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Psalm 19:9-10; Psalm 119:127; Psalm 119:72; Proverbs 8:19
- Jar of honey.
- Toothpicks or Popsicle sticks if you want to let people taste the honey
(Hold up the jar of honey and have a taste of it)
I love the taste of honey! Does anyone else love honey? What are some of the ways you can eat honey? (Allow the kids to respond.) I like to have some honey in my tea and on biscuits or toast. You can also make a peanut butter and honey sandwich.
Why do you think that we like honey so much? (Wait for a response.) Because it is sweet!
In Psalm 119:103 it says that God’s Words are even sweeter than this honey. Would you like to try it and see how good it tastes? (Let the kids try a sample.)
Does that mean we can take the Bible and just eat it and it will taste good? No way! This verse means that the principles and guidelines that we learn are good for us and make us into better people. It is refreshing and enjoyable to read and study God’s Word and God promises to bless us when we do. Many people thing that God’s Word is sour, but that is because they haven’t really read it and memorized it very much.
Job 4:8; Matthew 7:12; Proverbs 22:8; Mark 4:24
- Variety of seeds
Have any of you ever planted a garden before? What did you plant? (Wait for responses.)
(Hold up the seeds.)
I have all kinds of seeds here. If I want to get some delicious apples can I plant these seeds? (Hold up the wrong kind of seed.) No, that would never work! Or how about if I wanted to grow a watermelon, could I plant these? (Hold up the wrong one again.)
Why wouldn’t that work? (Wait for responses.) That’s right, because I am planting the wrong seeds. If I want to grow tomatoes I need to plant tomato seeds, and if I want to grow watermelons I need to plant watermelon seeds.
Do you want good things to happen in your life or do you want bad things to happen? (Wait for a response.) Good things! But if we plant unkind words, rudeness, and hatred do you thing we will be able to reap good things? No!
The Bible says in Galatians 6:7-9 that we will reap what we sow. So if we plant good things then that is what we will reap. But if we plant bad things then that is what we will reap. What things are you planting in your life? Those are the things that you will reap. I hope that you all reap many good things in your life because you choose to plant the right things.
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Ephesians 5:20; Romans 8:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- Sheet of paper with black dot in the center. You could make several of these and hand them out if you prefer.
(Hold up the sheet of paper with the spot on it).
Can anyone see what I have here? (Wait for responses. The kids should say “a dot,” or “a black spot.)” Is that all you can see?
You missed what I really have! I actually have a perfectly good piece of paper here but the only thing that most of us could see was the little tiny black dot.
Often times when we look at our life the only thing we can see is the black dot. The bad things. The negative. And then we focus on them.
We don’t look at the good things that God has done. We don’t count our blessings. We just focus on the bad.
Tell me some things that are good in your life? Some things that you have to be thankful for. (Wait for responses and then write a bunch of the good things on the paper and hold it up.)
See! There is a lot more good than bad here. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think about the good and positive things in our lives, not the bad things.
Did you know that God can even make the things that seem bad work out for Good? He says so right in Romans 8:28! He says that he will work everything together for good for the that love Him. Do you love Him?
(Draw a cross over the top of the spot.)
See, even the things that were bad in our live God works out for good!
The next time you are tempted to complain, instead try to look at the good things that are going on. And you want to watch God work in an amazing way!
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Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 15:18-19; Ephesians 4:29
- Cup of hot water
- Tea bag (a variety of tea bags would be better)
(Hold up the cup of hot water.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for a response.) That’s right, it is a cup of water, but not just any water, this is hot water.
(Hold up the tea bag.)
Do you know what this is? (Wait for a response.) Correct, it is a tea bag. Can anyone tell me what color of tea this tea bag will make? (Wait for responses.) Those are good guesses, but there is no way for you to know until I brew it in this hot water.
(Place the tea bag in the hot water.)
When we look around at each other on Sunday at church we kind of look like this tea bag. We all dress similar. We talk the same. We act the same. But is that who we really are? No, not necessarily. Some of us might really love God and are following Him as best we can and some of us might now even care at all.
(Hold up the cup of tea.)
What am I holding now? (Allow a response.) That’s right, it is not longer hot water. Now it is tea, and we can see what color it is! What color is it?
Just like we can’t tell what color a tea will become before putting it in hot water, we cannot tell what’s in your heart until you are in hot water. In Luke 6:45 it says that a good person produces good things and a bad person produces bad things. What kind of hot water? Maybe you get in trouble. Maybe when you get hurt. Maybe when someone teases you. When we are in hot water the real “you” comes out!
We need to make sure that when we face the “hot water” of life that good things come out and not bad things.
1 John 4:7-8
John 17:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Peter 3:8
- Bike wheel
(Hold up the bike wheel.)
Does anyone know what this is? (Allow the kids to respond.) That’s right it is a bike wheel. And does anyone know what these are called? (Point to the spokes.) These are the spokes. The spokes job is to hold the wheel together. Here near the rim you see that the spokes are pretty wide apart, but they get closer together as they get closer to the hub.
Let’s pretend that each of you are a spoke on this wheel. What do you think we could pretend the hub is? (Wait for a response.) Let’s make-believe that this hub is God.
