Stuff Kid's Pastors Like #104 – Forcing Object Lessons

If you have been doing kids ministry for any length of time you have done this. We start with a cool object and work backwards and try to fit the bible into our lesson instead of teaching the bible and thinking of an object that could illustrate what we just taught in God’s word. So I thought I would delve into the reasons why kids pastors abuse object lessons.

Over using the same illustration – The first week you tell the kids about how Toothpaste  is like lies you once it out you can’t get it back in. Your lesson went so well you decide to use toothpaste  again a few weeks later this time toothpaste is like sin, it makes a mess and it only comes off with the Water of God’s word. Boy in the front raises his hand I thought toothpaste was about lies. You – well a lie is a sin right.

Paying so much for a prop – You are going to use it if it kills you. – I bought a flaming bible for 30 bucks because it sounded cool. What can you use a burning bible for? Not much I found out. Did I force that object lesson into a lesson it had no business being in? Absolutely.

Preaching with a lab coat on – Thinking that a science lesson you saw on TV would be cool Kids church – and searching your bible for something that would be remotely close so you can use Bill Nye’s experiment. The end result is a great demonstration of Science and a not so great use of Biblical hermeneutics.

The co-dependent message – You try and fix a so-so kids message with a better than so-so object lesson. The end result being that both can’t live without the other when really neither should have been shared in public.

The stick through the boring part for the good part. – I have actually heard some kid’s pastors refer to the Bible story as the “boring part” they actually said that. That same kids pastor would get very excited by games and object lessons. If you think the bible is boring you will convey that to the kids and have no business anywhere near a kids church

You know you’ve done it. How do I know? Because I have. Our kids deserve better. We can fix this whole problem by doing one simple thing. Start with the Bible then think what would best help illustrate that part of the bible. We want the Bible to be the focus not your baking soda volcano.

Free Bible Lessons – Exodus "Jesus My Redeemer"

(Jesus my Redeemer)

Key Point: Jesus Saved ME!
Memory Verse: Exodus 15:13 “The people you rescued were led by your powerful love to you holy place.”

Lesson Summery – Today Kids what we are going to talk about the Book of Exodus. In the book of Exodus we see Jesus as our redeemer. I know that is a big word, can anyone tell me what it means (allow for responses). That’s right Jesus saved me. We are going to talk about how Jesus saved us from a life of wandering not knowing where we are going not knowing what we are doing. Jesus gave us a reason to live. We don’t have to wonder like the Children of Israel did in the wilderness. We don’t have to wonder through our lives not knowing what we are here for. Jesus loves us very much and wants us to obey him. The Lord saved the children of Israel. They were slaves forced to work in another country called Egypt. God saved them and took them out of that situation. Just like many of us how many have you have asked Jesus to come into our lives? (allow for responses.) Just like the people of Israel were a slave to Egypt the bible says with out Jesus we are slaves to sin.

You saved my life – (A skit about how grateful people are when their lives are spared from death)

(Have the sound of large truck going by blowing the horn and then the scream of a little girl.)
Candy – (out of breath)  Wooho! That was a close call!
Pastor – Candy what’s wrong you seem flustered. Are you alright.
Candy – Yea, I am now.
Pastor – What happened?
Candy – Well I was walking home from school pastor, and I started counting all the clouds in the sky and I accidentally walked into the street. I surly would have been hit by a car if my good friend James didn’t jump out and pull me out of the way.
Pastor – Wow, that was very brave of James.
C – I know I owe him my life and I told him I said “ James I will follow you around were ever you go and do everything for you even take out the trash because you saved my life.”
P – Really you told him that.
C – Yea, I said that I would not stop following him or doing things for him untill I had a chance to save his life as well. Oh pastor he was so brave he didn’t  even think about his own life. What a brave, brave boy.
P – Well you know Candy that it is important that you thank him for his bravery and selflessness, but there is someone who saved you from something much more scary something much more dangerous than a truck.
C – Who did that, and what can be more scary than a big truck?
P – That person was Jesus Christ and he saved you from sin.
C – Really he did that for me.
P – Yes, He really did. It is important that you are thankful to James for what he did for you. But you need to know  that  Christ did on the cross is much greater because you were spared from a lifetime of death.
C – Really
P – Yes really, remember how you wanted to thank James and to serve him and wait for an opportunity to save his life. We need to be greatful to the Lord in the same way for what he has done for us. We need to serve him out of a thankful heart and look for ways to lay down our lives for him because he gave his life for us.
C – Wow! I never realized that before thanks Pastor. I am going to look all day for ways I can serve Jesus more.

