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Turn a New Leaf

turn a new leaf

Key Verse

Romans 12:2

Additional Verses

2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:22-24

Materials Needed

  • Leaf

Object Lesson

On New Years many people will come up with something called a New Year’s Resolution. This is a goal for the next year or something that you want to change about yourself. Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions? (Allow for responses.)

(Show the leaf.)

Some people say that when you make changes in your life that you are turning over a new leaf. (Flip the leaf over.) Why do you think they say that? It is because you are looking at your life from a different perspective. You are seeing things from a different point of view.

In Romans 12:2 it says that we need to change the way that we think. Many times we just try to changes our actions and the things that we do. What God wants us to do it to change the way that we think. When we think about things from God’s perspective then we act in a way that He wants us to. When we turn over a new leaf in our life it should be to start thinking about things the way that God does.

As you make resolutions and think about things that you can change for the new year try turning over a new leaf. Try thinking about things God’s way. How do we think about things God’s way? By renewing our mind which comes from reading and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible.

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Never Changing

God never changes

Key Verse

Hebrews 13:8

Additional Verses

James 1:17; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 1:12

Materials Needed

  • Colorful fall leaves. (If you don’t have any you can cut them out of colored construction paper or buy them at most craft stores.)

Object Lesson

(Show a variety of fall leaves).

During autumn all the leaves on the trees start to change colors. Red. Orange. Yellow. Brown. Do you know what they do after they change color? They fall down to the ground. That’s why we call it the Fall. Then we rake the leaves and we can jump and play in them.

Did you know that God is NOT like these leaves? In Hebrews 13:8 we read that Jesus is the same yesterday as He is today! And that He will be the same tomorrow too! That means we can trust, rely and depend on Him!

These leaves grow and are blown by the wind and they eventually change colors, die and fall to the ground. But Jesus will never change like that. Sometimes people change that way, but not God.

God is faithful and trustworthy. We can always rely on Him to do what He says and to keep His promises. His word is always true!

So when we drive around and see the beautiful fall leaves we should remember that even though they may change our God will never change! He will always be there for us to love us and to protects us.

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Time to be Changed

Time to be changed

Key Verse

2 Corinthians 5:17

Additional Verses

Romans 12:2; Galatians 2:20; 1 John 1:9; Psalm 51:10-12

Materials Needed

  • Baby doll with diaper

Object Lesson

(Hold the doll while you talk.)

Do you guys spend very much time with babies or little toddlers?  Raise your hands if you have a baby brother or sister.  Raise your hand if you have a baby cousin?

Well, I really love babies.  They are so cute and fun to play with and they make a lot of goo-goo-ga-ga sounds.  Let me hear your best baby sounds (allow for response).

Now, as fun as babies are and as much as we love them, they do something that I do not like very much.  They poop!  Yup, they make a mess in their diapers.  Now when baby has a dirty diaper, their mom and dad still loves them right?  They still accept that baby no matter how stinky it is, but do they leave their baby with a dirty diaper?  No, of course not!  What do they do? They change them into a clean diaper.

That reminds me of the verse in the Bible, 2 Corinthians  5:17 which says “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” You see God loves and accepts us no matter how we come to him, even if we have stinky sin in our lives.  Even if we’ve lied, or cheated on a test or stole something, God still loves us and He wants us to come to him to be saved.  However, through Christ, God want us to become a new person so that we are not the same anymore.

If you were lying, he wants you to stop lying.  If you’ve been using bad language, he wants you to clean up your words.  God is a good Father and he wants us to change for the better, so we can become more like Jesus.  So the next time you are around a little baby and you start to smell something funny, I want you to remember that you are a new creation in Christ you are not the same anymore.