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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; John 15:13; Proverbs 17:17; Hebrews 10:24-25; Proverbs 27:17
- Friendship bracelets (If you wanted to you could give one to everyone, or make them together as a craft)
(Show your friendship bracelets.)
Has anyone ever give you one of these before? This is a friendship bracelet. Usually you will make them and then give them out to your friends. Have any of you made them and given them to someone before? (Let them show their bracelets if you want.)
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 that a good friend will stick closer than a brother. We all have acquaintances, friends that we see from time to time but are not very close to us. Those friends are nice to have, but they are not the people who you would call on when you are in trouble or you really need a hand.
A true close friend will stand by your side when no one else will. They will be there for you. They will support you. They will help you. They will even stick closer to you than a family member might. Have you ever had a friend like that?
I hope that you have a friend like that! I also hope that you are a good friend like that to someone! Even if you don’t have a friend that is that close to you we do have a friend in Jesus! He loved us so much that He died for our sin and came to set us free. He will NEVER leave us and never forsake us! He will always be there for us when we face trouble and difficulties.
From time to we may feel lonely like no one cares for us. Always remember that God does care for us and loves us more than anyone else ever could. He is our friend even if we feel like we don’t have any friends at all.
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2 Corinthians 6:14
1 Corinthians 15:33; James 4:4; Ephesians 5:6-14; Philippians 2:15; Psalm 26:4-5
- Two clean T-Shirts (You could also use two towels if you wanted.)
Take one of the T-shirts and rub wet paint and grease all over it. You can bring it in a plastic or paper bag.
Do you like my t-shirt? It is brand new and perfectly clean! This is just like our heart when Jesus forgives us. He makes us perfectly clean inside. He removes all of our sin and stains.
Now what do you think would happen if I saw my friend and he had just finished painting his house and working on his car and he was all filthy. (Take out the dirty shirt.) What do you think would happen if I have him a hug? Do you think that all of my clean would rub off on him? You don’t? Why not?
(Take the dirty shirt and rub it against your clean shirt.)
My clean shirt didn’t make this dirty shirt clean did it? The dirty shirt made my clean on dirty!
The Bible asks us in 2 Corinthians 6:14 what fellowship light can have with darkness and warns us in 2 Corinthians 6:17 to not touch something unclean! Why? Because usually our good does not rub off on them but their bad habits rub off on us.
If you have a best friend that always swears or lies or steals you may start doing that soon too! We will often pick up other people’s bad habits.
We should not totally isolate ourselves because God wants is to share our faith, but we have to be careful because if we are best friends with someone who is far from God they will often pull us away from God too.
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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