Children’s Sermons

Taste of Moses

I’m always looking for new ways to introduce a Bible story. One of our most successful to date has been “eating our way through a story.” Here’s how we covered the story of Moses.

Exodus 1:22-2:4 – Pharaoh orders execution of children, so Moses hidden in a basket and floated on the Nile (Weave a basket out of Twizzlers Pull and Peel)

Exodus 2:5-10 – Moses rescued by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised to be a prince of Egypt (Chocolate Coin)

Exodus 2:11-17 – Moses learns his true identity and kills an Egyptian slave driver, forcing him to flee Egypt, he becomes a shepherd (Goat’s Milk – available at most grocery stores)

Exodus 3:1-10 – While tending his sheep God speaks to Moses through a burning bush (Hot Sauce)

Exodus 7:14-17, 8:1-2, 8:16-17, 9:2-4, 9:8-9, 9:18-19, 10:1-4, 10:21-23, 11:1,4-7 – Moses returns to Egypt to free the Israelites, God accomplishes this through the 10 Plagues of Egypt (Dark Chocolate Chips -Bitter and sweet – They suffered with the plagues but had hope of release)

Exodus 14:10-16 – Moses leads the people out of Egypt and to the Red Sea, when trapped by Pharaoh’s army God parts the waters (Red Kool-Aid Koolers)

Exodus 19:7-9, 20:1-17 – Israelites camp in the desert and receive a gift from God of the 10 Commandments (Dinner Rolls – The Israelites called God’s word the bread of life)

Deuteronomy 27:1-3, 34:4 – Moses sees, but never enters the promise land, the land of Milk and Honey (honey)

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Sin Is A Trap

Material:
Three very large rat traps. Mouse traps will not work nearly as well. Three index cards. On one write “Lust of the Flesh”; the other write “Lust of the Eyes”; and the last write “Pride of Life.” Be sure to write in large letters. A regular wooden pencil (fairly new and still long)

Prep:
Take the “u” shaped staples out of one of the traps that hold the springs down. Loosen the spring so that the trap will not close all of the way when it is “sprung.” Set and test the weak trap to be sure that when you put your own hand in it; it will not hurt!! Put an index card, as described above, on each of the traps. You can hot glue it, but I use the old fashioned traps and push the top of the card over the bait pin and pinch the pin down on the card. Set all of the traps – even the weak one. Be careful!! Be sure you are back away from the kids a little. When strong traps spring, you will not be able to hold them: they will jump out of your hand. Practice thoroughly at home, so you’ll not be surprised in front of the children!! Have the pencil handy (in a pocket).

Preview:
Sin is awful and deadly, but Satan will trick you into believing that sin is either not wrong or won’t hurt. This illustration uses two strong rat traps and one weak one to show the lie that Satan tells us and visualize that lie against the truth of Gods Word.

The Message:
2 Cor 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

How many of you can think of some things that are dangerous? Can you think of some things that might be dangerous but not look dangerous at first? If a baby saw a knife, would it think the knife was dangerous, or pretty because it is shiny? How about poisons or medicines or cleaning stuff? Some of these things are dangerous, but they don’t look dangerous.

Sin is dangerous. Satan tries to make sin look good. Our vs says…(read and explain 2 Cor 11:14 as appropriate for your age group.)

There is another Bible verse that says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion , walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Be sure the children understand the word’s “vigilant,” “adversary,” and really key on the word “devour” as you hold a strong trap up and let it snap shut by pulling on the index card a little bit. Drive home the point that this is the way Satan really is!! Let the children know that this is not what Satan wants them to believe. He wants them to believe the same way that Eve did…

Genesis 3:1- Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

In these verses, we see Satan tempting Eve to do wrong by tricking her into believing that the sin won’t really hurt (vs 4 – Ye shall not surely die) Now is the time to use the weak trap. As you explain verse 4, put your hand to the trap- over the index card – and let it slap down on you. The children will be surprised that it doesn’t take your hand off! Explain that this is what Satan wants them to believe, but it is a lie. Sin is a trap – Traps really hurt you!! Pick up the last trap. Set it off by using the wooden pencil. The trap is strong enough to break two or three pencils. When the children see the broken pencil, they’ll believe that the real trap of sin hurts.

How about their sins? Use this question to transition into the plan of salvation in a way that the children in your audience can understand.

