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Gospel Lesson

by Greg Schuerman

Here's an easy-to-do object lesson with a good, strong Gospel message. Greg Schuerman showed it to me at a balloon jam at his church in Omaha. It requires only two 260 balloons and a few simple twists.

Inflate a white balloon all the way and release a bit of air to soften it a little before tying. Make a twist in the middle and spiral twist the bubbles around each other. Make a 1- or 2-inch bubble in each end and lock twist them together to hold the shape. This represents a cloud.

Message: What do you think of when you think about God? Some people think of Him as someone who is a long way away, sitting on a cloud looking down at us, but not really involved in people's lives. They think He's there, but don't really give Him much thought.

Inflate a yellow the same as the white. Twist a 10-inch bubble, a pinch twist, another 10-inch, and finally another pinch twist. Arrange it in a Z shape and tuck the long end into the cloud, letting it stick out like a lightning bolt.

Message: Other people think of God differently. They still see him up on a cloud, but it's more of a storm cloud. They think of him watching everything we do, just waiting for us to do something wrong. When he sees someone, he's ready to ZAP them, saying, "Alright, I've caught you now. You broke the rules, and now you're going to have to pay!"

Take the lightning bolt and push the three bubbles together. Squeeze all three in the middle and twist them all together. This will give you a 5-inch bubble, two 5-inch double bubbles with a pinch twist at the ends, and a long single bubble.

Arrange the yellow balloon into a cross shape and insert the long end into the cloud.

Message: But to get a right picture of God, we need to see what the Bible says about Him. God does see everything we do--both right and wrong. And it does make God unhappy when we go our own way and disobey Him. But God also loves us and does not delight in punishing us. In fact, He loves us so much that He allowed His Son, Jesus, to take our punishment for us. God offers His forgiveness to anyone who will receive Jesus as their Savior and follow Him as their Lord. (Conclude in a way suited to your audience. For a fuller explanation of the Gospel click here.)


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