Amazing object lesson on growing in God’s Word


A 'growing' gel ball as a symbol of all the things we can grow in as a Chrisian

As children’s workers, youth workers and pastors it is our aim to help the kids and people that we serve grow in all the good things that God has for them.

It is our prayer and desire that they grow in:
- God’s Word
- God’s love
- maturity in Christ through the church
- Christ and being Christ-like
- The power of the Holy Spirit

growing in Christ
This amazing but easy-to-do object lesson will help you teach on these areas of Christian growth.

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Preparation

This object lesson needs a little preparation. Put one very small and one large see-through gel ball into a jug of water. Let them soak for 24 hours so that they reach their ‘normal ‘ size. Put the giant gel ball into a large vase of water. Put the normal gel ball on a plate. Now you are ready for the object lesson.

Show the children, young people or adults the normal gel ball on a plate. Tell them that this gel ball represents us. We are like this gel ball. The large vase of water represents:

- God’s Word
- God’s love
- The church
- Christ
- The Holy Spirit
- The water of baptism

Put the normal gel ball into the large vase of water. Let go of the normal gel ball and search with your hand for the giant clear gel ball. The ‘trick‘ here is that clear gel balls are not visible in water. So it seems that the normal gel ball has instantly grown into a giant gel ball.

Six teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:


1. Growing in God’s Word

In this object lesson the clear gel ball symbolizes us, and the vase full of water symbolizes God’s Word. As we submerge ourselves into the Bible we will grow in God’s Word.

The Word of God is …
- Alive, full of power, effective, energizing and knows the condition (thoughts and purposes) of man’s heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
- Everlasting. There is no time limit on it. (Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8)
- Sure. God holds His Word in high regard. He stakes His integrity on it. (Isaiah 55:11)
- Full of truth and life. We can live abundantly by the Word of God. (John 6:63)
- To be desired more than riches and is sweeter than the sweetest thing every tasted! Furthermore, the Word rewards the one who obeys it. (Psalm 19:10-11)

Ten ways to grow in God’s Word:

1.Read the Word daily. 
2.Pray the Word. 
3.Speak the Word. 
4.Study the Word. 
5.Teach the Word. 
6.Memorize the Word. 
7.Meditate on the Word. 
8.Believe the Word. 
9.Share the Word. 
10.Apply the Word to yourself. 

2. Growing in God’s love
The vase full of water symbolizes God’s amazing and overflowing love. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)
His power enables us to live faithful lives, choosing to love Him fully with all that we are and all that we have. Even in our struggles, it is still possible to grow in love for Jesus in every area of life through His strength.

- You can love Him with all your heart.
- You can love Him with all your soul.
- You can love Him with all your mind.
- You can love Him with all your strength.


3. Growing to maturity in Christ within the church
The vase of water symbolizes the church, the youth group or the Sunday school. We are the normal gel ball.
Talk with the children about what we do in church:

- we learn from the Bible
- we pray
- we give
- we worship God
- we talk about God
- we ask questions
- we make friends
- we grow

All these things will help us to grow to maturity. That’s why it is so important to come to church on a regular basis. Take the giant gel ball out of the water to show how much growth has occurred!

4. Growing in Christ and being Christ-like
The vase full of water symbolizes Christ. The regular gel ball symbolizes us.

In Galatians 3:26-28 Paul writes: "In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

When you become a Christian you are identified with Christ. You have left behind your old life and embraced your new life in Christ. But what does this mean?

Being in Christ means:

- that we study His words in scripture
- that we obey His words in our lives
- that we communicate with Him through prayer
- that we worship Him in everything we do
- that we act like Christ

If you consciously focus on being in Christ, you‘ll discover that you’ll grow in Christ and become more Christ-like.


5. Growing in the power of the Holy Spirit

The vase full of water symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. In the Bible we can read that we have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.“ (Acts 1:5, Acts 2:38. Matthew 3:11, Ephesians 5:18)

Put the normal gel ball into the water. Being baptized means that we are submerged into the Holy Spirit. And you know what happens then? What happens to a gel ball that you put into the water? Yes, it is filled with water. Like this - take the giant gel ball out of the water. The Holy Spirit wants to fill us with His life and power, so that we can be a blessing to others.


6. Explaining the meaning of baptism (through immersion)

The vase full of water symbolizes the baptism water. The regular gel ball symbolizes us. When we become a Christian we may know we have become a new creation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! “ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

To symbolize this, in many churches (adult) people get baptized through immersion. The normal gel ball represents these people. They enter into the water to show to everyone that their old life without Christ is over. Very often they will give a testimony about their life without God - show the normal gel ball again. Then they are immersed into the water. Drop the gel ball into the water and take the giant gel ball out of the water. They celebrate a new, much bigger life in Christ. They have become a new creation!

What do you need?

Normal clear gel beads / balls - you can buy them here.
Giant clear gel beads  /balls - you can buy them here.

512. The Object Lesson Of Water Pouring Down A String


The promise of rivers of living water flowing out of our innermost being

Jesus teaches his followers in John 7:38 that if we believe in Him rivers of living water will flow out of our innermost being. This life-giving water will flow through our faith into the lives of others, such as our friends, our family, other fellow Christians and of course the non-Christians in our lives.

water pouring


With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church the meaning of John 7:38.

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments. 


Five teaching points that you can use with this object lesson:

We are the string
In this object lesson we are the string! Jesus pours his life-giving water into our lives so that we may share it with others.

The string as a symbol of the prophets
This object lesson also reminded us of the role of the prophets. The prophet is like the string. God’s words flow through him or her into the lives of the people of Israel.

Jesus is also the string as he is dependent upon the Father
Jesus said that he cannot do anything without the Father – “Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19.

Beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit
This object lesson is also a beautiful picture of the Holy Spirit flowing through our lives into the lives of others.

Being a blessing
Last but not least you can use this lesson to teach on what it means to bless others, to proclaim a blessing in church and to be a blessing to others.

What do you need?

- Two glasses
- Water (with added food coloring)
- Absorbent cotton string (needs to be thicker than thread).

