The Scripture Lady loves creating activities for the Wordless Book! Here is one called “The Gospel According to Candy.”
On October 31st, candy becomes king! So, I thought I would share with you an object lesson that uses candy and the 5 Wordless Book Colors of yellow, dark, red, white and green to explain the Gospel. I actually use this presentation in my “Wordless Book Program” and the Lord has been using it to bring many kids to salvation. I have been humbled and blessed to see how God uses what kids love to serve His purposes.
The following is the script that I use. For the presentation you will need several – say 5 – Tootsie Rolls, a 100 Grand Chocolate Bar, a Peppermint Patty, a pack of green wrapped EXTRA (the brand) gum and a Mr. Goodbar Chocolate Bar. When I present this lesson, I actually use an apron that has 5 pockets in the Wordless Book Colors that hold each of the candies, but you could easily conceal the candies in bags of the same colors. The Mr. Goodbar will go in the yellow bag, the Tootsie Rolls in the dark bag, the 100 Grand Bar in the red bag, the Peppermint Patty in the white bag, and the Extra Gum in the green bag. I hope you enjoy the script and pray about giving an invitation to your kids to accept Jesus as their Savior after its presentation.
Today, I have some colorful bags to show you. And in each of these colorful bags is a colorful candy that will help up learn more about God and His wonder plan for all the world. Now, I want our gold bag to remind us of Heaven. The Bible says that in Heaven there is a street made out of pure gold. As exciting as that may be to see someday, it cannot compare to the fact that Heaven is where God lives. And it is God’s desire that all would choose to live in Heaven with Him forever and ever. But Heaven has rules and perhaps one the biggest rules about Heaven is this – Nothing, and I mean nothing bad or specifically sinful can ever enter into Heaven…which brings us to this dark bag here.
The dark bag should remind us of the sin in our lives. But what is sin. Say this with me: “Sin is anything I think (Point to your brain), anything I say (Point to your mouth), or anything I do (Wiggle your fingers going from left to right like they are “doing” something) that displeases (Pat palm of right hand onto top of left hand) God (Point up to Heaven).” Very good! Let’s say it again so we really understand what sin is (Repeat phrase with actions once more.) Now, inside my dark bag are some Tootsie Rolls. Toostie Rolls are dark all the way through. The Bible says in Romans 13:12 that we should “put aside the deeds of darkness” in our lives. This is talking about sin.
So, raise your hand if you can give me an example of a sin. (Each child who gives an example receives a Tootsie Roll.) Now remember how I said that no sin is allowed in Heaven? Well, you see, that’s a really big problem for you and for me because the Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. This verse is talking about you and me. So, if you and I are sinners, how can we get into Heaven? I thought you’d never ask!
Maybe my red bag here has the answer to our problem. Now before I continue, there’s something I’ve got to tell you about God. God is the ultimate problem solver. If you have a problem don’t call Superman, don’t call Spiderman and don’t call Kim Possible – Call on God!
God can solve all of your problems. I know He can and I know He will because He solved the greatest problem of all time – the problem of sin. The Bible says that God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins and your sins. It is only by the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross that we are cleansed from all our sin. In fact, Jesus paid (at this point, take out the 100 Grand Bar to show children) the price for our sins. This candy bar is supposed to remind us of a $100,000 which is a lot of money. But Jesus paid WAY MORE than $100,000 for our sins, He paid with His very life. If you can make this next statement true, you get the candy bar. (Pick a child who would like to try for the candy bar. Say to the child, “Jesus paid more or less than a 100 grand for our sins.”) That’s right! He paid more, way more! He paid with His very life. He must love us very much!
Now I’m ready to see what’s in my white bag here. (Pull out candy.) It’s a Peppermint Patty. I need someone who really likes Peppermint Patty’s. (At this point, invite a child to come up and instruct them to take the wrapper off of the candy without breaking the patty. Once he/she has done this, just have them stand next to you while you continue with the script.) Now the color of white should remind us of 2 things. It should remind us of how Jesus makes our hearts clean of all our sin when we invite Him into our lives. And I also want the white color to remind you that you and I have a choice. We have the choice to either ask Jesus into our lives or not ask Jesus into our lives. (At this point, I tell of when I asked Jesus into my life. You can put in your own story here as well.) I asked Jesus into my life when I was 13 years old and I became a Christian. A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus and follows Him all of their life. But you know, after I became a Christian I still sinned sometimes which is kind of like the dark part of our Peppermint Patty here.
