John 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:9; Romans 6:23
- Dollar Bill
(Hold up the dollar bill)
Have you ever seen one of these before? Of course you have! It is a dollar bill. Tell me some ways that you can get one of these dollar bills?
(Let the kids respond. If they don’t know you can coach them with earn it, steal it, borrow it, have one given to you, and etc.)
There are many ways that you can get this dollar bill. But let me ask you, who does this dollar bill belong to? That’s right it belongs to me. And what can I do with this dollar bill? Anything I want to! I need a helped to assist me. (Choose a kid to help you.)
Does this dollar bill belong to you? (No) Who does it belong to? (You) Would you like to have it? (Yes) Here! It is yours, you don’t even have to do anything for it! It is a gift!
God’s grace is a lot like that dollar bill. It is something that has great value. But there is nothing that you can do to earn God’s grace, favor and forgiveness. In fact, Ephesians 2:8-9 says that it is a gift from God. If we were able to work for it we could brag about it, but God just wants to give it to us for free!
Grace is simply getting something nice that we don’t deserve. My helped didn’t deserve that dollar bill, but I gave it to him/her anyway. Even though we don’t deserve God’s grace he offers it to use freely.
Romans 6:23, 1 John 1:9
Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10; Galatians 5:16
How many of you have ever made a mistake before? Many times in life we do things that are very wrong and we say that we made a mistake. The problem is that we often call our sins “mistakes” when really they are much more than just a mistake. A mistake is something that you make on a test because you don’t have the right information.
When we sin we are often doing it on purpose, it’s not a mistake. We often do those bad things over and over again. Do you know what happens when you sin? It destroys relationships. (Take the newspaper and tear it in half.)
This paper is now destroyed and that’s what happens when we sin. How would you feel if one of your friends told you a lie or stole something important to you? You’d probably be really upset and hurt. It would hurt your relationship. How would you feel if they came to you and said “sorry” but in a way that shows they aren’t truly sorry for what they have done? You would probably realize that they aren’t truly sorry.
In Romans 6:23 it says that the wages of our sin is death. That means that our sin have destroyed our relationship with God. It was more than just a mistake, it was sin. But in 1 John 1:9 it says that if we confess that sin to God, He will forgive us.
The first step in restoring our relationship with God is simply admitting to him that we realize we have done something wrong.
John 3:16-17; Romans 5:6-11
1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Mark 12:29-31; 1 John 4:7-8
- Conversation Heart candies
- Large paper hearts
- Display board or corkboard
How many of you guys got some Valentines this past week? Maybe you got some at school or at sports or scouts. When I was a kid, I loved to make one of those Valentine mailbox thingies to collect all of my Valentines in. After a Valentine party at school, I always counted how many Valentines I got and had fun reading all of the silly messages and I especially loved looking at all of the good candy that I got. I especially loved those little Candy Conversation Hearts with love messages written on them (take some out and eat one). It made me feel good too, to know that my classmates liked me enough to give me a little card and let me know that I had a friend. Did you guys know that there is someone that loves you even more than your friends love you? And there is someone that loves you even more than your parents and grandparents love you. This Guy sent you a Valentine and it isn’t one of those little cards with a lollipop attached. It’s not a dozen roses that cost $100 or a 5lb box of chocolates. God loves you so much that he sent the most expensive Valentine in the world to you. We are going to read about the Valentine that God sent you.
John 3:16 says “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
So, who sent you a Valentine? (God)
What was the Valentine? (Jesus)
Let’s read some more about this wonderful Valentine: Romans 5:6 says When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.
What was God trying to tell us with his Valentine? (He loves us so much that he was wiling to send his only Son to die for us).
So God’s Valentine to us is Jesus and the forgiveness that he bought for us. God really loves us more than anyone else could.
Do you love him back? God has shown us how much he loves us and he loves to hear from us that we love Him too. (Ask the kids to give a reason why they love God. He provides, forgives, cares for us, gives us joy, etc.). Work together as a class to write some “Conversation Hearts” to God on colored paper hearts. Attach them to a display Board with thumbtacks. Here are some ideas:
Call On Me
UR My God
3 Turkeys, 1 Farmer
3 Turkey disguises (we used turkey hats), a bucket, A hat and plaid shirt for Farmer Perdue.
(The Turkeys are grazing on “grass”)
Tom: This is the worst grass I have ever eaten. It is green and I hate the color green.
Frankie: Mmm, mmm, mmm, this is the best grass I have ever eaten.
Tom: That’s because it’s the only grass you’ve ever eaten. See I was born at Farmer Jim Bob’s farm before I came here and he had the most delicious grass over there.
