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Beautiful Feet

beautiful feet

Key Verse

Romans 10:15

Additional Verses

Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15; Ephesians 6:15

Materials Needed

  • Your feet

Object Lesson

How many of you like feet? Do you like how they look? Do you like how they smell? I’m going to show you what my feet look like.

(Take off your socks and shoes and shoe off your lovely feet.) 🙂

Take a look at my feet! Aren’t they SO beautiful? Would you like to smell my feet? (Wait for a response.) I didn’t think so!

Feet are usually not the most beautiful feature of someone’s body. We may think someone has a beautiful face or hands, but we usually think that someone has beautiful feet.

Sometimes feet have fungus. Maybe a foot might have a yellow or black toenail. Some feet have warts or bunions. A lot of feet smell pretty stinky. These things are certainly not beautiful.

Do you know who likes feet? God does! In fact he says that some people’s feet are beautiful! In Romans 10:15 it says that God think your feet are beautiful if are telling people the Good News about Jesus! It doesn’t matter if you have a big wart, a yellow toenail and if they stink like a skunk! God says that your feet are beautiful!

Have you ever told a friend about God? Have you ever invited someone to church? Have you ever helped someone who was in need? Have you ever prayed with someone? God loves it when we do this! God wants us to go and make disciples of all people and tell them about the Salvation we can get through Jesus.

How do your feet look? Does God think your feet are beautiful?

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Good News

Good News

Key Verse

Mark 13:10

Additional Verses

Romans 1:15-17; 1 Corinthians 1:17; 1 Corinthians 9:23; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; Colossians 1:5-7

Materials Needed

  • Newspaper
  • Bible

Object Lesson

(Show everyone the news paper and pretend to read it.)

Do you know what this is? (Wait for a response.) It’s a newspaper! Many of us don’t use these anymore because we get our news on the Internet, but some people still like to read them. Do you know what a newspaper does? It writes stories about the things that happened recently.

Do you know what the sad thing about a newspaper is though? Most of the news in it is bad. (Read some of the headlines if they are appropriate.) It tells stories about who stole from who. How bad the government is. Who hurt someone. Stories about war. Stories about storms. It’s all a bunch of BAD NEWS!

I don’t know about you, but I get sick and tired of all the bad news! I want some good news! Do you want some good news? If someone says to you that they have “good news” and “bad news” which do you want to hear? The good news!

(Hold up the Bible.)

This is the Bible, God’s Word, the Gospel…the Good News! Do you know why this is called the Good News? Because it doesn’t tell us all the bad things about the world, it tells us how to live a new life. How to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It shows us how we can have Salvation and how Christ has prepared a place for us to live with Him in Heaven.

In Mark 13:10 it tells us that we are supposed to tell other people about this Good News that we have! We are not supposed to just keep it to ourselves! We are supposed to share it.

We are told in the Scripture that we need to tell others about Jesus and how they can be saved. This is the Good News! Let’s share it with others!

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Cross-O-Lantern Pumkpin

Pumpkin with Cross

Key Verse

John 8:12

Additional Verses

John 12:46; John 9:5; Psalm 18:28; Acts 13:47; Isaiah 60:1

Materials Needed

  • Pumpkin
  • Candle. Should be a candle that is sturdy
  • Matches or lighter

Preparation

Cut the top off of the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds like you are making a jack-o-lantern. Carve a cross on one side of the pumpkin.

Object Lesson

(Start the lesson with the pumpkin facing the audience and the cross turned towards you.)

Usually around Halloween people like to celebrate scary and spooky things like ghosts, witches and monsters. What time of day do people generally say that these spooky things come out? At night! In the darkness. We know that these things are not real, but sometimes they still scare us. When people do evil things they will often do it in the darkness so that no one will see what they are doing.

When Jesus came He called us out of the darkness. He doesn’t want us to be filled with sin. He doesn’t want us to put our attention on scary things. In John 8:12 Jesus says that He is the light of the world and if you follow Him you won’t have to walk in darkness because you have the light that leads to life.

(Take the top off the pumpkin.)

Our lives often feel kind of like this pumpkin. Empty and dark inside. But Jesus wants to fill us with His light. (Light the candle and put it inside the pumpkin.)

Now the pumpkin is filled with the light and love of Christ. It is a very exciting thing when Christ fills us. We don’t feel empty any longer.

Now that we are full of His light, God doesn’t want us to just keep it to our self. He wants us to let His light shine through us.

(Turn the pumpkin around so everyone can see the cross and the light shining out.)

He wants us to shine the light of Jesus and the sacrifice that He made on the cross. When we allow God’s love and light to shine through us we are bringing light and hope to a very dark world.