Remember, dark reminds us of the sin in our lives. But because I asked Jesus to come into my life and can always know for sure that He will always forgive me of my sins and cleanse me from all that I do wrong. So really, my life now is a lot like this Peppermint Patty. (Have child hold it up for all to see.) I’m a Christian who still sometimes sins, but (at this point have the child break the Patty into 2 pieces revealing the white inside) God sees me completely free of any sin in my life because Jesus died on the cross and saved me from my sins. If I had not asked Jesus into my life, my heart would still be dark with sin and my life would look more like a Tootsie Roll!
(Direct this next part to the child holding the Patty.) Well, _________________, I have a choice for you to make. We would like to know if you can eat this entire Peppermint Patty in 20 seconds or less. (To the rest of the class: What do you think kids? Can he/she do it?) OK, ___________________, do you choose to take this challenge? (I’ve never had a kid say, “No”, but in case they do, you could have someone else come up to take the challenge or maybe even you could give it a try.) Alright, ________________, we will count backwards from 20 to 1. On your mark, get set, GO! (The kids really have fun with this part. No matter if the child succeeds or not, give him/her lots of praise and instruct them to sit down afterward.)
So, when we ask Jesus into our lives we become His child – a child of God. And as a child of God we should desire to grow in our relationship with Him. Which you guessed it, brings us to our green bag here which reminds us of growth. So what are some ways we can grow in our relationship with God? Well, #1: We can go to a good Bible believing church, #2: We can grow in God by reading our Bible and praying everyday, #3: We can grow in God by obeying God’s Word, the Bible, and putting into practice all that He says and #4: We can grow in God by telling others about God so that they can be free of their sins, too.
Growing in God means growing in my friendship with Him. And my friendship with God is my number one relationship that I have. Therefore I need to take EXTRA (at this point take out the package of gum for all to see) special care in how I treat my best friend, Jesus. Now, whoever can tell me one way we can grow in God, gets this pack of gum. (Pick a child to do this and praise them for their effort.)
Well, you are probably wondering why I didn’t pull a candy out of the gold bag. I didn’t forget. I was just saving the best for last. That’s kind of what God is doing too. For all those who invite Jesus into their life, God is preparing a beautiful forever home for all of His children to live in someday – a place where there will be no more death or crying or pain. But kids, as you travel this life of yours, you will hear many people say or think that all they have to do to get into heaven is just be really, really good. (At this point, pull out the Mr. Goodbar and point to the word “good” as you say it.) But boys and girls, that is simply not the truth. The Bible says that the only way anyone can get into Heaven is by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. For you see, Jesus is really the one and only true “Mr. Goodbar” which is just a silly way of saying that Jesus is the only One good enough to take away our sins so that one day we can live with Him forever and ever. So, here’s the question for the candy bar. Raise you hand if you think you know the answer. (Choose a child to answer the question.) True or false: I can get into Heaven just by being good. (Answer: False Give child candy bar for the correct answer. Praise the child for doing well.)
(This next portion of the script comes from Rev. Barney Kinard’s “Invitation” script with revisions of my own. You can access his site at www.kidhelper.com.)
So, how about you? Have you made the choice to receive Jesus into your life?
I want everyone to close their eyes and bow their heads because I have a very important question to ask all of you. Can you clearly remember a time when you asked Jesus to come into your life?
Everyone’s eyes should still be closed. Now some of you did not raise your hand. Maybe that was because you’ve never asked Jesus into your life or maybe you’re not sure if you’ve ever asked Jesus into your life. If you would like to be sure today that Jesus is in your life, I would like you to raise your hand nice and high. Remember, all eyes should still be closed. Very good!
Now I would like to pray for everyone. “Dear Jesus, thank you Lord for the children who have already asked you into their lives. I pray that you would help them grow in you more and more everyday. And now, Jesus, I pray for those kids who just raised their hands showing that they wanted to ask you into their lives today. Please give them the courage and understanding to make this very important decision.
Everyone’s eyes should still be closed. If you were one of those who just raised their hand to ask Jesus into their life today, I am going to ask that you would stand up right where you are. Excellent! That is awesome! And finally, just one more thing, those of you who are standing, I’m going to ask that you come up here to the front and stand with me so I can help you to pray and ask Jesus to come into your life.
(At this point, any children who came forward to stand with you should be led in a prayer of salvation. The following prayer is the one I use and I do it in “Echo” fashion – in other words they repeat after me.)
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Sometimes I do wrong things that displease You. But God, I know you sent your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins. I believe that by His blood that He shed, all my sins are washed away. Now, Jesus, help me grow in you more and more everyday and someday Jesus I will live in Heaven with you forever and ever. I love you, Jesus. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”