What do you do?

- Cut a 2 foot long segment of string
- Soak the string in clear water until it is soaked through
- Fill up one cup to about half way with the colored water
- Put one end of the string into the cup with water and hold the other end above the empty cup
- Hold the cup with water in it, using your finger to keep the string in place at the rim of the glass. 
- Pour the water slowly along the string.
- Be aware that some water will spill, so you may have to clean up afterwards.

 

511. A floating egg as an illustration of carrying each other's burdens


What does it mean to be the salt of the earth?

Jesus described His followers in Matthew 5: 13-16 as the salt of the earth. In His time salt was used for preserving food and enhancing flavor. This means that He calls us to be both the“preservatives” and the “flavor enhancers” in this world. But maybe there is third meaning to being the salt of the earth. With this easy to do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, youth or adults in your church that being salt can also mean that we carry each other’s burdens in Jesus’ name.

But you can also use this experiment to illustrate:

- the Bible story of the four friends carrying the paralyzed men and lowering him down to Jesus through a hole in the roof. (Luke 5: 17-39)
- the Bible story of the apostle Paul escaping Damascus in a basket. (Acts 9:23-31)
- the Bible story of Rahab who helps the two spies escape from Jericho. (Joshua 2)
- the Bbile story of the floating axe head. (2 Kings 6: 1-7)

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 

There are some of the themes that you connect with this easy object lesson:

- Carrying each other's burdens

The apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6: 2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.” You take an egg and ask the children to name some of the burdens that we can carry for another. This will a good exercise in itself. It will help the kids to think about what it means to carry each other’s burdens. Write some of these burdens that the children name on the egg.

Drop the egg in a glass of water. It will float. Then teach about Jesus calling us the salt of the earth. Explain the different meanings of what this entails. Then add the salt to the water, stir gently and the egg will start to float. By being the salt of the world we can carry each other’s burdens.

- Jesus Heals a Man Let Down through the Roof of a House

In Luke 5: 17-39 we read about some men carrying a friend who is paralyzed. You’ll need a big jug of water, salt, an egg and a large glass of water to tell this story. The egg is the paralyzed man. You fill a large glass wit a third of water. Let the children add salt to it, so that the egg starts to float. This is an illustration of the friends carrying the paralyzed men. But how do they get him down to where Jesus is? Once there are on the roof they’ll have to lower their friend gently down.

Ask the children if they have any idea how we can lower the egg gently to the bottom of the glass. The answer is very simple. You’ll add more water to the glass of salty water. The water dilutes and the egg starts to gently float to the bottom. 

- Saul / Paul Escaping from Damascus in a Basket

In Acts 9:23-31 the apostle Paul has to escape out of Damascus. The only way to do this is through a hole in the wall.  "After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall." That must have been quite an exciting adventure. In the dark in a basket being lowered down from a high wall.

Write the name Saul / Paul on an egg. Place this egg in a large glass for 3/4 filled with salty water. The egg floats. Paul is high on the wall. How can we help him to go safely down the wall? We don't have a basket, but we do have more water. Add more water to the glass and let the egg sink. Afterwards explain how the experiment works and let the children experiment with their own eggs, water and salt.

- Rahab Helps Two Spies to Escape out ot Jericho

Tell the story of Rahab helping the two Israelites spies escape to escape from Jericho by lowering them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. (Joshua 2) Use the same set-up as in the story of Paul escaping from Damascus.

- Elisha and the Floating Ax Head

Tell the story of the prophet Elisha who went with the other prophet's to live near the Jordan River.  "As one of them was cutting down a tree, the ax head fell into the water. He cried out, “Oh no, master! It was borrowed!” The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed Elisha the place, Elisha cut off a piece of wood. He threw it into the water at that place and made the ax head float. Elisha said, “Pick it up.” The disciple reached for it and picked it up." (2 Kings 6: 1-7) What would you do when something precious would fall in the water and the water is too dark or deep to see where it fell? Would you panick? One of the prophets with Elisha did panick, because the axe wasn't his property. He had only borrowed it. The amazing thing is that God even carries about these things that seem important to us, but unimportant to other people. Elisha threw a piece of wood in the water and this mad the ax head float.

Show the children a large glass full of black water. You have made the water black by adding inkt or black food coloring. On the bottom of the glass lies an egg, but you cannot it. The water is too black. On the egg you've written 'Axe Head'. You tell the children that you have also lost an Axe Head in this glass of water. But we don't have a piece of wood to make it float. We do have lots of salt and a spoon. Let the children add lots of salt to the water and start to stir gently. After a while you'll see the egg appear. Carefully pick the egg out of the black water and show the words on the egg 'Axe Head'. Afterwards explain how the experiment works and let the children experiment with their own eggs, clean fresh water and salt.

510. The Object Lesson On How Vinegar Cleans Old Coins


You can use this object lesson to teach on God's cleansing power

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. It looks so easy and the fun thing is: this experiment is very easy, but it really works!

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 

There are so many themes that you connect with this easy object lesson.

We were thinking about:

- General Naaman Is Healed Of Leprosy
"Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, "Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh will be restored to you and you will be clean." (2 Kings 5:10)

- Jesus Touching The Leper  
"Suddenly a leper came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3esus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing, He said, “be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus instructed him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift prescribed by Moses, as a testimony to them.” (Matthew 8: 2-4)

- Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy 
"Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance  and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17: 11-19)

- Jesus Heals The Blind Man By Putting Mud On His Eyes
"When Jesus had said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud, and applied it to the man’s eyes. Then He told him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came back seeing.…" ( John 9: 6,7)

- The Symbol Of Baptism
"Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2: 38 -39)

- Forgiveness Of Sin
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

- God Makes Us Whiter Than Snow
"Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7)

 

 

509. The Object Lesson Of The Egg That Always Falls Into The Water


A powerful object lesson about God calling people and the fact that nothing can separate us for His amazing love

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the egg always falls into the water but once you have watched the video, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality. Now you can use it to teach kids and adults on God calling people and that nothing can separate us from His love.

