Theme: Shining for the Lord
You Are the Light of the World!
You could begin by singing, "This Little Light of Mine, I'm going to let it shine."
The teacher will have two lights as object lessons. One light is a bright flashlight. The other light is a plugged-in lamp.
You could begin by talking about the Lord Jesus as the Light of the world (John 8:12). When we are saved, the Lord Jesus enters our life, and that Light is now within us. You could explain this by using 2 Corinthians 4:6 and Matthew 5:14 ("Ye are the light of the world").
Then show the class the two lights. The flashlight begins by mocking the plugged-in lamp: "Ha! I can go anyplace I want. I can shine my light anywhere. But you are limited. You can only shine in the location where you are plugged-in. You have very little freedom of movement. You are stuck because you need your electric cord!"
However, the plugged-in lamp has an answer: "Mr. flashlight, don't laugh too long. You do have the ability to go different places, and I can't do that, but just let your light keep shining for a few hours and before too long your light will go out. Your batteries will run out of power and you will not shine at all until your power source is replaced. So enjoy your light while you still have it! The power source for my light bulb keeps on providing power hour after hour, day after day. I'll still be shining while you are in the dark!"
Then share with the class that the light that the Lord Jesus gives us is better than the flashlight and better than the plugged-in lamp. Like the flashlight, we we can shine wherever we go (in the home, at school, in the neighborhood, at the grocery store, etc.). And like the plugged-in lamp, we have an unending source of power which comes from the Lord Jesus, "the Light of the world." He lives in our heart.
Yet the children also need to understand that as believers we need to stay properly connected to the Lord. Sin will break that connection, and we cannot shine for the Lord if we are sinning. We need to confess our sins (1 John 1:9) and get right with the Lord so that He can shine through us once again. Ask the class what they can do to make sure they keep on having a strong connection with the Lord (reading God's Word, praying to our Heavenly Father, resisting temptations, learning more about Him in a Bible-teaching church, etc.).
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