Other notes: If you have time to go into other things, it is neat to get the children to say the phrases written on the index cards with you throughout the sermon. Even to count them off on their fingers. These are the ways Satan gets all of us as explained by 1 John 2:16 – For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Also, this is a great time to answer the question kids always ask. “Why do I have to memorize the Bible?”, they’ll want to know. In Genesis 3:4, Satan only changes one word of God’s Holy Word. He denies the word “die.” If we don’t commit God’s word to memory, exactly the way He wrote it, Satan may be able to fool us too!! Memorize God’s Word completely and correctly for your own protection!!

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Summer Fun

I took sand and sea shells I found at the beach and used clear plastic cups to represent a human life. I placed a piece of foil in front of each child and a plastic cup that had sand and a seashell hidden in the cup. I had the children poor the contents of their cup on to the foil to find the surprise. The Sea shell represents the godly parts of our lives and the sand is the worldly parts. I then handed out additional shells and had them put them all in their cup and pour their sand back into the cup. The sea shells are now visible because there are more of them. The point to this lesson was to show that the more we do things like pray and read our Bibles the more people will see our Christian lives through the worldly things(sand). The more beautiful “godly” shells we have in our cup/lives, the less room there is for “worldly” sand.

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Tarnish Of Sin

Material:
– Tarnished silver bowl
– Napkin dipped in plain water
– Silver cleaner and cloth
– Bible (John 3:16)

The Message:
Good morning! Thanks for coming down this morning. Does anyone have one of these in their house? (Hold up silver bowl) I bet your Grandma has some of these around the house, too. This is silver and silver is very delicate. You need a lot of time and patience to take care of silver. As you can tell, I haven’t taken very good care of my silver. It’s all dirty and tarnished. What if I tried to take this napkin and wash the dirt off? (Demonstrate this) The dirt does not come off. Silver takes a very special polish to take the tarnish off. (Demonstrate this) See, with this special polish, the tarnish came right off. People get dirty, too. What word do we use for that? (Children respond: “Sin”) That’s right. We all sin in some way because we are human. But who cleans our sin away? (Children respond: “Jesus”) That’s right. Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins. Jesus is our special silver cleaner! Anytime that we make mistakes in our lives, we can pray to Jesus to take our sins away. People pray for many things, but we mostly pray for Jesus to forgive us of our sins. And everytime we pray and ask, he will! After I completely clean this silver bowl, the tarnish will soon come back. So I have to remember to clean in often. We also have to remember to talk to Jesus everyday so that our tarnish won’t come back. There’s a Bible verse that we probably all have memorized that will help us remember that Jesus died for our sins. It’s John 3:16. Let’s say it together. Let’s thank God for sending His Son to us to forgive us of our sins. Pray with me…

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Don’t Let Anyone Look Down on You

I found these verses while meditating with some of the other staff members one day. The verse is 1 Timothy 4: 12-14. They are amazing for the children. I used it as a sending this summer at the camp I work at. I tied into just pointing out that sometimes we feel too little or insignificant to go out and “preach the gospel” as we’re taught. I just let them know that see sometimes you don’t have to talk but show in deed and that I myself am sometimes worried about being able to do it. Junior campers (2-4th completed) all they way to seniors and colleged aged youth seemed to respond to it very well.

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Time For Me

Material:
2 combs, preferably a barber’s combs, tapered, with 80 or 90 teeth.

The Message:
Question: When you pray to God at night or in the day and another kid on the other side of the world prays at the same time or if all of you sitting here pray at the same time, how does God hear you at the same time?
The answer is that God is outside of time. (show comb) Say this comb is your life and these little teeth down at this end are your baby years and as you get older and bigger so do the teeth of the comb. Well, God is out here (hold your finger near the comb) and he is not bound by time. See, He created time and he is not bothered by it. He can visit you when you are a baby or when you are 90 years old and Mandy’s life is here represented by this comb, then God can see and listen here in her life or anywhere He wants to, all at the same time. Isn’t that wonderful? That’s how He does it. He has a lot of time, he controls it and everything else too.
[Close in prayer.] Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for making time and for controlling time and for having time to hear my prayers and be with me in my life and all of the boys and girls in the world all the same time. Amen.

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Season – Fall

Discuss the four seasons.
Why do we call this season fall. (Might even have some leaves to show). That’s right, because all of the leaves fall off of the trees.
A long time ago when man and woman were created, they made a horrible mistake and they fell away from God.
We sometimes call this the fall of man.
Just like the leaves on the trees are dying and fall off of the trees, mankind without God is dying as well.
We must invite God into our lives so we can enjoy all of the seasons of life together with him.

