Gospel Centered Object Lessons
How can we capture the attention of our young people and communicate to them the truth of God's word? One of the best ways is with object lessons that can be used to illustrate biblical truth. Jesus was a master at using object lessons to teach about the Kingdom of God. "Behold the fowls of the air. They sow not neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them... Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Matt 6:26-29) Objects catch the attention of our audience and allow us to draw parallels to spiritual truth. Of course, the greatest spiritual truth we can teach is the gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.
Below are children's sermons that have been presented by Dr. Ken McNulty as part of the worship service at the Haverhill SDA church. Each sermon begins with a title, a theme, an object(s), and a Bible text. These are followed by notes that can be used in presenting the sermon. You are encouraged to modify these notes as necessary to connect with your particular audience and to make the children's sermon your own. No claim of originality is made for many of these ideas, only for the way they are presented. You are welcome to use these notes in your own preparation and presentation. You may want to keep the objects in a carry bag until the time they are displayed.
The children's sermons are given below with the reverse sequence date (yymmdd) so that the sermons appear in chronological order with the most recent at the bottom of the list. The title gives a quick clue about the subject. The date is often useful for finding a sermon that touches on a particular holiday. The files are in Microsoft Word format. Sometimes weeks will be skipped if the guest speaker has a children's sermon or if our church has a combined service with another church or at camp meeting time. After three or four years, the sermons can be repeated since the children grow up and move on.
May God bless you as you minister to the little lambs of your fold.