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Object Lesson
Supplies Needed: One large pumpkin with the facial features cut out. When you cut out the features save them because you will need them during this object lesson. You will also need to save some of the slime and seeds from the inside. You will also need a candle.
Lesson: Could I have my volunteer come up here? [Have the volunteer put their hand into the bowl filled with seeds and pulp.] How does that feel? What words would you use to describe it? Do you think thatís like you? It says in the Bible that we are all sinners and that sound pretty bad to me. This pumpkin does have bad stuff inside. The pumpkin is like us in that we canít get the bad stuff out- someone has to come along and do it for us. I canít get rid of my sins on my own, but God has told us in His work that if we will confess our sins to Him, He will take them away and make us clean. When we ask Jesus to come into lives and take our sins away he does it and in the Bible it says that Jesus is the Light of the world so when He comes to live in our lives- light comes into our lives. [Now light the candle.]
3. I want to tell you about a little boy named Albert. Albert went to church one day and someone told him about the Lord Jesus wanting to come into his life and take away his sins. Albert thought that was a great thing so he asked Jesus to do it. He wanted to share this good news with others so he wanted them to see Jesus in how he acted and what he did. Some days were hard like the day that his mother tried to hurry him up to get to school on time and he yelled and ďback-talkedĒ his mother. He sinned. [Fill in one of the eyes.] On the bus his friend had saved a seat for him but he just glared at him and sat somewhere else. His friend looked hurt. Albert sinned. [Fill in the other eye.] At school they had a spelling test and Albert couldnít remember what the last word was so he looked on a friendís paper. Albert sinned. [Fill in the nose.] After school he went outside to play and he hit his little brother. Albert sinned again. [Put one part of the mouth in.] His mother called him in and asked him what happened and he said that he didnít know. She looked at him and asked him if he had hit his little brother and Albert said no. Albert lied and that is a sin. [Fill in another part of the mouth.] Later his mother asked him to come and set the table, but Albert pretended that he hadnít heard her and she had to call him 3 times before he finally went. Albert sinned. [Fill in the last part of the mouth.] When Albert sinned did Jesus leave? [Look inside the pumpkin. The light should still be burning. You need to keep the lid of the pumpkin off a little bit or the candle will burn out.] No. Jesus will never leave us but the people around Albert canít see Jesus because Albert has been doing so many wrong things. Albert needs to ask Jesus to forgive him for the sins he has committed that day and then go to each one of those people and ask their forgiveness. [Take the people back through the sins of Albert and talk about how he asked for forgiveness. As you do this, take the pieces back out so that you can once again see the light burning.]

 
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A young lady named Sally had an experience in a seminary class, given by her professor who was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the class and saw a big target on the wall. On a table nearby was a bunch of darts. The professor told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked, or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the personís picture.

Sallyís friend drew a picture of someone who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a lot of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.

The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was disappointed when the professor, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats.

As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didnít have a chance to throw any darts at her target. The professor began removing the target from the wall.

Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.

The professor said only these words...
And the King will tell them, ĎI assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!í
ó Matthew 25:40

 
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The second grade teacher in elementary school was teaching some very simple principles of physics. One the several things she taught about was a magnet. She explained the basic principle of magnetic attraction and demonstrated it using a magnet to pick some small metal objects. On Friday, she gave the class a test on some lessons taught that week. One of the questions read: ďMy name has six letters and starts with M and I pick up things. What am I?Ē She was somewhat surprised when she graded the papers that more than one-half of the class answered: ďMOTHERĒ!

 
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A young lady named Sally relates an experience she had in a seminary class given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons. One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day. On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the personís picture. Sallyís girlfriend drew a picture of a girl who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. She was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved. The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of the time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didnít have a chance to throw any darts at her target, Dr. Smith began removing the target from ...

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OBJECT LESSON: WIVES AS THE WEAKER VESSEL

1 Peter 3:7- "Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner.." (KJV "weaker vessel.")

Now, does that sound sexist to you? She's to be treated like the weaker partner, the weaker vessel?

I want to show you this vessel- it's a mug with Atlanta Braves emblem on the front, but it's a rugged plastic mug. You can beat it around, you can drop it, it will last a long time. You can come up after the service and handle it and even if somehow you mess it up, it's only a couple of bucks. It's a strong vessel.

I want to show you another vessel. It's a weaker vessel, it's made of china, very breakable. This china was passed down to my wife by my grandmother, so if you handle this after the service, handle it with care, because my children still need a father and I promised my wife I wouldn't break it.