When we see leaves fall off of the trees it should remind us of how man fell away from God.

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What Did You Spill?

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Matthew 12:34-35 (KJV)

Use a LARGE glass, and two cereals that have no sugar (i.e., Cheerios and Wheat Chex).

You can get kids to help you pour the cereal into the glass when it is time.

Ask the children if they have ever spilt anything. Let them know that you have too. Ask what the mom and dad’s reaction was. Were they happy or mad? Probably mad. Why? Because something spilt out that shouldn’t have, and it needs to be cleaned up.

What if you spill over a glass and a $100.00 bill came out?!?!? Would your parents be mad?? Mine wouldn’t!!

After gaining their attention in this way, read the verse and pray for God’s help in the message.

With this line of questioning – and other questions of your own added – you can make the children realize that at some point in time they are going to have a “spill” and that what spills depends on what is put in the container (the glass andor their minds). Have a child pour a cereal into the glass. If they spill it – all the better! If they are extra cautious, ask if you can help them and pour out some yourself. Be sure to over flow the glass spilling plenty on the table.

Then, I take the glass and carry it while I continue to illustrate the point. Pretend to stumble and throw (“spill”) the cereal all over the crowd of kids!! This really gets their attention.

Now you can talk about what fills their mind as the other cereal is poured into the glass. Point out the you can’t spill what is not in the glass. You can’t spill Cheerios if the glass is full of Wheat Chex! If they fill their minds with the things of God, the things of the world won’t be there to spill.

You can transition this by asking how they begin to get the things of God in their minds. Then go into the plan of salvation in a way that you think they’ll understand.

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Run Your Race

Materials: 50ft Clothesline rope cut into 30″ pieces. Adjust length of rope according to number of participants.

Instruction: Have children/youth pair up for a three-legged race. There is to be one leader and one follower. The leader is to give instructions on how to run the race. The follower is in charge of tying the rope around the legs. The children/youth will run their race. If there is enough time switch roles and run the race back.

Once the participants have finished the race the speaker will explain that they just ran a race with God and the Holy Spirit. The leader was “God” instructing us the best way to go through life and the less we struggle with God the easier our lives will be. The string tied was the Holy Spirit which is our direct connection to God. If the string was too loose then so is our connection to God. If it was too tight, well we can never be too close to God. But we have to remember that God allows us to live our lives but we have to remember to live it according to His commandments. But in all things we do we should first acknowledge God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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What’s Inside?

Material:
– 2 different canned fruits/vegetables
– tape
– New Testament (Galatians 5:22-23)

Preparation:
Carefully tear away the labels of both cans. You will use only one can during the sermon. Temporarily tape one label to the can. Prepare the other label with tape for use during the sermon.

The Message:
Good morning! I’m glad to see you all this morning. Can anyone tell me what this is? (Hold up the can as the children respond: “Peaches!”) Well, how do you know it’s peaches? (Children respond, “It says so on the can!”) Oh, yeah, I guess it does say that on the label. What if I took the label off? (Remove label) Now, what’s in here? (Children respond: “It’s still peaches.”) Well, what if I put this label on the can (Attach second label). I guess now it’s pears. (Children respond: “No! It’s still peaches!”) Still peaches? No, it’s not. I put the pears label on the outside, so it’s pears now, right? (Older children will put up a good argument, so try to control the noise!) So, what you’re trying to tell me is no matter what it says on the outside, the ingredients stay the same on the inside? Oh, okay, I get it now. So we shouldn’t make fun of people just because they wear glasses or braces or have freckles? I know a good Bible verse that goes along with that. Help me find Galatians chapter 5, verse 22. Paul gave us nine ingredients that really matter: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Those ingredients are on the inside of people. We shouldn’t care about what’s on the outside because everyone’s different in some way.But we all should remember these nine things: love – we need to show love to everyone, joy – we should be happy because Jesus loves us! peace – don’t pick fights, patience – I need to work on this one! kindness – be kind to everyone you meet, goodness – be good for your parents and teachers, gentleness – be gentle with everyone, faithfulness – we need to have faith that Jesus always is there for us, and self-control – we need to control our tongues sometimes and our actions other times. Let’s pray that God will help us work on these traits.

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