One of the most effective illustrations I’ve seen in children’s ministry happened at camp.
The teacher walked up front to teach, and started right in on a game of Simon Says.
You know, Simon says “Touch your toes.”
Simon says, “Rub your head.”
“Jump up and down.”
Of course, the object of the game is to catch a kid doing something without Simon’s instruction i.e. following the command without the words “Simon says,” in front of it.
Once a kid is caught, he is out. The game continues until only one child is still standing – the winner.
After playing for a while, the teacher halted the game. As the kids went back to their seats, she asked, “How come you’re so quick to do with Simon says, but not so quick to do what God says?
She then went on to talk about obeying God.
Just an idea to use in your own kids’ ministry. A way to start a lesson, getting everyone’s attention.
Here are some verses to carry through with the theme..
John 14:15 – If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
John 14:21 – Whoever has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love Him and manifest myself to Him.
2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
2 John 1:6 – And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
A fun way to teach a serious truth.