“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
Read the Key Verse with your class. Ask your students if they have ever made plans to start something tomorrow (i.e.: start a new book, work on homework later in the weekend – instead of Friday, quit eating too much candy and eat better, be nice to someone – later, read their Bible, tell someone about Jesus, etc.). It is very easy to put something off until tomorrow. We have no idea what tomorrow may hold. Usually, it is nothing like we had planned for it to be. Read today’s memory verse together. Remind them of the important words of wisdom we have been learning. How many have actually begun to put into practice some of the things we have learned? Remember the old saying, “Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Help them understand this is kind of what today’s memory verse is saying. How can we plan tomorrow when we don’t know what tomorrow may bring? We will see wisdom revealed in our lesson today as some, who implemented these truths, found they were very real – and important.
Summary: Today we will finish the third Personal book, Proverbs. We have been learning that it is not only important to know the words of wisdom recorded in this book, but we must learn to live a life applying that wisdom. Then we will be able to live a life that pleases God. We learned it is important to live that way early in life. Last week we saw a listing comparing wisdom to foolishness, wise to unwise, right and wrong, and even good and evil. Remember that these words were written to help us live our daily lives wisely.
We have read many wise things. This week we will see what happens when these words of wisdom are revealed when applied to lives. It affects our relationship with other people. These words cause us to recognize we are a sinful people who need God, and His forgiveness. The conclusion of this book shows the importance of a virtuous woman. It helps us understand the pivotal role a woman plays in each home.
Continue to encourage your students to not only memorize these words of wisdom, but to apply these truths to their lives.
Encourage your students to bring their Bibles and use them!
Emphasis: To learn the words of wisdom recorded in the book of Proverbs. Recognize they are words that define a person’s nature – either one who seeks wisdom; or a fool. Make them personal words of encouragement from wise men, Solomon and others, who wanted others to learn just what wisdom is – and how to get it.
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Ideas for children:
Stickers always work well with children. Often times I watch Wal-Mart or Oriental Trading Company for specials or deals on things I can use for crafts for Sunday School (i.e. foam sheets, Bible Story scene stickers, crowns, stick on jewels, construction paper, etc.). I keep a stash and when I need something, I go search in my stash! Pinterest always has great ideas!
You could have a coloring sheet that goes with the lesson.
One idea for today’s lesson: (See picture below). For today’s lesson we made a scroll using paper and dowel rods. Some students wrote a few verses from Proverbs we talked about in the lesson in their scrolls. I also had some verses available to glue into the scroll for those who couldn’t write as well or as quickly as others. Encourage them to begin memorizing some of these verses!
Refer to the wall in your classroom that has become a mural.
By now your class should be in a groove as to the direction and areas in which they need to focus and work on to improve their Christian lives. Use this knowledge to help you address specific areas in each lesson that your class can discuss and share as you add new things to your mural. Continue to watch as your class grows in their knowledge of not only God’s Word, but areas in their lives that can be corrected, drawing them closer to the Lord.
Have them each add anything else they may have brought to add to the wall. Encourage everyone to participate.