Parables: The Pharisee and the PublicanTo Remember: Remembering our need for God keeps us humble.
SING: any praise song
Activity: Describe how people used to demonstrate humility by bowing before each other. Have everyone get down and feel what it is like to bow before someone else. Have them start by simply bowing their heads to each other. Then have them bend over at the waist. Then get down on one knee, then two. Then bend with their heads almost touching the ground. Many scriptures talk about people laying flat on the ground.
We don’t bow much today. Discuss ways we can show genuine humility to each other - not just polite actions.
Object Lesson: Give each student a plain balloon. show students how a deflated balloon is pliable. You can stretch it, wrap it around things, put it inside other things, pull it over smaller things. Then have everyone blow up their balloons. Talk about how it is no longer flexible. It is puffed up now, and can only be one shape. It is only able to be used for certain things.
A puffed up person is not as useful to God as a flexible, pliable, humble person. Humility makes us flexible, useable, and moldable in God's work.
Craft: Draw pictures or cut out pictures of things that God has made or done that we can not do.
Worksheet: Hand Out on the Pharisee and the Publican
True or False
Re-inflate the balloons. Write the memory verse across the row of balloons. Deflate or pop one at a time as the students read it together until they know the whole verse.