Object Lessons Zone

Getting children to understand spiritual truth is like threading a needle...

It is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for...

I don't mean to string you along, or hem you in, but the point of this Zone is to thread together all of the object lessons we've knitted together in this site. So don't get all wound up or get yourself in a ball just cut loose and tie these object lessons into the next yarn you are teaching. I know these puns are piercing, but like the man of the cloth said, "You reap what you sew!" Or sew they say!

See also: Why I Believe In Object Lessons by Barney Kinard

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All Access The Best Gift

The best gift is not always the one that looks the best!

Christmas, Giving
All Access The Death of Salsa

This is a great object lesson idea that I heard from Rob Bell once. The main point is to illustrate how death in so many cases actually brings us life.

Fear of Death
All Access The Faith of a Mustard Seed

In this exercise, several unbelievable tasks will be performed that will be viewed as miraculous. However, these tasks are but tricks of science. The miraculous events in the Bible, though, are true miracles, that by definition exceed scientific explanation. The belief that these biblical events occurred as written in the Bible is pivotal to building a connection to God; our faith in God is only as strong as our faith in the bible as God's Word.

The Bible is God's Word.
All Access The Holy Spirit Helps Us When We Pray

A series of object lessons on how the Holy Spirit can help us in our everyday lives.

The Holy Spirit
All Access The Power of The Cross

This is a great Children's Ministry object lesson to use when demonstrating the power of the Blood that Jesus shed on the cross.

Blood of Jesus - the Cross
All Access The Race of Life

This object lesson was written for an Awana Grand Prix devotional to be used while the judges were determining the winner.

Awana Grand Prix Devotional
All Access The Real Thing

Object lesson for teaching kids about having an authentic relationship with God. Can also be used for discussing false prophets, the one true God, and such.

Being Real
All Access The Shepherd Knows His Flock

Many people spend their lives trying to convince others they are worthy of the kingdom of heaven. While we may look alike and even act alike, only Jesus really knows us. It is our personal relationship with Jesus that saves us, for the shepherd knows His flock.

Judging Others
All Access This Little Light of Mine

We all need to let the light of Jesus shine. If we let it extinguish, we become more susceptible to worldly things coming in to fill the void. The same is true in science. A lit candle that sits is a pool of water is extinguished when a vase is placed over it. The loss of the flame (heat) creates a void that is filled by the rising water. But having this light is not enough to fulfill God’s plan, for many are needed to provide sufficient power to change the world. The same is true for science. This is called synergism and can be demonstrated using both a rubber ball and a bag experiment.

Transforming with Jesus
All Access Transform and Evangelize

God wants every Christian to live a different life than those who do not believe in Him. When we accept Him we transform into a new image, a new form. Letting others actually see what Christ has done for us helps spread the message of Christ to others.

Personal Transformation and Evangelism
Starter Two Crowns

3-5 year olds will construct a king’s crown and a crown of thorns.  

Crucifixion, Jesus' Trial, Pilate
All Access We Can Take the Heat

With balloons and fire, kids learn that with the Holy Spirit's help, we can do the right thing even when it's hard.

Doing what is Right, the Holy Spirit's help
Starter What does it mean to be poor?

3-5 year olds will understand the concept of being "poor" as an introduction to 1 Kings 17, God's provision for the widow.

Poverty, generosity, God's provision
All Access What does the Future Hold?

The wonderful Children's Church Object Lesson/Illusion will show your kids that God has a plan for their life. A plan to give them hope, and a future!

God has Plans for YOU!
All Access When the Heat is On: Relying on God Through Tough Times

In this wonderful Children's Church lesson we will use the Children of Israel as an example to show the kids how God was leading them to the Promised Land; and how they stopped trusting God when the water ran out. Use 2 balloons, a candle, and an optical illusion.

Trusting God
All Access Who Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up.

I did this object lesson for a council time in AWANA. I wanted to paint the picture to the kids that God knows their future and it is good! The following is an outline to be used. Don't feel you have to read word for word. You may want to emphasis different parts for different groups of kids

God knows our future.
All Access Winning the Inner Battle

We don't get our lives pure of sin by picking out sin in our life! We get our lives pure simply by pouring more of God into our lives, and GOD WILL PURIFY US.

Sin, Purification
Starter Wordless Book Hamburger

This is a twist on the typical "Wordless Book" salvation object lesson.

Salvation
Starter Worry

If we keep our worries to ourselves, we only get tied up and not able to do anything. When we seek God first all the time, even in the middle of problems, He will help us.

Worry, Seek God First
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