This Bible object lesson will demonstrate to kids what’s true and what’s false.
You’ll need 12 4X6 cards arranged in order from bottom to top with the following words printed on them: False, False, False, False, False, True, Media, Science, Opinion, Friends’ Views, Famous People, and Bible. Turn the cards over in a pile with the writing side down. Keep the cards in the same order with “Bible” on top and “false” on bottom.
Say: A lot of times we look to different sources for truth, but they’re not always true. So let’s do an experiment to see what is really true. To illustrate this, I need a helper.
Tell your helper: I’ll shuffle the cards by taking the top card and placing it on the bottom. I’ll continue shuffling until you say stop.
Next, place the top six cards of the deck in your helper’s hand-one
on top of the other.
Say: Here’s something that’s true: Jesus died for my sin. I’m going to spell each word in this special phrase beginning with the word “Jesus.”
As each letter is said, choose the top card of either deck and place it on the bottom of its deck. If you choose your deck, you’ll place a card under your deck. If you choose my deck, I’ll place a card under my deck.
Place a card in either deck on the bottom of its deck after each letter is said. After you finish spelling the word “Jesus,” reveal the top cards in both decks. The word “false” will accompany each source of non-truth, but the word “true” will accompany the word “Bible.” Comment on the two cards and put them to the side. For example, you may say: People’s opinions are sometimes true, but not always. We can’t count on them to be true, so we can say they’re false. Or you may say: The Bible is always true—everything in it is true.
Continue spelling each word in the special phrase, pausing to reveal the top cards after each word is spelled.
Afterward, say: The Bible is different from anything else because it’s the true word of God. We can always count on the Bible to be true.
Excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine.