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Recharge Your Batteries

Recharge

Key Verse

Joshua 1:8

Additional Verses

Psalms 119:105; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalms 119:18

Materials Needed

  • Cell phone with charger
  • Bible

Object Lesson

(Hold up the cell phone.)

Have any of you ever used one of these before? What are cell phones used for? (Wait for responses.) I remember when cell phones were used only for making phone calls! Now they are used for so many more things! You can play games, listen to music, navigate, watch movies, and so much more. It is amazing how much you can do with a cell phone.

There is a problem that all cell phones have. Have you ever used a phone for a long period of time, maybe playing a game or listening to music, and then you glance up and see that the battery indicator shows the battery is almost dead?

What a horrible feeling that is! What do you do when that happens? Do you throw the phone into the garbage? Do you toss it on the ground and stomp all over it? Do you smash it with a huge hammer? No way! Of course not.

What you need is one of these!

(Hold up the phone charger.)

You have to plug the phone into the power and recharge it. The battery will start to charge up immediately and you will soon be at full power once again.

Did you know that your life is a lot like this cell phone. You may play games, watch movies and talk with your friends, but soon your spiritual battery begins to drain. You need to get recharged! You need to take time to read God’s Word on daily daily basis like it says to do in Joshua 1:8.

As you read God’s Word your faith and power will begin to increase and you will be able to do great things for the Kingdom of God. If you don’t take time to recharge your spirit will be weak and not able to do great things.

Just like you always remember to recharge the batteries in your cell phone make sure that you recharge your spiritual batteries each day also.

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Self Control

Self control Bible lesson

Key Verse

1 Peter 4:7

Additional Verses

Galatians 5:22-23; Proverbs 25:28; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Titus 1:8; Titus 2:12

Materials Needed

  • Dog leash

Object Lesson

(Take out the dog leash and show it to every one.)

Does anyone know what this is? That’s right, it is a dog leash. Do you know what it is used for? (Wait for responses.) You clip it to a dog’s collar so that way they can’t get away from you.

Have you ever walked a dog before? Most of the time they don’t just walk calmly by your side. They are running around and sniffing different things and leaving their “mark” on other things. That is why you need to use a leash. If you didn’t have a leash your dog might be running all over the place and it might get in all kinds of trouble. The leash helps you to control the dog and not let it get to far from you.

In 1 Peter 4:7 it says that God wants us to have self-control. Self-control is kind of like this leash that you would put on a dog, except it is putting a leash on yourself. Have you ever worn a leash before? When we have self-control we don’t let our self just go any do any and everything we want to. We make sure that it is something that would please God. Just like a dog would like to run wild, our sinful nature wants to run wild and do whatever it wants. But God wants us to have self-control.

It is not always easy to control ourselves when we are tempted or when we are angry but this is what God wants us to do. The more we read and study God’s word we can learn the things that please Him. So don’t just let yourself run wild! Put a leash on yourself and exercise self-control!

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Renewing Your Mind

renewing your mind

Key Verse

Romans 12:1-2

Additional Verses

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

Materials Needed

  • Glass
  • Container of milk (or juice, soda, or whatever as long as it is obviously different from water.)
  • Tall pitcher of water.
  • Pan or tray to catch the overflow

Preparation

You will want to test out this object lesson to make sure that you have enough water to fully displace the milk in the glass.

Object Lesson

In Romans 12:1-2 it tells us that we shouldn’t be the same as the world and that we should let God change the way that we think. Many people talk about being “street wise” or “worldly-wise” and that means that you think the way that the world thinks. However, God wants us to think the way that He thinks. He wants you to be renewing your mind.

(Show the glass and place it in the pan.)

This glass is going to represent your mind. The things that you think about. (Fill the glass full of milk.) Now it is full of all kinds of bad thoughts. Things of the world. Basically thinking in a way that does not please God. If you have thoughts about lying, or cheating or doing something wrong those a thoughts that don’t please God.

God wants us to change the way that we think. Everyone look really hard at this glass and let’s make it change into something else just by looking at it. Ready? Go!

(Stare very intently at the milk.)

Nothing happened! How can we change what is in the glass? How do we change the way that we think? By filling it up with something else.

(Show the pitcher full of water.)

This pitcher of water will represent God’s Word, the Bible. (Slowly start pouring the water into the glass of milk, letting it overflow into the pan.) Instead of letting our thoughts be filled with things of the world we should let it get filled with God’s Word. It is so easy to let the world’s thinking slip in. We are exposed to it on TV, movies, music, magazines, the Internet and many other ways. We need to fill our lives with God’s Word.

(The milk should be overflowing, and now it should be noticeably diluted.)

Do you see what is happening? The water is replacing the milk. The same way that when we pour God’s Word into our lives it begins to change the way that we think by replacing those worldly thoughts. (Continue to pour the water.)

The more we let God’s Word into our life the more it will clean us and help us to think the way that God wants us to. Sometimes more bad thinking gets added back in and that is why we need to study God’s Word on a daily basis.

(The glass should be mostly clear.)

Let us read and study God’s Word and let it transform the way that we think.

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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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Sword of the Spirit

sword of the spirit

Key Verse

Ephesians 6:17

Additional Verses

Hebrews 4:12; Isaiah 49:2; Matthew 4:10-11

Materials Needed

  • Sword
  • Bible

Object Lesson

(Take out the sword and show everyone.)

Does anyone know what this is? It is a sword! Do you know what swords are used for? Fighting! In Ephesians 6:11 we are told to put on God’s armor and most of the armor listed is for our protection. But there is only one piece of armor that is used for fighting back. Do you know what is? The Sword of the Spirit!

Swords are sharp and they are used for cutting and the Bible says in Hebrews 4:12 that God’s Word is sharper than the sharpest knife! That means that it is powerful!

The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. The way that you use it is by memorizing and quoting Scripture when you need it. When Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil he overcame those temptations by quoting Scripture. When Jesus quoted those verses that was like he was taking some serious jabs at the devil and the devil couldn’t take it anymore and he ran away!

When we are being attacked by temptation and by things that come at us in life God has given us a weapon to fight back! It is the Sword of the Spirit. We should read God’s Word and memorize Scripture verse that apply to our lives. That way when we are facing trouble we can put that sword out and fight off our enemy!

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God’s Compass

God's Compass

Key Verse

Psalm 119:105

Additional Verses

Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 25:4-5; Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6

Materials Needed

  • Compass
  • Bible

Object Lesson

(Hold up the compass.)

Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for a response.) That’s right it is a compass. Do any of you know how to use it? Many people know that a compass helps you to find the right direction, but most people don’t really know how to use one very well.

The compass has a pointer that has been magnetized and it always points in a certain direction. Do you know what direction that is? North! If you are ever lost in the woods or if you are ever lost when you are on a trip and if you know how to use a compass it will help you because it will always point to the north and you can find every other direction based off of that.

In life many people feel like they are lost. They don’t know which way to go. They feel like they don’t have a purpose or meaning. Many of them wish that they had a compass to help guide them.

(Hold up the Bible.)

This is also a compass. It is the compass for our life. When we read the Scriptures God will give us direction through the Holy Spirit and He will guide us in the best path to take.

In Psalm 119:105 is says that God’s Word is like a lamp to our feet and a light for our path. Do you know what that means? That means that God will help to direct us and guide us. He will help us to know which direction to take. He will help us to avoid the obstacles that come at us in our life. If we ever feel like we are lost in our life the Bible will help us find the right way to go.

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Hearing From God

Hearing from God

Key Verse

Psalm 46:10

Additional Verses

Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13; John 10:27; 1 Kings 19:12

Materials Needed

  • Large seashell (Like the ones that you would hold up to your ear to listen to)

Object Lesson

(Show the large seashell.)

Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for a response.) It is a large seashell. Have you ever listened to a seashell like this before? They say that if you hold it up to your ear and if you are very still and very quite that you can hear the ocean in it.

(If you have time you can pass the shell around and let them try listening to it.)

In Psalm 46:10 the Bible says “be still and know I am God.” It is really hard for us to be still isn’t it. Let’s try to be perfectly still for 30 seconds. (Time everyone for 30 seconds.)

That wasn’t very easy was it? If we want to hear from God we need to slow our lives down. Sometimes we are doing way too many things and moving way too fast. We have school, work, sports, hobbies and we rush, rush, rush. And then we wonder why we are not able to hear God’s “still small voice.”

Just like when you are trying to hear the ocean in the seashell we need to be very still and quiet to hear it, we need to be very still and quiet so that we can hear God speaking to us.

Maybe if you spend some time outdoors you are able to slow down enough to hear from God. Maybe you listen to music all the time and maybe you should shut it off from time to time so you can hear from God. It is important that we all take time to just be quiet and listen for His voice.

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The Rare Bible

Bible Jokes

A rare book collector ran into an old friend who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in an old box in his attic. He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.

“Not Gutenberg?” gasped the collector.

“Yes, that was it!”

“You idiot! You’ve thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!”

“Oh, I don’t think this book would have been worth anything close to that much,” replied the man. “It was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther.”

Sweeter Than Honey

Sweeter than Honey

Key Verse

Psalm 119:103

Additional Verses

Psalm 19:9-10; Psalm 119:127; Psalm 119:72; Proverbs 8:19

Materials Needed

  • Jar of honey.
  • Toothpicks or Popsicle sticks if you want to let people taste the honey

Object Lesson

(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.

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Keeping Life in Balance

Keeping life in balance

Key Verse

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Additional Verses

2 Peter 3:17; Ephesians 5:15; Colossians 3:17

Materials Needed

  • Long pole

Object Lesson

Have you ever seen someone walk a tightrope before? It’s pretty amazing isn’t it. If they aren’t careful they can fall off on either side, and that wouldn’t be a very pretty thing to watch. What does it take to walk on a tightrope? (Wait for response.) That’s right, it takes balance.

(Hold up the pole.)

Many tightrope walkers will also use a very long pole like this that they hold on to while they are going across windy or dangerous areas. Does anyone know why? Because it helps them to stay balanced!

Often times people let their lives get out of balance. They spend to much time at work, school, video games, movies, or doing all kinds of things. Now those things are particularly bad, but Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is a time for everything. We need to keep those things in balance.

God has given us something to keep our lives balanced just like a tightrope walker carries this long pole. God has given us his Word, the Bible! When we read it, study it and memorize it we will grow stronger and be able to keep our life in balance.

It is important for us to read the Bible regularly and let God speak to us through it so that when the winds come they won’t blow us off balance.

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