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Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 25:4-5; Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5-6
(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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1 Corinthians 8:6; Matthew 3:16-17; 1 John 5:7-8; John 14:26
- Ice cubes
- Boiling water (You can use a hot plate to heat water or preheat water and put it into a Thermos or insulated container.)
In Matthew 28:19 it talks about the Trinity. Do you know what the Trinity is? (Wait for any responses, but don’t be surprised if you don’t get too many.)
In Scripture we learn that God has three very distinct parts. God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These are three very distinct and unique parts of God, but they are all One! That is a confusing thing for many people to understand. How can God be three but also one?
(Show the glass of water.)
This water is going to represent God, specifically God the Father.
(Show everyone the ice cubes.)
Does anyone know what these ice cubes are made out of? (Wait for a response.) That’s right they are made of the same thing that is in this glass, water! Jesus had a physical body and form, just like these cubes have a very distinct shape and size. Jesus took a human body and became one of us. Even though this ice is different from the water, it is also the same.
(Open the Thermos so that you can see steam coming out.)
I have some boiling water here. Do you know what this faint smoke is? (Wait for a response.) This is steam. Steam is incredible powerful! It can power the largest machines in the world trains and huge ships! Do you know what steam is made out of? Water! It is the very same thing as the water and the ice, but it is an entirely different form. The Holy Spirit is like this steam. The Holy Spirit gives us great power in our lives and comforts us when we need it.
So even though the water, the ice and the steam are each unique and distinct they are also all exactly the same. In a similar way God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are unique and distinct but are also one.
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Psalm 37:23; Isaiah 14:27; Hebrew 2:8; Proverbs 19:21; Romans 12:2
- Radio control toy (car, boat, helicopter, whatever)
(Take out the radio controlled car and show it to everyone.)
Have you ever seen one of these before? What is it? (Wait for a response.) Do you have anything that is radio controlled? (Allow them to respond.) Radio controlled cars, trucks, boats and airplanes are so much because because you actually get to control it. You might have other toy cars that you can look at or push around, but when it has a radio control you can do all kinds of cool things with it!
(Put the car on the floor and stare at it.)
Does anyone know what this car is doing? (Wait for a response.) Absolutely nothing!! This car is in control of itself right now and it isn’t going anywhere! Watch what happens when I take control of it! (Drive the car around.)
We are just like this car. When we try to control ourselves we don’t really go anywhere. Instead we should let God have the control and he can lead us, guide us, and direct us where He wants us to go.
In James 4:7 the Bible says that we should submit to God, that means that we let Him control us. (Hold out the radio control and hand it to someone.) That’s like taking this control and giving it to someone and saying, “I want YOU to control the car.” What we are doing when we give God the control is we are saying that we want HIM to control our lives.
When God is controlling our lives through his Holy Spirit then we can know that He will lead us in the best path for our life. Let us give the control of our life over to God today.
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Acts 1:8, Romans 9:17, Romans 15:13, 1Thessalonians 1:5, Hebrews 4:12, 2Peter 1:2-4
- Drill with cord (although any appliance that needs to be plugged inc an be used)
- Drill bit
Have you or your dad ever used on of these before? What did you use it for? (Wait for responses.)
What can this drill do? Right! It can drill holes into wood. Watch me drill a perfect hole in this board!
(Take the drill and push it hard against the wood, try twisting it and so on, until the kids point out that it isn’t plugged in.)
I can’t figure out why this isn’t making a hole in this wood! Does anyone have any suggestions? (Allow responses.)
(Hold up the cord.)
I don’t know if this cord will really help though, but if you think it will I will try it.
(Plug the drill in and drill a hole in the wood.)
Wow! It worked, and all I needed to do was plug into the power! This drill is pretty worthless if it isn’t plugged into the power.
In Ephesians 3:20 is says that God wants to do some amazing things in our lives, but we have to be plugged into the power just like this drill. Does anyone know how we plug into God’s power? (Wait for some responses.) By reading His Word, by praying, coming to church, fasting, giving and other things like that. When we do these things it is like plugging this drill into the wall. We can now do great things!
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