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1. Fizzy Faith Object Lesson
This object lesson demonstrates the life-giving results of believing in Jesus.
Key Thought: Faith in Jesus produces powerful results!
- Safety glasses
- 1 liter of diet cola
- A roll of mint-flavored Mentos
- Plastic dish pan
- Put on safety goggles. Keep children at a safe distance.
- Place bottle in dish pan. Unscrew the cap.
- Drop one Mentos candy into the bottle, and step away.
- Listen to your audience squeal with delight as fizzy soda shoots up!4
Tip: Practice beforehand to see how the carbon dioxide in the soda will react.
Imagine going to the inner city and meeting a homeless person. What would you do? Would you be kind to them? Or would you ignore them?
One day, Jesus went through Samaria, an area of Israel that Jews regularly avoided. And when He stopped at a well to get a drink of water, He met a woman who had come from a bad past.
Now most men would have ignored her. After all, men and women usually didn’t even talk to each other in public. And what about Samaritan woman? They were to be avoided by the Jews at all costs. Not only that, but this woman was especially looked down upon by others in her town. In fact, she had such a bad reputation that she had to go out at noon, the hottest time of the day, so that no one in her town would see her.
But in spite of her past, He loved her anyways. And He wanted to have a relationship with her. In John 4:14, Jesus explained how to go receive eternal life when He said: “Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Remarkably, the woman put her faith in Christ.
Faith in Christ reminds me of this bottle of soda. First, let me put on my safety glasses You should step back. Now, let me add a Mentos candy into the soda. Wow! That’s incredible! Look at that geyser of soda! The reason why it reminds me of faith in Christ is because it’s so powerful. When you put your faith in Christ, some cool things happen. First, your sins are forgiven. Second, the Holy Spirit comes into your life. Third, you are given eternal life.
Do you have eternal life? If not, I’d like to introduce you to the one who can give you eternal life. Just as Jesus offered eternal life to the woman at the well, so He offers you that same invitation today. Here's some help for leading a child to Christ.
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2. Linking Paperclips
This object lesson demonstrates how faith in Jesus (an invisible force) is what saves us.
(That's not me in this video) I'm not suggesting you use a $100 dollar bill for this..lol!
Key Thought: Invisible faith is what saves us.
- 2 paper clips
- A dollar bill (or piece of paper will work)
- Fold a dollar bill or a piece of paper into thirds, accordion-style.
- Attach one paperclip to the top layer and the middle layer of one end of the folded bill.
- Attach the second paperclip to the bottom layer and the middle layer of the opposite end of the folded bill. The two paperclips should not be touching and should be clipped on opposite ends of the folded bill.
- Now, hold each end of the bill and quickly pull it flat. The paperclips will fly into the air and link together as they come off the bill.
We learn in Ephesians that when we are saved, when we become a follower of Jesus it is our faith in Him that saves us.
But this faith isn't something we can see. It's an invisible force.
This object lesson perfectly demonstrates that.
Once you get the paperclips in the right position the trick takes care of itself. It's a self-working magic trick! Super simple!
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3. Faith Is Action
To please God and obey Him means acting out our faith.
Key Thought: Acting out our faith pleases God.
- A large bowl or container
- A spoon for stirring
- Mix about 2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup of water in a bowl to create a thick paste.
- Press slowly on the liquid to demonstrate a lack of faith
- Quickly tap the surface to feel it harden, and demonstrate faith in action
You cannot please God without faith...that means trusting what He says even if it doesn't always make sense to us.
This object lesson demonstrates this principle perfectly. When you make the thick paste substance (the technical name for it is "oobleck") it doesn't seem like it would be a hard surface...and it's not, until you act on it with sudden force.
If you gently lower your finger into the liquid it remains soft, but quickly tapping it or hitting it, and the substance will seem to "harden" almost instantly.
This is an awesome object lesson to demonstrate that pleasing God means taking ACTION on our faith! You need to do something by quickly tapping the "oobleck" to realize that is will actually do, as promised, and harden.
4. Faith You Cannot See
In this object lesson we are reminded that faith is an invisible trust with a real world effect!
Key Thought: We live by faith - trusting in God who we cannot see.
- warm water
- clear glass
- Sink the lemon in a glass of water, and then remove it.
- Add "faith" aka: the salt, and stir to dissolve
- Add the lemon back in and watch it float
You can't see faith, but it changes everything about how you behave.
In this spectacular (and simple) object lesson you'll use a lemon to represent each one of us and the water is our life.
Without faith (just the plain water) we see people who make their life choices based on what they can see.
- They see people more popular than them so they make fun of them
- They see something they want, so they take it - no matter who it hurts
- They are most concerned with themselves so they say whatever makes them feel good
We could keep going, but you get the idea. To live for ourselves and only think of ourselves oftentimes hurts other people and more importantly it disobeys God.
But when we live by faith (dissolve the salt in the water) we decide that no matter, we are going to follow His direction because we believe that His way is BEST!
Faith doesn't mean our life will always be great, following God doesn't make life easy all the time. But we know that trusting in the only all-powerful God who made the universe is the best thing we can and the only way to secure a future in heaven!
A great example of walking by faith in the Old Testament is when the Israelites had to trust God to rescue them from Pharaoh and his powerful. Get everything you need to teach Moses and the Parting of the Red sea, here.
5. Blind Faith
Faith is following God even when you don't know where you are going.
Key Thought: Faith is not being able to see, but trusting the One who can.
- Blindfold a brave volunteer
- Lead them around with just your voice
- Ask them, while blindfolded to sit in a chair they don't know is there.
