As you’re planning your youth Bible study lessons, remember to use object lessons with them to illustrate your message. Turning a flat piece of paper into a paper airplane will help students understand that the messages of Jesus are like the folds needed to turn the paper into an airplane that flies.
Youth Bible Study Object Lessons
John 14:2, Mark 13:11
One sheet of paper for each child, pencils
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY PREPARATION:
Give out sheets of paper and pencils.
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY LESSON:
A lot of people don’t believe in Jesus. One of the saddest things about that is when a loved one passes away, they don’t have any assurance that Jesus will keep that person in heaven with him until we get there too.
But we have Jesus’ powerful words to rely on from John 14:2. There, he was speaking to his disciples, who were often confused about who Jesus exactly was or how much power he had. Jesus said to his disciples, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
That is some of the greatest news we could share with others. Let’s write that scripture down. Give them a chance to write it down.
Sharing the gospel is not easy. Even though we have great news like Jesus himself saying he’s preparing places in heaven for those who love him, we’re afraid to share that. We don’t know people’s individual lives. We don’t know what they need to know. We don’t know what they want to know.
We have a very powerful message here, but we really don’t know who needs it or whether we’re saying the right thing. Pick a volunteer. Tell him to get that message to you by trying to throw the piece of paper. It will land back in his lap or on the floor. Have another volunteer try the same thing for reinforcement.
If we’re going to share the gospel, we need the “direction” of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows everyone’s heart. Jesus said in Mark 13:11, “Do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”
Just like we need “direction” from the Holy Spirit, our message needs some direction.
Hold the paper lengthwise in the middle of the table to demonstrate for the kids. Take the two upper corners and fold them in so they meet, and you have formed a triangle with them.
Now, our message has a “point.” Point to the tip of the triangle.
But we’re not done yet. Our message needs more strength. All these folds are like the Holy Spirit, that will give our messages strength to move far and wide.
Now you have a paper airplane. Line the students in a line and that way they will not be tempted to fly their airplanes at each other and hit each other in the eye.
Now try to move your piece of paper. Let everyone try to fly his airplane. They may keep retrieving and flying again, but not at each other!
Now, we have a very important message, but because we have the Holy Spirit with us, the message can travel farther, and it has more strength.
Let’s all pray for the Holy Spirit to help us send messages to the world.
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