Lesson Application: Sometimes we think it is okay to sin and no one will notice or that since it is just a little sin it won’t matter. Sin makes us unclean. It destroys us. Even the smallest of sins can crumple our lives.
Supplies: Paper, tape
Pass out sheets of paper to a couple of kids. Have then crumple their paper and then tear it up. When they are done instruct them to put the pieces back together. Then allow them to tape them back together. Ask if the paper looks like it did when you gave it to them. Sin does the same thing to us. It crumples and destroys our lives.
Lesson Application: If you fill your life with sin you will be destroyed.
Supplies: water, paper towels
Spill some water on a table. Explain to the kids that the water represents sin. The towel represents you. As you fill yourself with more and more sin you become less useful. Eventually the paper towel is so waterlogged that it rips and is destroyed. Sin does the same thing to us. The more we fill our lives with sin the more useless we become to God and eventually sin completely destroys us.
Lesson Application: There is no little sin in the eyes of God (1 John 5:17). All sins are equal.
Supplies: A crumpled piece of paper, a small but heavy object (i.e. a battery)
Hold in one hand a crumpled piece of paper, and in the other a small but heavy object (e.g. a battery). Tell the children that the paper represents what many people think of as “little” sins like lying and swearing, and that the heavy object represents what many think of as “big” sins like murder and robbery. State that you are going to drop both objects to the floor at the same time. Ask the children which object they think will reach the floor first? Most should say the heavy object. Drop both objects. They will reach the floor at the same time. (You may wish to repeat the exercise). State that sin is like that to God. The lighter or smaller sins are just as serious to Him as the weightier ones, for all wrongdoing is sin (1 John 5:17)
Lesson Application: This is an old but effective lesson for teaching on trusting in Jesus.
Ask for volunteers who really trust you. You could choose two teams. Explain that all they have to do is stand up straight with their backs to you, fall backwards, and you will catch them. However, if their feet move, or their knees bend, they don’t get a point as that shows that they were not really trusting you. After the exercise, you can conclude by saying, “Everyone who took part in that said they trusted me, and I am sure most of them really thought they trusted me. But when it came to the test, it was found that some were really trusting me, but some were not. It is not important whether you really trust me or not, but what is important is whether you are really trusting in Jesus. Many people say they are trusting in Jesus. But the vital question is are you really trusting in Him?”
Lesson Application: On the cross, Jesus gave up His life (the flame went out) so that he could take our sins on Himself, and we could go free
Supplies: a little colored water, a saucer, a short candle, a glass, a coin and matches
Tell the children that you are going to explain to them what happened at the cross of Jesus. Say that the coin represents you or me – place it in the saucer, towards the edge. Say that the colored water represents our sins – pour it into the saucer until the coin is submerged. Say that the candle represents Jesus – stand it at the center of the saucer, and light it. Say that the flame represents the life of Christ. Tell the children to watch carefully, as you take the glass and place it over the lighted candle. Within a few seconds, the flame will consume all the oxygen in the glass and be extinguished. However, it will have created a vacuum which, in turn, will draw the water up inside the glass (thus surrounding the candle) and leave the coin dry. Recap that on the cross, Jesus gave up His life (the flame went out) so that he could take our sins on Himself, and we could go free.
Lesson Application: Once a life has Jesus it is a new creation in Christ. Maybe you have been trying to fool people into thinking you were a Christian when you really don’t have Jesus in your life. You can change that right now and God will change you.
Supplies: a hot dog, bun, and ketchup, mustard and relish.
How many of you like hot dogs? Some people like ketchup on their hot dog, some like mustard, others like onions or relish (put these items on the hotdog while you say them). Talk about taking one of those things away. “What about if you take away the relish, mustard, etc. Is it still a hot do? Yes it is but if I take away the hotdog from the bun (take out the hotdog) is it still a hot dog? No, now it is just a bun with stuff all over it.. Some people like to call themselves Christians but they don’t have Jesus in their lives. They are like a hot dog with no hotdog in it. They aren’t Christians at all. When we ask Jesus into our lives it is like adding the hotdog to the bun. It changes what the bun is. It is no longer just a bun, it is a hot dog.
