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This Bible object lesson on peace demonstrates how God's presence gives us a grip on life even in the midst of the troubling circumstances. This is an active and fun Bible lesson to do with any age! I created it for my 4th-6th graders for a Wednesday night Bible lesson, and they had a blast!
Life can seem to push us around with troubles, fear, anxiousness and worry. God offers us His presence and His peace which help us stand fast no matter the circumstances.
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Jesus often taught with parables. A Bible object lesson is similar in that it takes an earthly object and uses it to teach a spiritual lesson.
Bible Lesson: Like shoes, God's peace helps us not be moved by life's troubles.
Lesson Title: Get a Grip, Don't Slip!
Object: Socks and Shoes
Primary Scriptures: Romans 5:1, Mark 4:35-41
Main Point: When we put on God's peace, we won't slip into worry, anxiousness and fear. We can stand fast, grounded in God's presence.
We did this inside on slick floors. It could be done outside on an actual “slip & slide” surface barefooted!
Have everyone take their shoes off and have on socks. (You may need to bring extra socks to share with some.) Divide into two teams and draw two lines or goals on each end of the area you are using. Have teams line up in pairs facing each other placing hands on each others shoulders.
When you say begin, they are to try pushing the other team member across the goal line behind them. This is opposite of tug of war. The team that gets the most across their goal line wins.
Ask what was hard about the game. (Socks slipped; couldn’t get a grip)
What would have helped them? (shoes)
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Ask what would happen if a football player wore regular shoes out onto the field rather than cleats. What is different about cleats?
Roman soldiers also wore shoes with spikes that helped them stand firm as their shoes gripped the ground.
God’s peace helps us stand firm even in the storms of life. When we know Jesus as our savior we receive peace with God and the peace of God.
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:10 “For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled will we be saved by His life!”
Colossians 1:21-22 “Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him”
Before receiving Jesus as our Savior, we were hostile and alienated from God –enemies by our choice. But when we receive Jesus, we are reconciled, brought back in relationship with God, and are therefore at peace and no longer war.
Knowing that we have peace with God helps us stand firm. Remember God is greater – 1 John 4:4 “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” Jesus has already been victorious over Satan.
The peace of God helps us stand firm in the storms of life. Remember the story of when Jesus calmed the storm by saying “Peace, be still.”? Well, He does the same when difficulties and hard times come into our lives.
Have different students volunteer ahead of class to look up and read the following verses about the peace of God and how this piece of the armor of God helps us stand firm when life gets tough:
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Have everyone remove their shoes. Form a circle and lead in prayer:
Father, we know that without You, life will push us around and we will slip and slide. Thank You for offering Your peace to us. We can know that no matter what storms or trouble life may bring, You will be with us; we won't be alone. Please help us remember this truth and trust in You.
Encourage students to move away from each other and continue talking silently with God as they put their shoes back on. When everyone seems to be finished, have them huddle up with hands in the middle and on three say - "God's got this!"
Encourage listeners to repeat this to themselves any time they put their socks and shoes on and remember this object lesson on peace.
© Copyright 2016 Susan Smart
We also have a full Bible lesson of wearing the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace.
An object lesson captures attention from the beginning and also helps lock the lesson into our memory. We have over fifty other object lessons available in alphabetical order for your use in teaching others about Jesus!
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