God Knows Us

514SLesson 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.

A New Creation

HotDogBuns (2)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.

Jesus Makes Our Lives Something Amazing!

Kool-Aid-PitcherLesson 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.

Trash Can Heads

Trash Can Heads

 

Trash_CanLesson Application:  Every day we put things in our minds. Things like music, conversations, scenery, things we read, things we see.  What we put inside is what comes out when we are “kicked” by people, circumstances, problems, etc.  Scripture: ” Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might NOT sin against God.” Psalm 119:11

 

Supplies: an empty bucket any size, colored cards of different shapes, and markers

 

Have the children collect junk-trash from around area and put it in the bucket. Explain: We all have a bucket, it’s our brain, etc. We put things inside our brains everyday. Things like music, conversations, scenery, things we read, things we see. What we put inside our brains is what comes out when we are kicked (difficult things happen).  Ask someone to come up and kick the bucket over. What comes out? Trash. Because that’s what was in the bucket. Ask question: How many of you want to be a kind, loving, forgiving, happy person? Write the things they say on different shaped colored cards. Pass them out to children. Set the bucket with trash in it on the floor. Have the kids refill the bucket with the cards (read them as they go in). Ask someone to come up and Kick that bucket! What comes out? (re-read the cards) Say “what we put in our brain comes out under pressure”. Now Read Psalms 119:11

Following God’s Plan

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Lesson Application: God has given us a plan (recipe) to follow in His Word for our lives. If we try to do our own thing (substitute our own ingredients or leave something out), our lives will turn out to be a mess.

Supplies: A cookie recipe, a batch of chocolate chip cookies, supplies to make a “batch of cookies”

Keep the cookies out of sight of the kids. Produce a cookie recipe that you followed to make the “good” cookies. Gather substitute “ingredients” (things that look similar to the actual ingredients, but are radically different, such as salt instead of flour, vinegar instead of water, coffee grounds instead of chocolate chips, etc.) With your ingredients, tell the kids that you have here a recipe that will make the perfect chocolate chip cookies. Start reading the ingredients, but saying that you were out of this and substituted another ingredient that you thought was similar. You might also leave out a key ingredient, saying you’re sure it won’t make a big difference in the cookie. Go through your substitute ingredients, mixing them together. By this time, if the kids have figured out the substitute ingredients, they’ll be saying “gross” and “yuck”. When you have mixed it all together, ask if anyone wants some of these cookies. Most of the kids will decline your offer. The writer of the original recipe knew how to make a good batch of chocolate chip cookies. By changing it, I messed it all up. In the same way, we must follow God’s recipe for our lives because He wrote the recipe and knows best how to make it good. When we start trying to change the recipe by substituting what WE think is good is when we mess it all up. “We are all on a journey through life, and God has given us two things to help us – His Word, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. If, however, we try and travel through life on our own – without calling on God to Guide us – we will make mistakes, and go off in directions that are not part of God’s plan for us.”

Object Lesson: Hard Times

gingerbread-manPROPS: A gingerbread man

I brought a little friend with me this morning. He’s a guy I’m sure all of you have met a time or two in your own lives. Do you know who this is?

That’s right, it’s a gingerbread man. You guys like gingerbread men? They’re really sweet and delicious, aren’t they? Look at this guy. He’s got perfectly shaped arms, legs and a head. He even has eyes and a mouth. He’s a good looking cookie, isn’t he?

But do you know how he got to be such a cute little cookie? It’s a pretty scary story. You see, this gingerbread man went through some pretty hard times to become the fella you see today. You know the first thing that happened to him? He was run over with a rolling pin! Can you imagine, someone laying you out on the street and running over you with a steam roller? It actually happened to this poor guy!

But that’s not all. You know the next trial he suffered? Imagine someone taking a sharp blade and cutting your flesh! It really happened to the gingerbread man! Someone took a knife, or maybe a sharp cookie cutter, and cut this poor guy into the shape you see here.

But as horrible as that sounds, it’s nothing compared to the next trial. This poor gingerbread man was put into an oven! That’s right, a hot oven at about 350 degrees! The heat must have been unbearable.

But you know something? If this gingerbread man had not been rolled flat, cut out, and put in the oven, he wouldn’t be a gingerbread man, would he? He’d just be a little lump of dough.

You know, the Bible tells us that sometimes in life, we’re going to face hard times, and even those of us who are Christians will face suffering. But you know something? God uses suffering. Can you believe it? He uses the hard times in our life to shape us into something beautiful, just like the gingerbread man.

John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” When hard times come, don’t blame God. Thank God that he is big enough to use suffering to make you into someone beautiful.

 

Object Lesson: Growing in Christ

PROPS: Baby food (The grosser, the better!)

Is anybody here hungry? I know sometimes it’s hard to sit through church without a snack, so I thought I’d bring a little something along this morning. Are you guys hungry? All right, who wants some… strained peas? Or maybe mixed vegetables? Or look, broccoli!

babyfood-537x368What’s the matter? Is there something wrong with this food? You bet there is. This is baby food, isn’t it? And you guys don’t want to eat this any more? Why? Because you’re not babies! You’re all grown up, and you can eat grown up food.

What’s your favorite food?  Is it pizza? Or maybe hamburgers? How about hot dogs or macaroni and cheese? I love all that stuff too. I wonder, though, do any of you like oysters? Or how about salad? Anyone eat salad? What about Indian food? Or Japanese food?

Some of you guys might grow into that food one day, but right now, you’ve found your ideal menu, haven’t you?

You know something? This baby food reminds me of when I first became a Christian. The Bible says when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are born again. That makes you a baby Christian, doesn’t it? And everyone knows a baby needs…. baby food.

But there’s something else we can learn from this baby food: we have to grow up some time, don’t we? Because you don’t see your parents sitting down to a nice jar of strained peas, do you?

That’s why it’s important that you don’t stop learning about Jesus after you accept him as your Savior. You need to study the Bible, spend time in prayer and Sunday School, and worship God. This is the spiritual food you’ll need to grow up strong in the Lord, just as real food helps your body grow.

I want to challenge you guys: don’t get stuck in the baby food stage. Seek God with all your heart, because if you do, the Bible promises that you will no longer be “infants tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:14-15)