My Sunday school lesson plans for teaching a lesson on the Beatitudes were so well received that I wanted to share them with you. These discussions and activities work well and will encourage your students to think about how wisdom, understanding and knowledge all have to be used together for best results.
Start today’s Bible reading with a short passage from Proverbs. Proverbs 3 19-20
Follow this with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-10). This is to illustrate the role of Jesus in teaching his followers how to become Christians.
First of all ensure that all of the students are clear about what knowledge, wisdom and understanding mean. Then discuss whether these three things always come together. What can happen when knowledge is used without wisdom? What happens if wisdom is used without understanding? If you have knowledge about something, does that mean you must understand it? Why not? Ask the class for examples from their own experiences where the lack of one or more of these has led to a negative situation or memory.
Have one student come up to the front of the class and quietly give him or her a little known fact – do this so that the others in the class can’t hear what is said. Make sure that this information is understood.
Then ask another student to come up to the front of the class so that the first student can give this information to the second. They should use their own words – not yours – and it can only be told once. Again ensure that the others in the class are unable to hear. Go through the entire class so that each will tell the next this fact. When the last person has been told, have them tell the entire class what the fact was.
If it’s right – it shows that if people understand the knowledge, they have the wisdom to pass it on. If it’s wrong – it shows what happens when information (knowledge) is misunderstood.
Discuss the Beatitudes from the second reading. What do each of these mean? Who are these people in today’s society? For example – who are “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”, who are “the peacemakers”, etc.
Write a newspaper article as if you were a journalist attending the teaching that Jesus gave that day. What did you think of it? What was the reaction of the crowd?