Illustrations

I Can Do All Things – Index Card

This is just for anyone who still might be having trouble with cutting a hole big enough for someone to step through from a normal index card.
If you are like me with the IQ of a soggy wet mop and just aren’t quite getting it here is a website that should help you. It’s got pictures! 😀
http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/games/stepthroughhole.html
The directions are slightly different from the one posted here by Holly but the result is the same. Happy cutting!

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Infected fruit

This is a great idea to illustrate sin and how it affects our lives.

Using a syringe with a needle, draw up some food colouring. Inject fruit (apple, orange, pear etc) with the food colouring. The colouring WILL seep out a little, but can be easily washed away. Be very careful and work slowly.

When you get to the lesson, cut open the fruit and reveal what’s inside.

You can also use an egg. Scratch away a small piece VERY slowly until you have a little hole through which to inject the colouring. Cover the hole with a tiny piece of sellotape (I think you call it scotch tape).

Break open the egg in front of the teens.

This can be used to illustrate how sin gets into our lives and though we may look good on the outside, inside we are all disgusting and poisoned.

Wear protective clothing as it can be VERY messy!re all disgusting and poisoned.

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Jar Of Sin

(Salvation)

This object lesson demonstrates the salvation we have in Christ Jesus. Supplies needed are two jars, one larger than the other, four colors of food coloring, and bleach. You fill the larger jar 3/4 of the way with water, the other you fill completely with bleach. To begin the lesson, you explain that the jar of water is a representation of our lives. Without sin we are clear and pure, like water. But because we are sinners, it is impossible to stay clear. Then you demonstrate… say “how many of you have disobeyed your parents before?” Explain that disobedience is a sin and place a drop of food coloring into the water. Now repeat that step 3 more times, each time using a different sin (color) as an example, until the water turns an ugly green-brown. Then explain that Jesus wants to come into our lives and fill the void (the 1/4 of the jar that is empty). Pour Jesus (bleach) into the jar of colored water and watch the transformation begin as Jesus takes away the sin in our life! You can put more drops of food coloring into the jar after Jesus has been poured in, and the food coloring will continue to disappear…just as in Jesus we have eternal salvation.

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Jesus The Ultimate Carpenter

While in college, one of my professors (I don’t remember which one or I would give him credit) gave a lesson in chapel one day and I adapted his lesson into the one below for Teen Week at camp.

We began our worship as we usually do and as we got closer to the time for the lesson, we turned off the lights and sang more “spiritual” songs. I asked the kids to close their eyes and then closed the entire time.

Then I told them about Jesus’ life before his ministry. I talked about how his father was a carpenter and he was probably a carpenter. I really elaborated the story talking about what it would have been like for Jesus as a young man working as a carpenter. I talked about the different things he would have made and what the wood shop would have been like. Then finally I talked about what is would have been like for Jesus the last day he was at home before he left to go proclaim the good news. How he would have walked through the shop remembering all of the times with his father and all of the things he would have made. And then, he would have thought to his final piece of carpentry; the cross. And then I went on from there to talk about the cross, his death, and resurrection.

Then I had one of my kids start the song, “Can He Still Feel The Nails.” As he started the song I secretly brought in a cross and slowly hammered in nails while we sang the song. After the song the kids opened their eyes. Then we praised God and offered and invitation. It was one of the hardest lessons to give without choking up. I cried for awhile. I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions just email me.

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Juggling Priorities

Even kids have to juggle priorities in today’s hectic and fast paced society. Choose a tossable item to represent school, church, family, friends, sports. Using at least 6 kids, form a circle and begin tossing an object across the circle forming a pattern as it goes. Keep adding items to juggle around the circle.

Discuss how difficult it is to try to juggle all these things in your life. What are the priorities in your life? What things can you cut back on to simplify your life.

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Keep the Ball on the Sidewalk

Outdoor illustration: Give each kid a ball and tell them they have to kick the ball, and, with as little kicks as possible, keep it out of the gutter. Explain to the kids that God tries to keep us out of sin, but sometimes we just roll into the gutter. Note: Be sure they don’t get hurt in trying to retrieve a ball.

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Knowing God’s Word

In the Marines they have an exercise that is called “The Bag.” In the Marines you are encouraged to name your rifle, the reasoning behind it is that you will never forget it, or forsake it, because it is your life line. “The Bag” is a simulation of night time problemsolving. A soldier has a bag placed over his head and he is told to take he weapon apart and then put it back together again. The reasoning behind this is that during a fire fight, if your gun gets jammed you can fix the problem with out using your eyes. The key is to know your weapon, every single part and how it works together.

2 Tim 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Heb 4:12
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

We need to know the weapon that God has given us to do battle against the forces of darkness.

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Knowing Him

(The Bible)

An old Christian woman whose age began to tell on her had once known much of the bible off by heart. Eventually only one precious bit stayed with her, ‘I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day’ (2 Tim. 1:12). By and by, part of that slipped its hold and she would quietly repeat, “That which I have committed unto Him.’ At last, as she hovered on the borderline between this world and heaven, her loved ones noticed her lips moving. They bent down to see if she needed anything. She was repeating over and over again to herself the one word of the text, ‘Him, Him, Him.’
She had lost the whole Bible but one word. But she had the whole Bible in that one word.

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Led By The Spirit Balloon Game

We used this idea as an activity for one of our youth meetings. It provided a valuable lesson on being obediant to the Holy Spirit.

Do not explain the purpose of the activity until after everyone has had an opportunity to participate.

This activity is not as easy as it sounds.
Blow up several balloons (enough for everyone to have their own). Have everyone line up at one end of the room and hold the balloon over their heads. On the signal to start, they are to let go of the balloons and place their hands behind their back while keeping the balloons aloft by blowing on them. They must propel their balloons to the other side of the room.

The activity is hilarious to watch and the point of the lesson becomes clear when they are told that they are represented by the balloons and they themselves are the Holy Spirit trying to direct a disobediant believer towards the goal of sanctification. It allowed for a wonderful discussion afterwards and several of the youth indicated that they needed to be more obediant to the guiding of the Holy Spirit.

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Letting Go

I was teaching my class about how we sometimes have our lives so full of trash or other things that we can’t receive what God has for us, and that what God has is so much better. I brought in some spaghetti sticks (you could use dry beans or something like that) let all the kids taste a spaghetti stick or a bean. Then have them fill their hands with the sticks or beans. Show them a bag of M&M’s or other candy and tell them to try to get some out of the bag without dropping the sticks or beans. You can even stick an M&M in their mouth and tell them, “Isn’t that much better than what you have? This is what God has for you.” Then they will see they have to put down the things that they have and be more ready and capable of taking the good that God has!

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