Obedience: Parable of Vineyard Owner

The children will learn that :-

  • Obedience is shown through actions, not just words.

Bible Story Reference: Matthew 21:28-32

Memory Verse: 

Matthew 5:37 (NIV)

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Opening Activity

  • Recap the last lesson on how the disciples obeyed and followed Jesus.
  • Have your mother or your father ever asked you to help out around the house by doing some chores? I’m sure that has probably happened to you.

Bible Story

  • I am going to tell a story about a father who had two sons named Fahari and Baraka. One day dad walked into Fahari’s room to find him building a model car. “Fahari, it rained last night and there are leaves scattered all over the compound. Would you please sweep the leaves and put them in the dust bin?” dad asked.

  • “Dad, I don’t have time to sweep the leaves. I am working on this model car and I really want to finish it today,” Fahari answered.

  • The father turned and left the room and went to look for Baraka. He found Baraka watching TV. “Baraka, there are a lot of leaves in the compound. Would you please sweep the leaves and put them in dust bin?” dad asked.

  •  “Sure, I’d be glad to,” Baraka answered.

  • “Great!” said dad. “I’ll leave the broom and the dust bin in the compound”

  • After his father left, Fahari began to think about what his father had asked him to do. “I can sweep the leaves and still have plenty of time to finish my model car later,” Fahari thought to himself. He went outside and began sweeping the leaves.
  • When dad returned home, he saw Fahari sweeping leaves. “Where is Baraka?”dad asked.
  • “I don’t know. The last time I saw him he was watching TV,” Fahari replied.
  • When dad went into the house, guess what he saw? There sat Baraka, still watching TV! I wonder which of the two sons pleased his father. Fahari, who said he wouldn’t sweep the leaves, but did — or Baraka, who said he would sweep the leaves, but didn’t?
  • In our Bible lesson today, Jesus told a similar story to show how different people obey what God has called them to do.In Jesus’ parable of the two sons, the father asked both sons to go and work in his vineyard. Just as the two boys in my story, one son answered, “No,” but
    went and worked. The other son answered “yes” did not go.
  •  In telling the story, Jesus wanted us to realize that what we do is more important than what we say we will do.
  • Jesus wants us to answer, “Yes,” when he tells us to “Love one another,” but what he really wants is for us to love one another! Jesus wants us to answer,”Yes,” when he says, “Follow me,” but what he really wants is for us to follow him! That’s the kind of child I want to be. Isn’t it the kind of child you want to be?


  1. Which of the two sons obeyed? The first
  2. Is what we say is more important than what we do? No
  3. Let your yes be yes and your no be no? True or False


Father, sometimes we say, “Yes,” but our actions say, “No.” Help us to be faithful to do what you have called us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



Parable of the two sons


What You Need

  • Three strips of paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Tape



  1. Fold all three papers in half.
  2. Fold all three papers’ open ends up 1.5″.
  3. Draw each man on both sides of paper, remembering not to draw below the fold.
  4. Open all three papers.
  5. Choose one man to be the father. Write “Matthew 21:28-32″ on the bottom 1.5” edge.
  6. Write, “Son, go and work today in my vineyard” on both sides of paper.
  7. Choose one man to be the first son. Write “The First Son” on the bottom 1.5″ edge.
  8. Write, “I will not go.” on one side. Turn over. Write, “I will not go. He changed his mind and went” on the other side.
  9. On the second son’s paper, write, “I will go.” on one side. Turn over. Write, “I will go.” But he did not go. Write “The Second Son” on the bottom 1.5″ edge.
  10. Using the father and two sons, rehearse the story to your family and friends.