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.

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. 

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!

 

 

 

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

481. Create your own 'miracle' in the story of the feeding the multitude


A true multiplication when you tell the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand – this is a great object lesson!

How can you make something really multiply when you are telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand? In this way you can create your own small miracle – people of all ages will love it.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to be a magician to do this! It’s really easy……

multiplying five bread and two fish

Themes:

Feeding the multitude, The Feeding of the 5,000, miracle of the five loaves and two fish, The Feeding of the 4,000

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9
You can use this idea in a: At home, Sunday school, children’s moment in a service, holiday Bible club, children’s church, the classroom, RE lessons

464. Time to turn - a complete Sunday school lesson


A thought provoking program with 10 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

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.

In 2017 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.

Ten fun and useful games, object lessons, creative prayer ideas and activities on Psalm 24 that you can use within your Sunday school class.

You can download the complete PDF file below.

blow up globe kids ministry

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

453. Living like Christ - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 12 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Philippians 2: 1-11

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binocular looking at Jesus kids ministry philippians

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:1-11
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

440. Psalm 150 - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great program with 14 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Psalm 150

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, RE lessons

406. Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives - an object lesson


What happens if you take a bottle of wine, a bottle of strawberry sauce and a bottle of marinade sauce?

Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives

You suddenly have a powerful object lesson that you can use to teach children, teenagers and adults about the importance of reading, studying and applying God's Word into our lives.

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Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22
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

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

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?

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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:

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

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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You can use this idea in a: 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

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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327. Following Jesus may cost you everything - part 15 of the Christmas show that you can do!


Tell the Bible story of the three Magi and their expensive presents

You can use this trick in the Christmas magic show when you tell the story of the three wise men (the Magi) spending all their money to buy the most expensive gifts for Jesus.

Link this with the price we may have to pay for following Jesus or you can use this story to teach on worshipping God. What do we offer God when we worship Him?

Paul writes in Romans 12: 1 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship." 


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The trick has a strange name: the Sucker Dice Box. You can buy it here. When you buy the trick, you get a dice.  I have covered the dice with 'gold coins' paper so that it doesn't look like a dice anymore, but like a solid block of gold coins. 

Themes:

The three kings, the three wise men, the Magi, the star of Bethlehem, gold incense and myrrh, the price of following Jesus, being a living sacrifice, teaching on worshipping God

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, gospel presentation, small churches

Scipture reference:

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

The cost of discipleship - Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Matthew 10:38, Matthew 8:19-20, Luke 14:27, Luke 9:57-58, Romans 14:7, Luke 9:59-60, 2 Corinthians 5:15, Matthew 8:21-22, Galatians 2:20, 1 Peter 4:2, Luke 14:28-32, Colossians 1:18, Luke 14:33, Philippians 3:7-8, Luke 9:61-62, Matthew 10:37, Luke 14:26, John 15:20, Acts 14:22, 2 Timothy 3:12, Matthew 10:38-39, Matthew 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-35, Luke 9:23-24, John 12:25

Worshipping God - 1 Chronicles 16:23-31, Exodus 20:2-6, John 4:21-24, Psalm 99, Deuteronomy 29:18, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Samuel 15:22, Revelation 4:8-11, Isaiah 29:13, Psalm 29, Hebrews 12:28-29, Nehemiah 9:5-6, Psalm 86:9-10, 2 Kings 17:38-39, Psalm 100, Daniel 3:16-18, Revelation 14:7

I will explain and demonstrate the routine with the Dice Box and the story of the three magi / three kings below...

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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. 

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You can use this idea in a: 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

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 

 

308. Praying for the persecuted church - the complete liturgy

 

The complete liturgy in pdf based on the seven words of Jesus on the cross

You can use these seven creative prayer ideas to help children, teenagers and adults pray for persecuted Christians and the persecuted church all over the world. 

To help you in this you can download the complete PDF file below.

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Setting:

Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, Messy church, youth work, youth group, teenagers, small church, prayer nights

Scripture reference:

Luke 23:34, Luke 23:43, John 19:26-27, Matthew 27:46, John 19:28, John 19:30, Luke 23:46

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307. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.


Praying for the persecuted church, using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total



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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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7. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

Pick up the seventh candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“I’m going to give each of you a pebble. Please hold it in your hand so that it can warm up. A stone or a pebble takes on the temperature of its surroundings. If you put it in the freezer, it will become freezing cold. If you put it in boiling water, it will get really hot. Feel if your pebble is smooth, round, or perhaps sharp.

