tell this story to teach us something important?” (yes)
- “Jesus told this story to teach us we can share our stuff. Can you share with others?” (yes)
- “What are some things you can share?” (toys, clothes, food, etc.)
Family Activity: Barn or Heart?
WHAT YOU DO:
- Before the Activity: Print off the scenario cards and the activity pages. Cut out the scenario cards. Then give your child the “heart” and “barn” pages.
- During the Activity: Read the scenario cards out loud. If the person in the scenario shares, encourage your child to hold up the “Heart” page. If the person in the scenario does not share, encourage your child to hold up the “Barn” page.
- After the Activity: “Talk about how Jesus told the story about the man building bigger barns for his extra food to teach us that we can share our stuff.”
WHAT YOU SAY:
- During the Activity: “In our Bible story, Jesus told a story about a man who had so much extra food that he decided to build bigger barns to hold all of it. What could the man have done with his extra food instead of keeping it all for himself? (Pause.) Yes! He could have shared his food with people who needed it.
We’re going to play a game where I read you a story. If the person in the story shares, I want you to hold up the HEART page. If the person does not share, I want you to hold up the BARN page — just like the barn the man built in Jesus’ story instead of sharing what he had.” (Begin with the story review card about bigger barns, then read the other cards.)
- After the Activity: “Jesus told the story about the man who built bigger barns to hold his food, instead of sharing, because He wanted to teach us that we can share our stuff. Jesus teaches us all kinds of important things. Who teaches you important things?” (Jesus teaches me important things.)