Lesson Title: The Good Samaritan
Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37
Our theme is NEIGHBOR

What is happening in this story? 

Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan is told in response to a question posed by a lawyer – not the equivalent of a modern-day attorney, but a scholar of the Jewish law:  “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  When Jesus directs him to the very law the lawyer knows so well, he seems disappointed that love of God and neighbor is the answer.  He presses Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”-hoping it seems, to wriggle out of having to serve people he doesn’t like.  With the parable, then, Jesus turns the question around, saying, essentially, ‘Don’t worry about who is a neighbor to you.  Go and be a neighbor to everyone else.’

Why does this story matter for kids? 

With its vivid events and characters, this story told by Jesus makes a strong impression on kids.  Their imaginations can easily picture the hurt man by the road, the priest and Levite walking by without stopping, and the Samaritan bandaging the man’s wounds and taking him on his own beast to a place where he can rest and recover.  Whither or not you opt to explain the prejudice between Jewish and Samaritan people of the day, kids can grasp the power of showing kindness to someone in need. 

Why this theme? 

It’s important for kids to realize that we have more neighbors beyond the people who live next door to us.  The world is full of different kinds of people, all of whom are our neighbors. 
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Taken directly from Whirl Sunday School Curriculum 2016

Whirl Classroom Sunday School Curriculum. Sparkhouse, 2016.