This pebble stands for the troubles of the persecuted church. You can put it in your pocket and discover it in a few days’ time and think:  “Oh yes, that’s true, the troubles of the persecuted church.” Then you’ll put it back in your pocket and discover it again in a week. This is what often happens in our prayers for the persecuted church.

But if you were to put the pebble in your shoe it would be a different story. You would feel it with every step you took. There are Christians who carry their cares and fears with them day and night. They wake up with them and go to bed with them.

Paul writes in his letter 1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. We can cast our cares on him, and also those of our brothers and sisters who follow Christ, for he cares for us and for them.

On the table there’s a Bible open at the text of 1 Peter 5:7. I want to invite you to come forward and put your stone on this passage as a prayer and a promise for the persecuted church, that they can cast all their cares on Him.”

Activity:

Each participant is given a pebble. They can come forward in silence and lay their pebble on the Bible that is opened at 1 Peter 5:7.

Materials:

-  Pebbles
-  a Bible

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

306. It is finished - praying with children and adults for persecuted Christians


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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6. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

Pick up the sixth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“It is finished. Jesus’ task had been completed. You couldn’t see it yet though. The only visible thing was a naked man on a cross. But the miracle had already happened. The reconciliation had already taken place! Humanity had been set free.

Today as we pray for the persecuted church, it may seem as if nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen. There’s nothing to see on the outside. But God said “It is finished”. He will give strength to our prayers. He has been at work in the persecuted church. He is at work in the persecuted church. He will be at work in the persecuted church.

Although it may still seem very dark for very many Christians suffering persecution, we know that there is hope for them. As a symbol of this hope, we are going to light tea lights; a silent prayer of hope.”

Activity :

Participants come forward to light a tea light from the one candle that is still left burning. These burning tea lights are a silent prayer of hope that God will fulfill His work within the persecuted church.

Materials:

-  Tea lights

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

305. I am thirsty - praying with children and adults for persecuted Christians


Praying for the persecuted church, using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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5. “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)

Pick up the fifth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“I am thirsty…..as we consider the persecution of a hundred million Christians, this is an experience that we all share. We all get thirsty. One can be thirsty not only for water, but for example one can thirst for justice. Thirst for love. Thirst for freedom, for healing. Thirst for not having to be afraid any more. Thirst for growth. I am thirsty.

There’s a heart of ice hanging in the room - it’s starting to melt. Maybe you had already noticed it. It’s hanging from a piece of wire, and the melted water is dripping into a bowl. If you’re quiet, you can hear the drops. What does this melting heart of ice represent?

Is it the tears of the persecuted church? Is it God who is crying with her? Is it His way of relieving her thirst? Is it possibly His love that can melt the hardest of hearts?

Come forward in silence and touch the heart of ice. Let the drops fall on your hands. Pray for the thirst of the persecuted church.”

Activity:

Beforehand, fill a silicone heart shaped baking form with chicken wire. Fill it up with water and put it in the freezer for 48 hours. Take the heart of ice out of the baking form and hang it from the ceiling with a piece of wire. Don’t forget to put a bowl underneath it to catch the waters as it starts to melt.

Participants can come forward, touch the heart of ice and let the drops of melted water fall on their hands. In the meantime they can pray for the thirst of the persecuted church.

Materials:

-  Silicone heart shaped baking form
-  Chicken wire
-  Wire

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

304. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Pick up the fourth candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“Christians who are being persecuted must have often uttered these words, out of fear and worry, even in prison. Cried out in their pain and despair: “My God, why have you forsaken me?” In the Bible we can read of the two men on the way to Emmaus after the crucifixion. They also knew disappointment and maybe also felt forsaken. But Jesus comes to walk with them. They don’t realise that it is Jesus who is with them. Only when they have invited Jesus into their home and he breaks the bread, do they see that it is Jesus!

When the bread was broken they saw that it was Jesus. Here is a loaf of bread, still whole. We will pass it round to each other, and, if you wish, you can break off a piece of bread and eat it, with the prayer that our persecuted brothers and sisters may know that Jesus will reveal Himself to them, even though they may feel forsaken.”

Activity:

A loaf of bread is passed round. The participants break off a piece and pray for a revelation of God’s presence to those who feel forsaken.

Materials:

A round, whole loaf of bread

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

303. Here is your son. This is your mother.


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total


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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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3. “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)

Pick up the third candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“Even on the cross Jesus showed us who our family is. Today we are not praying for strangers. We are praying for our family, for our brothers and sisters. The only shame is that we know so little about them. How can we keep on praying for them in the long term?”

