Parable of The Good Samaritan (Love Your Neighbor Lesson) Luke 10:25-27

This Sunday School Lesson for children can be used in Sunday school or Children’s church. It is based on Luke 10:25-27 where Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. The point is that we must love our neighbors and the story hints at the mission of Jesus to rescue us too.

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Need More Help? You can watch a video of the Good Samaritan Bible Story. You could show this to your class or learn a good approach for telling this story to children.

Luke 10:25-27 Sunday School Lesson: The Parable of The Good Samaritan (Love Your Neighbor)

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, children will demonstrate understanding of Parable of the Good Samaritan, by giving personal examples of how they could love their neighbors.

Target Age: Kindergarten – 5th

Teaching Setting: This lesson was first taught in our broadly graded children’s church on Sunday morning to about 35 children. Our kids begin in the sanctuary with their families and are dismissed to children’s church before the pastor’s sermon. Before the lesson the children participate in several songs and group Bible memory exercises. I aim for no longer than 15-25 minutes with each lesson plan depending on learning activities.

Items Needed:

  • Marked Bible for this passage. Prepare the copy in advance by highlighting the significant points to emphasize. Underlining words or ideas that will need additional explanation. I typically make small notes in the margin.
  • If you prefer, you can use visual aids to help tell the story.
  • A marker board or piece of paper displaying the word “love” large enough for the class to see.
  • Love Your Neighbor coloring activity

Explanation: This text begins with Jesus’ conversation with a Jewish teacher of the Law. After Jesus taught the great commandments, the man was trying to justify himself. His questions were aimed to lower the ethic bar Jesus had presented him.

So, the Great Teacher tells a story to make the point stick. This is a wonderful story for creative expression. It speaks to our prejudice and hard hearts toward suffering. In the context, Jesus is showing the Kingdom of God consists in action – not just talk.

This is a great story to use creative teaching methods. Have fun!

One Page Teaching Plan

The Parable of the Good Samaritan – Love Your Neighbors
Luke 10:25 – 37

Hook

Write the word “love” on the board (or a piece of paper to display). Ask the children to close their eyes and imagine someone they love. Then, take volunteer answers. Try to restate the children’s answers into statements about who we should love.

  • If a child says “mom” … you say “Good answer, we should love our moms – God wants us to love our moms.
  • If a child says “friends” … you say “Good answer, we should love our friends – God wants us to love our friends.

Say: These are all good answers, but today we are going to learn that God wants us to love everyone in our lives. Even people that we normally wouldn’t like!

Book

Active Listening: In the story we are going to read from the Bible, Jesus tells a man what it really means to love your neighbor. In that story there are three characters. Listen carefully to see which person really showed love.

Read (and summarize) Luke 10:25-37. Be sure to engage the children with good story telling. Characters the children are listening for:

  1. Priest
  2. Levite
  3. Samaritan

Another Way To Say: Jesus said that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. Have volunteers suggest another way to say the same thing with different words.

Look/Took:

Agree or Disagree: Tell the children that you are going to read some statements that might be ways to love your neighbor. Ask them to stand if they agree. If they disagree they should sit down with arms crossed. Relate each example back to the idea of loving your neighbor.

  1. We don’t need to help people if we are watching our favorite TV show.
  2. We should be extra nice to kids at school who have trouble making friends.
  3. We should obey our parents right away.

Act It Out: Ask for volunteers to act out the story. For variation, assign several older students as ‘project leaders’ to coach a group of younger students to act out the parable.

Test: Ask for volunteers to suggest ways they can show love to people in their lives.

Prayer: Lead the children in a time of prayer.


Comments

  1. Rebecca says

    Thank you so much for your lessons ,we use so many of these as part of our youth nights. This website is such a blessing!

  2. Joyce says

    Looks like a good plan with a variety of ideas. Like the LOVE hook activity. As they name people, I was thinking they could be asked why they love that person; answer would have something to do with what that person does for them, or that they are loved by that person. Point can be made that God wants them to love everyone – even those who have done nothing for them, or who may not love them back. I am substituting for a teacher with no curriculum, so this was good to find lesson ideas for the Good Samaritan. Thank you!

