5 Object Lessons to Teach Kids About Salvation

The most important thing we do is share the Gospel with kids and families.

Jesus often used object lessons to help people understand the good news of salvation.  

Here are five object lessons you can use to teach kids about salvation.

The Birthday Gift. 

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  • have a small wrapped gift for an illustration
  • Romans 6:23 - everyone has sinned
  • Romans 6:23 - the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus
  • If something is a gift, you cannot earn it. 
  • When you get a birthday gift, what do you have to do for it to be yours?
  • You simply have to reach out and accept it.  
  • Ephesians 2:8-9 - Jesus' forgiveness is a gift. But you have to reach out and accept it for it to be yours.
  • Did Jesus die for everyone?  Yes. Is everyone going to heaven?  No.  Some people don't want Jesus' gift of salvation.  It is a choice you have to make for yourself.  
  • He offers you His forgiveness.  Will you reach out and accept it?

The Bill. 

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  • What is your favorite place to eat? 
  • When you eat there, what do they hand you (usually at the end of the meal)?  A check.
  • You owe a bill for the food you ate. 
  • You owe a bill for your sins.  (Romans 6:23 - the wages (bill) of sin is death.)
  • This means if we have to pay our sin bill ourselves, we will be separated from God when we die.
  • The good news is Jesus offers to pay your sin bill.  He never sinned.  It was your sin bill that Jesus was paying for when He died.
  • Use an illustration of a time when someone paid a bill for you, bought you lunch, etc.
  • Jesus died on the cross and rose again to pay your sin bill.  (Romans 5:8)
  • When you invite Jesus to come into your life, He forgives your sin bill and you have eternal life.

The Rope.

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  • Pretend you are at the beach. 
  • You go into the water to swim.
  • You get stuck in water that is over your head and you start going down. 
  • You cry out to your friend on shore to help you.  
  • He or she grabs a rope and throws it out to you.  He or she pulls you in and saves you from drowning. 
  • This is like what Jesus can do for us. 
  • We realize that we are drowning in our sins. 
  • We call upon Jesus and ask Him to save us. (Romans 10:13)
  • He rescues us from our sins.
The Two Crosses
  • Give each child a piece of paper and a pencil/pen.  Have them draw the following items as explained.
  • Draw a rounded hill. (Jesus died on a cross on a hill) 
  • Draw 3 crosses on the hill.
  • Above the middle cross write "Jesus" and above Jesus write "0." Jesus never sinned.
  • Above the other crosses write the word "sin."
  • The other 2 men deserved to be there. They had sinned and done terrible things.