Category Archives: Object Lessons

Saturated by the Holy Spirit Children’s Ministry Object Lesson

Here is a great object lesson to illustrate why we need to be filled and saturated by the Holy Spirit.

Supplies Needed: flat sponge, bowl of water

Ephesians 5:18 Do not be drunk with wine. That will ruin you spiritually. But be filled with the Spirit.

The Bible talks a lot about being filled with the Holy Spirit. The word used in this verse for filled means being continually filled. That means being filled, and filled, and filled again. It means to keep being filled with the Holy Spirit.

(show flat sponge) Can anyone tell me what this is? (If the children don’t know, let them know it’s a sponge that has never been wet. It’s called a flat sponge. Talk about how useless this sponge is without water just as the Christian is useless unless he’s filled with the Holy Spirit.

The sponge is hard. God doesn’t want us to have a hard heart toward Him. He wants to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.

Ezekiel 36:26  I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

This sponge is dry. Without the Holy Spirit filling us, our lives and passion for God can be dry. God wants to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that rivers of living water can flow out of us.

John 7:37-39 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

This sponge can’t wash or clean anything. Being filled with the Holy Spirit keeps us cleansed from sin.

John 7:38  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’

Romans 8:2 Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Object Lesson Experiment:

(Dip the sponge in the bowl of water so it is a little wet. Let the children make observations on how the sponge has changed. It is wetter, bigger, softer, more useful. Dip the sponge again until it gets saturated.)

The more this sponge gets saturated with water, the more useful it is. The more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the more useful we are to the Kingdom of God.

If I were to leave this wet sponge on the shelf, what would happen to it? It would get dried out and hard again. That’s the way we will get if we don’t continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Free Children’s Ministry Materials for Independence Day Weekend

0305-4th-july-1100021042-10182013Here are a few free resources to help you plan children’s church for Independence Day week-end. Have a great 4th of July holiday.

 

 

Children’s Sermons & Object Lessons:

Equipped for Battle Children’s Sermon

Are We on God’s Side Bible Story

Independence Day Lesson

Free at Last Children’s Sermon

Freedom Isn’t Free Children’s Sermon

Children’s Ministry Activities:

Independence Day Craft – Firecrackers

7 Great Ideas for the 4th of July

Living Out Our Liberty Craft

Fun Independence Day Games

 

Are You Hungry? Kidmin Object Lesson Sermon

God wants us to be hungry for the filling of the Holy Spirit.

Hunger Killers:

There are two things that will stop us from being hungry in the natural. These things will also keep us from being hungry for the Holy Spirit.

Sickness: The first thing that keeps you from being hungry is sickness. You don’t feel like eating when you’re sick. Sin is like a spiritual sickness. We can’t get rid of the sickness of sin until we are saved and ask Jesus to forgive us. After we become Christians, we still need to get rid of sin by confessing it to God and asking Him to forgive us.

Snacking: When we fill up on junk food and even healthy snacks before meals, it takes away our hungry so we don’t want to eat. There are also things that we can put before God that fill us up so there’s no room for God. These are spiritual snack foods that keep us from the meal God has prepared.

God Prepares a Meal:

God wants us to be Hungry:  

Matt. 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.

Appetizer: God gives us an appitizer to all He has for us when we are saved and begin to walk with Him.

Psalm 34:8  Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Water: Water is as important to survive spiritually as it is physically. Jesus is the water of Life, and those who come to Him will be filled with the Holy Spirit and never thirst again.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

John 4:14  But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”. (Jesus is the water of life, Holy Spirit)

John 7:37-39  Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. (believe on Jesus, Holy Spirit, Joy)

Isaiah 44:3  For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants. (Holy Spirit, blessings)

Main Course Meal:

Bread: Jesus is the bread of Life. When we spend time with Him, we are eating His bread.

John 6:35  Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

Milk: The Bible is the milk of God’s Word. When we drink His Word, we will learn more about Him and mature spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2  Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.

Solid Food or Meat:  Solid food is for the mature. Babies don’t eat solid food, but when we grow older, we need solid food and meat. Spiritually, this will help us grow and help us discern good and evil. In other words, we will understand what God wants us to do.

Hebrew 5:14  Solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

Dessert: God wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit. He wants us to worship Him and delight in Him. This is our spiritual dessert.

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

So you need to ask youself, “Are You Hungry?”

Easter Object Lessons

Here’s some links for Easter object lessons and stories to help you plan your message Resurrection Sunday.

The Curtain Was Torn

Salvation Gospel Illusion

What’s Easter All About?