Find a helper in your class and bring them to the front. I’d suggest asking for someone that is ‘brave’. You don’t want someone shy to help you with this.
Have them stand to one side of you and pull out a blindfold that the kids haven’t seen before. (it works well to not let them anticipate what is going to happen)
Explain to the class that you are demonstrating what faith is like. Faith is not being able to see (like your helper can’t see). Faith is listening to God and trusting Him that He will help you and lead you where you should go.
First, spin them around a few times so that they are now disoriented and don’t know which way is safe to walk.
Then, give the blindfolded kid instructions where to walk as she makes her way across the room. Give her instructions every once in a while so it looks like she might run into something, but when she gets close have her turn and avoid running into anything.
The object here is to have everybody watching a little worried whether or not your helper is going to make it without falling down or running into something.
As your helper nears the other side of the room tell her that when you give the command you want her to sit down. She is not allowed to feel if there is anything to sit on, she just has to have faith and sit down.
As you are explaining this very quietly bring out a chair or stool and position it so she will be able to sit in it. Cue your audience not to make any noise. Remember, when your helper started there was no chair to sit, she doesn’t know if there will be a chair when she sits down.
Lastly tell your helper to sit down. When she is safely seated in the chair take off the blindfold and have everyone give her a big hand.
I’d also suggest giving her a small prize. Maybe a little gift card or something. Surprise her and the class with this reward. This will add a little drama to the end and subtly encourage all the kids to have a little more faith!
As you wrap this object lesson up explain that just like your helper had to listen for instructions to know what to do, that we have to do the same thing.
When God says “honor your father and mother” we have to trust Him that He knows what ‘s best even if you’re parents aren’t always perfect! When God says to “love your enemies” we have to have faith in him that he knows what is best.
When we read what God asks us to do in the Bible we have to trust Him that He knows what’s best. Even when we can’t see the end result.
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6. "Poke-Proof" Faith Object Lesson
Demonstrate that with God, through faith, all things are possible. Even things we think are impossible!
Key Thought: The impossible becomes possible when you trust in God.
- plastic bag
- bottle of water
- sharpened pencils
- Fill the bag 3/4 full of water and seal it
- Smoothly insert sharpened pencils into the bag and out the other side.
- The water will stay in the bag and not run out!
It's easy to believe in something we know is possible. Like if I told you this bag will hold water - you would believe me because you see it.
But if I say I can poke holes in the bag and the water won't all spill out...that might be a little harder to imagine.
The same is true with our lives. It's easy to believe someone will recover from a cold or that a a little cough will go away. It's much more difficult to believe that someone with a serious illness will get better.
But we know that God is in control and we have faith in God that if He wants to He can completely heal someone of any sickness or disease. We read over and and over in Scripture how he healed blind people and by the touch of His hand got rid of all kinds of diseases.
We serve a POWERFUL God, in whom we can have faith that anything is possible!
7. Covered by Faith in Him
This Sunday School object lesson demonstrates the power of faith to cover us no matter what.
Key Thought: Having faith in God means nothing can separate us!
- 2 balloons
- Blow up 2 balloons
- Demonstrate life's difficulties by popping the first balloon with a toothpick
- Cover the top of the second balloon with oil, and the toothpick goes in without popping the balloon! This is like trusting God that nothing can separate us from His love.
Trusting in God through faith in Jesus doesn't mean life will never be difficult. In fact before Jesus left earth He promised the exact OPPOSITE of that!
But by trusting in God we are promised that nothing can separate us from His love. So no matter what happens...
- Someone we love gets sick
- Our friends make fun of us
- Family members leave us
- People mistreat us
...we can trust that God not only KNOWS about these things but He still loves and cares for us. Faith in God is trusting that however difficult the circumstances are we know that He has a plan.
8. Unshaken Faith
This faith object lesson demonstrates the power of faith, even when life is "shaken up"!
Key Thought: I can trust in God (have faith) when life shakes!
- a can of regular (not diet) soda
- Shake the (unopened) can up
- Spin the can and flick the sides of it
- Open the can with no explosion!
Paul and Silas had caused quite the disturbance. They were thrown in jail and as far as the people in charge were concerned, they could stay there.
(as you shake the can)
The one night, an earthquake shook the jail and all the prisoner’s shackles were broken, and everyone was free.
(begin to flick the sides of the can as you rotate it)
But when the guards panicked…worried for their lives because all the prisoners had escaped, Paul spoke up…
(open the can, with no explosion!)
We are all here! No one has escaped.
Relieved, the jailer immediately asked about Paul and Slias’ faith…hoping to have for himself what supernatural strength they had living in within them!
9. Unseen Obedience
This object lesson demonstrates that God is working unseen for our good all the time!
Key Thought: God is working even when we cannot see it.
- Two coins
- Clear plastic drinking cup
- Inflated balloon
- Hand towel (optional)
- Stand the two coins up on their edges, keeping them together, and balance the toothpick across the tops of the two coins.
- Cover this with the clear plastic cup.
- As you talk about Daniel in Babylon and how it seemed like the only way to remain safe was to obey the King and the rulers that he could SEE and not pray to God.
- Then describe how Daniel decided to trust in God whom He could NOT see, even when the events of his life that he COULD see looked pretty bad.
Daniel was obeying God, someone he could not see because Daniel knew God is in complete control.
Daniel's life was filled with opportunities to either trust with his eyes or trust with faith in God. Each time Daniel chose to have faith and trust in the One he could not see.
One of the most famous examples of this is Daniel being thrown into the lion's den. I have a free lesson available that'll give you songs to sing, games to play, ANOTHER great object lesson and more. Access my free Daniel in the Lion's Den elementary lesson here!
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