Teaching –  In that Last Skit kids, what did Candy learn? (Allow for responses) That right she learned what Jesus Christ had done for her. We are learning this week about the book of Exodus and how Christ is our redeemer which means he saved us. In Exodus we see how God Delivered the children of Israel from the Egyptians. The people of Israel were slaves to the Egyptians they were forced to do hard labor and were only given food and water. They wanted to be free so God prepared a man to set them free to take them out of Egypt and their slavery to a land of peace called the promised land. I was very hard for Moses because the Pharaoh the King of Egypt didn’t want to let the children of Israel go. So Moses prayed and God told him that he would be with him so Moses went to Pharaoh and performed many miracles so that Pharaoh would know that Moses’ God is the one true God. God brought many plagues to the land of Egypt so that  all of Egypt would know that God is a God who desires to deliver his people. Finally after all the plagues Pharaoh decides to let the children of Israel go. God delivered them out of Egypt because he loved them. God used Moses to deliver his people. And do you want to know what kids? The same God  that  delivered the people of Israel can deliver you today. No matter what may be holding you captive like the evil king pharaoh was doing, it doesn’t matter because God is able to do what we can not do. He will always deliver you if you call on his name and ask him to. All we need to say is Jesus save me and he will. Today if you don’t know Jesus think about all the things in your life that are hard things that you know you can not do on your own. If you call on Him and ask Him to come into your life He will save you He will deliver you from a life of hardship like the children of Israel in Egypt. So be thinking about that today during our lesson.
Interview a fireman – (have a person dressed up in a fireman suit or T-shirt and hat come in)

Interviewer – Hello how are you?
Fireman – Good how are you?
Interviewer – So what do you do for a living?
F – I am a fireman I make a living saving people from fires.
I – You are paid to risk your own life to save the lives of others?
F- Exactly.
I – Doesn’t that seem scary to risk your life for people you don’t even know?
F – Not really because it is my job to save lives. My mission as a firefighter is not even to worry about my own life but to be consumed with saving the lives of others.
I – You know what Mr. Firefighter your job sounds much like the job of one of my very best friends.
F – Oh yea, what does this friend of yours do?
I – He is sort of well…. You know…. He is the Son of God.
F – Really how is the son of God is a firefighter.
I – He isn’t a firefighter but he is in the business of saving lives. He much like you come to earth his only mission was to save our lives from the fires of hell. He didn’t even think about trying to save his life but willingly died for us so that we can live for him. Jesus saved you and me so that we don’t have to live an eternity without Him.
F – So I guess you can say that Jesus was sort of a devine firefighter he came to save us from the fire of hell.
I – Exactly
F- So even though I do good things and save lives I still need Jesus to save me?
I – Yes you do, Mr. Firefighter because the bible says that our righteousness are like filthy rags
F – Which by the way can cause fires.
I – Yes that’s true but Mr. Firefighter you need Jesus. You can’t save enough people from fires to earn you way into heaven. Heaven is a free gift offered to all. All you need to do is say Jesus I need you to come into my life and be my personal Lord and savior.
F – I think that I want to do that.
I  – All you need to do is repeat after me. (Have Fireman repeat the following prayer after the Interviewer)  “Dear Jesus I ask that you would come into my life and forgive me of all my sins, I give my life to you and ask that you would save me. In Jesus’ name Amen.
F – Wow! What a difference Jesus makes. Thanks but I had better get going.

