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Object Lesson - Bible & GPS - 2 Timothy 3:16

This Bible Seeker object lesson is designed to help us see God and know Him through connecting His Word with our everyday surroundings.  It's a short & simple Bible lesson that begins with a photo of an everyday object that can remind us of God's truth and His presence throughout our day.

God has placed His identifying marks all over our world and lives to point us to Him!  These simple object lessons are hands-on applicable Bible teaching that help connect God's Word to our everyday lives in a real and personal way.  They may be used for personal or family devotions or to use with small groups for a children's sermon or Sunday school lesson.

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

I love that the word “inspired” here literally means “breathed”.  All Scripture has been spoken or breathed by God Himself.   Communication is key to any relationship; it’s the way we get to know each other.  The Bible is one primary way God communicates to us about Who He is, His love for us, what’s best for us, etc.  

2 Timothy 3:16 explains how the Bible can become God’s GPS for us in life.  It’s profitable for: teaching (telling us how to get to where we need to be), reproof or rebuking (telling us when we have taken a wrong turn), correcting (getting us back on track going the right direction), and training in righteousness (continuing to guide us towards God’s best for us)!

Take out your GPS App on your phone and type in destination “Heaven”.  Mine tells me “No results.”  Only God’s Word of Truth can direct us there.  Jesus said it very plain and simple in John  14:6 – “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one comes the the Father but through Me.”  God not only told us the way, He came to earth to show us the way; He doesn’t want any of us to remain lost!

Let's remember this object lesson when we use our GPS and let it remind us to read God’s Word daily, apply it in our own lives, and share it with others so they can know the way back to the Father.

Even as believers in Christ though, we can sometimes lose our way and find ourselves on the wrong road or path.  God has given us the Bible to show us the way back to Him and how to enjoy this life He's given us and find purpose in His plan for us. 

Object Lesson extension Ideas

These hands-on ideas will add an extra dimension to use with children either in a family devotion or home-school setting or in a group setting at church.

Take a Drive or Walk

If your with your family or small group, type in a close by location into your GPS and take a walk or drive to it.  Make sure to make a wrong turn or two to hear it correct and then redirect and discuss how the Bible does that in our lives too.  When you get to your destination discuss how God's Word is to point and ultimately direct us to eternal life with Him.

Simon Says

Play a game of Simon Says to remind us that God gives us instruction through the Bible, but we must be listening and paying attention.

Did God Really?

Many times people had a misunderstanding of what the Bible says.  Anytime we hear someone preaching or teaching about God, we should always go to the Bible and see "Did God really?"

Write down several things from the Bible while also changing or including things it doesn't really say.  Difficulty will vary with ages. For older kids and youth, have them come up with "tricky" questions for "Did God really?"

Younger examples:

  • God named all the animals after He made them. (Not really...He told Adam to name them.)
  • David killed both a lion, a bear and a giant. (Really!)
  • Joseph's mom gave him a beautiful coat of many colors. (Not really...his father did.)

Older examples:

  • God says He will never give us more than we can handle. (He really said He would not allow temptation without an escape - 1 Corinthians 10:13)
  • God told Adam not to eat of the Tree of Life. (He really said not to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good & evil.)

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