Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Cooking Object Lesson: God Can Use Bad for Good




I love object lessons.  Ones that can be easily understood by children yet leave a lasting impression.  This object lesson could be used as a Children's Sermon, specifically for Easter or Christmas, or when teaching on passages such as Romans 8:28.   This idea is included in the 5 Year Curriculum, Week 32 Lesson Plan.  

Supplies:

Book - The Tale of Three Trees
Pre-measured Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 t. soda
2 T cocoa
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Lesson:

 


Begin the object lesson by reading The Tale of Three Trees, a story about three trees that grow up to be Jesus' manger, boat, and cross. 

Mix up the ingredients while speaking.  Either have some cookies finished to eat at the end of the story or stop the object lesson in the middle to bake the cookies. 

How many of you like to eat cookies?  Why? (It's sweet, tastes good, etc.)

Do any of you know what ingredients go into a cookie? (Give time for children to guess.)

Then all these ingredients must taste good - right?

Would you ever consider eating the ingredients of a cookie separately? A spoon of flour? A raw egg? A little soda? (Allow the children to taste a tiny bit of flour, soda or cocoa. Be sure that there are no food allergies and then taste only a tiny bit.)

How did the ingredients taste? (Yuk!)

Sometimes in our life we have some yucky things happen to us. We get hurt or a friend isn't nice. Can you think of a yucky time in your life?

When yucky things happen in my life, I feel sad and hurt. This is probably how the trees in our story felt when their plans didn't go as they imagined.

Let's return to our cookie ingredients. Actually, not all of the ingredients taste yucky by themselves. There is sugar in the cookies too.  And sugar tastes really good! (Allow the children to taste the sugar.)

Sometimes in our life we have really good things happen to us. Those times when we are having so much fun and we are happy! Can you think of a wonderful time you had not long ago?

When good things happen in my life, I feel happy and excited.

Do you know that God uses both the yucky times and the good times in our lives? He blends all of the yuck and good together to create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty!

Romans 8:28 is a beautiful promise: "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His good purpose."

The verse does not say that only good things will happen to you. But it does say that whether good or bad, God is in control. It's during the bad times that we see how big our God is. He loves each of us and He is in control; we can trust Him!

(Bake the cookies if needed.)

Remember the three trees in our story? After being cut down, those trees were sad and felt like God had forgotten about them. But just the opposite was happening. God was using the bad situation to create a wonderful one.

(Taste the cookies.)

Do you remember how each of the ingredients tasted by themselves? Pretty yucky! But taste how wonderful the ingredients are together? God uses yucky things, blends them together with good, and makes a wonderful creation.

Possible Recipe:  (or use any recipe that you desire)

Chocolate Drop Cookies
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 t. soda
2 T cocoa
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 t. vanilla
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream shortening.  Add sugar, eggs, vanilla.  Beat well.  Add dry ingredients alternately with milk.  Stir in nuts.  Drop on greased baking sheet.  Bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Frost when cool:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 T cocoa (optional)
1/2 t vanilla
1 T hot water
1 T butter (melted)



Permission to adapt and share this idea from Creative Bible Study.  

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