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Taste and See

Taste and See

Key Verse

Psalm 34:8

Additional Verses

Hebrews 6:4-5; Psalm 119:103; Zechariah 9:17

Materials Needed

  • Orange (or other piece of fruit or candy)

Object Lesson

The bible says to taste and see that The Lord is good. Have you ever had an orange before (or whatever you have)? ImagineĀ  that I have never eaten one, and I want someone to explain to me how this orange tastes.

(Let the person try to describe how the orange tastes. Keep trying to mess up their description. If they say it tastes like an orange just say you’ve never tasted it so that doesn’t count. If they say it is sweet ask if it tastes like chocolate. If they say it’s juicy ask if it tastes like steak.)

I’m sure that these are delicious, but there is only one way to really know if it is good or not. Do you know how?

(Start to peel the orange.)

The only way to know if it is good is to eat it. That is the only way to know.

(Start to eat the orange.)

Wow! This is delicious! It is so sweet and juicy just like you said, but the only way for me to understand the taste is to actually taste it.

The only way to really know the goodness of God is to experience it. It is not good enough to just hear people describe God and talk about him. We need to know him for our self.

 

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What’s in Your Heart?

what's in your heart

Key Verse

Luke 6:45

Additional Verses

Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 15:18-19; Ephesians 4:29

Materials Needed

  • Cup of hot water
  • Tea bag (a variety of tea bags would be better)

Object Lesson

(Hold up the cup of hot water.)

Does anyone know what this is? (Wait for a response.) That’s right, it is a cup of water, but not just any water, this is hot water.

(Hold up the tea bag.)

Do you know what this is? (Wait for a response.) Correct, it is a tea bag. Can anyone tell me what color of tea this tea bag will make? (Wait for responses.) Those are good guesses, but there is no way for you to know until I brew it in this hot water.

(Place the tea bag in the hot water.)

When we look around at each other on Sunday at church we kind of look like this tea bag. We all dress similar. We talk the same. We act the same. But is that who we really are? No, not necessarily. Some of us might really love God and are following Him as best we can and some of us might now even care at all.

(Hold up the cup of tea.)

What am I holding now? (Allow a response.) That’s right, it is not longer hot water. Now it is tea, and we can see what color it is! What color is it?

Just like we can’t tell what color a tea will become before putting it in hot water, we cannot tell what’s in your heart until you are in hot water. In Luke 6:45 it says that a good person produces good things and a bad person produces bad things. What kind of hot water? Maybe you get in trouble. Maybe when you get hurt. Maybe when someone teases you. When we are in hot water the real “you” comes out!

We need to make sure that when we face the “hot water” of life that good things come out and not bad things.

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