Hector: I think this grass is just delightful. When I was at Farmer Butterball’s farm I had nothing but a dirt patch to graze on. Thank you, God for letting me come here!
Tom: Farmer Jim Bob’s field was full of buttercups and clovers, so it was!
Frankie: I’m so thankful to be at Farmer Perdue’s with you two great friends. Good food, good friends, good times. That’s what I always say.
Hector: Here comes Farmer Perdue now and it looks like he’s got something else for us.
Tom: Well, whatever it is, it’s got to be better than this here turf.
Farmer Perdue: (Enters with a bucket and offers a handful of “grain” to each turkey)
Here you go, boys. Eat up!
Frankie: Thank you, Farmer Perdue!
Hector: Thank you kindly, Farmer Perdue!
Tom: Thanks for nothing, Farmer Perdue! (He spits the grain out) I can’t eat this stuff. I’d rather be cooked in my own juices.
(Farmer Perdue leaves).
Frankie: What a great farm! That guy gave us grain too. Yummy corn grain! Thank you God!
Hector: It doesn’t get any better than this does it! Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus!
Tom: It could be a whole lot better than this. I’m going on strike! Im not gonna eat anything else until we can get some better grub around here. Where’s the buttercups, where’s the filet mignon, where’s the shrimp cocktail?
(Farmer Perdue comes back, the Hector and Frankie continue to peck at the grass, while Tom won’t eat.)
Farmer Perdue: Now I need to choose a couple of you to enter into the county fair. I am fixing to win the blue ribbon this year. It will be all the candy apples and corndogs you can eat, too. (The turkeys start to get excited, raising their hands and hopping).Hmmm, let me look you guys over. Frankie, you look nice and plump and so do you Hector. Tom, you are starting to look like a thin, scraggly old thing. I don’t think I could win a prize with you. C’mon, Frankie, c’mon Hector, we are off to the fair.
Frankie: Bye Tom!
Hector: See ya later Tom, enjoy your grass!
Frankie & Hector: Praise the Lord, we are going to the fair. This is going to be great!
Tom: Hey, guys, don’t leave me! Please! Bring me a candy apple at least…
- 2 bags of candy corn
- 6 straws
- 2 cups
- 3 boys and 3 girls
How To Play
Make two teams of 3 boys and three girls. Give each child 1 straw and each team a pile of candy corn and a cup. Teams have one minute to pick up as much candy corn as they can by sucking through the straw and placing the candy into a cup. Kids may not touch the candy corn with their hands. The team with the most candy corn in the cup at the end of the game, wins.
John 6:38; John 17:4; John 5:30
- A remote control car or train
- Dead batteries
- New batteries
- Screwdriver (if needed) to put the batteries in
Begin this lesson with the dead batteries inside the car, but keep the new batteries out of sight.
Do you guys like remote control cars? (Allow for response).
Me too! It is so much fun to ride them around the yard, through mud puddles and over anthills. Or in the house you can, chase your mom around with them. Who wants to come up here and demonstrate how to drive this car? Now, I need someone who really knows what they are doing. (Choose a student and give them the controller and tell them to drive it. Since the car has dead batteries it obviously won’t work).
What’s the matter? I thought you said you knew how to drive one of these things! Try it again. Does anyone know why this car won’t work? (Allow suggestions).
Ok, some of you think that it might be the batteries, well let’s take a look. (Open the battery cover and show the class that it has batteries).
This car has batteries! But come to think of it, these batteries have been in this car for a long time. Let me see if I have some new ones. (Get the new batteries and put them in the car).
Ok, now why don’t you try to drive this thing? (Allow the student to drive it).
Wow, it’s working! (Have the student take a seat). In John 4:34 (NIV) Jesus tells us “My food, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” In this verse, Jesus is not talking about pizza or ice cream or even vegetables. He is talking about spiritual food. He is telling us here, that we need to give nourishment to our souls.
How do you feed your soul? (Allow for answers: reading God’s Word, spending time with God, doing God’s work).
Yeah, our souls are fed when we read the Bible and spend time with God and by telling other people about God and sharing our faith. It’s like our remote control car here. It couldn’t work because it had dead batteries, but when it received the fresh batteries it was able to do anything. Our souls are like that too. We need to keep our souls charged up. We can also keep our souls charged up by doing God’s work which is to point others to Him and to serve others.
1 Peter 3:4-5; James 1:11
- Several different apples of different colors, shapes, sizes, the more different and interesting, the better.
