Wise and Foolish Builders in the POD
November 17, 2016
By Jenny Thompson, Children's Worship Coordinator
Last Sunday in our children’s worship programs, we discussed the story of the wise and foolish builder (Matthew 7: 24-29). The children learned that Jesus is trustworthy, and He’s the foundation upon which we want to build our lives.
In the POD (third-fifth graders), to better understand this concept, groups of three to four kids built houses with 20 drinking straws, masking tape, and a small paper plate. Their houses were then tested to see if they could withstand the rain and the winds that beat and blew against the house (spray bottle of water, crumpled newspaper, and a box fan). All the houses, with one exception, were toppled and blew away. In a perfect illustration, the house that withstood the “storms of life” had been taped, intentionally or not, to the floor – a very firm foundation. See pictures here »
The adult volunteers led the children in discussing some storms of life and how we can anchor ourselves to our firm foundation of Jesus Christ. We may have built a nice house, but if it’s on shifting sand, all is lost. The kids also thought of things people build their lives on other than belief and trust in Jesus Christ.
As Christ followers and members of Mt. Bethel, it’s our honor and joy to help our children build on the foundation already laid (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Consider volunteering with us in Children’s Ministry as we work to build on this foundation in the lives of our children with gold, silver, and costly stones, so what has been built will survive when tested.
1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.“
Jenny Thompson, Children’s Worship Coordinator