Something that helps me, is my junk drawer. Everyone has a junk drawer at home, with all sorts of objects that we really no longer use. I take an object, for example a calculator, and use it as a source of inspiration for my prayers. ‘ Help them to know that they can always count on You’ . Perhaps it’s a clothes peg: ‘ Please hold on tight to my brothers and sisters’.

Activity:

Participants are given a random object and are asked to say a short one or two sentence prayer for our persecuted family, using the object they have been given as a starting point.

Materials:

A basket full of random household objects

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

302. Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total

 

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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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2. "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)

Pick up the second candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“It is not always easy to come to Jesus. In the Bible we read of four friends who couldn’t get to Jesus through the door or through the window. Instead of giving up, they made a hole in the roof in order to make sure their paralysed friend could get to Jesus. The first words that Jesus spoke to this man were similar to his first words on the cross: “ All your sins are forgiven”. Only after having spoken these words did he heal the man and reveal who he was to the people in the house”.

Hand out pen and paper to everyone. On the ground at the front of the room there’ss a square that has been made of four long pieces of wood or cardboard.

“This square represents the hole in the roof that the four friends made when they brought the paralysed man to Jesus. Today we are going to become the fifth friend in the story. Write down the name of a person, a people, or a country. Then come forward in silence to put the note in the square on the ground. In this way we are bringing these people to Jesus, just as the four friends did thousands of years ago.”

Activity:

Participants write down the name of a person, people or country, and come forward to put the note in the square on the ground.

Materials:

- Small pieces of paper
- Pens
- Strips of wood or cardboard

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

301. Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing


Praying for the persecuted church using the seven words of Jesus on the cross.

Length of the prayer time : about 45 minutes in total

 

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Light seven large candles and arrange them on a table. By each of the seven words pick up a candle, and when you have spoken the words, blow the candle out and put it back on the table. You start with seven lit candles and finish with seven candles that have been blown out.

The ‘seven words of Jesus’ are the seven sentences that Jesus spoke while on the cross.

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1. “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)

Pick up the first candle, speak these words, blow the candle out and put it back in its place on the table.

“As we think about the persecuted church, it is natural to pray for her. Jesus’ first words on the cross were “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” . During this time of prayer for persecuted Christians, we do not only want to pray for those who are being persecuted. To start with we are going to pray for the persecutors. Those who are persecuting a hundred million Christians, through fanaticism, ignorance or any other reason.”

Hand out paper, pen and a pin to everyone. Ask them to forgive someone or to forgive an act that has been done to someone in the persecuted church. There is a piece of red cloth hanging at the front of the room.

“This red cloth is the cloak of forgiveness. This is a symbol for the cloak that king Herod hung on the broken shoulders of Jesus. If you would like to, you can write down a prayer for forgiveness for the persecutors, and come forward to pin it onto the cloak of forgiveness.”

Activity:

Participants write a prayer for forgiveness, come forward in silence and pin the paper on the cloak of forgiveness.

Materials:

-  Paper
-  Pens
 - Pins
-  A piece of red cloth.

All seven ideas:

Idea 301.  “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. (Luke 23:34)
Idea 302.  "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
Idea 303.  “Here is your son”. “This is your mother.” (John 19:26-27)
Idea 304.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
Idea 305.  “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
Idea 306.  “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Idea 307.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)  
Idea 308.  Download the complete liturgy as a PDF file

You could use this liturgy during a night of prayer for Open Doors. You could do all seven ideas one after another, or you could use one at the start of each hour throughout the night.

289. The Puzzle of Christmas - make your Christmas service unforgettable


A new way to tell the Christmas story

Are you looking for something visual to tell the Christmas story and maybe explain the gospel? Maybe you can use the (giant) Christmas Puzzle...

 

Christmas Puzzle 1

The Christmas tree - You can start with the Christmas tree and maybe tell a story about Christmas when you were young.

Christmas Puzzle 32

The Candle - The second piece of the puzzle is the candle. Now you tell the story of Mary who saw a bright light; an angel. Perhaps you can use the magic colouring book (idea 82) to tell the children that God had been silent for more 400 years. Nobody had heard anything from God. (Show the empty colouring book)

Then suddenly an angel appears with Mary and tells her an amazing thing. (Show the black / white pictures in the colouring book) What will Mary’s answer be? Mary places her trust in God and says ‘Yes’! The Christmas story can begin. (Show the coloured pictures in the book).

