Temptation : Meaning , Causes and How to Avoid Temptation

Subject : 

Christian Religious Knowledge

Topic :

Temptation : Meaning , Causes and How to Avoid Temptation

Term :

Second Term 


Week 5

Class :

Basic 6 / Primary Six  


Previous lesson : 

The pupils have previous knowledge of  Ordered Relationship in the Family, Church and Society



Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • explain the meaning of temptation
  • say the causes of temptation
  • mention various ways by which we can avoid or overcome  temptation


Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards
  • The Holy Bible
  • My Book Of Bible Stories

Teaching Methods :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks


Content :

Memory verse:  Luke 12; 15

Bible references:  Matt 4: 1 – 11, James 1: 12 – 15, Luke 12: 13 – 21

                                  Meaning of Temptation

Temptation is the desire or urge to do evil. Temptation is the feeling to have or do something that you know you should avoid. Temptation comes from the devil because he always want us to do the wrong thing and make God unhappy with us.

Satan always used our weakness to tempt us to sin. That is why he tried to tempt Jesus Christ after fasting for forty days and forty night. He knew Jesus was very hungry. That is why he told Jesus to turn  stones to bread so that they might eat.

Causes of Temptation

  1. Extreme love for money and other material things.
  2. Lust and greed
  3. Self  – centeredness
  4. Glutton
  5. Laziness
  6. Uncontrollable sexual  urge
  7. Anxiety
  8. Pride , envy or jealousy
  9. Worry
  10. Procrastination
  11. Unemployment
  12. Keeping bad friends


Ways of Overcoming Temptation

  1. Through fasting and prayer.
  2. Flee all appearance of evil
  3. Through the word of God.
  4. Get involved in positive thoughts and deeds
  5. Through Self – discipline
  6. Be honest and be sincere always

Prayers: O lord, give us the grace to overcome temptation, in Jesus name. Amen.




The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.



  1. What is Temptation.
  2. List three ways of overcoming temptation
  3. How many times was Jesus Christ tempted ?
  4. Mention three causes of Temptation.
  5. Write out three temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ .


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