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" . . . be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain" 1 CO 15:58.
Objective: To help children understand and memorize John 3:16, "the gospel in a nutshell."
The word gospel means, "Good
News." When people hear this word, they often think of the first four books
of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books of the
Bible are known as "the Gospels." They're called this because they
contain some really good news about our Savior, Jesus! But the gospel message is more than Jesus dying on a cross and rising from
the dead to forgive our sins; it is that, but it is
much more than that! The Gospel is an Old Testament* promise that God would
reclaim, restore, and push back the curse of sin and death, in order to establish his
rule and reign on earth, as it is in heaven. We live in the already
and not yet of God's Kingdom rule. As God's children, we wait with expectant hope for Jesus to
return to Earth someday to establish a new Heaven and a New Earth.
(You will need two people or two puppets for this children's Bible talk. Person 1 carries a bag with a Bible in it. Person 2 carries a large bag full of empty aluminum cans and glass bottles.)
Person 1: Hello kids, today we’re talking about being disciples for Jesus.
Person 2: (comes running in out of breath and carrying a large bag of cans and bottles)
Did you say disciples? I thought we were talking about recycles! Look what I brought! (Proudly dumps bag of cans and bottles onto the floor.)
Person 1: Recycles? Why would we talk about recycling in church?
Person 2: Aren’t we supposed to keep God’s planet clean?
Person 1: Yes, good point, but that’s not our subject today. Today, we’re talking about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus! The word disciple comes from the word “discipline.”
Person 2: I don’t like discipline!
Person 1: It’s not the discipline of punishment that you probably have in mind. The word disciple comes from a Latin word meaning . . . keep reading.
52 creative ways to communicate the gospel to children using everyday objects pulled from the bag. A refreshing change of pace for your children's message time---for kid's church, Sunday school, midweek classes, and Bible clubs too! Make your children's moment fun, meaningful, and memorable. Sample our Bible Talks!
Focus: Holy Spirit Power – Acts 1:1-8
(Sermon requires two people. Familiarize yourselves with the sermon then adlib it.)
Person 1: (Removes hand-weights from bag and begins lifting them up and down.)
Person 2: What are you doing?
Person 1: Working out.
Person 2: Obviously. Why?
Person 1: I’m getting strong in the Lord.
Person 2: Really?
Person 1: Yup, I want to obey God and tell my friends about Jesus, but I’m not too good at it. So, I’m working out. I’m too weak in my faith.
Person 2: That’s a great goal. It’s important to be healthy so we can tell others about God, but what you’re doing won’t make you strong in Jesus!
Person 1: Why not?
Person 2: Because God has a better and more powerful way to . . .
Keep reading by downloading our Bible Talks' sample.
"Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope" 1 Pe 3:15
While driving to a nearby town, I prayed to God for the opportunity to share my faith with someone that day. Little did I know within a few minutes God would answer that prayer! But first, I needed gas; I pulled into Wal-Mart, which beat Speedway's price. When the following opportunity presented itself, it was up to me to honor God's answer to my prayer with obedience to Him.
As I filled my gas tank (18.9 gallons needed!) a gentleman in a big white truck opened up a conversation with me about the crazy games they play with the gas prices. Then he said, "Makes me feel like this life just doesn't matter. Do you ever feel that way?"
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