Sin chair Skit
Objects Needed –
1 – Chair
1 – Sign with the word sin on it.

Cast needed –
1 – Worldly person plays with the sin and gets stuck
1 – One Pharisee Christian – thinks that he is to good to sin
1 – True Christian – helps them out

Procedure –

Worldly Man – (Comes out walks around sees the chair is tempted to touch it and eventually does and gets stuck to it begans to scream for help) Help me I’m stuck! (Stuggles for quite a while trying to free himself using his feet for leverage to try and free his hand. Doing things like hopping around with the chair becoming more and more desprate to be free hears someone coming and quickly covers up he fact that he is stuck so as not to look foolish)
Pharisee – (Walks by looking smug) Hello there fine sir how are you today?
Worldly Man – (nervously) I’m ….uh, uh, o.k. why?
Pharisee – Just wandering because I am doing very well because I am so holy.
Worldly Man  – Well I must be honest with you I am a bit stuck here do you think that you could help me out since you are a Holy man.
Pharisee – Let me think about it. I wouldn’t have a problem getting stuck because I don’t sin, but I am not sure if I want to touch the likes of you.
Worldly Man – Please I am desprate.
P – Oh alright but I want you to know that the only reason that I am doing this is so that I can tell everyone how Holy I am. (reaches out to help him and gets stuck)
WM – Great now we are both stuck I thought that you were suppose to be this great holy man.
(Now both the worldly man and the Pharisee try together to free them selves through a variety of creative ways using each other to try and make it easier to become free. Finally despation sets in and they realize that they need someone else to come set them free.)
True Christian – (walks by and notices that there are a couple of people stuck on a chair.) Hey guys what’s going on.
WM – (upset) Nothing!
Pharisee – (Prideful) Exactly nothing we are fine.
True Christian – Actually you do look like you need a little bit of help there.
WM – Your are right we do
P – Speak for yourself
WM – Come on we need someone to help us.
P – Oh alright.
TC – Actually I can’t help you but I know someone who can.
WM – Whoever it is I  don’t care we need help.
TC – This person is my best friend Jesus Christ. It says right here in the bible (pull out a pocket bible) That all have sinned and fallen short of the God’s glory even you Pharisee. All that you need to do to break from that sin in you life is to ask God to take it away and he will. Just tell him that you need him and that you are sorry for all the things that you have done.
WM – Really
P – All these years I have trying so hard by doing good works to get to heaven if I would have only know it is that easy.
TC – Lets pray (True Christian leads them into a prayer and they say amen and are free from the chair they both give True Christian a big hug and they all walk off together rejoicing.)

Teaching – In that last skit kids we saw how sin wants to attach it’s self to you to destroy you so that you lose your love for Jesus and your love for other people.
In the bible it says that to whom is forgiven much loves much. We have a reason to love much because why? JESUS SAVED ME! That is true and we have a special guest here tonight Listen very closely to the story about my good friend Hanky Chief.

Hanky Chief – Object Lesson
Materials needed-
2 – large Jars big enough to fit you hand in
1 – White cotton handkerchief
1 – Heavy duty spray starch
1 – bottle iodine (red) put a skull and crossbones on the bottle
1 – Sodium Sulfite (Photograde) – you can find this chemical at any place they develop film.

Preparation –
Mark one of the jar lids (sin & works)
Mark the other Jar lid (Forgiveness – Jesus)
Prior to presentation 1hour. Spray entire open handkerchief with starch, both sides, heavy application. Then allow handkerchief to hang and air dry.
Following the handkerchief drying. Fold it into halves 3x.
A few minutes before presentation  – fill both jars ½ full of warm water. (Important the water must be very warm for the chemical to work.)
Place 4 heaping tablespoons of sodium sulfite into the jar marked  (forgiveness – Jesus)
Spray starch approx. 3 seconds into jar marked (Sin – Works).
Place both jars a few feet apart on the table with the chemicals out ready to go.

