Great ideas to help your Christian teenagers lead the cause of Christ

How do we teach our teenagers Bibiical truths in a fun and interactive away? How do we help them to lead the cause of Christ, and apply Christianity to every area of life?

We offer you lots of fun, interactive, cool and thought provoking ideas that will help your Christian teenagers and your youth group to move forward.

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37. Tearing up the green fifties (or fives..!)

Introduction:
This is a fun object lesson in which you use a 5 (or more) dollar/pound/eruo note to illustrate how nothing can separate us from Gods love. Whatever might happen, in His eyes, we will never lose our value.

Themes:
God’s love, our sense of worth in Gods eyes.

To be used for:
- Children's moment during a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School, an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:  “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35-39)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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36. The upside down cup


What happens if you try pouring water into an upside down cup?

Exactly, it all gets a bit messy! This easy object lesson illustrates our participation in order to be filled with God’s love and/or the Holy Spirit.

Themes:

Conversion, being filled with the Holy Spirit

To be used for:

Children's moment during the service, a preaching illustration, Sunday School

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Bible text:

"I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." (Luke 5:32)

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35. Strong cups

Introduction:
This object lesson illustrates the working of the Body of Christ, our dependency on other Christians, and the fact that everyone can always get a new chance.

Themes:
The Body of Christ, dependency on fellow believers, new chances, who belongs?

To be used for:
- Children’s moment during a service
- Creative children’s work

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Bible text:

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ." (1 Cor. 12:12)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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33. Relighting candles - Gospel Magic

Introduction:
This rather illuminating object lesson illustrates just how invincible the Light of the World is. It also lends itself to the explanation of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Themes:
Jesus as the Light of the World, the death and resurrection

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To be used for:
- Children’s moments during a service
- Creative children’s work
- School assembly
- RE lessons
- Preaching illustration

Bible text:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

Age:
4 – 88 years

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30. Contemplating the cross

Introduction:
The cross is one of the most important symbols within Christianity and will probably have been frequently spoken of in our children’s work. How do children experience the symbol of the cross? What does this mean for them?

Themes:
The symbol of the cross, Easter

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This idea can be used for:
- Creative prayer or interactive moments during a service
- Prayer rooms
- Teaching concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus

Bible text: 
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Age:
6 – 12 years

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28. How to make a rainbow using Skittles


A fun activity that you can use for different Bible stories and Biblical themes.

Of course there is the rainbow in the story of Noah and the ark. But, for example, you can also use this in the story of the calming of the storm on the lake.

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I llike to use it to help the children look at different promises in Gods word, as the rainbow is a sign of Gods promise, but you can also use it to look at the theme of the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All the fruit and the gifts are different, like the colours in the rainbow, but each one is important. You can also link the Skittles to the Body of Christ. As believers we are the Body of Christ. We are all different. We are all colourful and that is good! Unity doesn't lie in being the same, just as a rainbow doesn't consist of one colour. Each person and each colour is important. 

Biblical themes:

Gods promises, fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Body of Christ, unity 

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27. Draw a dot for each of the 100 million homeless children in the world

Short explanation:
A clear illustration and idea for creative prayer, to help adults and children to think about the 100 million homeless children in the world.

Themes:
Creative prayer, homeless children, poverty

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To be used for:
Children’s moment during a service, creative prayer, prayer room, an illustration for your teaching about prayer, Sunday school

Bible text:
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1: 27)

Age:
4 – 12 years

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20. What is unclean? When is something unfit to eat?

Short explanation:
This is an object lesson that will have the children talking for a long time! What is clean and unclean exactly? A fun introduction if you’re going to teach about how Jesus dealt with issues around clean/unclean.

Themes:
How Jesus dealt with issues of clean and unclean, holiness of God.

To be used for:
Children’s moment in a service, a preaching illustration, Sunday school, in an assembly or RE lesson.

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Bible text:
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:11)

Age:
8 – 88 years.

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13. Joseph’s good example


Breaking with your own plans and ways

This is a nice way for children and adults to respond to the good example that Joseph gave us. He was prepared to give up his own plans and to go God’s way. The only thing you need is some wooden skewers.

Josephs good example

Description:

When Josef heard that Maria was pregnant, he decided that he was going to divorce her. This was a logical step. The child wasn’t his; he was in his right to do it. Thankfully an angel came, and showed him in a dream that he had to let go of his rights and his plans. There was a better and a higher way for him to go.

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Scripture reference: Matthew 1: 19-25
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church  

12. The match and the nail - an object lesson


A fun and clear object lesson to show what it means to hold on to God and His love and promises.

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Themes:

Holding on to God’s promises, bullying, people’s vulnerability, God’s protection, the strength of His love and power.

Bible reference:

“I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them”. (Hosea 11:4)

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Scripture reference: Hosea 11:4
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

9. An object lesson about the great cloud of witnesses in Hebrews 12


Using two oranges and a jug of water to do this amazing cool science experiment

The apostle Paul writes the following in Hebrews 12:1:

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith."

Paul encourages us in this Bible passage to throw off everything that hinders us and do away with the the sin that so easily entangles us.
I find this a beautiful, but also difficult passage to teach to children, teenagers or adults.
Is there an easy way that will illustrate what Paul is saying here?

I believe there is...

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Again we are going to use the two oranges and the jug of water, but this time we are going to do it in a completely different way!
Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 12:1
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

8. Gods protection for His people - an object lesson


How do you tell the Bible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace in a new way?

Or the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? Or the story of Jonah in the fish? Or the story of the Israelites walking through the Red Sea? 

Well, it's very easy. All you need is two oranges and a jug of water. Fun, easy, healthy and unforgettable!

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You know, you can tell any story about God’s protection using these two oranges. Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in an school assembly or in a RE lesson.

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

7. Jesus walks on the water - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with a floating orange

What happens if you take a peeled orange and an unpeeled orange and place them both in a jug of water? Which one will sink to the bottom? Which one will float? 
 
Maybe a strange question, but a brilliant way to illustrate the Bible story of Jesus walking on the water. (Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24)

Fun to do as a preaching illustration, in a Sunday school lesson, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or in an RE lesson.
 
Watch our demonstration video of this cool science experiment below...

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

6. A tube of toothpaste and the taming of the tongue


What message can you convey with a cheap tube of toothpaste and an empty plate?

You can use this to illustrate the power of words, the taming of the tongue and what to do with the wrong words that you may have spoken and now want to retract.

 Toothpaste

Easy to use as a preaching illustration, in Sunday school, during a children’s moment in church, in a school assembly or an RE lesson.
 
The ideas is based on James chapter 3 in which he writes about the taming of the tongue:
 
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.” (James 3: 9 - 12)

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Scripture reference: James 3: 9 - 12
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching, kids ministry, creative preaching, kids church

5. The Big Picture - a Bible overview in one go


Can you paint the story of the Bible in one go? Yes, you can! 

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Korky and Anni Davey (OAC ministries) have made a skecthboard painting of the whole Bible in 15 steps. It is very easy to do and it will allow you to share the complete story of the Bible in one go. 

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2. Cleansing water


What is praying? Is it closing your eyes, folding your hands and sitting very still?

This idea makes praying a more active and even more special event by using the symbolism of cleansing water. It complements the telling of Jesus’ washing of the disciples feet.

Themes:

Symbolism of cleansing water, washing of the feet.

Cleansing water

This idea can be used for:

- Creative prayer or interactive prayer moments during a service.
- Prayer rooms.
- Teaching on serving.

Bible text:

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

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Scripture reference: 1 John 1:9
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