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 



Themes

Watching this object lesson reminded us of God's call on people's lives. In the Bible we see time and time again that when God calls someone that person ends up in the right place. But also about the beautiful Biblical truth that nothing can separate us from God's love.

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

God's calling on people's lives:

- David, who was called as a little shepherd boy to become king
- Jona, who went the wrong way, but ended up in the right place
- Abram, who was called to go to a new and unknown country
- Moses, who obeyed his calling and brought the Israelites to the promised land
- Esther, who was called to save her people in a time of great distress
- Ruth, who follewed an inner call and became part of Jesus genealogy
- Saul who was called to become the first king of Israel
- Jeremiah, who was called to be a prophet at a young age
- Saul, who was called to become the apostle Paul
- The disciples, who were called to become followers of Jesus

All these people ( and lots more) followed God's call on their lives and ended up in the right place, just like the egg always falls into the water. Amazing, isn't it?

Nothing can seperate us from God's love

Another theme that came to mind was Paul's writing in Romans 8: 31 - 39 that nothing can separate us from God’s love. How better to illustrate this beautiful Biblical truth than with an egg falling into the water!

 

508. The Object Lesson Of The Balloon That Doesn't Pop With Pins


A powerful object lesson about the importance of being part of the church

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible that the balloon doesn’t pop! But it doesn’t… 

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel. Here is another of his great, short video's on easy to do science experiments. 



Watching this object lesson reminded us what it means to be part of a church, the importance of unity and being part of the body of Christ. 

You can use this object lesson to teach on:

- the importance of being part of the church
- "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
- being a menmber of the body of Christ
- the power and importance of unity

We also had to think about:

- Aaron and Hur supporting Moses' arms while the Israelites were fighting the Amelekites. (Exodus 17)
- All the animals in the ark of Noah during the flood. Together they were safe!

 

 

 

507. Ten amazing object lessons using hydrogel beads and a hot pan


What happens if you place hydrogel beads into a hot frying pan?

They start to bounce and make lots of noise! It is called the Leidenfrost effect.

hydrogel balls in hot frying pan

Even if you’ve never heard of the effect, you've probably at least seen it in your kitchen. It occurs when a droplet of liquid, say water, comes in contact with a hot surface, say a frying pan, raised to a certain temperature, and the droplet creates some vapor between it and the pan. As a result, the droplet doesn't actually touch the surface. Instead, it's levitated, skittering around the pan on its vapor cushion rather than evaporating quickly as expected.  (source: insidescience.org)

Watch this YouTube video to see this amazing effect.



We offer you ten Biblical object lessons using this cool science experiment.

You can use these hydrogel beads to teach children on a range of different subjects from being filled with the Spirit to the importance of the Ten Commandments, the good and bad kings of Judah and even the conflict between Paul and Barnabas.

Check out these ten object lessons below:

  1. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas 
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Barnabas

  2. Paul confronts Peter about being a hypocrite
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Peter in Galatians 2: 11 - 19

  3. David and Jonathan say goodbye to each other
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, about two good friends meeting for the last time.

  4. The important task of a prophet 
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important task of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others.

  5. The time of the Judges
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, on the important task of the Judges in the days that there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes.

  6. The good and bad kings of Judah
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important role that kings played in the life of Judah.

  7. The important task of the Ten Commandments / the Law
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the Ten Commandments / the Law in the life of the people of Israel.

  8. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost.

  9. Being filled with the Holy Spirit
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit.

  10. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed
    A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

 

You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

505. The Object Lesson On How to Step Through an Index Card


You can use this object lesson to teach on a range of Biblical subjects

We love this simple, but powerful object lesson. At first glance it would seem impossible to step through an index card, but once you have watched the video and learned its secret, suddenly the impossible becomes a reality.

Watching this object lesson reminded us of Jesus’ saying in Matthew 19:24 -26: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." To which the disciples replied: “Who then can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”…

You can use this object lesson of stepping through the index card to teach on the paraple of the camel and the needle and the powerful truth that nothing is impossible with God.

step through index card

As we were thinking about this object lesson a little bit longer more Biblical lessons came to mind, such as:

The real meaning of Christmas:
God steps into our world by becoming a small infant born in a stable. He does the impossible.

As a fun craft idea and object lesson you can give all the children an (old) Christmas card and a pair of scissors. Can they step through the Christmas card in the same way as God stepped into our world two thousand years ago?

The impact of Jesus on the lives of others:
Everytime Jesus steps into the lives of people something amazing happens – think about Zacchaeus, Bartimeus, the widow at Nain, the lives of his disciples, Jairus and many other people. God’s power is demonstrated. His love is shown. His justice is uphold.

Give the children an index card. Let them write the name of the person who met Jesus on the index card, such as Nicodemus, Lazarus, Mary, Martha, etc. Give them a pair of scissors and see if they can step into the lives of these people.

The power of the indwelling Holy Spirit:
Take a photo of every child in your Sunday school class or within your kids ministry group. Get the photos developed. The children can cut the photo as shown in the video. Now they can step through their own photo.

Explain to the kids that as we step through our photo,  the Holy Spirit steps into our lives as we ask Him.

Stepping into the life of someone who is poor:
Find a photo of children living into poverty. Give the children a pair of scissors and see if they can step into the lives of these children.

Once you know how to cut the photo it is easy to do this. But how can we step into the lives of children in poverty for real? What can we do to make a difference? Take time to reflect with the children on this question.

Girl steps through card

 

503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

496. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

In Acts 5: 12 - 17 we read: “The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the enormous power of the Spirit working through the apostles in the early days of the church.

Themes:

Peter’s shadow, signs and wonders, early church, power of the Spirit, healing, deliverance

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on God’s power working through the apostles in the early church within your Sunday school lesson or kids 

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Scripture reference: Acts 5: 12 - 17
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids church, kids ministry, kids moment, 

495. Being filled with the Holy Spirit - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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Scripture reference: Ephesians 5:18
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

494. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost

In Acts 2: 1 - 4 we read: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children what happened at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

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Scripture reference: Acts 2: 1 - 4
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

493. The important task of the Ten Commandments / the Law - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the Ten Commandments / the Law in the life of the people of Israel.

