Here is a fun Gospel magic trick to teach about God’s overflowing love!
Have you ever wished you had more of God’s love? I do. It seems everyday I am praying that God helps me love people the way He loves them. His love is endless! Here is a great Gospel magic trick that uses the fun science experiment that many people call “Elephant Toothpaste.” Your kids will love the reaction and the message as well.
What you will need for this Gospel magic trick:
You will need some kind of large container about the size of a large turkey pan. I actually use a foil pan that is big enough to cook a turkey in. Its sides are about 3″ high.
You will need an empty one liter water bottle. Take off the label.
You will need a small juice glass.
You will need one packet of Active Dry Yeast.
You will need enough warm water to dissolve the yeast in, no more than a 1/4 cup.
You will need approximately 2 cups of 40Volume Clear Hydrogen Peroxide; also known as stabilizer formula (This is what people bleach their hair with). I purchase mine at my local beauty store. The brand name I use is Salon Care. Be aware, you cannot use “normal” hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. It is not powerful enough to give a great effect.
You will need about 13 drops of red food coloring to get a nice blood red color.
You will need a glass carafe or some kind of attractive glass bottle that will hold the peroxide.
You will need about a teaspoon of liquid dish soap.
You will need a funnel.
You will need the following two labels found on this page: Labels for the carafe and water bottle
God’s Love – Attach this label to your carafe.
YOU – Attach this label to your empty water bottle. Make sure is really sticks even if it gets wet.
How to prepare for this Gospel magic trick:
Attach the two labels as directed above.
Pour the hydrogen peroxide into the carafe and add the drops of food coloring to make it a nice blood red.
Pour the dish soap into the empty water bottle.
Place the water bottle in the middle of the pan and set the carafe and glass of yeast and funnel to the side of the pan.
Here is the script that goes nicely with this Gospel magic trick that I have adapted from Chris Koch, email@example.com, Risen Christ Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries
Who would like to have more of God’s love?
You? You? You? Me too!
But how do we get or grow in God’s love?
Let’s let this empty bottle remind you of you…or you…or you. (Point to children in the audience.)
Let’s let this pretty bottle remind us of God’s love. The red can remind us of the blood that Jesus shed for each of us for the forgiveness of sin.
Now, back to my question. How do we grow or get filled with more of God’s love?
(During each of the following 3 statements, you will pour some of the peroxide into the empty bottle. You will see some bubbling because of the dish soap, but don’t bring any attention to it, even though the children might say something. Just keep your focus on your talk.)
“We get filled with God’s love when we hear that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our sins. (pour some peroxide into the glass)
“We get more of God’s love when we find out that He is a Father to us and loves us like we are His children” (pour more peroxide into the glass)
“We get even more love when we find out that He is never going to leave us and is always there for us.” (pour in the rest of the peroxide)
Knowing and believing these truths are great ways for our love to grow.
But have you ever wished you had so much love that it would just pour over into other people’s lives, like your friends’ lives or your family’s lives or even others’ lives you come in contact with?
How can this happen?
In 1 Peter 1:22, Peter says, “Love one another deeply from the heart.” I think this kind of deep love can only happen through prayer.
I have here a glass of dissolved yeast. (Hold up the yeast.) Yeast makes things grow, right? Like bread.
Now let’s let this yeast represent your prayers to God to help your love grow so that it overflows to all those around you.
Let’s add our prayers to what we already know is true about God and see what happens.
(Add the dissolved yeast to the peroxide and pretty much right away you will have a wonderful eruption that keeps going and going. It can actually continue for several minutes. The kids will go wild!)
(After some of the excitement dies down, say the following.)
WOW! When God fills us up with His love it spills out of us and we can share that love with others.
I want you to remember to continue to fill yourselves up with God’s love through prayer and by reading the Bible and listening to people who tell you about Jesus.
When you do this, God’s love will overflow to all you meet.
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