YOU WILL NEED: Green and Yellow food coloring (Red and blue will work also.); 2 cups; Water; A Bible
NOTE: If you don’t have these items, you can do a different activity that is explained in the Other Option section below:
Pour two glasses of water. In one put a few drops of green (or blue) food coloring. With each drop say something bad that people do (i.e., tell a lie, take something that belongs to someone else, throw a fit, disobey mom or dad, etc.) This green (or blue) cup stands for all the bad things we do.
In the second cup of water, add a few drops of yellow (or red) food coloring. The yellow stands for the streets of gold in heaven. (If you use red, it stands for the blood Jesus shed when He died to make a way for us to go to heaven.) This cup stands for Jesus and how He died to make a way for us to go to heaven and to take away all the wrong things we’ve done.
Now pour the cup representing Jesus (yellow or red) into the cup that represents our sins (green or blue). There is a big change. When someone gives their life to Jesus, there is a big change that happens because: (1) that person is adopted into God’s family, (2) they are given God’s Holy Spirit to guide and direct them, (3) they are given an eternal life that nothing can ever take away, and (4) God gives them a brand new kind of life.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
PRAY—And thank God for the change He can bring to people’s lives.
Do this activity if you don’t have the items you need for the one above.
Make some cookies or biscuits and point out the change that happens while cooking. You might even want to do a before and after taste-test. Or, pop some popcorn and compare a kernel with the end result—A taste-test here is recommended only for the final product! Or, get a little messy by adding water to a nicely folded pile of toilet paper. This is guaranteed to make a change. Then begin with the discussion below.
DISCUSSION: The change you just saw doesn’t even begin to compare with the change that Jesus makes when a person gives his or her life to Him.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
When people are saved, they become brand new. No matter how bad they’ve been, all their sins are gone. They also become a child of God and are given His Holy Spirit. They are saved from a life without Christ as well as an eternity separated from God to a life that lives for Christ and an eternity in heaven. Isn’t God great!
PRAY—Take Family Prayer Requests. Then pray and thank God for the change He can bring to people’s lives.
What are three ways that you can show Jesus’ love to others today?
What is something you would change in the world if you could? (Starvation, war, hate, racisim, etc.)
What do you think the world would be like if everyone knew and followed Jesus?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
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