In Exodus 20: 1- 17 God gives His people Ten Words / Ten Commandments to follow:

- You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make idols.
- You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet.



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot and cold frying pan to demonstrate the importance of following the Ten Commandments.

Themes:

The Ten Commandments, the Law, living according to God’s will, the golden calves

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Scripture reference: Exodus 20: 1- 17
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492. The good and bad kings of Judah - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important role that kings played in the life of Judah.

After the rule of king David and king Solomon the nation of Israel splits into two separate nations: Judah (the two tribes) and Israel (the ten tribes). During a period of 219 years the kingdom of Israel had 19 different kings and they were all bad kings . None of them led the people back to the Lord. Instead they encouraged the people to worship at the shrines in Bethel and Dan. Or, like king Ahab, they even encouraged the people to worship idols, like Baal.

In this object lesson we look at the 20 kings of the kingdom of Judah. Some of them were good and led the people back to God. Others were bad and led them astray from God.

Here is a list of the twenty kings:

  1. Rehoboam - Bad king 
  2. Ahijah - Bad king
  3. Asa - Good king                                
  4. Jehoshaphat - Good king                                
  5. Jehoram - Bad king                         
  6. Ahaziah - Bad king                             
  7. Athaliah - Bad king  
  8. Joash - Good king
  9. Amaziah - Good king   
  10. Uzziah (Azariah) - Good king 
  11. Jotham - Good king
  12. Ahaz - Bad king
  13. Hezekiah - Good king
  14. Manasseh - Bad king, but repented
  15. Amon - Bad king
  16. Josiah - Good king
  17. Jehoahaz - Bad king   
  18. Jehoiakim - Bad king
  19. Jehoiachin - Bad king
  20. Zedekiah - Bad king



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot and cold frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the kings in the life of the kingdom of Judah and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the kings had you already heard of?
- What is the difference between a good king and a bad king?
- Why is it so important if a king is good or bad?
- Who do you listen to? Who are your leaders?
- Do your leader bring you closer to God?
- How can we become good leaders ourselves?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the kings of Judah within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

kings of Judah, good and bad kings, leadership, rebellion towards God, repentance, becoming a good leader

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491. The time of the Judges - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, on the important task of the Judges in the days that there was no king in Israel and everyone did what was right in their own eyes. 

About 3000 years ago, the land of Israel was ruled by a series of judges, rather than kings.

There were 15 people who served as judges:

1. Othniel
2. Ehud
3. Shamgar
4. Deborah
5. Gideon
6. Abimelech
7. Tola
8. Jair
9. Jephthah
10. Ibzan
11. Elon|
12. Abdon
13. Samson
14. Eli
15. Samuel

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 21:25)

Whenever the Jews abandon God, the repercussions are immediate:

‘And they forsook the God of their fathers and they went after other gods. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and He delivered them into the hands of spoilers and he gave them over to the hands of their enemies.’ (Judges 2:8-14)

This is one of the most important and oft repeated patterns in Jewish history. When the Jews betray their covenant with God, bad things happen—for example, an enemy comes and attacks. We see this in the time of the Judges which extends from 1244 BCE to 879 BCE.

‘And the Lord raised up judges and they saved them [the Israelites] from the hands of those who had spoiled them.’ (Judges 2:16)

Who were the Judges?

The Judges were the Jewish leaders who arose at this time, unified the people, got them to repent, dealt with the spiritual problems of the nation, and also dealt with the physical threat. They were sometimes military leaders who knew how to mobilize the nation for war against an enemy, but their real power lay in their Torah knowledge and ability to adjudicate Jewish law.

During this period there were seventeen different judges. Some led the Jewish people for decades while others were only in power for a few years. The Book of Judges goes into great detail about some of the Judges (Ehud, Deborah and Samuel) while others get only the briefest mention (Ibzan, Elon, Avdon). While all were great leaders, some were greater than others.

(http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/the_time_of_the_judges/)



In this object lesson we are going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the Judges in the Bible and to think with the children about the questions:

- Which of the Judges had you already heard of?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- Every time the Israelites got into problems, they cried out to God and he would send them a new leader. Why does God help the Israelites again and again?
- How long did the Israelites have to wait for a new leader? A few minutes, a few weeks, a few months, some years, maybe longer?
- How long do we sometimes have to wait for God to answer our prayers?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the Judges within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Judges, rebellion, doing what is right in your own eyes, turning back to God, repentance, role of the Judge, praying, being patient.

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Scripture reference: Judges 21:25
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490. The important task of a prophet - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the important task of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others.

In the Bible we find a whole list of prophets:

Aaron (Exodus 7:2), Abraham (Genesis 20:7), Agabus (Acts 21:10), Agur (Book of Proverbs 30:1), Ahijah (1 Kings 11:29), Amos (Amos 7:14-15), Anna (Luke 2:36), Asaph (2 Chronicles 29:30), Azariah (2 Chronicles 15:8), Barnabas (Acts 13:1), Daniel (Matthew 24:15), David (Hebrews 11:32), Deborah (Judges 4:4), Elijah (1 Kings 18:36), Elisha (2 Kings 9:1), Enoch (Jude 1:14), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:3), Ezra (Book of Ezra), Gad (1 Samuel 22:5), Gideon (Judges 6 through 8), Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1), Haggai (Haggai 1:1), Hanani (2 Chronicles 16:7), Hosea (Book of Hosea 1:1), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Iddo (2 Chronicles 13:22), Isaiah (2 Kings 19:2), Jacob (Genesis 28:11-16), Jehu (1 Kings 16:7), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:2), Joel (Acts 2:16), John the Baptist (Luke 7:28), John of Patmos (Revelation 1:1), Jonah (2 Kings 14:25), Joshua (Joshua 1:1), Judas Barsabbas (Acts 3:15), Lucius of Cyrene (Acts 13:1), Malachi (Malachi 1:1), Manahen (Acts 13:1), Micah (Micah 1:1), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:9), Miriam (Exodus 15:20), Moses (Deuteronomy 34:10), Nahum (Nahum 1:1), Nathan (2 Samuel 7:2), Noah (Genesis 7:1), Obadiah (Obadiah 1:1), Oded (2 Chronicles 28:9), Philip the Evangelist (Acts 8:26), Paul the Apostle (Acts of the Apostles 9:20), Samuel (1 Samuel 3:20), Shemaiah (1 Kings 12:22), Silas (Acts 15:32), Simeon Niger (Acts 13:1), Urijah (Jeremiah 26:20), Zechariah (Zechariah 1:1), Zechariah (2 Chronicles 24:20), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 1:1)

But what does a prophet do? What is one of the most important tasks of a prophet?