You can maybe use the Joker Tube (idea 85) to the adventures of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem when trying to find a room.  (I will post a video of how you can use the Joker Tube in this story in the coming weeks.)

Christmas Puzzle 3

The Turkey - The third piece of the puzzle is the turkey. This is a symbol for the shepherds and their flock.

You ask two children to come forward and quickly dress them as shepherds. Maybe give them a hand puppet each, so that there are four shepherds. Then you hand out five or six sheep puppets. (IKEA used to sell these very cheaply). When the angels appear, the mouths of the shepherds and the sheep fall open. They hear the wonderful news and go to Bethlehem.

Christmas Puzzle 4

The Present – The fourth piece of the puzzle is the present. This is of course the story of the Magi following the star of Bethlehem and taking their gifts with them.

You can make this visual for the children with a big star of maybe even the three gifts. What are myrrh and incense?

Now the Christmas story is complete! But what's happened?

We have a giant hole in our Christmas! How is that possible? We have got a Christmas tree, nice lights, something nice to eat and presents? What is missing?

Produce the last piece of the Christmas Puzzle...

Christmas Puzzle 5

The Cross – but we have a problem! The cross doesn’t fit into the puzzle. How can we solve this?

We have  to remove the candle and the turkey puzzle piece so that we can place the cross into the middle of the Christmas Puzzle. Now you can add the other two puzzle pieces and complete the Christmas Puzzle. You can explain about the cross being a symbol for Christ, or even do a gospel presentation.

Christmas Puzzle 6

When we place Jesus – the meaning of the Christmas story in the centre of Christmas, the puzzle is complete

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Scripture reference: Christmas - Matthew 1:1-17, Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 2:13-23, Luke 1: 5-25, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:39-56, Luke 1:57-80, Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2: 8-21, Luke 2:22-40, Isaiah 9:2-7, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 11:1, John 1:14, Romans 6:23, Galatians 4:4-5, 1 Timothy 1:15-17, Titus 3:3-7, Micah 5:2, Zechariah 9:9, John 3:16, Isaiah 40:1-11, 1 John 5:11
You can use this idea in a: 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, open air evangelism, street evangelism, gospel presentation, small churches

286. The Good Shepherd - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great programme with 18 creative ideas for your Sunday school or children's ministry

Lots of fun and useful games, prayer ideas and activities that you can use within your Sunday school class on Jesus being the Good Shepherd and the church as a flock. 

Hopefully this Sunday school lesson with 18 creative ideas will help you!

You can download the complete PDF file below.

Sauen Shaun

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

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270. The parable of the wise man and the foolish man - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the wise and foolish builders in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"What a wet winter it has been. Three months of solid rain.  How lovely to see the sun again. I used to live by the sea!  We looked forward so much to the sunshine. It was great fun, we used to go down to the beach every day after school in the summertime. My sister and I used to build sand castles - do you like doing that? Our Dad helped us, we would put big pebbles in the walls and try to keep the sea out as the tide came in - do you think we managed it?  We did for a little while, but in the end the waves would come over the top and the sand would wash out, and then what would happen? Yes, the castle would collapse and be flattened by the sea."

The parable of the wise and foolish builders

"Here's a story told by someone very special. Let's put his name up on the board: JESUS. He had been teaching the crowds of people about how God would like us to live, how to take care of one another, how to be kind AND sensible, and how much God loves us. To help them understand, he told them this story about two men.  It's called a parable – a story with a hidden meaning." 

"Each of the men wanted to build a house. What's the first thing you have to do when you start building a house?  (Ask for answers - make a plan, find the site, dig the foundations etc.). One man had a lot of hard work to do.  He dug down deep to good solid rock, and then he built the foundations, and then he built up the walls, until he had a good, strong, solid house. Here it is (Paint it in on the hill top) It takes a long time to do a job properly, doesn't it? My mum's favourite proverb was “If a thing is worth doing, it's worth doing well.” (fill it in, if using this bit) I expect he sat on the roof to admire the view."  (Matthew 7:24-27)

A another beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

Setting:

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, 

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268. Jesus and the Adulterous Woman - a sketchboard story


Tell this story of the lady who was found out in a school assembly, a children’s program or in a preach

"Have you ever been told off?  Why do we get told off?  Because we have done something wrong – yes....

This story is about someone who  did something very wrong.  A group of men caught her red-handed:  she had been FOUND OUT.(Paint in headline)   They took her to a very special person.... who do you think it was? JESUS.  They were not nice men.  They actually wanted to trap Jesus into breaking the Law himself – here he is on the steps of the Temple, teaching.  (paint him in, with his 12 disciples, and a crowd round, listening).

