Fruit Illustrate John 15.
"He cuts off every
branch that bears no fruit..."
“Thoughts just pop into my head when I ask Christ to provide lessons for my family,” said Ronda who lives in a rural area. She is the single mother of three children.
“I had a home Bible study with my children on a Saturday morning. We read John 15. I asked them to pray about the lesson. Then next week we would do an activity based on this passage.” The following week she asked her children to go into the nearby woods and bring back some dead branches. Each did, but the eleven year old brought back such a large branch, he needed help from his older sisters to drag it into the front yard. They piled the branches as if for a bonfire.
Next they discussed the meaning of dead branches in comparison to being Christians as described in John 15:1-8.
Some trees simply die and are of no use any more.
The children were asked what they learned:
Christians have dead parts that have to be removed.
Then Ronda sent her children out with instructions to bring back something living. The oldest, 17, picked a pine tree branch with green needles on it. Another brought back a daffodil leaf, and the youngest brought back the daffodil flower. Ronda brought back honeysuckle. “Of what use are these things?” she asked.
The oldest said the leaves do photosynthesis which converts energy from
the sun into nutrients for the plant. They learned when we are alive in
Christ we tap into God’s energy which nurtures the body of Christ.
Ronda had a bunch of grapes ready for the next lesson. Each one picked one grape without looking. The youngest discovered that his grape had a side that looked good and a side that was rotted. He said, “Yuk!” and threw it over his shoulder. Ronda told them that we can have good fruit and still have rot that Christ wants to remove.
Ronda had picked a stem that had two little grapes on it. She held up the large bunch of grapes; she asked the children to observe how many grapes were on it and how good they looked. Then she put that bunch behind her back and brought out the stem with two small grapes on it. “How much fruit are we willing to bear for Christ,” she asked them.
Children will remember illustrated lessons better than merely listening
to a lecture. They learn from activity, observation, and questioning. Prayer,
scripture, and illustrated lessons all work together in Christ to effectively
teach our children.
"The oldest said the
leaves do photosynthesis which converts energy from the
sun into nutrients for the plant."
“How much fruit are we willing to bear for Christ.”
|Activity contributed by Ronda Oprean|