It is to bring God’s people back to God! In the Bible we see that time and time again God’s people wander away from him. They start worshipping other gods and commit awful sins. They backslide and then... God sends a prophet to relight the fire and their devotion to God. 

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the importance of the prophets in the Bible and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Do you think that being a prophet was a fun job?
- Why did the Israelites turn away from God time after time?
- How do you respond when someone tells you that you are doing something wrong?
- How does it make you feel?
- How did people react to what the prophets said?

This object lesson will really help you to look at the role of the prophet within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Prophets, idols, turning back to God, repentance, role of the prophet

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489. David and Jonathan say goodbye to each other - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads, about two good friends meeting for the last time.

In 1 Samuel 20 David and Jonathan have to say goodbye for the last time. They have been best friends for years, but king Saul (Jonathan’s father) wants to kill David.

“In the morning Jonathan went out to the field for his meeting with David. He had a small boy with him, 36 and he said to the boy, “Run and find the arrows I shoot.” As the boy ran, he shot an arrow beyond him. 37 When the boy came to the place where Jonathan’s arrow had fallen, Jonathan called out after him, “Isn’t the arrow beyond you?” 38 Then he shouted, “Hurry! Go quickly! Don’t stop!” The boy picked up the arrow and returned to his master. 39 (The boy knew nothing about all this; only Jonathan and David knew.) 40 Then Jonathan gave his weapons to the boy and said, “Go, carry them back to town.”

41 After the boy had gone, David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together—but David wept the most.” - 1 Samuel 20: 35-41

 

In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- Have you ever had to say goodbye to a really good friend? How did that feel?
- David and Jonathan had to say goodbye because David was afraid of king Saul. Why did king Saul want to kill David?
- What did they promise one another?
- Do you think David kept his promise? (Yes - see the story of Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9)

This object lesson will really help you address this Bible story about friendship within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

David and Jonathan, being friends, friendship, saying goodbye, being afraid, making promises, keeping promises.

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 20: 35-41
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488. Paul confronts Peter about being a hypocrite - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Peter in Galatians 2: 11 - 19

In Galatians 2: 11 -19 we read about an argument between Paul and Peter. Normally when Peter was in Antioch he used to eat together with the non-Jewish Christian. But when some important Jewish Christians arrive from Jerusalem he stops eating with them. He’s afraid of their reaction. It’s interesting to see that Peter seems to fall into the same mistake he made when he disowned Jesus. Out of fear for other people he suddenly behaves as if he doesn’t know those Gentile / non-Jewish Christians. Paul thinks he is a hypocrite and tells Peter off. 


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate this story and to think with the children about the following questions:

- What is being hypocritical?
- Do you think Peter is being hypocritical by not eating with the non-Jewish Christians?
- Do you know another Bible story where Peter is afraid and acts if he doesn’t know someone?
- Why would Peter do this?
- Have you ever been hypocritical?
- Have you ever been afraid of a group that made you behave differently?
- Do you think Paul was right or wrong to tell Peter off?
- How do think Peter responded when Paul told him off?
- How do you respond when someone tells you off?

This object lesson will really help you address this fascinating Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

Paul and Peter, Paul confronts Peter, do Gentile Christians belong to the church, being a hypocrite, Peter is afraid, Peter disowns, telling someone off,

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Scripture reference: Galatians 2: 11 -19
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487. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Barnabas

In Acts 15: 36 - 41 we read about an argument between Paul and Barnabas. Two good friends and fellow missionaries who can’t agree on what to do with John Mark. Eventually they decide to separate and go their own ways. We don’t know if they ever saw each other again...


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot pan to demonstrate this story, and to think with the children about the following questions

- Have you ever had a real argument with your best friend?
- Whose side are you on? Paul’s or Barnabas’?
- How do you think Paul and Barnabas should have resolved this argument?
- How do you resolve an argument with your friends?
- Do you think anything good came out of this argument?

This object lesson will really help you address this not so happy Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Paul and Barnabas, arguments, second chance, John Mark, making peace

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Scripture reference: Acts 15: 36 - 41
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459. Time to turn - Carbon monoxide attacks the ozone layer


A really cool experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

ozone layer experiment kids ministry

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Using the experiment below we are going to explain how carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer, and that this means that the sun shines more brightly on the earth.

What do you need:

- a glass
- yellow liquid food colouring
- water
- squares of paper, 10 x 10 cm
- scissors/ a needle
- a large plastic bowl to catch the water in

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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458. Time to turn - What is carbon dioxide? An experiment


What is stronger? Oxygen of carbon dioxide?

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

candle carbon dioxide kids ministry

We’re going to introduce the concept of carbon dioxide using the following experiment:

What do you need:

- a large glass or vase
- a tea light
- a plate

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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457. Time to turn - The ice art is melting


Climate change, based on a melting ice form– an experiment

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

climate change sunday school

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this idea we introduce the idea of climate change, based on a melting ice form.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
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405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

looking with Gods eyes

There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

choose a card2

The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

403. Let's make a rainbow!


This is a cool science experiment that you can use in a class room or Sunday school lesson

A rainbow is a symbol of hope. A symbol that God will keep his promises. So any time you are going to talk about hope, God's promises and God's faithfulness you can create this rainbow.

