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The Boy With the Bike – Story Object Lesson

The Boy with the Bike

This object lesson can be used to teach about temptation or being a witness.
These are some scriptures that can be used depending on what you want to teach.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:5

SUPPIES:
Take three clear glasses. and fill the first two glasses with water and the third fill half with water and the rest with white vinegar.
Put three spoons beside the glasses in the first spoon put four or five drops of green food coloring.
Take a box of baking soda and cover it with a paper that has in big letters on the front, TEMPTATION
I put all of this on a tray. I then cover it with some kind of a cloth just to create anticipation.

STORY:

Explain that these three glasses represent three boys.
There was a boy named Billy. He had three friends who lived on the same street as he did.
Billy got a new bicycle from his parents and he was so excited about it that he wanted to show his friends right away.

He started down the road and came to John’s house. John was out in his yard tossing a baseball up in the air. Billy said, “Hey John, look at my new bike isn’t it cool? My parents just bought it for me.” John looked at the bike and something happened to him. Satan tempted him. (Take the spoon with the food coloring on it and very carefully dip it into the baking soda box without letting the food coloring spill. then take a spoonful of the baking soda and stir it into the water of the first glass. It should turn green.)
“Satan tempted John to get very envious”. Explain what this means.
Explain what the saying means to get green with envy. “John was so envious that that he said to Billy, “I don’t care if you got a new bike why are you down being a showoff, just go away.” John gave in to temptation.

Billy goes on down the street and comes to Mike’s house he didn’t understand why John got so upset but is still real excited about his new bike. Mike is outside working on his bike. Billy once again explains but Mike is also tempted

(This time take the second spoon dip into the baking soda and stir into the second glass with part vinegar. This will cause the glass to bubble and over flow with foam and bubbles.)

Explain that Mike gave into temptation and he exploded. He got so mad that Billy thought that he was going to hit him. Billy got back on his bike and thought, “what was that all about. I just wanted to show these guys my new bike. I wasn’t trying to brag or anything. But they are just acting crazy.)

Then he sees Tim in his yard. He was a little hesitant to say anything but there was something different about Tim. He wasn’t sure what. Tim went to church and had told Billy that he was a Christian. Maybe that had something to do with it.
He thought he would give it a try.

(Explain everything like Billy did before. This time have Satan tempt Tim but when you put the baking soda in the glass nothing happens.) Explain that Tim was tempted to be envious and to get mad. (Each time put another spoon full of baking soda in the glass) But Tim had Jesus in his life and he new that it wouldn’t be right to have those attitudes. Instead he told Billy that it was great bike and he was hoping that maybe he could get one soon.

Tim was a real witness and a good friend to Billy that day. Before long Billy even came to church with Tim.

Now which friend would you like to be like?
John, who was envious of Billy’s bike?
Mike who got so mad that he exploded in anger?
Or Tim who even though he was tempted to be envious and, mad had the right attitude because he had Jesus in his life?

Which would you want to have as a friend?

This object lesson can be used to teach about temptation or being a witness.
These are some scriptures that can be used depending on what you want to teach.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 5:16, Philippians 2:5

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