The Presentation –

Hello boys and Girls I am going to tell you a story about a very close friend of mine. His name is Hanky Chief.
Hanky lived his life much like you and me. He loved going to school just like all of you. He loved  playing and running up and down his streets carefree. He loved many of the same things you and I like the only difference is that Hanky had never heard about Jesus.
He had no way of knowing that there was someone who would take away all of his sins who would for give him of everything. (Take out the bottle of red Iodine)
Do you see this bottle it has a symbol of death on it (pointing to the skull and crossbones) If we drink this we will die. It says in the bible that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. Does that mean when we sin that we fall dead? If that were true none of us would be here right now. What that means is that when we do die we will be separated forever from Jesus. What are some of the things that we do that separate us from God? (Allow for responces) (As the kids offer suggestions take the handkerchief over the iodine bottle and turn upside down top allow iodine to soak through several layers of the handkerchief. Do this five time once in each corner of the handkerchief and once in the middle.)
Even though Hanky has sinned do you want to know how God sees Hanky? (open up the handkerchief and show the kids that it is clean) But Hanky still needs to ask for forgiveness to remove the stain of sin in his life. So Hanky was feeling really bad so he asked one of his friend Bandana how he could get rid of this sin. Bandana said it’s easy just do good things for people, you get rid of your sin by doing good works. So Hanky decided to help an old lady across the street, mow his neighbor’s lawn, was very nice and polite to everyone he met. (As you say a good deed begin dunking the handkerchief in the jar marked sin & works) All these things are good things but they do not remove sin from our lives.
In fact look at Hanky now he is an even bigger mess he looks like a filthy rag. Hey you know what it says in the Bible that our best works are like filthy rags just like Hanky. Well Hanky went back to school the next day a little discouraged because he felt worse than he did before. Until he ran into his other friend Washed cloth who was a Christian and attended ROCK Church (The name of your children’s church.) Washed Cloth told Hanky that he needs to come to ROCK Church with him. Hanky was desperate he would do anything to remove this stain of sin from his life.  Hanky went and he heard from the pastor that the only person who can take away our sins is Jesus Christ. He come to earth to die for our sin stained lives by living a perfect life. He died on the cross for us and rose from the grave in three days and now sits at the right hand of God up in heaven. To be forgiven of you sins you only need to ask Jesus to forgive you and to come into your life and have full control of every area of your life. He will forgive every sin you have ever committed and ever will commit. Hanky was so excited about how great this felt and how easy it was that he went and told everyone he knew what Jesus has done for him. (begin dunking the handkerchief into the jar marked sin & works the reddish water – the water becomes clear) When our lives our touched by Jesus we want to run out and tell everyone what he has done for us. So Hanky and all his family were saved that day. Jesus took all their sins and made them white as snow.

Conclusion –
Do you know what kids Jesus can do for you just what he did for Hanky he can do for you. Jesus died on the cross for all the sins that you have ever committed and will ever commit. Today we learned that Jesus Saved Me! We learned that if we were the only person on earth Christ would have still died on the cross for us.  We learned that Jesus came to save us like a fireman rescues people from the fire. Jesus is our redeemer because he died for us we will live for him. Before we go I want to give every boy and girl in this room an opportunity to do what we have heard. We want to make sure that no one goes home not have the opportunity that Hanky Chief had to ask Jesus to take away the stain of sin in his life. So if you don’t know Jesus raise you hands. Now everyone who raised their hands come forward because the bible says that if we are embarrassed about Jesus here on earth that when we get to heaven he will be embarrassed of us before his father. So come forward and we will have one of our workers pray with you. much

EXODUS SMALL GROUP

Activity
Have a chair with Jesus’ Name on a piece of paper taped to the chair. Have the kids face away from the chair have the SG leader read a list of various sins that people commit with each sin have the kids take one step away from the chair after you have read quite a few and the kids are as far away as possible have them turn around and explain how sin takes us away from Jesus.

