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Colossians 3:11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Ephesians 4:2-5; Acts 17:26-28; 1 Corinthians 9:20
- Several varieties of apples (different colors and sizes)
(Hold up one of the apples.)
Does anyone know what kind of fruit this is? (Wait for a response.) That’s right this is an apple. What color is it? (Wait for response.)
(Show a different apple.)
Do you know what type of fruit this is? (Allow for a response.) Yes, it is also an apple.
(Continue showing all the apples.)
Tell me what is different about these pieces of fruit? (Wait for a response.) They are different colors. Some are different shapes. Some are big. Some are little. I have several varieties here.
(Can you tell me what is the same about this fruit that I have? (Wait for a response.) They are all apples! They all have a stem. They all have a peel. They all have seeds inside. And they all taste delicious!
This reminds me about how God created people equally. We may look different on the outside. Some of us may be African, Hispanic, white, Eskimo, Indian, or a variety of other nationalities. Some of us may be thin, or some of us may be chubby. Some of us are boys while others are girls.
The Scriptures tell us in Galatians 3:28 that we are all one in Christ. This means that we are equal. So if we are all one in Christ we should treat each others the same way we want to be treated regardless of how they look.
We should not look down on someone because they are not the same as us. If we are going to be a Church that reaches others we will need to work together.
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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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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