I’m sure you typically don’t think of a paper shredder being a Bible study tool!  This is a Bible study object lesson that teaches how God forgives our sins and shreds them much as a paper shredder helps us get rid of things that could be used against us in the future.

Bible Study Object Lesson: “Paper Shredder”

When God forgives sins he shreds them so that no one should ever be able to read them again.

Psalm 103:12, 1 John 2:1

paper shredder, sheets of paper (one for each child), marker pens, one for each child. Old bills or bank statements that you will shred in front of the class.

Plug in the paper shredder.

We have this paper shredder in our house so that we can feel safe. If we throw out old bills in the trash, someone could come along and steal our account numbers and use them. We could have problems with identity theft. Someone could pretend to be us and use our credit cards by stealing the numbers off our bills.

This paper shredder means that we’re throwing out pieces of our bills that are so tiny, nobody could ever put them back together and read them.

Shred some old bills into the shredder. Open it and show the students the confetti-like residue.

Could anybody possibly read any information about us on this stuff? Pass some around. The answer is no.

A paper shredder sort of reminds me of what God does with our sins. Last week, I got mad at a friend and said something I probably shouldn’t have to another friend about it. I committed the sin of

Write the word “complaining” on a piece of paper and hold it up in front of them.

And before that, my sister needed help and I was just too tired and feeling sorry for myself because I had a lot of work to do too.

Write the word “selfish” on a piece of paper and hold it up in front of them.

Did you do anything this week that you’re a little bit ashamed of? Write it briefly on your own piece of paper. You don’t have to let anyone see it if you don’t want. But if you want, you can share what you did.

Call for volunteers to share. If you get some, shred their piece of paper. If you don’t, use your own.

When we ask God’s forgiveness, Psalm 103:12 says, “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.” 1 John 2:1 reads, “”¦if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

God takes our sin away and more or less shreds it. Send a paper through. Can anybody read what our sin was after it’s passed through the shredder? No.

God won’t either. It’s gone. There’s no need to feel guilty or sad anymore. We can just move on, knowing that what we did will never be read again.


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