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Sundae Food Devotion



This food devotion is intended as an end-of-the-year treat following the study of the Sermon on the Mount Bible lessons for kids. (It's a brief review, not all parts of the sermon are covered.) 

What you need: bowls, spoons, ice cream, and toppings: chocolate covered pretzels, brightly colored candy sprinkles, small candies such as M&M's® or Skittles®, whipped cream, and optional: syrups, crunchy toppings such as Praline Crunch, crushed graham crackers, or crushed nuts (Make sure no one has nut allergies!).

Sermon on the Mount Bible Lesson Plans


Place ice cream toppings on the table for children to build their sundaes as you explain the following:

As we've been discussing this past semester, Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount so his children would know how to live in his kingdom. He likened those who obey his teachings to wise builders, because they are building their lives on a sure foundation, which is Jesus. And those who do not follow his teachings are like foolish builders who build their lives on sand, those things in life that are not sure, earthly treasures such as money, health, and  possessions are temporary and can be taken away. Jesus wants his children to store up heavenly treasures that are eternal.

Today we're going to build ice cream sundaes to remember to build our lives on Jesus, the solid Rock.

To begin, what do we need as our foundation to make an ice cream sundae? What is the most important ingredient? Yes, we need ice cream! Likewise, as we grow and build our lives, we must begin with Jesus—we need him everyday to guide us! 

(Scoop ice cream into children's bowls.)

Jesus said his children are like salt; we preserve the world by keeping God’s ways known, and treating other people as we want to be treated. To represent the salt we will add salty chocolate pretzels to our sundaes.

And we are like light, Jesus is the Light of the World—he overcame the darkness of sin. We are to be like Jesus and shine his light to everyone, so let’s add bright colorful sprinkles to our sundae to represent light. 

Jesus also spoke of keeping God’s laws inwardly. Sin begins in the heart, we need a Savior who can cleanse our sin, forgive us, and help us to obey God's laws. To represent God’s Ten Commandments, let’s add 10 candies (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.).


We’re just about finished building our ice cream sundaes. Let’s top them off now with a narrow strip of whipped cream. This is to remind us that it is a Narrow Way to the Father in Heaven. There’s no other way to get there, except through Jesus. (You might add syrup and crunchy toppings on the whipped cream to build a narrow road.)

And finally, before we eat our ice cream sundaes, let’s pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray

"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen" Matthew 6:9-13.

How sweet it is to follow Jesus! Eat and enjoy!

Copyright 2016 - S.A. Keith

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