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John 6:38; John 17:4; John 5:30
- A remote control car or train
- Dead batteries
- New batteries
- Screwdriver (if needed) to put the batteries in
Begin this lesson with the dead batteries inside the car, but keep the new batteries out of sight.
Do you guys like remote control cars? (Allow for response).
Me too! It is so much fun to ride them around the yard, through mud puddles and over anthills. Or in the house you can, chase your mom around with them. Who wants to come up here and demonstrate how to drive this car? Now, I need someone who really knows what they are doing. (Choose a student and give them the controller and tell them to drive it. Since the car has dead batteries it obviously won’t work).
What’s the matter? I thought you said you knew how to drive one of these things! Try it again. Does anyone know why this car won’t work? (Allow suggestions).
Ok, some of you think that it might be the batteries, well let’s take a look. (Open the battery cover and show the class that it has batteries).
This car has batteries! But come to think of it, these batteries have been in this car for a long time. Let me see if I have some new ones. (Get the new batteries and put them in the car).
Ok, now why don’t you try to drive this thing? (Allow the student to drive it).
Wow, it’s working! (Have the student take a seat). In John 4:34 (NIV) Jesus tells us “My food, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” In this verse, Jesus is not talking about pizza or ice cream or even vegetables. He is talking about spiritual food. He is telling us here, that we need to give nourishment to our souls.
How do you feed your soul? (Allow for answers: reading God’s Word, spending time with God, doing God’s work).
Yeah, our souls are fed when we read the Bible and spend time with God and by telling other people about God and sharing our faith. It’s like our remote control car here. It couldn’t work because it had dead batteries, but when it received the fresh batteries it was able to do anything. Our souls are like that too. We need to keep our souls charged up. We can also keep our souls charged up by doing God’s work which is to point others to Him and to serve others.
Psalms 118:14; Colossians 3:16; Proverbs 4:20-22; John 15:7; Philippians 4:6; Hebrews 10:25
- Dead rechargeable batteries
- Flashlight or something to show that the batteries don’t work
- Battery recharger
(Show the flashlight or whatever you have.)
Does anyone here know what this is? (Wait for responses.) That’s right it is a flashlight! Do you know what it is used for? (Allow a response.) That’s right it helps you to see when it is dark. (Switch the light on, but it shouldn’t come on or it should be very dim.) Uh oh! Something isn’t right here! Does anyone know why this flashlight is not working properly? (Wait for a response.) You think the batteries are dead?
(Take out the batteries and read the side.)
This says that these batteries are “rechargeable.” Do you know what that means? That means that once the battery dies you can charge it back up again. (Pull out the battery charger and show it.) Do any of you have anything that takes rechargeable batteries?
I was in such a hurry to show you my flashlight that I forgot to put these batteries on the charger and now these batteries don’t have any power.
In Ephesians 6:10 it says that we should be strong in the Lord’s mighty power! How do we get strong in His power? By staying charged up, just like these batteries. We read his Word, we pray, we go to church and learn about Him. When we do these things our faith and strength grow.
But, if we stop doing these things our charge will slowly drain just like these batteries lost all of their strength. We need to stay strong in God’s power and keep seeking Him with our whole heart. When we do these things He will give us His strength.
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