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An object lesson can make the difficult concept of faith more understandable for kids as well as adults. Here are a couple I have used personally along with a great true story that is fun to tell!
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What is faith? The Bible says -
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him."
Title: Faith is Not Blind
Focal Scripture: Hebrews 11:1,6
Key Take Away: Faith believes God & acts on it. The result is fully trusting & obeying God.
I developed this object lesson when I was teaching a group of third-sixth graders about the shield of faith in the Armor of God Series a few years ago. It's a great way to demonstrate that faith is action based on our trust in God.
Ask for a volunteer of someone who says they trust you.
Blindfold them, spin them around a few times, and then tell them to trust you by doing what you tell them to do. Give them simple instructions to walk around the room without running into anything.
Without them knowing, place a chair in the center of the room. Give them instructions to the chair so that they are standing in front of it in a position to sit, but don’t tell them the chair is there. Ask them to sit down without reaching or feeling, but just by trusting it is okay to sit because you told them to.
Explain that even though we may not be able to see God or how things are going to work out, we can trust Him because He can see all and knows all and only wants what is best for us!
Go on to explain that even though they were blindfolded, their faith or trust was not blind. It was based on what they knew about you; they knew and believed you to be trustworthy.
This object lesson shows that in the same way, faith in God is not blind faith, it is based on knowing Him. That begins with knowing about Him as we learn His Word, but it becomes more than belief when we act on that belief by trusting in Jesus as our Savior and Lord.
Continuing to spend time with the Lord in prayer and Bible study is so important. We know God better and better as we spend time with Him; it's the same as when we spend time with anyone else and they prove themselves trustworthy.
Faith is not blind.
Another interactive object lesson I have used many times as a quick way to illustrate faith is more than just saying you believe is the Faith Fall.
Again, ask for a volunteer and have them stand about three feet in front of you with their back to you. Ask them if they trust you to catch them. Then have them put that belief into action by leaning back and falling towards you to be caught.
Again, this simple object lesson teaches that faith is more than just saying you believe, it is belief put into action. And that faith is placed in the One we trust - Jesus Christ.
Charles Blondin was a tightrope walker who lived from 1824-1897. The story is told that he walked across a rope stretched across Niagara Falls carrying or pushing various objects, one being a wheelbarrow. At last he asked if anyone would get in the wheelbarrow; talk about an act of faith! This is a great story object lesson to tell or act out and teach about faith.
The more we trust God seeing His faithfulness, the stronger our faith becomes. Satan always tries to shoot fiery darts of fire at us. We should always turn to God's Word in those times to remind us of His Truth.
A Few Doubt Extinguishers:
Pass out the “Doubt Extinguishers” matching sheet and have students work in teams to look up Scriptures and match them to the correct doubt or pin them to a board and let them choose the correct match. Review & discuss.
• “Is God really with me?” -
Hebrews 13:5 – “Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.”
James 4:8 – “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
Psalm 145:18-19 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them.”( * could also match to prayer question.)
• “Does God really have a plan for my life?” –
Jeremiah 29:11-13 - “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.'”
Psalm 139:16 – “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.”
• “Does God really hear me when I pray?” –
Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”
2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.”
• “Will God really forgive me?”
1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Acts 3:19 –“Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord”
• “Does God really love me?
Romans 5:8 - “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:37-39 – “No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”
Faith Take Away: The better we know God, the more we trust Him & the less we doubt.
© Copyright 2016, Susan Smart Permission granted for personal use or small group only.
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