4. Do You Trust Me?
Bible Truth: I can trust God because he wants the best for me.
Bible Verse: Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
Bible Lesson: Any Bible lesson involving courage and trust in God.
- File card or small piece of cardboard
- Small plastic tub
In Advance: Practice! You don’t want to spill water on someone’s head.
Lesson Introduction: Ask for a brave volunteer who really trusts you. Make a big deal about this person being really brave. Ask several times if they trust you. After they assure you they’re brave and really trust you, have them sit in a chair. Holding the glass over the plastic tub, fill it to overflowing with water. (No bubbles can be in the water.)
Place a piece of cardboard or an index card atop the glass. Carefully invert it over the volunteer’s head. If you do this correctly, they won’t get wet. Use this as an introduction to any Bible lesson involving courage or trust.
5. New in Christ
Bible Truth: Christ Jesus makes me brand new!
Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Bible Lesson: Zacchaeus becomes a new person, Luke 19:1-8
- Paper towels
- Lemon juice
- Plastic cups/bowl
- Dirty, old copper coins
In Advance: Fill small cups (3 oz.) with lemon juice.
Bible Lesson: Before sharing the story of Zacchaeus, give each child or team a few dirty, old copper coins. Talk about how old the coins are and how they may have gotten so dirty. Then let kids put the coins in the cups of lemon juice to soak as you tell the Bible story.
A man in the Bible reminds me of these dirty coins. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who took money from poor people. He gave some of the money to the government, but much of it he kept for himself. Zacchaeus’ life became filled with the dirtiness of sin because he lied, cheated, stole and was unkind.
Then Jesus came to visit Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus realized that Jesus loved him and was willing to forgive him for the dirty things in his life. He accepted Jesus’ love and forgiveness and was cleansed (forgiven) of selfishness and unkindness. He immediately offered to return the money he had taken wrongfully. The old, sinful Zacchaeus became a brand-new person who was kind and willing to share.
Let children remove their coins from the lemon juice and place on paper towels. What has happened to the coins? The lemon juice made them look brand new.
Jesus can do just the same for you. Maybe your life is filled with unkindness, selfishness and other sins. Jesus says if we admit these things, he forgives us and makes us clean. He makes us brand new on the inside, just as he did for Zacchaeus.
This article about Bible science experiments originally appeared here.