Questions
Are you born again (a Christian)?
What does it mean to be “born again”?
When did you ask Jesus into your life?
What did Jesus do for you and me?
How do you know that you are born again (a Christian)?
What is the worst part about not going to heaven? (being separated from Jesus)
Who can you tell this week that Jesus loves them?
We need to be thankful that Jesus died on the cross so we can go to heaven!

Free Bible Lesson – Genesis "God Created Me"

– Book of Creation

Key Point – God created me so I will live for him
Memory Verse – Gen. 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Skit – A boy is at school, some bully kids make fun of a boy say that he is weird and that they aren’t going to hang out with him. The boy says that he isn’t weird because God doesn’t make junk. The bullies respond and say oh yea he made you didn’t he? They give each-other a high five and walk off. The boy is sad and crying because he thinks that he is junk. An adult comes out and sees the boy crying and explains to the boy that God doesn’t make junk that each and everyone of us are created in God’s image. The adult explains that because He created us we can live for him.

Puppet – Have a puppet come up with a baseball hat on. Have the MC ask why he is wearing a baseball hat. The puppet will explain that he is wearing a baseball hat because we are studying Genesis. The MC will look perplexed and ask what baseball has to do with creation. The puppet explains that God created the heaven and earth at a baseball game. The MC tells the puppet that the puppet must have something mixed up. The puppet tells the MC to pull out his Bible and read Genesis 1:1. The MC does just that and still doesn’t understand what that has to do with baseball. The puppet then explains that the bible says “In the BIG–INNING” you know like a baseball inning. The MC laughs then explains that isn’t a baseball inning it is talking about baseball it is talking about how God created the world and how he created you and me from the start the beginning.

Object lesson – If you create something you own it – Lets say I invent the pencil no one has ever invented a pencil because I invented I now own it. It belongs to me in the same way that this pencil belongs to me we belong to God. He created us so we must live for Him.

Skit – Have a not so bright kind of person come out while the MC is talking about how he need to live for Jesus. The Mr. Messy person will start making a mess. The MC will come over and ask what is going on. Mr. Messy will explain that he heard what the MC said about if you make something you own it. So he is making a mess of the room so that he can own it. The MC tries to explain but Mr. Messy is to busy making a mess to pay attention. The MC finally gets Mr. Mess’s attention and explains that it is not the room that he is going to own but the mess. You haven’t created this room just a mess in the room. Mr. Messy finally gets it.

Bible Story – Tell the story of how God created man.
Genesis 1:26-31
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created man in his own image, 
       in the image of God he created him; 
       male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

God Made You – for a very special purpose
God Loves You – No matter what.
God Wants You To Live for Him.

Genesis Small Group Stuff –

Activity – Have the kids draw a picture of their favorite thing that God created – explain how that In the same way that you own the picture you created God owns us because he created us.

Questions –

What can we do to show Jesus we are glad he made us?
Why do you think God made you?
Does God make mistakes?
How do you know that Jesus loves you?
What is your favorite thing that God created?
Why?
Did you know that God made some things just so that we could have fun?
(Like puppies, and slime)
Do you think that there is anything to big for God to create?

What I learned from my little survey.

I originally was taking the survey to give prospective advertisers a glimpse into who it is that stops by my  blog, but what I got out of the survey was a new sense of clarity and focus. Here are a couple of things I learned from the little survey I gave.

Many of you are from churches of 1000 people or less. – I am going to try and offer more stuff for free. Give-a-ways and lessons idea’s things that have helped me over the years. There was a time in my life when I made my own lessons I will began posting those because I think that if you are in a church of 1000 people or less you can better spend your time and energy on leadership development and not on curriculum development.

You prefer posts on Leadership and Tech Stuff. – I will try and be more focused when it comes to leadership stuff as well as tech stuff I tend to use my blog as a way to process what I am thinking. I will try and be more focused about how I do that in the future.