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Christian Object Lessons -"God's Toolbox"

Christian object lessons can make learning so much fun!   This is one that I put together for our children's chapel. It's a simple Bible lesson that could be used for children as well as youth.

I had heard our youth minister use an object lesson using tools and showing how God gives us different gifts to use for Him.

As I was preparing it though, I decided to also put some unusual tools in the toolbox to demonstrate how God not only wants to use pastors, deacons, & Sunday school teachers, but He wants to use each and every one of us in His work.

The major point of these Christian object lessons is to show that we are all God's tools and usable to Him to build up His church. Also, God has given us a variety of tools or gifts to equip us to work with Him.

Focal object:

Toolbox filled with regular tools such as hammer, screwdrivers, wrench, etc. Also, include other "tools" such as a whisk, wooden spoon, pen, ruler, and Bible.

Bible verse:

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 

"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.”

Christian object lessons:

Take out each tool and have kids tell for what job each is used.

Ask if they were surprised when you pulled out the whisk, wooden spoon, pen, and ruler. Note: Do not show the Bible until the end of the lesson.

God has many different tools in His toolbox (the Church). Each is special and has a special purpose. We wouldn’t use a whisk to hammer a nail, but a whisk is very useful in cooking.

We expected to find a hammer, screwdriver, and wrench in the toolbox. In the same way, many times we only expect God to use the pastor, deacons, elders, or Sunday school teachers. In reality, God wants to use each and everyone of us.God has created us unique and different. He wants us to use our gifts for Him.

Take each of the items out one at a time and ask children to think of ways each could be used by God and who might use such a tool. For example: the hammer may be used by a missionary, someone helping fix a roof, or a Christian construction worker; the pen may be used to write encouraging notes, write down memory verses, used by a teacher, etc.

Have them also think of other tools, gifts or abilities God has given them that they can use for His glory - ex: singing, drawing, helping others, sports, etc.

Finally pull out the Bible and explain that it is the most powerful tool that God has given to us! We must make sure we have it in our toolbox for everyday life.

Use Bible characters to point out more Christian object lessons; the following examples show how God uses many different types of people in His work. Give the clues first and see if kids can guess who they are; then read the Scripture for each.

(Peter) was a fisherman, was one of Jesus’ disciples, denied Jesus three times, was used mightily in building up the church Acts 2:38-39

(Paul) was a tentmaker, persecuted or punished Christians, met Jesus on the roadto Damascus, went on missionary journeys, wrote most of the New Testament Acts 20:7

(Dorcas/Tabitha) was a seamstress, was a believer, made clothes for the widows, died and was brought back to life by Peter Acts 9:36

(Luke) doctor, traveled on missionary journeys with Paul, wrote one of the Gospels as well as Acts Colossians 4:14

(Mary & Martha) two sisters that were homemakers, had a brother that Jesus brought back to life, one anointed Jesus before He died (John 12:1-3)

(Barnabas) encourager, stood up in defense of Paul, went on missionary journeys Acts 15:35

© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart

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