Object Lesson: How to Explain “Faith” to Sunday School Kids
In trying to teach Sunday School I’m always looking for new and fresh ways to explain difficult subjects easily. And nothing seems to work better than an object lesson.
Faith … It’s defined as “complete trust or confidence in something or someone.”
When the Bible talks about faith in God it means that we have put all our confidence and hope in Him. I’ve read and seen object lessons on this idea of faith before.
For instance, sitting down in a chair.
When you sit in a chair for the first time you are showing faith that the chair will hold you. Until you are safely seated you don’t know for sure if the chair is going to hold you.
This is an example of faith. But it’s not my favorite.
We sit in chairs all the time. It doesn’t seem to take that much faith for us to sit down in a chair. Yes, it technically is faith, but I want a better, stronger, example.
The power of faith is that we obey even when we cannot see the end. We have to act and believe that God will take care of us, even though we can’t see what He’s up to or where He is taking us.
That’s why I think this is a better illustration:
Find a helper in your class and bring them to the front. I’d suggest asking for someone that is ‘brave.’ You don’t want someone shy to help you with this.
Have them stand to one side of you and pull out a blindfold that the kids haven’t seen before (it works well to not let them anticipate what is going to happen).
Explain to the class that you are demonstrating what faith is like. Faith is not being able to see (like your helper can’t see). Faith is listening to God and trusting Him that He will help you and lead you where you should go.
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