 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 9:8-17
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394. Ascension day - the cloud


Everyone can be a part of God’s kingdom!

Before Jesus left to go to heaven he told his disciples that they should proclaim the good news.  After that Jesus got onto a cloud.

Let's make a cloud in a glass to remember the fact that Jesus has gone to heaven and that he's given all of us a task.

1.  Fill a metal plate with ice cubes and a glass with warm water.
2.  Put a small doll in front of the glass.
3.  Remove the ice once the plate has become cold.
4.  Put the plate on the glass, the cold side facing down.

Now you’ll get a special effect - first of all condensation and then a cloud. Can you still see the doll?

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Themes:

Ascension day, God’s task for us.

What you'll need:

- A metal plate
- A glass
- Small doll

(This experiment comes from the book: 10x10 experiments you can do yourself.)
The idea comes from Linda van de Weerd.

Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 1:1-26, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:11, Acts 1:9, John 6:62, 1 Peter 3:22, Acts 1:9-11, John 20:17
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365. Walking humbly with God - is it possible to walk humbly? (1)


A great object lesson for your kid's time...

This is a series of ideas based around Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."

But is this possible? Can one walk humbly with God, or do these two things clash?

micah 6 verse 8 sign that says humble

What do you need:

- a large glass bottle with a lid
- water
- oil
- edible food dye
- washing up liquid
- dirty plates
- a rubbish bin

Setting:

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Acitivity:

To ‘walk with God’ speaks of intimacy, friendship, knowing and being known.

Action: Pour some red water (water with a few drops of red food colouring) into a large glass bottle.

Humility speaks of honour and respect and knowing what your position is in the relationship.

Action: Pour some oil onto the red water in the bottle.

To walk humbly with God therefore suggests a reverent friendship with God. Not a reverence from a safe distance (‘You are very far away, and I honour you at a safe distance’) so that it becomes far removed from us. Also not an over-familiarity (‘Oh, God and I are best friends’). No, it’s the combination of friendship and reverence woven together.

Friendship and reverence woven together. Is that possible?

Action: Screw the lid on the bottle and shake it well. To start with it will seem as if the oil and water are mixed together, but if you wait a bit, you’ll see that they separate out again.

Looking at the bottle it would seem that the two things don’t go together at all – walking humbly with God – both in friendship and with reverence. Are we missing something? Perhaps we’re not reading the text properly. Let’s look it up – it’s in Micah 6:8

‘He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?’ English standard version.

Hey, that’s interesting! God wants us to walk with him humbly as His friend. He also wants us to seek justice for others and love kindness, being faithful to Him, to others and to ourselves.

So we’re missing an ingredient in the bottle...

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364. Tell any Bible story about Jesus restoring people with the use of a balancing Soda Can


The only object lesson you can do all over the world.

Really excited about this object lesson! Did you know you can use a balancing Soda Can to tell any Bible story about Jesus healing and restoring people? And the great thing is that you can find a Soda Can all over the world. Wherever you are, you can do this object lesson! 

The only object lesson you can do all over the world

Just think about the four friends and the paralysed man or about Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.
But also about the story of Zacchaeus and the raising of Lazarus...

In the video below I demonstrate how you can use the balancing Soda Can to tell the Bible story in John 4 of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Soda Can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke Cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives and who pour their shame on this broken and emptied woman.

But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her Living Water. And this woman drinks it all. A miracle happens. She is filled with Living Water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

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334. Energy Bar - Connecting with God - Recharging Faith - Gospel Object Lesson

A must-have for church workers, youth leaders or kid's pastors!

Our friends from Mission Magic in the UK are now selling the Energy Bar.

They offer a great leaflet with several Gospel presentations, such as:

Making connections

How we connect with God, the Holy Spirit and with each other through fellowship.

(Holy) Spirit level

The Energy Bar can also be used as a visual representation of the Holy Spirit.

Light of the world

Use the Energy Bar to explain that Jesus is the Light of the World, and a beacon in the darkness. But we need to connect with Him to experience His light

Life, fully charged! 

Just as we charge our gadgets, we need to charge our faith. Do we feel supercharged or is our spiritual battery drained?

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311. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Sinking Orange experiment


It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top.

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. In a normal situation she would either go early in the morning or just after sunset to the well to collect her water. But she doesn’t do this. She goes in the middle of the day, when it is very hot, so that nobody will judge her or talk to her. She is a woman that lives at the bottom of life. She is broken and hurt.

To demonstrate this place a peeled orange into a big jug full of water. It will sink straight to the bottom.

Jesus and the Samaritan woman

When Jesus meets her He is filled with compassion for her. He offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a healing. Jesus restores her.

To demonstrate this take the peeled orange out of the water and place an unpeeled orange in the water. This orange will float. 

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

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310. Jesus meets the Samaritan woman - the Balancing Coke Can act


Living life to the full, because Jesus restores the balance in your life

In John chapter 4 Jesus meets the Samaritan woman near the well. This woman was like a empty Coke can - totally empty, lying on its side, blown over by life. A woman who knows what it is to be judged by all the full Coke cans in her village. The men and women who live such nobles lives, who pour shame on this broken and emptied woman.

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But then something amazing happens. Jesus offers her life to the full. He offers her living water. And the woman drinks it in. A miracle happens. The woman is filled with water and suddenly there is a restored balance in her life.

Watch this amazing cool science experiment and object lesson in the video below...

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

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309. The Star of Bethlehem - a compass that points to Jesus


Pointing to Jesus can lead to a surprise - are you ready to be surprised?

In Matthew 2 we read about the Magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. Like a giant compass in the night sky it points to Jesus. They are journeying towards their destiny: King Jesus - the One they have been searching for. After this meeting they will never be the same. 

In the video below I show an amazing and mind twisting exercise that you can do with children, teenagers and adults. This exercise is all about looking at Jesus and discovering what happens when we really focus on Him.

I am not going to give anything more away. Watch and join me in this exercise. Only through joining me can you experience it for yourself. There is a big chance you are going to be surprised...