  3. Alise Nicole says

    omg i was amazed at how well the kids understood the lesson they went home and said that coming to learn about jesus was fun… AMAZING

  4. rose sefatsa says

    good day ,i would like to thank you for this lesson , i am a sunday school tearcher and had no idea how i am going to tell the story,reading here made it simple and intresting.thank you very much may the GooD LORD bless you

  5. Agnes Philomin says

    Thanks for the lesson on God’s love shown in love for neighbour. Helped me while preparing this years’ sunday school syllabus.God bless you.

  6. Rev Darleen says

    I was looking for a way in to the love your neighbour theme for a school assembly (last minute prep as always), and this lesson plan has been really helpful. Thanks.

  7. LINETTE NORFLEET says

    Thank you so much for Blessing me tonight. I find your lesson plan very helpful and a joy to read and I know the children I work with, will be happy. To see God working on the inside and the outside. There are just some awful things happening in our neighborhoods these days. Children need the assurance from the Word when they come to Church.

    LInette

  8. Allison says

    Your site offers offers so many additional ideas to subjects I am teaching, I love the resources!! I wonder if it would be possible to print the lessons without the fb, tweet, etc bullets? It takes so much paper space. Just a thot:)

  9. sarahmae says

    wow thank you for this creative way of telling this great story! May God bless you more and improve our ministries in Christ :)

  10. jessica says

    This website is very helpful as I was burnt-out. I wanted to quit this ministry but after seeing your website, I said Halleluiah
    Thanks and Blessings.

  11. morlin martinez says

    me gusta mucho la idea del buen samaritano creo que se puede usar ejemplos reales como cuando se cae un compañero en el kinder que ellos le ayuden a levantarse o si su vecino esta enfermo que le lleven una galleta y un jugo para que se sienta mejor porque tener buenos samaritanos cerca ayuda mucho

    Google Translate: I like the idea of the Good Samaritan I think you can use real examples such as when a partner falls in kindergarten they help getting out or if your neighbor is sick you take a cookie and juice to make you feel better because Good Samaritans have much help around

  12. Jim Tinnell says

    Tony,

    Each week I teach English Bible Clubs here in Sopron, Hungary. I am always on the look out for new ideas for reaching kids for Jesus in a practical way. Your lesson on the Good Samaritan is so great. I even used it last week to help a private English student during her private lesson with me. Thanks, Jim

  13. Brittney says

    This is a wonderful class. i taught it last sunday and my class of 3rd to 4th graders loved it. Thanks sooo much. may God Bless you very much.

  14. rachel says

    Thanks so much for the ideas. My husband and I are missionaries in Brazil and I teach Sunday School at the small church we are attending. I am always looking for ways to engage the kids in the lesson. Appreciate your desire to help others better minister to children. Thank you.

  15. Rosie Martinez says

    Tony,

    Thank you again for sharing your material. It is of great blessing! I will use this for Valentine’s Sunday school lesson. Thanks…

  16. Prissy says

    I go to a newly opened branch of our church. It is a church situated in the heart of the location which is a high density surbub. I was recently asked to be a Sunday school teacher and I accepted a but didn’t think I could do it since there were so many children and I knew zilch about teaching children. I was looking for a lesson when I stumbled upon your website and I could not believe my luck. Your site is very helpful, keep up the good work. I can never thank you enough. May the good Lord bless you now and always…

  17. tammy says

    hi, i was stressing when i was told that i would be doing assembly for the small school i work at. the children range from eighteen months to twelve years of age so finding a story to capture such a variety of ages was tough. thank you for the lessons, i cant wait to try it tomorrow!!

  18. brenda harness says

    tony this sunday i will be teaching the topic is on praying when we’ve sinned i have a lesson book but i still dont no if im doning it right i just dont to read there words i would like it to be from me but im still nervious i dont think im very good at explaning what i am talking about what do i do

  19. Emma -Belize C.A. says

    Thanks very much for the lesson plans .Brother,you make me life as a school teacher easier .I use the lesson plans to teach my third grade at a Nazarene School .
    May God continue blessing you and your ministry.

