Get Rid of the Sin Object Lesson {Acts 19:11-20}

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This Get Rid of the Sin Object Lesson is based on Acts 19 which took place during the years of Paul’s 3rd missionary journey. Teach children to locate Ephesus on a map, define repentance, and to describe the actions of a heart changed by belief in Jesus.sin object lesson

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 4 clear/glass bowls; water-based paint; chocolate syrup, crushed crackers or cereal, clean water

Preparation: Put one messy item per bowl. Put enough in each bowl so that you can cover at least half, or more, of your hand. Be able to clean your hand in the water bowl.

Acts 19 1Time Needed: 30-45 minutes

Geography: Antioch, Galatia, Phrygia, Ephesus

**If you are doing the MAP activity as we go through Acts, please move Paul as he travels to the locations mentioned in this chapter.

Background: Paul completed his 2nd journey and returned to Antioch. After “spending some time there,” he began his 3rd journey by traveling back to the cities in Galatia and Phrygia, “strengthening the disciples.” While Paul was traveling, a man named Apollos was preaching in the area of Ephesus. Evidently he was a gifted and eloquent man. But there was a problem. Even though he was accurate about the way of the Lord and the things of the Lord, he was not accurate about baptism in the Lord. He taught about the baptism of John, or a baptism of repentance. So Aquilla and Priscilla pulled Apollos aside and taught him accurately. Then there was no stopping him! He preached and preached and he traveled on to Corinth.

Main Events of Acts 19:11-20:

Paul stayed in Ephesus for 2 years and the scriptures say that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word. During this 2 years God allowed many unusual miracles to happen through Paul. People could take handkerchiefs and aprons that belonged to Paul and give them to the sick, diseased, and demon possessed and they would be healed.Some unbelieving Jews decided to get in on the action and use the name of Jesus to cast out demons. There were 7 sons of a Jewish leader, named Sceva. As they attempted to cast out a demon in a man, the demon responded with, “Jesus I know. Paul I know. But who are you?” And the man with the demons attacked the 7 brothers and left them wounded and naked. This tells us that Satan knows who belongs to Jesus and that Jesus is powerful!!

Because of this incident, the people feared the Lord and Jesus was magnified! Many people who believed in Jesus began to tell about and confess their wrong ways of living. In fact, may of those who had practiced witchcraft and magic began to gather all of their spell books and made bonfires in the streets of the town.

Think of how long it took to get a book written in those days. They didn’t have printing presses. Their books were hand written and were very expensive. I would think only the more rich people would have books. So the burning of books was a HUGE deal! The scriptures tell us that the value of everything burned totaled 50,000 pieces of silver!

The people didn’t stop there, they stopped buying the silver shrines that were made in Ephesus. This upset the silversmiths because they were not able to make money if people stopped buying the fake gods. Riots broke out and people were angry.

Life Application and Sin Object Lesson:

{Show the 4 bowls.} The Bible tells us that we have all sinned. We were born into sin. Our parents sin, so when we are born, we have sin. {Put your hand into the bowl of paint.}

Acts 19 2As we grow and learn, we do wrong things. We make selfish decisions. Sometimes we are mean to other people. We disobey our parents. We think bad things in our minds. {Put your hand in the chocolate syrup.}

Acts 19 3Sin is messy. And it clings to us. And it grows. {Put your hand in the crushed crackers.}

Can my hand clean off itself? {Carefully shake your hand, or slide it across the top of a bowl. DON’T use the water bowl.} There is nothing my hand can do to clean off all the yucky stuff. There is nothing you or I can do to cleanse ourselves of sin.

Acts 19 4The Bible tells us that is we confess Jesus with our mouth, then we will be saved. Saved from what? (Our sins) The Bible also tells us that if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us, or cleanse us, from all unrighteousness. What is unrighteousness? (Anything that is not right, anything that goes against God’s law)

This is what the people of Ephesus did. They began to confess their sins. They told of their deeds. The believers in Ephesus burned their books and stopped buying certain items they used to buy. They got rid of so much “stuff” that they messed up their economy! What evil and worldly things have you purged, or gotten rid of, from your life? Once we believe in Jesus, we need to be sure that every part of our life is pleasing to Him. {Put your hand in the clean water and wash it.}

Acts 19 5Jesus cleans us. We cannot do it by ourselves. We must repent. Repentance is so much more than “just being or feeling sorry.” It’s a change of heart. It’s choosing to live for Jesus and NOT living for ourselves. It’s fighting against the fleshly desires with the armor of God. It’s protecting ourselves from the lies of this world. Repentance is staying focused on Jesus as the Holy Spirit teaches us what is good and pleasing to the Lord; and taking action and being obedient if convicted of wrong.

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