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This Bible object lesson using light can be used with any age! The Bible says in 1 John 1:5 “God is light…” It also says we are to “let your light shine before men..” Matt. 5:16. Help students own the idea that God is the source of all light and by plugging our lives into Him, we will therefore shine too!
Object: Light bulb & small lamp; or at Christmas use a string of Christmas lights w/bulbs
Scriptures: 1 John 1:5 - “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”
Matthew 5:14-16 – "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Depending on age of your students, give each student a light bulb, pass a light bulb around the class, or for young students - show them a light bulb. Ask them what a light bulb is used for. Challenge each to try to make the bulb shine in different ways – hold it higher, hold it in your fist and think hard or smile big, turn it upside down, shake it, etc. Then ask why is the light bulb not doing what is was made to do? Make sure their answers point to the fact that the light bulb must have a source; it cannot shine on its own.
Have them open their Bibles to Matthew 5:14-16 and read aloud. Ask what it says we are to do…answer being shine. Point out that just like a light bulb is not able to shine light on its own even though it was created for that very purpose, we also cannot shine the Light of Jesus unless we are connected to the source – Him!
Screw the bulb into the lamp or have students plug their bulbs into string of Christmas lights and plug them into a “source” of electricity.
Have students get into pairs or small groups and look up more Bible verses on light and shining. Have them discuss what they think God is telling us about ourselves, about Him, and how this can make a difference in our lives.
John 1:4-9 “Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone. The Light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. God sent John the Baptist to tell everyone about the Light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was only a witness to the light. The One who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was going to come into the world. “
John 8:12 “Jesus said to the people, "I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”
Close the Bible object lesson with prayer asking God to shine in and through our lives.
Encourage students that each time they see light or a light bulb, let it remind them that we too must be connected to our Source, God, through prayer, studying the Bible, etc.
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