Lesson Application: Without Jesus in our lives we’re pretty awful. Jesus changes us into someone amazing.
Supplies: a Kool-Aid packet, pitcher, water, and sugar
While the kids are watching, begin preparing the Kool-Aid without adding the sugar. This Kool-Aid looks like Kool-Aid, but it doesn’t taste very good. When we add the sugar it is changed into something delicious that most of us enjoy drinking (add sugar). Something very similar happens when we believe in Jesus and make him the Lord of our lives. Without Jesus we are awful like unsweetened Kool-Aid, but with Jesus in our lives we are change into a new person that is kind and sweet and loving.
Lesson Application: Jesus told us that some people don’t receive anything from God, simply because they don’t ask. Kids need to understand that they should pray for their needs.
Supplies: Write out on a piece of paper “(your name) wants to give away $1.”
You need to place the paper in a conspicuous place in your room before the lesson starts, but don’t refer to it until the appropriate time. Talk about how much our generous God wants to bless us and give us all our needs, but how some people don’t receive from God because they don’t ask. Remind them that Jesus said “Ask, and you shall receive” (Luke 11:9). By now one child might have really understood what you are talking about, and asked you for your dollar. If not, ask the children “Is there anyone here who wants to ask me for something?” Eventually someone should understand and ask for your dollar! It is as simple as that. “Ask and you shall receive.”
Lesson Application: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The word ‘sin’ actually means ‘to miss the mark of perfection’. None of us are able to obtain, or reach God’s perfect holiness. We can’t get to God by our good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Supplies: paper, hula hoop with the word heaven hanging from it, and markers
You will be playing a game to teach this lesson. Designate a throw line. Have someone hold the target (heaven) about 20 feet away. Choose several kids to play. Have your players write down their ideas of ‘good works’ on a sheet of paper. For example, obeying your parents, being kind to others, etc. Then make a paper airplanes with them. Have them make two or three paper planes each. Tell the players that the target represents Heaven. The paper planes represent us, the distance between the throw line and the target represents the sin that separates us from God. Let everyone take their turn trying to get their planes to Heaven, leaving their planes on the ground as you go. (You do not want to make it possible for anyone to hit this target.) Just as some of the players were able to get closer to the target than others did, some of us do more ‘good things’ while we live on Earth. But still, all those ‘good things’ never measure up to God’s perfection. We still miss the mark! We still have sin in the way! The good news is that Jesus has made a way! He is our transportation to God! There is no fee, it is a FREE pass! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Added fun- It’s really cool if you can have someone dressed like Jesus come in pick up the plans and bring them to Heaven.
Lesson Application: No matter what, we need to always make the choices that we know are right.
Supplies: a rope, candy, a chair, a chocolate bar, and a glass of water
Ask for a volunteer to come out and be tied to a chair with a piece of rope. Ask for a second volunteer to come out and make an important choice. Produce a glass of water and a piece of candy. Explain that their choice is “In return for this candy, will you throw this glass of water in the first volunteer’s face? He/she is powerless to stop you, because they are tied to the chair.” If they refuse, begin to increase the ‘reward’ to 2, 3, 4 pieces of candy, 4 pieces of candy and a chocolate bar! If your volunteer refuses to throw the water, tell them they have made the right choice. No matter what ‘reward’ was on offer, it would always be wrong to throw water in someone’s face. State that the Bible teaches us that if we make the right choices here on earth, we will be rewarded in heaven. Give them their reward of candy and a chocolate bar. If your volunteer says they will throw the water, tell them they have made the wrong choice, and give the ‘reward’ to their intended victim instead. Just a note: remember you are asking them “would they throw the water”, not asking them “to throw the water”.