Lesson Application: Everyone is important to the body of Christ.
Supplies: A string Christmas lights (enough so that each young person can receive a light bulb).
On most light sets, if one bulb is removed the circuit will be broken and none of them will work. One by one, have each young person place his or her light bulb in the string and share one special thing about himself or herself. When everyone’s bulb is in place, the string will light up. All of the bulbs have to be in place for the lights to shine forth with their beauty! Everyone is important in the body of Christ.
Lesson Application: God knows who we are on the inside
Supplies: Dum Dum Sucker
Take the wrapper off a Dum Dum sucker and put it in the child’s mouth where they cannot see the color, have them guess what the flavor is, they almost never get it right, then I tell them, God know what’s inside of us. He made us and he doesn’t have to look on the outside to know what is on the inside. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
Lesson Application: God gave us each talents and abilities to use for him. If we never use them then they are good for nothing.
Supplies: a gift certificate or gift card
Imagine your grandma gives you a gift certificate to the toy store for your birthday, but you leave it sitting in your dresser drawer. Is it going to do you any good in there? The talents that God has given us is are exactly the same. God gave us each talents and abilities to use for him. If we never use them then they are good for nothing.
Lesson Application: This lesson will remind the kids to be ready for Christ’s second coming.
Supplies: A poster with a large black R, a large black U and a large red E.
Show the kids your poster. Ask the children “What does this say? That’s right R U E. But what is the color of the “E”? That’s right – red. Now, read the card again, but this time say the color of the letter “E”. That’s right R U red E. Now, keep on saying it, faster and faster _ _ _ _ _ _ _. You’ve got it. It says “ARE YOU READY?” The important question is “Are you ready for when Jesus returns? Say “when talking about His second coming, Jesus referred to the days of Noah, saying that when He returned, the conditions on the earth would be similar (i.e. great lawlessness). Jesus went on to explain that the actual date of His return was not important, what really matters is “Are you ready?”
Lesson Application: When we all work together to use the gifts God has given us we can build something amazing for the kingdom of God.
Supplies: a toolbox with one tool inside
In order to build something you need more than just one tool. You normally need several tools to accomplish a task. Each tool needs to do its job. If you are a part of the church and you don’t do your part, then the job doesn’t get done; however, when we all work together, we can build up the kingdom of God.
Lesson Application: We are all valuable to the kingdom of God. We may be small but together we can make a huge difference for God.
Show the kids a penny. “What can you buy with a penny? One penny can’t do very much but lots of pennies put together are very useful. We are all needed in the church. We may feel small and insignificant but when we all work together we can make a difference.
Lesson Application: Christians are all different on the outside, but God loves them all. On the inside they are all washed by the blood of Jesus. Each one is special. Each M&M candy is different on the outside but it is still an M&M. Each Christian is different on the outside but still a part of the body of Christ. You are important to God regardless of how big you are or how talented you are. You are his child and he loves you for who he made you to be.
Supplies: bowl of M&M candy
Show the kids the bowl of M&Ms. Say that these M&M’s are different on the outside, but the same on the inside. Christians are all different on the outside, but God loves them all. On the inside they are all washed by the blood of Jesus. Each one is special. Each M&M candy is different on the outside but it is still an M&M. Each Christian is different on the outside but still a part of the body of Christ. You are important to God regardless of how big you are or how talented you are. You are his child and he loves you for who he made you to be.
Lesson Application: Taste and see that the Lord is good and His promises are true.
Supplies: a box of chocolates
Ask “How do you know that all of God’s wonderful promises are true? How do you know that they are good and will really work?” Get out a box of chocolates. Ask “How do you know that these chocolates are good? They certainly look good, but do you know that they really are good just by looking at them? – No. They smell good, don’t they, but can you tell if they are good by smelling them? – No. I could tell you all the ingredients – cocoa, sugar, butter etc. – and how the chocolates were made, but would you then know if they really are good? – No. I could introduce you to people who have tasted them, and they will tell you how good they are, but would you then know they were good? – No. I could eat one myself (proceed to do so). Oh yes, they really are good! But do you now know that they are good? – No. What would you have to do to find out for yourselves if they are really good? That’s right. You would have to taste them for yourselves. It is exactly the same with God’s promises. The Bible tells us to Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). The only way that you will prove for yourselves that God’s promises are good is by putting them to the test, and trying them out for yourselves. Now, who would like to put these chocolates to the test, and prove that they are good?”
Lesson Application: Christians and sin shouldn’t mix.
Supplies: water, food coloring and oil
Color the water with the food coloring. Try and mix the oil and water together. They won’t. Christians and sin shouldn’t mix either. We need to separate ourselves from sin like oil separates from water.
Lesson Application: The Bible says “He who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). Think for a moment what a slave is – someone who cannot do what he wants to do, and has to do what he doesn’t want to do! If sin becomes a habit in your life (whether it is lying or something else), without help, it will be extremely hard to stop – even if you want to. The good news is that if we ask him, Jesus is able to break the power of sin in our life and, as the Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Supplies: scissors, 12 to 15 lengths of wool
Have a volunteer come out and hold his arms outstretched. Produce a small length of wool, and tie it round the volunteer’s wrists. Explain that this one twist of wool represents one sin (i.e. one lie). Ask the children to imagine that your volunteer told one lie, then realized what he had done was wrong and determined to break free from his sin and give up lying. Have your volunteer break free from the wool, which he will easily be able to do. Repeat the above procedure, but this time produce a longer length of wool, and begin to wrap it around your volunteer’s wrists, explaining that this time he did not give up his lying, but told another one to try and cover up his first, and then another, and another, etc. End up with about ten twists. Tie the length ends together. State that eventually your volunteer realized what he was doing, and decided to break free from his lies as before. But what happens this time? No matter how hard he struggles, he is unable to snap the wool and break free. That is how sin works. If sin becomes a habit in your life (whether it is lying or something else), without help, it will be extremely hard to stop – even if you want to. The good news is that if we ask him, Jesus is able to break the power of sin in our life and, as the Bible says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36) Finally, produce a pair of scissors and set your volunteer free.