Children’s Sermon Ephesians 4:29 – Peppered with Love

children's sermon ephesians 4:29

Children’s Sermon Ephesians 4:29 – Peppered With Love

Children’s Sermon Ephesians 4:29 – Peppered With Love



Materials: a glass pie plate, water to fill the pie plate, pepper, and liquid dish soap

Scripture:

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Focus: Encouraging and kind words are powerful tools in fighting Satan.

Prepare Ahead: Gather all materials on a tray for easy access.

Story Outline:

Have you ever heard someone say something unkind to another person? It might be someone at school who gets picked on or made fun of. Maybe you have even said something unkind to someone once?

(Bring out all of your materials; make sure children can see them.)

You know who likes to get us to say unkind things?

(Allow time for a response.)

Satan. The Bible tells us that Satan is the father of lies and deceit. He is tricky and loves it when we hurt each other.

You see, every time an unkind word is spoken to someone, it’s like Satan is sprinkling a little bit of darkness over that person’s heart.

(Sprinkle some pepper over the water in your pie plate.)

For some people, unkind words may be all they hear.

(Sprinkle more pepper over the water.)

“You’re stupid! We’re not friends anymore. How could you miss that shot? That’s what you got on your test? You’re wrong! That outfit is so ugly! No one likes you.”

(For each unkind word or phrase, sprinkle more pepper over the top of the plate. Keep going until it is well-covered.)

When all those hurtful words add up, things can look and feel pretty dark, can’t they?

Luckily, as followers of Jesus, we have some weapons to fight against Satan’s hurtful words. We have Scripture, and we have words of encouragement.

In Proverbs, the Bible tells us that, “Kind words are like honey – enjoyable and healthful.” (TLB).

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word is a gift.” (MSG)

Our words have power; words that come from the Bible, words of love, kindness, understanding, and forgiveness can drive away Satan’s darkness.

(drop one or two drops of liquid soap into the center of the dish – the pepper should scatter to the edges.)

Did you see that? Look how powerful kind words can be.

(Take out your Bible and turn to 1 Thessalonians 5:11.)

Our Bible tells us to, “…Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” That means, speak with kindness and love to others – it helps them grown strong and confident. And if you’re already doing it, keep it up!

The power in your words drives Satan’s darkness away, so don’t stop, no matter what!

Right now, I’d like each of you to turn to someone close by – don’t let anyone be left out. Grown-ups, you too! Say something kind to that person right now. Look him/her in the eye and tell that person that Jesus loves him/her dearly. Now give them a high-five or a hug. Isn’t it cool how words of love chase away darkness but bring us closer together? Let’s pray.

Prayer:

Jesus, impress on us the power of our words and teach us to use them for helping build others up. Dear Lord let us be committed to speaking words of love and kindness to others. Let us look to your Word for examples of your love for us, and let us share that love with everyone we know. Amen.

Children’s Sermon Ephesians 4:29 – Peppered With Love