Popcorn is a classic snack and children love hearing it and watching it pop-pop-pop! Did you know that popcorn makes the perfect tool for an object lesson? Take this opportunity to teach the kiddos an important Bible truth about what happens when God turns the heat up! Demonstrate how a hard, inedible seed becomes a fluffy, delicious treat. I recommend using a verse like: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Supplies You’ll Need
- Bag of microwave popcorn
- Plastic bags
Who likes popcorn? Raise your hand? Pretend to count who likes popcorn. (Cut open a bag of popcorn and pour a few kernels in each child’s hand.)
Okay, let’s gobble up this popcorn. Looks yummy, right? (Kids will say no.)
You mean we can’t eat these little seeds? What is the problem?( They can break your teeth and hurt you.)
(Hold up a popcorn kernel and let everyone see it.) We are a lot like this tiny little piece of dried corn. Inside there is the potential to become something else but it as to go through a process to get the goodies out of it. Guess what? God has turn up the heat in our lives some times to get the good stuff out of us!
Let me show you what I mean! (Pop a sealed bag of popcorn in the microwave. )
See! When God wants us to transform into something better and bigger, we might have to endure a tough situation or “the heat” for a little while.
Once the popcorn begins popping say….
In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.” Get enough heat around these kernels and they will pop up! So the next time you get sick or hear a bad report, listen for the “pop”! God will bring something wonderful out of the heat.
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