I brought a bunch of different apples with me today. (Hold up an apple)
This one is yellow and it’s really sweet. (Take a bite) It’s not super crunchy, though. (Hold up another apple) I really like this one here because it is green, which is my favorite color. (Take a bite) Wow, this one is really tart! (Grab another apple) This one has a funny shape to it and it has a little bruise over here. (Take a bite) You know, it still tastes good, though.
After tasting all of these apples, I have figured out that they are all a little different, but they are all good apples! These apples remind me a lot of moms. We all have moms and they are all very different from each other and that is okay. God hand-picked our moms just for us.
The Bible tells us that God “knit us together in our mother’s wombs.” He made us just for our moms and He made our moms for us. Now, when I was kid I would sometimes wish that my mom was more like my friend’s mom because she let her kids eat more snacks. My other friend’s mom would take us to a lot of fun places and buy us stuff. She would also let me go on vacation with them sometimes. I thought she was such a cool mom! But was she really a better mom than my mom? No way! My mom was the best mom for me.
She took care of me, came to all of my ball games, she took me to church, and she still helps me all the time today. You see there is more than one kind of good mom. Some moms talk really sweet, and some moms are a little more tough. Some moms have lots of money to spend and some moms don’t. Some moms are fat and some are thin, some are young and some are old. But they can all still be good moms. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
This verse shows us that one of the most important things to being a good mom is that she fears the Lord. Fearing the Lord means that she cares about her relationship with God. It means that she wants to please God and so she tries to follow His ways. That’s what makes a good mom.
Philippians 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 16:33
- A boat anchor or a picture of an anchor
(Hold up the anchor)
Can anyone tell me what this is? (Allow for responses). That’s right. But can anyone tell me what it does? (Allow for answers, then explain).
A boat anchor is made to keep a boat from drifting away at sea. The way it works is you would tie the anchor to a long rope that is attached to the boat. When you want to keep the boat secure, you would lower the anchor on the rope down to the ocean floor. It’s really heavy and made of metal so that it sinks in the water easily. These sharp hooks on the anchor dig into the ocean floor and keep the boat from moving.
People use them when they are not sailing in their boats, to keep them near the dock. If they didn’t use an anchor, then when they came to go sailing, their boat wouldn’t be there anymore! Sailors also use anchors in bad stormy weather to keep their boat from drifting off course.
Now, if a boat was using an anchor, you wouldn’t be able to see it, because it is hidden under the water, but you would notice that the boat stays firmly secured.
This anchor reminds me a lot of God’s peace. God’s peace can hold us securely even in the storms of life. When tough times come in your life, and they WILL come, God’s peace can hold you securely. Peace is knowing that no matter what is happening God will never leave you or forsake you. Peace is knowing that even though this world has troubles, we can look forward to being with Jesus in Heaven one day where it is truly peaceful all the time.
When we have God’s peace, other people will notice that we are not worried and bothered by the things that are going on in our lives. Then you can tell them that Jesus is the peace that anchors you.
- 2 sturdy paper plates,
- 4 bunches of bananas
- 8-10 players
How To Play
Great game for a lesson on the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23.
Choose two teams of 4 players each. Players must hold the plate with two bunches of bananas on it and walk across the room and back. Players may use only one hand when walking. They must pass the plate to the next player who will do the same. If the bananas drop, the player must start over. Whichever team gets all four players across the room and back first, wins.
Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38
- Package of Life Savers candy.
Imagine that you are out on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. Everything is calm and beautiful and then you see some dark clouds out on the horizon rolling in. They are getting closer and closer and you see the flashes of lightning and hear the clap of the thunder. Before you know it, the boat is getting tossed and thrown by the violent waves. As you are making your way across the deck a huge wave hits the boat and carries you overboard into the cold ocean water below.
As you struggle in the water, you realize that you need help. What do you think could help you? (Wait for responses).
Maybe a life saver? I just happened to bring some with me!
(Take out the roll of life savers and show everyone.)
I heard that these can save you if you ever fall over board but I am not really sure how well they would work. Do you think these would work very well?
Well, I guess these life savers won’t work to save you from drowning in the ocean but they might save you from having bad breath! (If you want to you can hand out a life saver to everyone).
The Bible says that we all have sin in our life and that sin will result in death. We need to be saved. Now one of these life savers won’t help us very much but we have Someone who can save us from the sin that tries to drown our lives. His name is Jesus Christ.
The way we are saved from sin is by doing what it says in Romans 10:9. It says that we have to say that Jesus is Lord and believe that in our heart. That’s it. It isn’t very complicated at all. Jesus is our life saver and the only one that can save us from sin and death.