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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

Key Verse

Matthew 5:14-16

Additional Verses

Luke 8:16; Mark 4:21; Luke 11:33

Materials Needed

  • Tea light candle or small jar candle
  • Large basket or a bowl
  • Matches or lighter

Object Lesson

Do you guys like it when the power goes out? It can be a lot of fun, right? What is the first thing you do when the power goes out? (Allow for answers: get candles, flashlights, generator, etc).

Yeah, when I was a kid, my mother always took out a few candles and lit them and my dad would start the generator so that we could keep the refrigerator going (Insert your own power outage story here).

Now, after you’ve stumbled around to light a candle or to find a flashlight in the pitch black of a power outage do you ever put a basket over it? (Take the basket and cover up the candle) No! Of course not. That would be just plain silly. Everyone in your house would be in the dark again. They might trip and fall and someone might even get hurt!

Well, just like a candle can light your way in the dark, Jesus says that Christians are the light of the world. He says in Matthew 5:14-16, “don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.” (Now uncover the candle.)

Jesus doesn’t want us to keep our Christianity a secret. He wants us to tell others about Him! And do you know what the best way is to tell others about Him? It’s to do good to others. What are some ways we can do good? (Allow for answers: love others, help people, smile, be kind, etc).

You are like this bright candle when you are not afraid to let your good deeds shine out so that all can see that you know Jesus. If you live with your light shining, you will be able to help lead people out of darkness and sin and help them to become the light of the world too.

 

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Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower Object Lesson

Key Verse

Matthew 13:1-23

Additional Verses

Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:1-15

Materials Needed

  • Four buckets of dirt
  • Rocks
  • Thorn branches
  • Seeds

Preparation

Fill the four buckets full of dirt. Pack the dirt down really hard in one bucket. Fill the top of one bucket with dirt. Stick thorn branches in another. The last bucket should have good soil.

Object Lesson

(Have the four buckets lined up.)

In Matthew 13:1-23 Jesus told a story about a farmer who went out to plant his field. As he was scattering the seed some of it fell onto the path that was packed down hard. (Show the bucket with the packet dirt and sprinkle some seeds on it.) But guess what happened? The birds saw it and swooped down and gobbled it all up! (Use your hand like a bird to sweep down and peck at the seed.)

(Show everyone the bucket with the rocks in it and sprinkle some seeds on it.) Some of the seed fell onto the stony dirt. How well do you think a plant would grow here? The seeds started to grow really quickly, but the roots were not able to grow deep. The sun came out and was so hot that all the plants died.

(Show the bucket with the thorns and sprinkle some seeds.) Some of the seeds fell in the thorn bushes. Do you think the plants would grow well here? They started to grow but the thorn bushes were hogging all of the sunlight, water and nutrients and choked out the baby plants.

(Show the good soil and plant some seeds.) Some of the seed fell onto the good soil! Do you think that the plants would grow here? Of course they would! The plants grew and grew and produced a lot of food!

After Jesus told this story his disciples came to him because they were confused. They asked him to tell them what the story meant. Jesus told them that the seeds (hold up the seeds) represents the Good News about God. The path (hold up the bucket with the hard packed dirt) represents those people that hear God’s Word but don’t believe it, then the enemy comes and quickly snatches it up.

The rocky dirt (hold up the bucket with the stones) is the people that hear God’s Word and get really excited about it but their roots never go down into His Word by studying and obeying the Bible. As soon as hardship comes they fall away from God.

The soil with the thorns (show the bucket with the thorns) represents those that hear God’s Word and begin to grow but soon fall away because they are distracted by the things of this world and trying to please other people.

The good soil (show the bucket with the good dirt) is the person that hears God’s Word and understands it. They begin to do what it says that they grow and grow and their life produces many good things!

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We Need Each Other

Teamwork Object Lesson

Key Verse

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Additional Verses

Proverbs 27:17; 1 Corinthians 12:20-25; Philippians 2:1-2;

Materials Needed

  • Honey
  • Toothpicks or Popsicle sticks if you want to let people taste the honey

Object Lesson

(Hold up the jar of honey.)

Does anyone know what this is? Would anyone like to have a taste? (Offer small samples of the honey.)

Did you know that bees have to visit over 2 million flowers in order to make one pound of honey?

Honey that is stored in an airtight container will never go bad! Did you know that they found honey in sealed containers in King Tut’s tomb and it was still edible even though it was over 2,000 years old?

Bees have to fly about 55,000 miles in order to make one pound of honey.

But most important is that it takes about 560 bees to make 1 pound of honey. How do you think it would work if one bee decided to fly off on his own and make honey all by himself? Do you think that would be a good idea? Of course not! He would only ever be able to produce a few drops on his own.

