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Elisha's Jars of Oil

Object Lessons God's Provision Youth Sermons

Contributed By: David Gargano | Date Posted: 2014-09-02

Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1

Author: David Gargano
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ILLUSTRATION

2 Kings 4:1-7

1 The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.” 

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.

4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring.

6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.

7 She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”

APPLICATION

Preaching on this Scripture, I made a jar of water that I poured till water stopped running. I sat down and 2 minutes later I grabbed the empty jar and poured again, up to 8 times!

Find a jar that is not see thru, drill a hole near the top for air, like a gas can, then insert a water bottle with a hole drilled in the bottom side. I used hot glue to glue bottle inside jar.  Then as you fill water bottle the water will flow out of bottom side hole into the jar and as you pour the water in the bottle will drain out. Then, when you set it down for at least 30 seconds, it will refill from the water in the jar so you can pour again while you preach.

American Idols

Idolatry Object Lessons Youth Sermons

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Contributed By: Tara Bertic | Date Posted: 2014-05-08

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Tara Bertic
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ILLUSTRATION

We continued our talk about idols tonight and how to practice idolatry is to actually hate God. We talked about jealousy and its meaning and how God is jealous when we have idols in our lives because He loves us so much and knows that we become like what we worship. If we worship God, we become like God. If we worship anything else, idols, we become like them.....nothing!

Then we went outside and decided to see if we could list as many idols between all of us as possible. We brainstormed about idols in Entertainment (sports, movies, music, TV, video games, hobbies, entertainment celebrities and personalities). Then we listed idols in technology (cell phones, iPods, the computer, Facebook, games and apps). Next came physical health and fitness (diet and food worship, exercising or lifting weights too much to have a certain body, make-up, name-brand and expensive clothes, jewelry, spending a lot of time on our hair and looks).

For each idol we listed, we put a rock in a book bag. Our bag was pretty full by the time we were finished! Then we discussed Hebrews 12:1 and remembered from our Philippians study how Paul told us life was like a race and we were the runners Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Timothy 4:7). I asked each youth to then run around the educational building. Then each of them took a turn strapping the book bag full of "idols" to their backs and running around the educational building again. We talked about the difference in how it felt to run free from that weight of "sin" and how much easier it would be to win a race were we not weighted down by it.

For one final point, we attempted to fit all of our idol examples from last week's table into a small basket with the word Jesus on it. We had trouble enough getting all of the "stuff" to fit, let alone finding room for Jesus as well.

APPLICATION

Again, we reiterated that these "things" are not bad per se in and of themselves, but they become idols in our lives when we allow them to take the place of Jesus....when it becomes more important to spend our time and money and efforts on them than spending on Jesus and what we can do in and for His kingdom.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and things" (Matthew 6:24).

A Beautiful Mind

Youth Sermons Words (Power of) Object Lessons

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Contributed By: Tara Bertic | Date Posted: 2014-05-08

Scripture: Philippians 4:8

Author: Tara Bertic
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ILLUSTRATION

We talked tonight about the fact that, as Christians, we have the ability to think in a whole new way because we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:11-16). We also talked about how we must work at thinking right every single day. It's not just something we do naturally (Romans 12:2). Our thoughts can run away from us and go crazy making us think all sorts of untrue things about ourselves, others, God, and the things that we are going through. We need to capture those thoughts and hold them up to God's truths to see how they compare (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Then we looked at our Scripture for this week, which is also our Scripture memory for the month of September:

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

 
We discussed what each of these words means:
 
True - Since God's Word is true, do our thoughts measure up to what God's Word tells us?
Noble - worthy of respect, not trashy or filthy
Right - righteous, in sync with the Scriptures
Pure - morally clean
Lovely - just what it says
Admirable - having a good report
Excellent - just that
Praiseworthy - just that
 
We talked about how we need to measure every thought we have about God, ourselves, others, and the things we are going through by this Scripture. We used a coffee filter as an object lesson and discussed how it filters out the coffee grounds which would ruin the taste of the coffee and only allows the tasty coffee itself to make it through to our cups. We talked about other filters we know of too...air conditioning, water, pool, aquarium, oil (cars)...and how its also their jobs to filter out the bad.
 
We also used a colander to get our point across. We set the colander on top of a clear bowl. Each of us threw some rocks into the colander for each bad thought we have about ourselves, sometimes God (He doesn't care what happens to me.), others, and the things that happen to us (It's not fair! I'll never be able to handle this!). Then we poured the clear, pure truth of God's Word (water) over our "bad thoughts" and watched to see Philippians 4:8 works, by filtering out the bad things and only allowing what should be in our minds.
 
Then we even refuted some of our negative thoughts with God's Word:
 
Psalm 139:14 - "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
Matthew 5:43-44 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Matthew 5:21-22a "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
1 John 4:20-21 "If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

APPLICATION

Our thoughts matter!  Just because we may not say everything that comes across our minds does not mean that it is ok to keep them there.  Our minds can be a playground for Satan.  We need to continually evaluate our thoughts, tear down the wallpaper of lies the enemy decorates with, and re-wallpaper with the truths found only in God's Scriptures.

Broken Cisterns

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Contributed By: Tara Bertic | Date Posted: 2014-05-01

Scripture: Jeremiah 2:9

Author: Tara Bertic
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-03

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6

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Contributed By: Mike Sands | Date Posted: 2012-03-10

Scripture: Col 3:2

Author: Mike Sands
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-08

Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:5 ; 1 John 2:1

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Contributed By: David Hall | Date Posted: 2018-01-08

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Ephesians 4:13

Author: Saira Apostolico, Children's Director, SLCC, FL
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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-08

Scripture: Romans 1:21

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