    God Bless
    Emma August

  20. Cathryn Merrikin says

    A very inspiring way of introducing the Good Samaritan. I have printed off a copy for our children’s group at St Martins Church, Dorking for use next Sunday. Thank you.

  21. says

    This was very good…I especially like the ideas of allowing class interaction during the lesson (e.g. ask questions, stand if you agree, sit with your arms crossed if you don’t…or act out the story). I am excited about trying this out this Sabbath!

    • says

      Thanks for the feedback. I always try to include some type of group response learning activity – keeping kids active is always a priority.

  22. elma says

    hi
    i was looking for a lesson to adult women for my talk on loving thy neighbor bu i came across this lesson. Im reaaly thankful and greatful readit it. more power and
    GOD BLESS

  23. says

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot I did prepare my lessson and even had charts or pics But the main n most important PRAYER was the missing link thanks n MAY GOD BLESS YOU for all u are doing, n making me realize that prayer is very important.

  24. michelle says

    oh im really greatful that i havae found your website. i am in a rush to pass my lesson plan then i decided to look for one. i am only a beginner and i dont know when i will started. thanks again for the idea but i need to follow what my prof needs.

  25. Tony says

    While browsing for ideas for an upcoming vbs I ran across your site.
    Excellent material that communicates well to children! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  26. glynda thacker says

    looking for a craft for the kids to make while we are in Brazil on a mission trip. We will be V. B.S. Thanks you for any ideas on this in advance – I didn”t say what craft was for it is on the Good Samaritan . My mind goes faster than my hands sometimes. Thanks Glynda

  27. Debbie says

    Tony,
    Thank you for the time and effort you give in helping teachers like myself. I teach the three year olds at a Christian preschool five days a week and welcome everything you offer. Please don’t ever let satan make you think you are not appreciated. Thanks again for all you do!

  28. vilma says

    praise God, I learn from your lesson, to god be the glory.

    I am looking for a lesson for adult ladies but i was able also to read your lesson thanks. keep up and God bless.

  29. Deb says

    Thank you so much for the lesson on The Good Samaritan. I was in a crunch and I decided to try to find a lesson on the web. I ranned accross you site this lesson was truely a blessing. Thank you so much.

  30. Kim says

    What an awesome site!!! I was looking for something on The Good Samaritan and googled it. ( for children) I kept looking and looking and was ready to give up and I said Lord help me find something soon or I am going to bed and forget about it. The very next site I looked was yours and it was great. thanks for all you do people like me who want to serve.
    God bless!

    In Him,
    Kim

  31. Helen says

    I’ve been looking everywhere for help with teaching children’s church. I just started this month and my group ranges in age from 4 yrs to 9 yrs. What I’ve seen on your site so far looks great and I can’t wait to try it out this sunday. Our group meets anywhere from 30-45 minutes so it would be nice to have a craft to go along with the lessons. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks for your help

  32. L. Clair says

    Thank you for the ideas. They are very helpful. It was such a blessing to come across your website.

  33. says

    @sheilla: Thanks for your encouraging comment. Sometime next month, I’ll start posting new lesson plans. I wasn’t sure if they were helpful, but I appreciate the positive feedback.

    May God bless you and your church.

  34. sheilla says

    I wanted to stop in and say thanks for the great lesson. Occasionally I teach class on Wednesday nights, at our church, and this week i had no clue on what to teach. I found this and fell in love with this site. If you search the web you can also find crafts or projects to do. Thanks again
    Sheilla

  35. Esther says

    I’m going to try this Sunday, 7/13/08 as this will be my first Sunday to teach. We have approximately 30 mintues. It would be nice if you had a craft to do during this time or something the children could take with them. I’m not creative so all the help I can get is very helpful. I only have to teach every fifth week. Looking forward to hearing from you. Praying this will be beneficial to our kids. Thanks for this website.

  36. Natalene says

    Thanks for providing this kind of information. God bless you and your team as u continue to work in His kingdom.

  37. Hanna says

    I was looking for an lesson that my children that I teach would enjoy. I started last week and they seemed bored. This lesson is great and I can’t wait to try this one out.

  38. collet says

    This is a wonderful way to tell this story. I was actually look for crafts to use with the story I had. This gave me some creative and fresh idea. Thank you very much.

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