Category Archives: Object Lessons

Independence Day Object Lesson – Equipped for Battle

This is a great object lesson for Independence Day or whenever you’re teaching on spiritual warfare.

Equipped For Battle

Supplies Needed: A picture of soldiers similar to this one, Spiritual armor objects or picture.

Next week, we celebrate the birth of our nation. In order the the United States to become a nation, we had to fight for our freedom.

What is some of the equipment a soldier needs when he goes into battle? Give the children a chance to answer before giving suggestions.

Suggestions: uniform, google for night vision, gas mask, food, water, blankets, backpack, guns, bullets, tanks, jeeps, grenades, etc.

The Bible tells us of another kind of warfare. This warfare is spiritual and every Christian is involved in it. Just as every soldier needs equipment when he goes into battle, we Christians need equipment for spiritual battle.

Ephesians 6:10-18 lists the equipment we need. As you mention each piece of armor, show a picture of it or illustrate it with an object. Here’s a link where you can download a free Armor of God Chart for signing up for emails.

Belt of Truth: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. When we put on the belt of truth, we live the truth.

Breastplate of Righteousness: When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He makes us right before Him.

Shoes of the Readiness of the Gospel of Peace: When we are ready to do what God says, we’ll have peace of God in our lives.

Shield of Faith: When we place our faith in Jesus, He will protect us against the devil’s lies.

Helmet of Salvation: We need to protect our minds by thinking the way God wants us to think.

Sword of the Spirit: The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God – the Bible. The Bible defeats our spiritual enemies. That’s why it’s important to learn what it says and to obey it.

Prayer: The last weapon God gives us is prayer. After we’ve put on all of the armor, if we pray, God will fight our battles for us, and we will be fully equipped soldiers ready for spiritual battle.

Ascension of Jesus Children’s Church Lessons

This Thursday, May 14th, is the day we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus. That means this Sunday is the perfect time to teach a lesson on it. Here are a few online resources to help:

Lesson: Apostles Witness Jesus’ Ascension

Ascension of Jesus Object Lesson

Bible Fun For Kids – Jesus Has Lunch on the Shore and Goes to Heaven

Ascension of Heaven Verse Maze

Sermon for Kids – Up, Up, and Away

Ascension of Jesus Word Search

Faith Formations – Sermon on Ascension of our Lord

Easter Object Lessons

Here’s some links for Easter object lessons and stories:

The Curtain Was Torn

Salvation Gospel Illusion

What’s Easter All About?

The Colors of Easter

He Paid the Price

The Empty Egg

Children’s Lessons about Esther and the Feast of Purim

This Thursday and Friday is the time that the Jewish people celebrate the Feast of Purim. They honor Esther and remember how she saved the Jewish people. I can think of no better time to teach about Esther during mid-week classes or children’s church.

The story of Esther is found in the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. The main theme and verse from the Book of Esther is found here:

Esther 4:14 (NIV)  For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?

What a powerful statement for our time. Children need to learn that they were created by God in this time and in the family they were born for an important purpose. Some day, they may need to make a stand as Esther did and risk something to obey God.

One fun thing you can do is have a Purim carnival where everyone dresses up as kings and queens and parades through the church or neighborhood. The children could make banners that say “For Such a Time as This”, and they could carry streamers and noisemakers.

Here are a few online lessons for teaching about Esther:

Created for a Purpose

Esther Bible Lesson for Preschoolers

Esther the Queen Bible Activities

Free Bible Lesson – Esther

Church House Collection: Queen Esther

Pinterst – Esther

If you would like to do a series on Esther, here are a couple of online teachings:

Bible Study Planet:

Esther Bible Lessons For Children:

Object Lesson – Preparing Children to Receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:38  Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Supplies needed: pitcher of water, 5 paper cups prepared the following ways (1st cup turned upside down, 2nd cup has dirt, trash, and mud in it, 3rd cup has hole in the bottom, 4th cup is cut in half length wise with the cup side turned toward the children, 5th cup is right side up), bowl to catch water

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a free gift that God wants to give His children, but there are ways to prepare to receive this free gift.

(pour water in the first cup) This represents a child who has not asked Jesus Christ into His heart. Since he doesn’t know Christ as his Savior, he can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(show children the inside of the second cup) This child can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit because he has sin in his life. He needs to confess his sin to God and ask God to forgive him before he receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(pour water in the third cup) This child is saved and has been forgiven of his sin, but he can’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit because he doesn’t have faith that God will fill Him. Maybe he thinks he’s too young or not good enough. Or maybe he believes that God only wants to fill people like the preacher and the children’s pastor.

(pour water in the fourth cup) This child can’t receive the Holy Spirit because he hasn’t surrendered himself completely to God. Once he does that, he can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

(pour water into the fifth cup until it overflows) God wants to fill you with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Lead the children in a prayer that addresses each of the children represented by the different cups.