Document 71620

POlNerful Gospel
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How can you make your
presentations so powerful that children
will remember and apply the Biblical
principles that you are presenting?
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In Children's Church: Turning
Your Circus into a Service, Dick Gruber
shares the following about making gospel
presentations to kids:
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A gospel presentation is not a
dynamic illustration or a creative
visual. It is a message from God
transmitted by you to each child.
Such a message cannot come
entirely from a curriculum. A
curriculum might give you the
Scripture text or an idea for the
visualpresentation. But you must
pray and meditate daily to find
what God would say specifically
to the childrenand how He would
have you to present His message.
There should always be three
portions
to
the
gospel
presentation: a Scripture verse,
Bible story, and illustrated
sermon.
The message is more important
than the method. Look to God for
the message, then determinewhat
methods will best present God's
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message. Role play, drama, mime, chalk
talks, gospel illusions, object lessons,
storytelling,costumedcharacters,video clips
are just some of the methods that can be
used to effectively share the Gospel
message.
Involvethe childrenin your presentation.A
child who participates will be more apt to
rememberand apply that lesson throughout
the week.
Invite childrento act on God's message to
them. The invitation may be an altar
invitationgiving childrenthe opportunityto
receive salvation, sanctificationor seekthe
baptism of the Holy Spirit, help with a
problem,or askingGodto supply a need. Or
the invitation might be a challenge.
Challengethe childrento obey the message
they have heard. For example, ifthe gospel
presentation was on witnessing, challenge
the childrento share the "good news" with
a ftiend or familymember duringthe week.
Ideas You Can Use!
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Materials Needed: Paper cups, small toys, change,
nails or screws, plant in cup of soil, pitcher of water.
Presentation:
Can anyone tell me why this paper cup was
made? What is its purpose? Yes, it was made to
drink out of. That is its purpose. Everything that has
been created has a purpose, a reason for being made.
Paper cups are used in many other ways too.
Sometimes kids like to keep their favorite things in
paper cups. You might keep bottle caps or marbles
or special rocks in a paper cup. Some people collect
their loose coins in a paper cup. Others keep small
things like nails or screws or buttons in a paper cup.
A paper cup can even be used as a tiny garden. You
can put soil in the cup and plant seeds in the soil and
soon you will have a cup full of plants.
But was the paper cup made to hold bottle
caps or coins or nails? Was it made to be a miniature
garden? No. It was made to provide a cool drink to
someone who is thirsty. (Pour water into a paper cup
and take a drink.)
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The paper cup reminds me of
of you. You too were made for a
special purpose. (Let the children
and read Matthew 22:37.) What
this verse tell us about our
purpose, our reason for existing. Yes,
each of you were made to love God and
to serve Him.
The paper cup has no choice in
how it will be used, but you can choose.
Will your life be spent doing what you
want to do? Will you spend your life
doing what others want you to do? Or,
will you choose to love God and serve
Him? God wants to fill your life with
His love so that you can share it with
others. (Pour water into another cup and
give a drink to one of the children.)
Will you fulfill God's
purpose? It's your choice.
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Materials needed: 12 inch balloon,
balloonfor each child, black permanent
markers.
Presentation:
The other day I went to the
store and bought this balloon. The
package said that this was a 12 inch
balloon.Butwhen I opened the package
and took out the balloon, I was very
disappointed. This isn't a 12 inch
balloon. Why it isn't even a 4 inch
balloon. I thinkI've been cheated.What
do you think? (Let children respond.)
What? Oh, you mean that in order for
this to becomea 12-inchballoon, I have
to do something? I have to blow the
balloon up? Let's see if you are right.
(Blow the balloon up completely.)
I wasn't cheated after all! This
is a 12inchballoon. You know, each of
us is like this balloon. We have
POTENTIAL.Wehave the ability to be
all Godhas plannedfor us to be. But we
must work with God to reach our
potential.
(Ask each child to get with a
partner then give each one a balloon.
Ask the pairs to think of ways they can
work with God to become all He has
plannedforthemto be. When they have
thought of two ways, they are to blow
the balloons.)
Bring the group back together.
Ask them to share some of their ideas.
Conclude by asking each child to toss
his balloon up in the air. While the
balloon is in the air the child is to pray
asking God to help him reach his
potential.
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Preparation:
Create three paths. Make one
path with coins. At the end of the path
place a sign that reads, "Wrong Way."
Make another path with bright beads or
colorful candy pieces. At the end of that
path, place a sign that reads, "Dead
End." Make another path with dried
brown beans. At the end of that path,
place a bag of treats (enough for each
child in your group). If space permits,
make the paths complex. If not, the
paths can simply wind around the front
of your meeting room. However, make
sure the end of each path cannot be seen
until reached.
Divide the children into three
groups. Show them the beginning of
each path. Ask each group to choose a
path and follow it to the end then return
with whatever they find at the end.
Presentation:
Discuss the following: What
made you choose this path? How did
you feel when you got to the end of the
path? If you could choose again, what
path wouldyou choose?Why?
In the Bible, (Matthew 7:13,
14) Jesus reminds us that there are two
paths we can choose to follow during
our lives. (Read these verses to the
children in an easy-to-understand
translation of the Bible, such as the
NIV.) What are the two paths? What
doesthe broad path lead to? What does
the narrow path lead to? Why do you
think many people follow the broad
path? Which paths that you followed
were like the broad path? Why? Which
path was like the narrow path? Why?
How can we choose to follow the
narrowpath? Yes,thenarrowpath is the
path that we followwhen we choose to
live for Jesus.
The group who chose to follow
the plain path received a reward at the
end. I'm going to give each member of
their group one of the rewards. (Pass out
a treat to each group member.) But there
are still rewards left to share with each
of you. (Pass out remaining treats to
other groups.) You were all blessed
because some people made the right
choice. When we choose to follow Jesus
how are others blessed?
Conclude by reviewing the two
paths. Invite the children to choose to
follow Jesus.
Resource Review
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