Bible Teaching Skits "Wise and Foolish Builders" Matthew 7:24-27

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Wise and Foolish Builders - Illustration of Jesus Parable  Matthew 7:24-27
Here are two skits for teaching Matthew 7:24-27 “Build Your House Upon the Rock.” The first script is a literal version of the passage based on the NASB version. I have written it with simple props so that it will be easy to do in any classroom or church setting. Be free to make this as extensive as you want: using costumes and backdrops. The second skit is a modern day version, using a typical Sunday School setting to connect and apply the Bible story.

Bible Teaching Skit “Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock”

Characters & Props:

  • Jesus
  • Cardboard / Rock
  • Crowd (can be as many as you want)
  • Brown blanket / Sand
  • Wise Man
  • Foolish Man

Jesus – (talking to the crowd) Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
(enter Wise Man, stage right, with cardboard rock)
Jesus – The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
(Wise Man moves around as though he’s being moved around)
Jesus – But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
(Wise Man stands proudly, stays on stage)
Jesus – And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
(Foolish Man enters, stage left, with a brown blanket/sand)
Jesus – The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
(Foolish Man moves around as though he’s being moved around)
Jesus – And it collapsed and was completely ruined.
(Foolish Man falls down in defeat)


Contemporary Teaching Skit “The Wise and Foolish Boy”

The following is based Matthew 7:24-27 (Jesus’ Parable of the Builders) but set in a modern scene. It would be a great lesson summary for your Sunday School class when teaching this lesson.
Props:

  • Bible
  • Phone (or handheld game system)
  • Chairs

Characters:

  • Teacher
  • Wise Boy
  • Foolish Boy
  • Other kids in class (optional)

(2 boys sitting in Sunday School class)
Teacher – (reading from the Bible) In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” What does that mean to build your house on the rock?
Foolish Boy – (playing games on phone – not paying attention) – Huh? What? I don’t know.
Wise Boy – I think it means to do what the Bible says and use it in our lives.
Teacher – Excellent! We need to obey the Bible. But, why? Let’s keep reading what Jesus says.
Teacher – (reading from the Bible) “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”
Teacher – So, what did that have to do with why we should obey the Bible?
Wise Boy – Well, I think that Jesus is saying that if we build our lives on a firm foundation, His Word, then we will be able to stand with troubles come our way.
Foolish Boy – (still playing games on phone) Seems like a lot of work to me. And not much fun.
Teacher – (trying to ignore the Foolish Boy) Let’s move on to see what Jesus says if we don’t build our lives on a firm foundation.
Teacher – (reading from the Bible) – “And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.”
Teacher – Why would someone build their house on the sand?
Wise Boy – Well, it would be easier and quicker, because you wouldn’t build a foundation for your house to sit on.
Foolish Boy – (not looking up) That’s the way I would do it. Quick and easy. Just like the way I do my chores. I do just enough so that my mom gets off my back about doing them.
Teacher – Now let’s see what Jesus says about how it turns out for us if we take the easy route in life.
Teacher – (reading from the Bible) – “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
Teacher – So what happened to his house?
Wise Boy – It fell down.
Foolish Boy – (stops looking at his phone and looks up in surprise)
Teacher – Why?
Wise Boy – He didn’t build his house on a firm foundation.
Teacher – What does that mean for our lives?
Wise Boy – We want to have more knowledge of God and His Word so that we know how to live our lives and handle the situations that come up every day.
Foolish Boy – So I guess that means that if I don’t want my life to turn out badly, like the foolish man’s house, I need to apply what you’re teaching me about the Bible?
Teacher – Yes! It takes work, but it’s worth it! God doesn’t promise that we won’t have any troubles in life, but He gives us the tools in order to deal with them better.
Foolish Boy – (puts phone in pocket) I think I’m going to start paying attention in class so I can learn how to handle my life better and become a better person.
Wise Boy – (gives a hand shake) – We can work on it together!

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