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!

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)

vinegar cleans coins

- 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)

 

 

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.



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.

Egg falls in water

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!

 

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… 



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. 

balloon pins object lesson

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

506. Discover four new creative Bible study tools for your kids or youth work


Stop telling Bible stories -  let them learn from the Bible themselves.

It is so easy to keep telling Bible stories, but there comes a point at which it is more important that children can  learn from the Bible themselves. Telling Bible stories is good. Teaching children to learn from the Bible themselves is better.

To help you  do this we have developed four different creative Bible study tools of which we will give you a short summary. By clicking on the link beneath each idea, you come to the real idea on the site, where you can download some of the material.

Bible study tools for kids girl reading bible

1. The Bible Story Cards Tool

We have developed ten questions that you can ask yourself when you read a story in the Bible. These ten questions are specifically focused on the four gospels. When we used these cards we were doing weekly Bible studies with a group of teenagers from troubled backgrounds. Some of them would and did end up in prison. We wanted them to know a few questions for if they ever found themselves with a Gideon Bible in a prison cell. So we took half a year to go through the gospel of Mark. Each week we gave them all a piece of paper with a short passage from Mark. Then they would pick one of the ten Bible study cards (without looking at it first) and that would be their question about the passage that we were going to look at.

The ten questions on the ten cards are:

1. Read the Bible passage out loud.
2. Tell the Bible story in your own words
3. Which part of the story, or which words from the story don’t I understand?
4. What does the main character do in this story?
5. What does Jesus or God do in the story?
6. What can we learn from the main character in the story?
7. What can we learn from Jesus or from God in the story?
8. What surprises me in the story?
9 What does this story mean for us today?
10 What did I learn from this story that will make a change in my life?

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study and want to download the ten questions, click on this link 

 

2. The Junk Drawer Tool

Everyone has a junk drawer in their house. Some people even have a room or a house full of junk. But we all have at least a box or a drawer full of stuff that we don’t use any more, but also don’t want to throw away yet. It is a twilight zone full of things that are between being wanted and unwanted. When you use the ‘junk drawer’ method you take all the contents of your junk drawer with you and put it on a table.

Ask all the children or teenagers to walk to the table and choose one item from your junk drawer. They need to choose an item that connects with the story,  as a symbol of something in the Bible story that:

- really appeals to them
- they don’t understand
- they have a question about
- they can learn from
- challenges them to change something in their lives

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study with kids and youth, click on this link.

 picture cards

3. The Picture Cards Bible study Tool

On the internet you can buy different sets of coaching picture cards / photo cards. We bought ours here in the Netherlands, but you can buy all kind of different sets, for example here and here. The beauty of these cards is that people make different associations with the images on the cards. In our opinion they can be a effective way of enabling children, teenagers and adults to talk easily about important key elements in Bible stories.

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study with kids and youth, click on this link.

 

4. The Bible Passage Cards Tool  

In the idea above we introduced the Bible story cards, which help you to let the children / teenagers tell the story instead of you having to tell it, especially when the Bible story is so well known that they already know it by heart. With the ten Bible story cards you can address any story in the Bible.

But what about all the passages in the Bible that contain no stories, like the Psalms, the Prophets, the letters of Paul, etc?

Especially for all these passage we have created ten Bible Passage Cards:

1. Read the Bible passage out loud.
2. Tell the Bible passage in your own words
3. Which part of this passage,  or words from this passage don’t I understand?
4. What is the main thought in this passage?
5. What are the most important words?
6. What can we discover from these words?
7. Do you know a story in the Bible that this passage reminds you of?
8. What can we learn from the main person in that story?
9. What does God want to teach us through this passage?
10. What did I learn from this passage that will make a change in my life?

If you want to know how we use this tool to do a powerful Bible study and want to download the ten questions,  click on this link