AIM: TO TEACH KIDS THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU ARE WORTH!
1. Donut Man : There once was a man who bought a pearl… [tell the story through the song]
BIG VERSE: God bought you with a high price. 1 Corinthians 6:20.
SET the Scene:
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1. YOU ARE OF GREAT WORTH
Play ‘The Price is Right’ via powerpoint slides where you have different pictures of pearl necklaces/bracelets etc… and the kids have to work out how much they are worth. Put a sign on each that says how much it was worth.
Just like the pearl of great price God thinks you are of massive value! You are very valuable to God. Why? Because He created you and thinks that you are amazing! He doesn’t create things that are rubbish – but creates the best! Maybe you feel like nobody cares, maybe you have been told you are stupid, no good or a mistake, or that you will never amount to anything. Yet God created you and He thinks you were worth all the time and effort! In fact, to God you are worth way more than any pearl or anything in this world. You are so special to Him!
2. GOD PAID THE PRICE FOR YOU.
“Forgiveness of Sins” should be the last slide that players must guess how much it is worth. We left one item unsolved as to what the price is in our Price is Right game. Hmm… “Forgiveness for our sins” (the wrong things we have done?!) how much do you think we would have to pay for that?! (ask kids and get some suggestions). God said that the price could only be paid by someone that had never done anything wrong. Have you ever done anything wrong?! Yes I have too! That means none of us could pay that price. In fact, nobody in the whole world could pay that price!
Nobody apart from one person. Who was that? That’s right! Jesus. The Bible says the price that that person had to pay was death. Because all our wrong things deserved death and separation from God. So that’s what Jesus did for us! He thought we were worth that much to Him! God was prepared to pay the price of His son so that we could know Him and have eternal life. To help us understand that a little more I want you to listen to this next story… !
3. JESUS DIED FOR YOU.
(Nanna’s story) THE PEARL STORY
This next story will help you to understand what Jesus did for us in order to pay the price for us. A merchant was looking for the best pearl he could find. He went searching everywhere and one day he found a man who owned it! The biggest and best pearl. When he wanted to buy it the man refused; but told him this story instead.
There was once a man who was a pearl diver. He and his young son would dive down to the sea bed and look for the best pearls. The father would usually sit in the boat and hold the rope as the young boy was lowered to the bottom of the ocean. Yet they never went into a particular area as it was too dangerous. They were very poor and needed more money, but the father refused to let the boy go to the dangerous area. But that was where the biggest and best pearls lay.
One day the boy decided to go to that place alone, he dived to the bottom and found the most beautiful and biggest pearl, but when he came to the surface he struggled to reach the top quick enough. He had died.
You see, the man told the merchant, I cannot sell this pearl because it is too priceless to me, my son died in order to get this pearl. It can never be sold.