Children’sSermon -CheckerboardFaithUse wheat kernels anda chessboard to teachthe idea of a little faithgrowing intosomething very big.www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.com
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comIntroductionUse wheat kernels and a chessboardto teach the idea of a little faithgrowing into something very big.
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comMaterials Needed• Wheat kernels. If you can’t findwheat, sunflower seeds, peas, orjust about any other seeds willsubstitute.• The volume would still besignificant.• A checkerboard or chess board
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comDescriptionSeeds and doubling or used to showhow faith, though it starts out smallcan grow to be very large.PreparationSet up a checker board with grains ofwheat according to the story
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comWhat to DoWith the checkerboard on display withthe grains of wheat, tell the children thisstory:Some time ago there was a display at themuseum of Science and industry inChicago. It featured a checkerboard with1 grain of wheat on the first square, 2 onthe second, 4 on the third, and8, 16, 32, 64, 128, etc. A few squaresdown the board there were so manygrains of wheat they couldn’t fit on onesquare. Above the display was thisquestion: “At this rate of doubling everysquare, how much grain would you haveon the checkerboard by the time youreached the 64th square?”
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comAsk children how much grain theythink that would be?After they provide a few ideas, givethem the answer: “Enough grain tocover the entire subcontinent ofIndia 50 feet deep.”
www.creativesermonideas.comwww.CreativeYouthIdeas.comApplicationOur faith may start out small, butas God uses it, the end result canbe very large! The boy’s small lunchoffered to Jesus fed a Multitude.Elijah use a small jar of flour and oilto feel a woman and her sonthrough a famine. David, a smallboy, was used by God to defeat agiant. The Bible is full of stories inwhich God used a little faith in Himto do great things!
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