The Colors of Easter

He Paid the Price

The Empty Egg

Palm Sunday Free Kidmin Lesson

Jesus with childrenPalm Sunday is this Sunday. Here’s a lesson that you can use to make the day powerful.

Theme: God Wants Children To Praise Him

Verse: Matthew 21:16 (NIV) … From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise

Game: Pin the Tail on the Donkey

You can buy this at most party supply stores.

After playing the game a few times, talk to the children about how Jesus rode to Jerusalem on a donkey.

Activity: Palm Branch Limbo

To play “Palm Branch Limbo,” you will need a few palm branches. These branches are easily found in department stores and floral shops weeks leading up to Palm Sunday. The children will have to limbo under the palm branches while the other children around them cheer them on.

Remind the children of how palm branches were placed in front of Jesus as the crowd around Him cheered Him on and shouted praises to Him.

Bible Story: Jesus Enters Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-17)

You can assign children parts and have them act out this story.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he rode in on a colt like a king. A colt is a young donkey. That means a child donkey held the full glory of God on his back. Child can have the full glory of God in them. You don’t have to wait until you’re grown up.

Everyone heard that Jesus was coming and ran out to meet Him. Some laid palm branches on the ground for Him to ride on. Others waved palm branches and shouted Hosanna, Son of David. They called Him Son of David because that was what they called the Messiah. They knew that the Messiah would have King David as an ancestor in His family tree. Hosanna means “save us” or “rescue us”. They were recognizing that Jesus is the Son of God who had come to save them. Imagine being in the crowd that day and waving palm branches to Jesus and shouting “Hosanna”.

After Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He went to the temple. There were men outside selling and cheating people. This made Jesus angry that these men would cheat people in the Temple of God. He knocked over their tables and said, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer. You have made it into a den of thieves.”

This made the religious leaders angry. They made money off these men who cheated the people.

At that point, children ran up to Jesus and waved palm shouting “Hosanna, Son of David.” Children, let’s use our hands to praise Jesus the way these children did. (Encourage the children to shout praises.)

Some of the religious leaders were angry that the children were praising Jesus. They said, “Do you hear what those children are saying? Tell them to be quiet.”

Jesus defended the children. He said, ““Have you never read,“‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise?”

Jesus wants children to praise Him. (Encourage children to shout praises to God.)

Girl shows five fingers.Object Lesson: Wave Your Palms

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, children and adult grabbed palm branches to praise him with. We don’t always have palm branches around, but we can still praise Jesus with our palms. (Hold up your hands.) God created us with two palms we can always use to praise Him with. Let’s hold up our palms now and shout “Praise the Lord”.

Object Lesson: The Rocks Will Cry Out

Supplies Needed: rocks

If you have enough rocks, give a rock or pebble to each child to take home. Tell them to put it out some place to remind them to Praise the Lord.

Have any of you ever heard a rock talk? After the Pharisees tried to get Jesus to stop the children from praising Him, Jesus said something very interesting. He said if we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out praise.

(Show the rocks) Have any of you ever heard a rock speak? That was amazing what Jesus said. But if children hadn’t praised Him as the Messiah the day he entered Jerusalem, that’s just what would have happened. Rocks not only would have spoke, they would have cried out praises to God.

God still wants His children to praise Him. I don’t want the rocks to cry out my praise. I want to praise God with my own mouth.

Let’s do that right now. On the count of three, let’s all shout “Praise the Lord”.

child, kid, joy, faith, praise and happinessLesson: God Wants Children to Praise

Quote the memory verse for today’s lesson. Matthew 21:16 … From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise

When Jesus said this, He said it in Hebrew. It was written down in Greek. And we quote the verse in English. What the verse really meant in the original language is that God taught children and babies to lead praise. That means that Jesus not only wants children to praise Him, He wants children to lead praise.

Have you ever seen a church that had children lead praise and worship in Big Church. Most churches normally have adults leading praise, but God wants children to lead praise. That doesn’t mean you have to join the adult praise team. But it does mean if you praise God with your whole heart, adults will see it and want to praise God too.

Ask the children to make a decision to praise God with their whole hearts. If you have time, lead them in another praise song and encourage them to praise God with their whole hearts while they sing it.

Craft Activity: Hand Palms

Supplies Needed: construction paper, craft (Popsicle) sticks, scissors

Have children trace their hand prints onto construction paper. Have them cut out the hand prints and glue them onto the craft sticks.

Remind the children that we made these palm branches to remind us that we all have palms to wave when we praise the Lord.