In Ecclesiastes 4:9 it says that two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one. That means that we are more effective when we work together as a team. The Body of Christ is supposed to be like a beehive or a team. We are all supposed to work together to accomplish the Great Commission of spreading the Good News about Jesus.

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You are the Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth

Key Verse

Matthew 5:13

Additional Verses

Mark 9:49-50; Luke 14:34

Materials Needed

  • Salt

Object Lesson

In Matthew 5:13 Jesus says that you are the salt of the earth. How many of you like salt? (Hold up the salt, you can let the kids taste it if you want.)

What is salt good for? (Most kids will say ‘seasoning’ and you can ask them what they season with it.)

Salt is good for seasoning and as followers of God we are to season the world for Him be sharing His love to those around us. If you had a big pile of salt on a steak would it taste very good? Probably not. That’s why Jesus send us out into all parts of the world. He doesn’t just want us to clump together, he wants us to share His love in places that haven’t heard it yet.

What else is salt good for? (Wait for responses.)

How about preserving things? It keeps things from spoiling. Long ago people would preserve meats and foods with salt. You can still buy salt cured meat and fish today. As believers in Christ we are sent to help preserve people from separation from God.

What else is salt good for?

It melts ice! When roads get icy big trucks will go out and spread salt on the roads. Why? Because salt melts the ice and makes it safe to drive. As followers of Jesus he has sent us to help melt the unbelieving hearts of those that are around us.

Anything else?

Well it does help wounds heal faster. Maybe you have heard the saying about “pouring salt into a wound?” People would put salt in a wound because it would kill the bacteria and help the wound heal faster. As Christians we are supposed to comfort those around us and help their wounds heal faster as well.

Salt is pretty amazing and Jesus called us the salt of the earth! But he also says that if salt loses it’s saltiness it isn’t good for anything, so let’s make sure that we never lose our saltiness.

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Gone Fishing for Men

Key Verse

Mark 1:16-18

Materials Needed

  • fishing equipment: rod, tackle box, bait, net, etc

Object Lesson

(Hold up the fishing gear)

Have you ever been fishing before?  Did you catch anything? (Let the kids answer).
Long ago Jesus was walking along a beach and saw Simon and his brother Andrew fishing.  Jesus looked at them at told them to come and follow him and He would make them fishers of men.
That must have sounded so strange to them! How would you fish for men? Would you put a worm on a hook and dangle it in front of them and hope they bite it? Maybe people wouldn’t like worms, so maybe you should use a pizza instead??
I don’t think Jesus was talking about catching them with a hook or net though.  What Jesus was saying is that we should be looking to share our faith with others and introduce them to Christ.  How do we do that though?
It is a lot like fishing.  When you fish you need some kind of bait (hold up a lure or bait) and it takes a lot of wisdom.  Proverbs 11:30 says that the person that wins souls is wise.
Jesus would heal people and feed them and that was kind of like the bait that would bring them to hear what he had to say to them.  Ultimately His goal was not to just heal their body but to make them right with God, and Jesus wants us to go and do the same.

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The Missing Piece (Matthew 18:12-14)

Key Verse

Matthew 18:12-14

Materials Needed

  • 100-piece puzzle
  • sturdy cardboard
  • glue

Preparation

Assemble the 100-piece puzzle, leaving just one piece missing. Glue the puzzle to the cardboard. Alternately, you could have the children assemble the puzzle as they enter for class and you could hide the last piece in the room. When the children discover that the last piece is missing, you can ask them to look for it until they find it, then teach the object lesson.

Object Lesson

(Show the kids the puzzle) Do you like my puzzle? This is a one hundred-piece puzzle. (Allow response) Oh it has a piece missing?! Then I guess my puzzle only has 99 pieces now! Did you guys ever make a puzzle and then realize that there is one very important piece missing? It sort of ruins the whole puzzle doesn’t it? What do you usually do when you discover that a puzzle piece is missing? (Allow response) Yes!You look for it. You look under the couch, and under the cushions or you check the closet or you check all the other puzzle boxes to see if it’s in there, right?

If you’re anything like me, you cannot rest until you find that last piece because it just bothers you that the puzzle is not complete. Well, Jesus told a story that reminds me of this puzzle. He said in Matthew 18:12 “If a shepherd has one hundred sheep, and one wanders away and is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others and go out into the hills to search for the lost one? 13 And if he finds it, he will surely rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! 14 In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.”

Now, Jesus told us this story to show us how much he wants each one of us to be saved. He loves us so much, that He is always searching for us and calling us to be saved. It is not God’s will that any one of us be lost, or separated from God. He rejoices, or is happy, thrilled, delighted when even one person comes to know Him and is saved. Sort of like how we feel when we search and search and search and finally find that last puzzle piece (Put in the last piece of the puzzle). God’s family is not complete without you being a part of it.

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