Looking at Jesus

 
Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, looking at Jesus, focusing on Jesus

Setting:

Christmas service, children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches

Scipture reference:

The Magi - Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23

Looking at Jesus - Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 3:13-14 

 

264. How to create a rainbow in a bowl of milk


Create an unforgettable experiment for your Sunday school class

Did you know that you can create the most beautiful colour effects, even a rainbow, in a bowl of milk? The only things you need for this is a bowl of milk, different colours of food colouring (liquid) and a drop of washing up liquid.

This is not just a really fun craft, it is also a cool science experiment that will appeal to both the girls and the boys in your Sunday school class or your children’s ministry.

rainbow of milk

You can combine this experiment with several Bible stories or Christian themes:

The story of creation - creating something that is beautiful  (Genesis 1)
The story of Noah and the rainbow – creating a rainbow in the milk (Genesis 9:8-17)
The story of the Bethlehem star – creating a star in the milk (Matthew 2: 1-12)|
The theme of light conquering darkness – this works really well if you use lots of dark colours in the milk.
The theme of the cross – maybe it is an accident, but most of the effects in the video below change into a cross.

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, small churches, RE lessons

263. You shall be holy, for I am holy - starting a conversation within your Sunday school class or youth group about God’s call to holiness


The importance of talking with 21st century children about what it means to live a holy life

Not only in the Old Testament, but just as much in the New Testament we are called upon to be a holy people, for our God is a holy God. Holiness is such an important theme in the Scriptures, that we come across time and time again. Just look at some of the Bible verses in the scripture reference in this idea.

How do we teach the importance of holiness when so much of its value has been lost in our current society?

Why is it so important that we teach children in the 21st century to be holy, as our God is holy? And how do we show this to the children in our Sunday school class, children’s ministry or the teenagers in our youth group, when the word ‘holiness’ has lost so much of its value in our current society. How do we stop God’s call to holiness becoming something in the eyes of children and teenagers that isn’t:  “Obeying a few strict laws from a ‘mean’ God till you’re old enough to make your own decisions and live your own life?”

Talking with children about what it means to live a holy life

The difficulties of growing up in a culture of no absolute right or wrong

How do we teach a generation that is growing up in a culture of no absolute wrong or right the importance of living a holy life? And what does it mean to live like that?

Preaching at them is easier, but starting a conversation is better

Maybe the following object lesson / cool science experiment will help you to get this conversation going with the children and teenagers. With our youth constantly being bombarded with messages opposite to the ones we find in Scripture, we run the risk of our Christian message getting lost inbetween all the other messages. We need to start a conversation with children and teenagers about these themes. Of course it is much easier to preach at children and teenagers than to start a conversation, but unless we start and continue this conversation we will not reach them with these important truths.

So I hope that this object lesson / cool science experiment will help you start a conversation about God’s call to holiness in the 21st century within your Sunday school class, children’s ministry, youth group, kids ministry or youth work

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, children's moment in church

Scripture reference:

1 Peter 1:14-16, 1 John 3:6-10, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 2 Timothy 2:21, Isaiah 35:8, Leviticus 20:26, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Philippians 4:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Leviticus 19:2, 1 John 5:4, Psalm 51:10-12, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 3 John 1:11, Romans 12:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:4, James 1:21, 1 Peter 4:1, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, Hebrews 12:10, Leviticus 11:45, 1 Peter 2:12, 1 Corinthians 6:17, 2 Peter 1:2-8, Ephesians 5:8-11, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 3:12-15, 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

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262. How to tell difficult Bible stories to children in Sunday school class?


How am I going to tell this difficult Bible story to the children in my Sunday school class?

Not every Bible story is easy to tell. Especially when you have to tell the story to children in your Sunday school class or within your children’s ministry.

As a storyteller for children I have struggled in the past with the re-telling of several Bible stories in which the Israelites had to do certain ‘cruel’ things in the name of God. How can we tell these Bible stories in a time of religious tolerance?

Dealing with difficult stories in the Bible within the setting of children’s ministry

Stories such as the annihilation of the nations in the promised land, the strict laws about no mingling between the Israelites and their neighbours, the Bible story in Ezra where married men had to say goodbye to their foreign wives and children, because the Law commanded them to.

how to tell difficult Bible stories to children in sunday school class

Is the Bible a children’s story book?

Of course you can choose not to tell any of these stories.The thing is that the Bible is not written as a children’s book. It is God’s word, but it is also a book written by adults for adults. Within our children’s ministry we can take most of the Bible stories and tell them to children. But maybe not all...

Next story on the list in your Sunday school curriculum

On the other side maybe the difficult Bible story is in your Sunday school curriculum. It's the next story on the list and you struggle with it. “How am I going to tell this difficult Bible story to the children in my Sunday school class?” I have been there.

An object lesson that will help you tell difficult Bible stories to your Sunday school class

I have thought of an object lesson / cool science experiment that you can use within your Sunday school lessons, children’s ministry or youth group that will maybe help you explain God’s reason behind some of His commandments to the Israelites. Especially His commandment that the Israelites were not allowed to mingle / marry with the nations that surrounded them.

For this object lesson / cool science experiment you need two glasses, yellow and blue food colouring drops and kitchen paper. In the video below we show you how you can use this experiment to explain God’s reasons behind some of these strict (and maybe in our eyes cruel) stories. 