Now let me ask you something. Which vessel is weaker? Which vessel is more valuable? Sure...the china cup. It's weaker, but it's a lot more valuable, and so treat it with sensitivity, gentleness and respect. Isn't that what Jesus did? Eph. 5:26-27 tells us that he gave himself up for us in order to present the church (that's us) as holy and blameless. We didn't deserve that, but that's how he treats us... gently, tenderly.

 
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OBJECT LESSON: NEW SOCKS

One of the things that our church does is that we give out new socks to some of the homeless men and women. You walk around and sleep here and there, and even if you take care of yourself and shower, your socks get dirty. When youíve been wearing probably the same clothes for several days in a row and those socks get stinky and filthy--believe me, the last thing that you want to do is pick up one these socks that used to be white, but are now blackish gray and have literally just been peeled off of someoneís foot like a banana. And there is no way you will get that sucker clean again. Heck I wouldnít want the thing in my washing machine.

Yet, David knows God can make him clean again. God can make him like new. A Genesis week--it's a chance to be completely and totally new. A fresh start. Revelation depicts a scene where millions of people are worshiping God whose robes are pure white. They are the faithful. They are the ones who follow Jesus and the ways of God and donít quit and donít give up and donít walk away from God or Godís people. No more death. Resurrection! No tears. No suffering.

These white robes were not new robes that replaced soiled ones that were cast off. These robes arenít handed out like new pairs of white socks. They have washed and cleaned by Jesus. They are made white by his blood. They are washed in his blood and come out white again. They come out pure because of his death.

 
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OBJECT LESSON: THE MOP HEAD

I have here a mop head that I recently replaced at the Upper Room. This has been used to mop urine. I know, because I mopped up when this guy urinated all over himself, the couch he was sitting on, and the floor while he was asleep. It has mopped up the filth that was tracked in off the streets. It wonít come clean. I challenge you. There is no way in this world that you can make this like new.

I have new mop head to compare. The old one will never be this white even with bleach, because I have soaked this thing in bleach already to get it this clean. The old mop head is literally falling apart.

Yet, Jesus was raised on the third day. His resurrection promises us resurrection as well. We are like this old mop head compared to God. But the resurrection of Jesus promises us that we will one day be resurrected. We will have a new body, not like the old, but a completely new body free from the flaws and defects of this life.

Notice how the new mop head is not really that white. God doesnít just promise to restore us back the original condition, but God promises more than we can imagine. If it is time for a change, God gives a fresh start.

Easter is all about getting a fresh start, a new lease on life, being born in a whole new way. This is your day. No matter how far down the ladder you have fallen or maybe how far down you feel you havenít fallen, this is your day to change the mop head of your life.

 
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A young lady named Sally took a seminary class taught by Professor Smith, who was known for his elaborate object lessons. One day Sally walked into class to find a large target placed on the wall, with several darts resting on a nearby table. Professor Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone they disliked or someone who had made them angry-and he would allow them to throw darts at the personís picture.

Sallyís friend (on her right), drew a picture of another woman who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend (on her left), drew a picture of his younger brother. Sally drew a picture of Professor Smith, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on his face! She was quite pleased at the overall effect sheíd achieved.

The class lined up and began throwing darts amidst much laughter. Some of the students threw with such force that they ripped apart their targets. But Sally, looking forward to her turn, was filled with disappointment when Professor Smith asked the students to return to their seats so he could begin his lecture.

As Sally fumed about missing her chance to throw the darts, the professor began removing the target from the wall.

Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each ...

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OBJECT LESSON: THE PURPOSE OF A TEAPOT

Does a teapot serve a purpose until it has something to pour out? So too are we meant to be full Ė ready to pour out what we have been filled with. This is the Body of Christ - meant to become full of Christ so that we might be poured out on those in need.

[In this illustration I had several teapots on stage and discussed what is inside of us... and one teapot very pretty on the outside (was china) but had old pool water on the inside with some green sludge in it. It helped us ponder if were ready to be poured out or only going through the motions.]

 
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OBJECT LESSON: YOUR REPUTATION

(Light a candle on stage.) Itís easy to keep a fire going. What do you do to it? Not much. You work to get it started, and then it pretty much burns on its own. You may have to protect it, maybe do a little maintenance on it. But the fire is automatic. But if it gets snuffed out, (blow it out) you have a problem. If you needed that flame, youíre suddenly looking around for a lighter, a match, something to get it going again.

A good name is that way. Once itís earned, itís easy to preserve. But if itís blown out, itís a lot of work to restart it again. In other words, if you want to have a good name, you have to stay away from the landmines that snuff out a good name: dishonesty, talking too much; being two-faced; being unreliable; a lack of discipline - Those things that people do that erode a good reputation. Theyíre all like landmines to a good name.

 
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