Download this object lesson children’s message is based on 2 Timothy 3:14 -- 4:5 to help kids understand the importance of scripture. Then watch our teaching video example and be prepared for your next ministry moment or Sunday School lesson. The easy print download below includes bonus coloring pages and worksheets. Everything you need to tell kids about Jesus!
“Who Wrote the Bible?” Children’s Sermon from 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
The importance of Scripture and Divine Inspiration
Main Objective: It is essential to help children understand that the Bible is completely God’s word and comes from Him. Divine inspiration can be a little tricky to comprehend, so this message aims to make the concept a bit more accessible for kids. The lesson seeks to communicate how the Bible comes from God completely.
Law/Gospel Theme: The Bible is God’s Word, and is useful for many important things. Not only does the Bible contain law and history, but it also expresses God’s love through poetry, prophecy, the story of Jesus, and life instruction. God has given us the Bible out of love for us.
Object Lesson Materials: Party horn, instrument, or balloon; paper and pen
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5
Bonus Ideas: More free ideas to expand this object lesson children’s sermon.
- “B is for Bible” Coloring Page about God’s Word
- “Learn about the Bible” Printable Worksheet
- Books of the Bible Song (video)
- Sunday School Lessons: “God’s Word is Alive” and “The Word of God”
- Crafts about the Bible, God’s Word
Note: These instructions contain two object idea elements. Depending on the time you have and the age range of your audience, it might be helpful to simplify and focus only on one component (the student writing or the blow horn). Feel free to adapt to suit your needs best.
Object Lesson “Who Wrote the Bible?” Children’s Message
Greet students and recruit a volunteer
Hello, children of God!
Today I am going to need a volunteer…Who would like to be my special helper this morning? (Select a student, and hand him/her a pen and paper) Now, here’s what I need you to do. I am going to tell you what to write, and I want you to put it down on the paper, okay? So, write down what I say. (Come up with a simple phrase or sentence for the child to write on the paper.)
Okay, guys, take a peek here. Who came up with the words on this paper? Did (student’s name) really think of what to say? She/he might have written the message down, but it came from my brain and mouth, didn’t it? These are my words, and I just used her/him to put them down and share with you.
You know, this is how the Bible was written, in a way. Some people get confused, and they don’t understand how we can be sure that the Bible is true. After all, there are a lot of people who contributed to the Bible, right? Kings and prophets and poets and friends of Jesus and people writing letters…with all of those authors and people spanning such a range of time and area, how can we know that these are really God’s words?
Well, there is a lot of research and history that goes into the authentic truth of the Bible, but for us it’s important to note that the Bible is the word of GOD and is given to us by Him. God used people throughout history to share His message, but the words are truly God’s words.
He communicated to people and told them what to say, so people took the paper and wrote things. But the ideas and meaning all came from God. He inspired the Bible.
Speaking of which, in our lesson today we heard that the Bible is “breathed out by God.” This is actually what is meant by the term “inspired”: it means it is breathed from God. Take a look at this (hold up party horn, instrument, or balloon):
On its own, this is just a bit of floppy material. It can’t really do much, can it? But when I put my breath into it (blow into instrument/balloon), something happens! With the inspiration of my air going into this, it kind of comes to life!
Well, that’s what happens with the Bible. God breathed out those words and gave the Bible life…and the Bible will help bring inspiration into our lives! There are a lot of amazing things in the Bible. You can read stories of people in the past, and you can read messages from God to His people. You can also find beautiful Scripture with poetry. You can read the story of the life of Jesus and how He came to earth. And you can find messages that help us know how to live our lives and be followers of Jesus.
There is so
much to discover in the Bible. It is a huge blessing that we have it and that
we can be confident of its truth and meaning for us. God wants to communicate
His heart and how much He cares for us and loves us. When we read the Bible, we
can be confident it contains the words of God. Isn’t that great? It is a gift
from Him! Let’s pray to thank God for that gift, and don’t forget to read your
Children’s Prayer Moment
(Have kids repeat each line)
Thank you for the Bible
We know that it is true
And it is inspired by You
Help us to be faithful to read it
And help us understand what it means
Thank you for your love
We love you, God!
Thank you for Jesus
In His name, Amen!
2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5 NIV “All Scripture is from God”
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of Godmay be complete, equipped for every good work.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. --2 Timothy 3:14-4:5