Bible Focus: 2 Timothy 3:16-17All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
through life without reference to the Bible is rather like trying to
draw a picture with your eyes closed - we will make a mess of it!
Have some children to try this out for themselves on the board.
Blindfold your volunteers, then give them instructions to draw
something simple like a house. e.g. Draw the basic square house, . . .
. . windows, . . . . . roof, . . . . . . door, . . . . . .
chimney, . . . . . tree in the garden, . . . . . . sun, . . . . . .
etc. The volunteers and the rest of the class will certainly
enjoy looking at the finished pictures!
God has given us his Word to guide us through life and to help stop us
from going off in wrong directions. Here are two object lessons that
you could use to illustrate this point:
1. Straight and Crooked Roads:
All you need for this illustration are a few sheets of newspaper.
Some newspapers are printed "with the grain," and some
"against the grain." This means that if you hold a piece of
newspaper vertically, and begin to tear strips from top to bottom,
they will either come out very straight, or very ragged (despite your
best efforts), depending on the way the grain is running.
Find two different newspapers that tear in opposite ways - this
should be easy enough. You now have two sets of papers, which will
look pretty much the same, but one tears straight, and one tears
crooked. You are now ready to begin your lesson.
Proverbs 3:6 says, "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will
make your paths straight."
We are all on a path through life, either a straight path which leads
to God, or a crooked path which does not. Choose about eight
volunteers. Give one half the first set of newspaper sheets, and the
other half the second. Ask them to tear the sheets into strips from
top to bottom as straight as they can. One set of volunteers will end
up with straight strips of paper, and the other half with a big mess!
You can then conclude with teaching on "straight" and
"crooked" roads as appropriate.
2. God's Guidance System:
"We are all on a journey through life, and God has given us two
things to help us - His Word, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. If,
however, we try and travel through life on our own - without calling
on God to Guide us - we will make mistakes, and go off in directions
that are not part of Godís plan for us."
Produce an ordinary (round) balloon. Blow it up, but do not tie it.
Choose a volunteer to be your target. Have him/her stand about 6
meters (18') away.
Say, "This balloon represents a person trying
to go through life on his or her own. Most people want to go the right way.
Their intentions are good. Therefore I am starting off by pointing the
balloon at the target, but let's see what will happen when I let
go!" (It will almost certainly miss the target. Repeat a few
times. You may be able to obtain "Rocket" balloons. These
are long, and buzz as they travel through the air. Children love them,
but they will still miss their targets!)
Say, "What this balloon needs is a Guidance System - something to
help it hit its target. I have one right here. (Produce a 6 or 7 meter
piece of string, and thread one end through a drinking straw. Have a
second volunteer stand just behind the target, holding the other end.
Blow up your balloon and tape it under the straw. Let the balloon go,
and watch it hit it's target.) "That balloon kept right on
target, because it had something to guide it. In the same way, we will
stay on target in our journey through life - if we let the Bible and
the Holy Spirit guide us."