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Expanding Spiritually to Look More Like Jesus

Children's Lesson Christlikeness Object Lessons

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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


Object Lesson/Game:  Growing to Be More Like Jesus

-    Balloons
-    Music 

1.    Begin with a discussion about our earthly father vs. our heavenly father. Our earthly father is the father of our physical bodies, Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits. 
2.    What are some ways that you are like your earthly father (physical attributes, personality traits, talents, etc)?
3.    Can you become like your heavenly father?  YES!!!  How? BY READING THE BIBLE, PRAYING, COMING TO CHURCH, LEARNING GOD’S WORD, ETC.
4.    Show the children a balloon and explain that just like a balloon grows with each breath of air, we can also grow and expand spiritually as we learn about God and follow his ways. 
5.    How does the balloon change as you blow into it? IT GETS BIGGER; IT LOOKS PRETTIER, YOU CAN PLAY WITH IT NOW; ETC. 
6.    Explain that one of the ways we allow our heavenly father to help us grow is by memorizing Scripture.  Review our two Bible verses: John 3:16 & Romans 10:13. 
7.    Play a game with the kids – Tell the children that when the music starts, they are going to work together to keep the balloon in the air.  When the music stops, the child (children) with the balloon(s) will practice saying one of the verses. You can use 2 or 3 balloons so that many kids get a turn. Play several rounds as time allows.


To wrap things up – remind children that even though we might look and even act like our earthly father, as Christians, our job is to become more like our heavenly father.  Pray that God would fill us with his love so we can become more like him.

"... until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13).

And here is a snack idea to reinforce the lesson …..

-    Ziplock bags
-    Containers on each table of the following: 
•    Sour Patch Kids – Represents the kids (a little sweet, a little sour)
•    Raisins – Our grandparents, teachers, etc (older and wiser, and maybe even wrinkly)
•    Pretzels – Our earthly parents (wrap their arms around us, loving, filling)
•    M&M’s – God’s influence on our lives (sweetness, makes everything else worthwhile, brings color)

1.    Remind children that they are a child of God and because of that, their life can be sweeter and more satisfying.  Tell the kids that today they are going to make a special trail mix to show all the people and things in their life that help make it wonderful.
2.    Pass out a ziplock bag to each child.  
3.    Explain each part of the snack before the child is allowed to add it to their bag, going through each element one by one. 
4.    Pray and pass out water.  Enjoy a yummy treat!

It's Stinky to Be Unthankful

Children's Lesson Thankfulness Object Lessons

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

Scripture: Romans 1:21

Author: Illustration Exchange


Have you ever noticed how kids who don't like to share or express gratitude are often called "spoiled." What happens to an egg when it gets spoiled? It might look fine on the outside but let's see what it's like on the inside ...

You need to plan ahead for this object lesson by leaving a raw egg out on the counter for several days. Draw a sad face on the spoiled, “stinky” egg. Draw a happy face on a fresh egg. Explain to the children that the spoiled, stinky egg doesn’t like to share and isn't thankful. Crack the egg in a bowl so kids can smell the stinky insides. In another bowl, crack the fresh egg. Let kids see how the fresh egg looks and smells. 



We might all look the same on the outside, but when we are ungrateful and unwilling to give thanks to God or others, we become spoiled. Our hearts and attitudes can be just as stinky as this spoiled egg. God longs for all of us to give thanks. When we do, our hearts and minds will stay fresh.

"For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened" (Romans 1:21).

Everything Has A Time Limit

Reward Spirituality Object Lessons

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-29

Scripture: Matthew 6:19

Author: Mitchell Dillon


Object Lesson:

Go to the bank and withdraw a crisp, new $100 bill. At the appropriate time in your message, tell your audience that you went to the bank and withdrew a bill of the largest denomination they had available, and that you plan to bestow it upon someone in attendance this morning. Explain that the US Treasury stopped printing $1000 dollar bills, $5000 dollar bills and $10,000 in 1945, but not to worry, they still print $100 and $100,000 dollar bills. Tell them you asked for a $100.000 (wink, wink), but you were told those are reserved for financial transactions between institutions and nations (act disappointed), so you had to settle for the $100 bill. 

Wave the $100 in the air and ask--with a show of hands--if there are any worthy souls in the room.  More than a few hands should shoot up. Go ahead and have some fun with your audience. Drag out the illustration, milking it for every laugh you can get. You might ask for a show of hands of those who flossed every day this week, or helped a little old lady across the street. Act like this is a really hard decision and you want to get it right. Then find a silly reason why one person might be more worthy and call them up (they’re wearing plaid or a Sunday hat or something equally irrelevant). You could get sneaky here and call up someone you know could really use the money.

Once the lucky or “worthy” recipient is on stage, tell them the $100 bill is all theirs to do with whatever they want. Suggest that they must be very excited about all the things they’d could to do with the money. Ask them how they think they might spend it.  

After having some fun with their plans, hand them the bill and tell them, “Oh, there’s just one small detail I should mention. The $100 is all yours to do with whatever you want… for the next 5 seconds, then you have to give it up!"

After counting to 5, snatch the money back.


Keep the candidate up on stage with you while you explain that what they just witnessed is as close as any of them will ever come to actually owning anything in this life. Tell them that, relatively speaking, in the scheme of eternity, we never possess a thing--not even for the 5 seconds that this person held the $100 bill. Everything in this life has a time limit on it. Everything you think you own today, you will have to give up, in the blink of an eye.

Everything, that is, but eternal life. Everything, that is, but what is done for Christ. For spiritual things are the only things without a time limit.

Make sure you end by giving the $100 back to your “worthy” person before they step down. Ask for a hand from the congregation because they were such a good sport.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal" (Matthew 6:19-20).

Eyes On Target

Perseverance Followership Object Lessons

Contributed By: Jon Winkelman | Date Posted: 2015-06-06

Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

Author: Jon Winkelman

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-04

Scripture: Psalms 51:1 ; 1 John 1:7

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-03-10

Scripture: Joel 2:12

Author: Illustration Exchange

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-27

Scripture: James 2:17 ; Galatians 6:2

Author: Unknown

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-20

Scripture: Galatians 6:1

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

Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1

Author: David Gargano

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-02

Scripture: Ephesians 2:10

Author: Illustration Exchange

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