Jesus used familiar objects to teach spiritual truths in his parables. You can use the same method with your children-the safe way.
That is, you can find all sorts of object lessons to teach kids spiritual truths just by walking down your grocery store aisles. We have a chain of grocery stores in our area called Safeway. Thus, the “safe way” to do object lessons!
Here are some ideas to get you started.
A BUNCH OF GROWTH
Object: A stalk of fresh broccoli
Show kids a large stalk of broccoli. Take a knife and cut the broccoli in half lengthwise. Start your object lesson from the bottom of the stalk.
Say: This is a mature Christian. See how the large stalk has a branch coming off it. That branch represents a person who heard about Jesus and decided to follow him. Now follow that large branch to a smaller branch. Here are two more people who’ve decided to follow Jesus because of the first person’s life. Now we have four Christians instead of just one. And the process goes on until you get to the head where the little buds are tightly packed and bountiful-these are even more people whom the others have brought to Christ.
This is how God means for his work to be done. One on one! One won by one who was won! When someone decides to follow Jesus Christ, he or she needs a Christian to support and help him or her grow into a fruitful disciple who’ll reach out to others.