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons, children's moment in church

Scripture reference:

2 Chronicles 13:15-18, Exodus 12:29, Numbers 16:41-49, Joshua 6:20-21, Deuteronomy 2:32-35, Deuteronomy 3:3-7, Numbers 31:7-18, 1 Samuel 15:1-9, 1 Samuel 6:19, Exodus 32, Joshua 10:10-11, Genesis 19:24, 2 Kings 2:23-24, Judges 21:1-23, 2 Kings 1:9-10, Ezra 9:1–2, Deuteronomy 7:3–4, Ezra 9:3, Ezra 10:2–3, Ezra 10:10–11

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256. The Chemical Cross - a great way to share the gospel


How to use the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction to explain the power of the cross

In the video below I show you how you can give a gospel presentation using the Chemical Cross trick. It is another version of the iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, but this time you use a cross to make the water totally clean again. You can buy the Chemical Cross set through the site of Mission Magic

chemical cross


Themes:

Gospel presentation, victory over darkness and sin, the powers of the enemy defeated, God's victory on the cross, Jesus dying for our sin

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, open air evangelism, street evangelism, small churches

Scripture reference:

Light versus Darkness - Isaiah 9:2, Luke 1:79, Matthew 4:16, John 1:5, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 5:8, John 8:12, Acts 26:18, Matthew 10:27, Mark 4:22, Luke 8:17, Luke 12:3, Genesis 1:3-5

The Gospel - Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-28, Romans 10:9-13, Romans 10:14, Acts 2:38, John 3:16, Luke 5:21-25, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 John 4:9-10, John 5:39-40, Romans 2:6-8, Luke 24:45-49, Mark 16:15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Romans 11:19-22, John 8:24, John 6:50-71, Mark 16:16, Matthew 9:6-8, Genesis 22:8

The Cross - Mark 8:34, 1 Corinthians 1:18, Galatians 2:20, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:24-25, Mark 15:30, 1 John 3:16, Matthew 10:38, Hebrews 12:2, Luke 14:27,  Colossians 2:14, Philippians 2:8, Romans 6:23, Luke 23:43 

The enemy defeated - John 14:30, Matthew 12:28,  Luke 13:16, Acts 10:38, Galatians 1:4, 1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14-15, Colossians 1:13, Titus 2:14, Revelation 3:21, John 12:31, Matthew 25:41, Luke 10:18, John 16:11, Colossians 2:15, Romans 8:38-39, Revelation 12:11, Acts 5:40-42, 1 John 2:13-14, Revelation 17:14, 1 Timothy 3:6, Revelation 20:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:26, Revelation 20:13-14

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255. The heart of ice - a demonstration of God's love in your Sunday school lesson or family service


Demonstrating the love of God through a melting heart of ice

How can we demonstrate the power of Gods love to our children in the church or within our family? How can we make something so beyond our understanding visual and tactile during a Sunday school lesson or as visual aid during a sermon? God's love is so amazing. Can we help our children and teenagers to experience a little bit of it?

Maybe you can use the melting heart of ice.

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Scripture reference: God's love - Romans 8:37-39, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 John 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:6-7, Psalm 86:15, 1 John 3:1, Deuteronomy 7:9, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 29:11, John 13:34-35, Psalm 136:26, Romans 5:2-5, Colossians 2:6-7, Hebrews 12:28-29
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, Children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

248. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 2


Such an easy experiment, such a powerful way to tell Bible stories

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 247

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, youth group, teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

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247. How to tell any Bible story using iodine and thiosulfate reaction - 1


Something that any Christian children's or youth worker can do

In the video below we will demonstrate how you can tell any Bible story that contains a problem and a solution with this cool science experiment. As you can see in the video, it is slightly different from idea 248

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If you click on the following links, iodineironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, miracles, any Bible with a problem that needs to be solved

 

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching, small churches, street evangelism, open air evangelism

226. Jesus calms the storm - Cool Science


A demonstration video on how you can tell the story of Jesus calming the storm using  iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate

Below you find  a demonstraion video in which Matt demonstrates a very simple yet spectacular experiment. With the help of iodine, starch and sodium thiosulfate he shows how you can illustrate the miracle of how Jesus calmed the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41,  Luke 8:22-25)

storm


If you click on the following links, iodine, ironing spray, and sodium thiosulfate, you will automatically be linked to a site where you can order these products. 

Themes:

Iodine and sodium thiosulfate reaction, Jesus calms the storm, light conquers darkness

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers, preaching illustration, creative preaching  

214. The call of Abram (27) – Create an altar of thanksgiving while using a lava lamp


A demonstration video how you can create a lava lamp during your Sunday school lesson

Different people in the Bible created an altar as a way to thank God or to worship Him. They would collect a big pile of stones, put a sacrificial animal on these stones and burn it. That is what people in the Bible used to do then, but wouldn’t it be fun if we could make an different kind of altar with the children now. An altar that we can use to thank God for all the good things He has given us. Or maybe use to worship God with. Of course we can't use a fire or an animal, but maybe we can use a lava lamp…

altar

Themes:

Thankfulness, creative worship, building an altar

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In the video below we will show how you can create a lava lamp as an altar in a  very quick and simple way.



 

You will need:

- a large glass bowl
- a light that you can place underneath this bowl. In the video we have used a mobile phone.
- vegetable oil
- a glass of water and yellow food colouring
- a glass of water and red food colouring
- broken up pieces of effervescent tablet - such as vitamin C tablets, or those used to clean dentures.

Activity:

Place a light underneath the large glass bowl. Pour vegetable oil into this bowl. Add the yellow and the red water. Wait for the water to sink to the bottom and mix it a little bit. Now you are ready!

Give all the children a piece of broken up effervescent tablet.
Ask them to think about something that they want to thank or praise God for.

As they drop their piece of effervescent tablet into the oil they can say out load what it is they want to thank or praise God for.   

As we watch our altar will come to life! 

 

Scripture reference: Genesis 12:1-9, Genesis 13: 14-17, Genesis 15:4-6, Galatians 3:6-9, Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:29 , James 2:23, Romans 4:13, Genesis 17:5, Nehemiah 9:7, Joshua 24:3, James 2:21-24, Hebrews 6:13, Genesis 26:5, Romans 4:16-18, Acts 7:4, Hebrews 11:8-10 , Galatians 3:6-18, John 8:33-40
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, children's work, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches 

204. The 'Heart of ice' as an illustration of the Christmas story


Melting ice as a symbol of God's powerful love

Did you know that you can use the Heart of Ice as an object lesson during a Christmas service?

heart of ice

In the video below I will show how you can combine the heart of ice with telling the Christmas story and explaining the gospel.

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