Use these free lesson plans and teaching activities in your Sunday School class and children’s ministry on the topic of “Trees planted by living water” from Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17:5-10.
What does it mean to bear spiritual fruit? Scripture is full of plant images, often connecting our Christian lives with principles of agriculture. Many Biblical references describe trees, encouraging us to be “well-planted” in the Lord and “watered” by His grace. Here, we look at Psalms and the prophet Jeremiah to relate our faith health to arboreal themes.
Trees Planted by Water… Children’s Message on Spiritual Growth and Health – This message encourages children to stay closely connected to God in order to thrive and grow. Passages from both Psalms and Jeremiah reflect on tree metaphors, noting how relying on God’s law and love nourishes and strengthens us. The message uses examples of withering and healthy plants to demonstrate the contrast in the natural world. In our spiritual lives, we flourish and thrive when we focus not on our own understanding, but on God.
Well-Watered Trees… Craft Ideas for Spiritual Growth and Health: What does it mean to be spiritually healthy? Being nourished in faith is like a well-watered plant, able to set roots down and grow up. When we encourage children to grow strong in faith, we remind them of the importance of positive habits like prayer, Scripture reading, and church attendance. The Bible often uses planting or tree metaphors to describe the life of faith, and these crafts emphasize those with fun tree themes. A “bag puppet tree” serves as a decorative reminder of faith life. A double-sided picture recalls the contrast in healthy and sick plants (and people!) And a “tree in a cup” focuses on the fruit of following God! “Branch out” and enjoy!
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Bible Passages for this Sunday School Lesson
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. -Psalm 1:1-6
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 He is like a shrub in the desert,
and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in an uninhabited salt land.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.” -Jeremiah 17:5-10
More Bible Lesson Activities for your Sunday School Teaching
- Watch the video of this children’s sermon and related Bible craft ideas
- Download our Jeremiah Bible coloring page and Psalm 1 Coloring Book
- Don’t miss our new list of short Bible verses for children and Bible Trivia Questions
- Compare our this Sunday School Lesson from Ministry-To-Children