Do you know what the interesting thing is? The closer you get to God the closer you get to each other! You may say that you want to get closer to God but you don’t want to get closer to others. Well, it doesn’t work that way!
In 1 John 4:7-8 is says that if you love others then you love God but if you don’t love others you don’t love God. So the more that you love God the more you will also love one another by caring for those that are around you.
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Hebrews 10:24; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 13:1
- Two knives
(Pull out both knives and sharpen them together as a chef would do.)
Have you ever seen anyone do this before? What are they doing? (Wait for answers.) They are sharpening the knife. If you slide two knives together at the right angle they will actually sharpen each other!
In Proverbs 27:17 it says that friends sharpen each other just like knives can sharpen each other. Did you know that just like iron sharpens iron you can help to sharpen your friends and they can help to sharpen you? You won’t get a sharp edge on you, but you will be closer to God and more courageous and ready to follow God.
How do we sharpen each other? By praying together. By talking about the things that we face and encouraging each other. Sometimes just knowing that someone else is facing the same things that you are makes you feel stronger.
As followers of Jesus we are supposed to go in to the world and share His love with those that are lost, but it is very important that we also have some good friends that follow Jesus that can help to keep us sharp.
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Matthew 18:20; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Acts 2:42
- Bag of charcoal
(Hold up the bag of charcoal.)
Have you ever had a barbecue outside using this before? Most people use gas grills these days, but nothing can compare to the taste of something grilled over charcoal. Most people don’t use them because they are more difficult to light.
(Pour out a pile of briquettes.)
You start with a pile of briquettes which you light and let it burn until they are all hot. Then you spread them out on the grill and cook over the fire.
(Remove one of the briquettes.)
What do you think would happen if you reach in and grab one of the briquettes and take it out of the fire? (Wait for a response.) That’s right, it would go out because it is not longer close to the fire. What would be the best way to get this briquette hot again? (Wait for a response.) Put it back in the fire!
In Hebrews 10:25 it says that we should not forget about getting together with other believers. When do we do that? When we come to church, or have a small group or even getting together with other people who follow Christ for dinner. When we start forgetting to do this it is like pulling that briquette out of the fire. (Pull the briquette out again.) We may stay on fire for God for a little while, but we will soon burn out.
What do you think is the best way for us to get fired back up again? To start to fellowship with other believers and start going to church again. This is how we make sure we stay on fire for God.
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Acts 20:35; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 6:21; 2 Corinthians 9:6
- Small measuring cup (1 cup)
- Large measuring cup (several cups)
- Large pot or barrel
Once up a time a king decided that he wanted to see how generous the people of his kingdom were. So the king dressed like a poor man and went into the countryside.
He came to a home and he knocked on the door. A man came to the door and the king kindly held asked, “May I have some rice to feed myself and my family?”
The man at the door took a few moments and then agreed to help. A few moments later the man returned with a small cup (show the smallest cup) of rice which he gave to the king. The king bowed and kindly thanked the fellow and went on his way.
The king came to another home, and knocked again on the door. A mother came and answered the door. The king kindly asked, “May I have some rice to feed myself and my family?”
The woman quickly agreed and quickly went into the house. She returned a few moments later with a large scoop (show the next sized measure) full of rice which she gave to the king. The king thanked her and went on his way.
The king soon arrived at a third house and an elderly man answered the door. Once again the king asked, “May I have some rice to feed myself and my family?”
The elderly man’s eyes lit up and he quickly hobbled away. After a few minutes the man returned to the door straining to carry a very large pot (show the largest container) full and overflowing of rice. The man handed it over to the king, along with a few small coins and wished him well.
The king returned to his castle and had one of his servants go to the homes that he visited and send for them to visit the king. The servant went quickly and soon returned with the three that the king visited. The servant was instructed to lead them into his royal treasury where they would each see the container that had been used to give him the rice and that each would be able to take as much treasure as was able to fit into their measure.
How do you think the person that used the small measure felt when they entered the royal treasury?
In Luke 6:38 we are told that whatever measure we use to bless others is the same measure that God will use to bless us. Let us be generous to others so that we can receive God’s full blessing on our lives.
Matthew 12:33; Luke 6:43; John 15:2
- Plastic fruit
(Hold up a piece of plastic fruit.)
Here I have a nice big piece of juicy fruit! Seeing it makes me want to take a big bite! Would you like to try it? There is a big problem with this fruit though! Do you know what it is? (Drop the fruit so it is obvious that it is fake.) It isn’t real!
That would be pretty disappointing if you were really hungry and ran into your house and tried to take a bite out of this! That wouldn’t be very good at all.
In Matthew 7:17 it says that a good tree is known by good fruit and a bad tree is known by bad fruit. Do you think this fruit is good or bad? I wouldn’t want to eat it because it is fake. Sometimes people try to do things to make others think that they are following Christ and serving Him, but really they are just faking it and they are empty inside. They are not producing real fruit. Maybe you go to church and dress all fancy and sing loudly so others will think that you are close to God, but when you leave church you are mean and unkind to others. Is your fruit real or is it fake?
We need to make sure that the fruit that we are producing is real fruit that brings glory and honor to God and that we aren’t just trying to make ourselves look good.