This Bible lesson for kids about perseverance involves the parable of the persistent widow found in Luke 18: 1-8. This is a great lesson for Sunday School teachers, Christian educators and parents or grandparents teaching kids at home.
This is one of hundreds of lessons found in my character building education series.
Character Building Education Series
More good news! Each trait comes with over a week’s worth of lessons. You could work on character with your kids every single day of the year if you choose to follow along.
This character building activity focuses on perseverance. Here is our initial lesson in perseverance. If following the series, always do that lesson first. Click here for all of my lessons on perseverance.
Today we are digging deeper into the Word of God for our perseverance craft and lesson.
Bible Lesson for Kids About Perseverance
Objective: Kids will learn that God values perseverance in pursuing Him.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV
Every day of our week focused on perseverance, practice the Bible verse so kids can set it to memory and lay it on their hearts.
Now on to today’s lesson.
Read Bible Story About Perseverance
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)
Ask Kids Questions
- What did Jesus say this parable was about? Answer: To always pray and never give up
- How does Jesus’ parable lesson relate to perseverance?
- Why did the judge finally give in to the widow?
Materials Needed to Make Gavel Craft in this Bible Lesson for Kids About Perseverance
- Toilet Paper Roll
- Free Printable verse printable – ideally printed onto cardboard brown paper
- wooden dowels 3/4″ thick, cut to 7″ (picture is a 1/4″ thick, but I think between 1/2″-3/4″ would look nicer) – If cost is an issue, collect sticks cut to size and make a more rustic version.
- white glue or if time is an issue you may use hot glue, but kids will need to be monitored closely
- a circle template to trace that is approximately 2 1/4″ in diameter (we used a small bowl) or a protractor
How to Make a Gavel Craft in this Bible Lesson for Kids About Perseverance from Luke 18: 1-8
- Before kids or students do the craft, cut your wooden dowels to 7 inches. You can use a knife or utility knife on a cutting board or package opener or jig saw.
- Print out the free Bible verse printable onto cardboard brown paper. Cut to size using scissors or a paper cutter. If budget doesn’t allow for brown paper, print onto white paper and have kids color with a brown crayon or colored pencil.
- Tape Bible verse to toilet paper roll.
- Using a pencil, trace around a 2 1/4″ circle onto cardboard. Cut out circle. Repeat so you have two circles.
- Using white glue or hot glue closely monitored, glue cardboard circles onto the two ends of the toilet paper roll.
- Allow to dry. White glue can set in an hour, but if you need it done quicker than that you will need to use the hot glue.
- Once dry, use a pencil to poke a hole slightly smaller than your dowel on opposite sides of the toilet paper roll. You might need to start the hole with an Exacto knife. Stick the dowel through both ends.
You have now created a fun gavel that teaches an important Bible lesson about perseverance.
Make sure to visit my perseverance tab to choose your next activity.