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Why did there always seem to be a lot of people around when Jesus was teaching?

(He was special, he would say...... and do..... etc. Etc.)

In came the crowd of angry men dragging the poor woman who had been found out.

They shouted out what she had done, in front of everyone.  How do you think she felt?

What she had done was so bad, they knew that the Law said she ought to be stoned to death.  She must have been terrified.  She knew she had done WRONG.   She felt guilty  and ashamed. (Paint in the words).  We  know inside, don't we, if we have done something wrong?  Even if our parents, or teachers, or friends don't know, we know – and the Bible says that God knows, too." (John 8: 1-11)

A another beautiful Bible story written by Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) with an easy to do painting. You can however also tell the story without a painting.

Setting:

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, street evangelism, open air evangelism, kids time

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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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261. Praying for the lost sheep - a creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd


A creative prayer idea as part of a Sunday school lesson on the theme of the Good shepherd

After playing the game in idea 260 you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea in which you encourage children to pray for others.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Age:

4-88 years old

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260. Find the lost sheep - part of a sunday school lesson about the Good shepherd


A fun game wherein children or adults go searching for a sheep that's lost.

Are you a good shepherd? Will you notice which sheep is missing? Or will you not see it and lose one of their precious sheep?

This game is part of a Sunday school lesson about the Good Shepherd. Once you have played this game, you can use the sheep as a creative prayer idea as shown in idea 261.

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Themes:

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, the church as a flock

Setting:

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

Scripture reference:

Psalm 100:3, Luke 15:4-7, Matthew 9:36, John 10:1-16, Matthew 7:15, Jeremiah 50:6, Isaiah 53:6, Matthew 10:16, Ezekiel 34:1-31, John 21:17, Psalm 23:1-6, Isaiah 53:7, Matthew 26:31, Ezekiel 34:17-22, Micah 2:12, Mark 14:27, Matthew 10:6, Matthew 18:10-13

Age:

4-88 years old

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259. Ascension Day - a complete Sunday school lesson


A great programme for your Sunday school or children's ministry that looks at the meaning of Ascension Day

'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?' are two very important questions to raise when we think about the ascension of Jesus. How can we help children in the Sunday school, children's ministry, children's work or kids ministry to find the answers to these important questions? 

Hopefully this Sunday school lesson with 8 creative ideas will help you!

You can download the complete PDF file below, with all 8 creative ideas on the ascension of Jesus.

why did Jesus go to heaven and what does He do there

Setting:

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

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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258. 'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?'.


A look behind the clouds - creative teaching material on the ascension of Jesus

'Why did Jesus go to heaven?' and 'What does Jesus do in heaven?' are two very important questions to raise when we think about the ascension of Jesus. How can we help children in the Sunday school, teenagers in the youth group and adults in the concregation find the answers to these important questions.

 


why did Jesus go to heaven


You can use this visual aid / object lesson to address these questions

You bring out a (very) big white cloud made from cardboard. Recap for a short while on the cloud that took Jesus out of sight. Ask the question: "Wouldn't it be great if we were able to look behind the cloud? Who'd want to do that?" When the children raise their hands, the leaders turn the cloud around. On the back of the cloud are the following words:
"You're ready" / "Sending a Helper" / "Praying" / "Making space" / "Coming back"

Nobody was able to see what happened behind that cloud. We know that Jesus didn't go to heaven like an astronaut or in a rocket. Nobody has seen what happened when Jesus arrived in heaven, but ... God has told us some things about it. You can find these things in the bible.

- God said to Jesus: "Have a seat. You're done. You've finished your task." Tell a bit about the task that Jesus had on earth.
- When Jesus arrived in heaven, he sent the Helper. This is the Holy Spirit. That is actually the Spirit of Jesus. You can't see the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit can live inside you, if you want. Because Jesus was human, he could only be in one place at a time. Now Jesus can live and work in everyone who wants, through the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus keeps praying for the people that believe in Him and do what he says.
- Before he went to heaven Jesus said to his friends that he would go to Heaven to make a place for them. He is still doing this. He is making a place for everyone that is a friend of is and believes in him.
- Jesus will return. One day, nobody knows when, except for God, Jesus will return with all the angels. Then he will become the only king on earth and he will put everything right. He will take away all pain, sadness and fighting; he'll take all of them away! Then the earth becomes as wonderful as it used to be.

Material

- Big white cloud made of cardboard
- Marker pens

Setting:

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

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

 

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

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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