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Object lessons - The Bible is Our GPS

Object lessons are designed to help us see God and know Him through connecting His Word with our everyday surroundings.  This short & simple Bible lesson begins with 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.

Topic: The Bible as our guide

Object Lesson Title:  Getting Directions!

Object: GPS

Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 3:16

Key Takeaway:  The Bible is our guide for life giving us directions to Heaven.

Object Lessons from a GPS

Ask if anyone knows what GPS stands for: Global Positioning System.  Have they ever used one or seen anyone use one?  When and for what?

What all does a GPS tell us?  It tells us where we are, where our destination is, the best route to get there, if we make a wrong turn, etc.  The Bible says Scripture does the same for us.

Read 2 Timothy 3:16 - "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”.  Have everyone take a big breath and then let it out. Ask if they have ever realized that whenever we talk, we are also breathing.  Can you imagine if we had to hold our breath when we talked?!

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.  Write the words teaching, reproof, correcting and training on the board or sheets of paper for them to see.  This verse says the Bible is profitable for:

  1. teaching (telling us how to get to where we need to be), 
  2. reproof or rebuking (telling us when we have taken a wrong turn), 
  3. correcting (getting us back on track going the right direction), and 
  4. 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!

It's important to read God’s Word daily.  And let’s not just read it and apply it in our own lives, but let’s 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. 

Activities for Object Lessons:

Make Maps

Give each student a sheet of paper and something to draw and write with.  Ask them to draw a map from where you are to their house.  Reference that God wants us to know the way home to Him in Heaven.  He gave us the Bible as a map or GPS, but He also sent His Son Jesus to show us and take us there.

Follow the Leader

Not your typical Follow the Leader game, for this you'll need blindfolds.  We aren't able to see God with our eyes, but we can hear Him speak to us through the Bible.  Jesus says in John 10:27-28 that His sheep know His voice.

Have students put on blindfolds and then follow your voice.  Make note that the closer they are to you, the easier it is for them to follow.

Take a Drive

Program a destination into your GPS in your car or phone and take a drive (or this can be a walk if using your phone) with your family or group.  Make a few wrong turns and hear the corrections made by your GPS trying to reroute you to the correct route.  Take time to talk about how God's Holy Spirit uses the Bible to help direct us and correct us if needed to guide us along God's best for our life.

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