This is a free Bible lesson for children; teaching them about the importance of the Bible, and how we rely on it to direct our path.
Jesus is our true light and he came to bring us out of darkness. Without following Christ, we would be left wondering aimlessly in the dark.
Bible Lesson: Lamp to My Feet
Scripture: Psalm 119:105-108
Target Age Group: 2nd-6th
Learning Context: Children’s Church/Sunday School
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Lesson Objective: Students will learn:
- The importance of Scripture
- The importance of Scripture memorization
- Accepting guidance from God
Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105 (NIV)–Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
Leader Preparation: Consider the depth of meaning in Psalm 119:105. Though a common verse taught to children, there is much significance to it. It is not only an easy verse to memorize, but it offers guidance. Of course, the life of an adult becomes more complicated–seemingly every passing day–so, imagine the importance a verse like this holds for us. God’s word guides our steps and gives light in our darkest times.
- Objects that give off light. [You can be creative] (Flashlight, candles, lamps, a cool toy that does not make noise.)
The activity is best utilized if you have many lamps, flashlights, or candles. Also, it is highly preferable if the room where the lesson is being taught can become dark.
(1) Pass out the “lights” around the room. It does not have to be children if there are enough adults. (2) Talk about todays memory verse (Psalm 119:105) and what it means. (3) Turn off the lights and ask the children the following questions:
- Have any of you been afraid of the dark?
- Has there ever been a time when you were lost and you didn’t know which way to go?
- What happens when you turn on the light switch? What happens to the darkness?
[Paint a mental picture of a story like this…]
Imagine you were walking through dark woods and you didn’t know where you were or where you were going. You cannot see ahead, because it is so dark, but you keep walking. Then, you realize that you have had a flashlight in your pocket the whole time! You forgot! Whenever you turn the light on, you can see the path that was always close to you. As you follow the path with the light you wonder how you ever lost it, but, because it is so dark you could never find it. This is why we should always have our light out, which is the Bible.
The Bible [hold the Bible up] is our light in darkness. The Bible is God’s word to us. By reading and memorizing the Bible we are able to carry our flashlight with us at all times! God gave us the Bible so that we may be able to find our way; we, however, must be willing to accept the guidance the Bible offers. Let us read more of this passage together…
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
and teach me your laws.
An oath is a commitment or a promise to do something. The person who wrote this says that they promise to follow God’s ways. They know that if they follow God’s ways, then they will be on the right path and not be led into darkness. When they take the oath or promise, they are so happy that they praise God. It is so important for us to remember God’s words and keep them in our hearts.
The Bible says about Jesus in John 1:4-5,
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness,and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jesus is our light. He shines in the darkness. Jesus came that we may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus, God’s only Son, came to give his life for us. He died on a cross to be able to forgive our sins. Sins are what we do that are against God’s laws (like telling lies, stealing, and hurting others). Jesus gave up his life, which shows his love for us. We must believe in him, and believe God who sent Jesus. God’s word is light for our dark path, and the Bible also says that Jesus is light for our dark path. Jesus is the Word (John 1:1).
- Does light make it easier to see in the darkness?
- If God’s word is like light, then shouldn’t we use it?
- Can someone tell me what an “oath” is?
- What did the Psalm say about an “oath”?
- What does the Bible say that Jesus is? A LIGHT!