Bible Truth: Gold - Some day I'll walk streets of gold.
Bible Story: I can life forever in Heaven because Jesus washed away my sin.
Bible Study: Romans 6:22-23; 1 Peter 1:3-5
gold & shiny
Gather up a shiny gold gift bag or box for this lesson, as well as a picture of Heaven and a picture of Jesus, perhaps from a children's Bible. You will also need a crown (see the craft below). Keep the lesson visuals in a box or bag, out of sight from the kids, until you are ready to to reveal them in the lesson.
SAY: This last heart is gold because in Heaven there is going to be streets of gold! I brought some shiny gold things with me today. Would you like to see them? Slowly pull out the golden items to show the kids. Look at how beautiful and shiny these are! When you are riding in the car, what color are the streets? That's right, they are black. The Bible says that in Heaven the streets are beautiful, shiny gold. It's a golden city. Wow! Can you imagine that? Heaven is going to be a beautiful place. Hold up a picture of Heaven. The best part about Heaven is that we are going to see Jesus there! Hold up a picture of Jesus. I can't wait to see Jesus!
Turn your attention to the colored heart visual, and point to the dark heart. Can you go to heaven if your heart is dark with sin like this? No, you cannot, but Jesus wants us to be in Heaven with Him forever, so what did He do? Point to the red heart. Jesus died on the cross for us so that His blood can wash away our sin. Jesus gives us a clean heart! Point to the white heart. Can you go to Heaven if you heart looks like this? Yes! Thank You Jesus for giving us clean hearts! Point to the green heart. Now we are going to go follow Jesus all the way to Heaven. Point to the gold heart.
When we get to Heaven, Jesus is going to give each of us a beautiful crown, and say, "Well done," because we loved Him and followed Him. Take out the crown and put it on your head. We're going to take our crowns off, lay them at the feet of Jesus, and say, "Thank You Jesus. I'm only here in Heaven because You died on the cross for me and gave me a clean heart." Take off the crown and set it on the floor.
Let's pray and say thank You to Jesus right now. Bow your heads, close your eyes and repeat after me. Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Please wash away all my sin, and give me a clean heart so that I can go to Heaven to live with You forever. In Jesus name, amen!
lamb's book of life
I created a label for a nice little notebook to introduce the children to the Lamb's Book of Life. I first hold up the class list, and explain that this is a lit of all the kids that are here in our classroom right now. Then I explain that Jesus has a special book called the Lamb's Book of Life. It has a list with the names of all the people who belong in Heaven. When you ask Jesus to forgive your sin, and you decide to follow Him, He writes your name in His book so that you can go to Heaven. For added effect, ask the children if Jesus has washed away their sin so that they can go to Heaven. Write each child's name in the little notebook, and let them each see their name.
"Jesus Is Coming Back!" is another book in the series by Debby Anderson that would be great to add to your library, and can be used for this lesson.
streets of gold
Print out this coloring sheet for the children to color. Add gold glitter glue to the road!
For this craft you will need:
- paper crowns (I got my beautiful crowns for free at Burger King!)
- white card stock
- heart paper punch or scissors
- gold Sharpie or pen
A couple years ago I purchased this heart paper punch from Michael's, and I can honestly say that it was a very worthy investment! It is such a time saver, and makes perfect hearts. With a 50% off coupon, it's very reasonable. Of course, folding and cutting with scissors gets the job done as well!
To prepare, punch or cut out enough white hearts for each of your students.
In class, write each child's name in gold ink on a heart. Give them their clean heart from Jesus to glue onto the front of their crown. Provide glue and sequins for decorating. To keep the glue under control, my helpers and I apply a line of glue to the front of the crown, and then allow the children to add the sequins on their own.