Children's Sermons

Gospel Centered Object Lessons


How can we capture the attention of our young people and communicate to them the truth of God's word? One of the best ways is with object lessons that can be used to illustrate biblical truth.  Jesus was a master at using object lessons to teach about the Kingdom of God.  "Behold the fowls of the air.  They sow not neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them... Behold the lilies of the field, how they grow. They toil not neither do they spin.  And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Matt 6:26-29)  Objects catch the attention of our audience and allow us to draw parallels to spiritual truth.  Of course, the greatest spiritual truth we can teach is the gospel of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  

Below are children's sermons that have been presented by Dr. Ken McNulty as part of the worship service at the Haverhill SDA church.  Each sermon begins with a title, a theme, an object(s), and a Bible text.  These are followed by notes that can be used in presenting the sermon.  You are encouraged to modify these notes as necessary to connect with your particular audience and to  make the children's sermon your own.  No claim of originality is made for many of these ideas, only for the way they are presented.  You are welcome to use these notes in your own preparation and presentation.  You may want to keep the objects in a carry bag until the time they are displayed.

The children's sermons are given below with the reverse sequence date (yymmdd) so that the sermons appear in chronological order with the most recent at the bottom of the list.  The title gives a quick clue about the subject.  The date is often useful for finding a sermon that touches on a particular holiday.  The files are in Microsoft Word format.  Sometimes weeks will be skipped if the guest speaker has a children's sermon or if our church has a combined service with another church or at camp meeting time.  After three or four years, the sermons can be repeated since the children grow up and move on.

May God bless you as you minister to the little lambs of your fold.

150103 New Year - A Time to Know Jesus

150110 Listen and Learn

150117 A Lamp unto my Feet

150124 Watch Your Words

150131 Super Bowl Sunday

150207 Pride Goes before a Fall

150214 God's Valentine

150228 What Makes Balloons Fly

150307 Follow the Pattern

150314 Saint Patrick and His Enemies

150321 A White Stone

150328 He Took Our Punishment

150404 He's Alive!

150411 Thermometer or Thermostat

150418 Can You See Jesus?

150425 Surprised to See Jesus

150502 It's What's Inside that Counts

150509 Worn Out

150516 Dandelions

150523 Memorial Day

150530 Choose God's Way

150627 A Sample for Jesus

150718 Getting into Camp Winnekeag

150808 Put God First

150815 Growing Big

150822 Invisible but Real

150829 Onion Christians

150905 Put on Your PPE

150912 Pretzels and Prayer

150919 Finish the Race

150926 Heaven's Puzzle

151003 ID Bracelet

151010 Tug of War

151015 Choose Carefully

151024 Champion Jumper

151031 You have been Chosen

151107 A Place for You

151128 God is Real

151205 Jesus is the Greatest

151212 The Greatest Gift

151219 Candy Cane Bible Promise

151226 The Unopened Gift


180106 Keeping Your Resolution

180113 Two Boxes; Different Contents

180120 Just One Hole

180210 Agony of Defeat

180217 What's Your Reaction Time?

180303 The Helmet of Salvation

180310 The Weight of Sin

180317 Overcome Every Obstacle

180331 I Have Seen the Lord

180421 Sin Detector

180428 The Right Brush

Jesus had a special place in His heart for children.  He said, "Let the little children to come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 19:14)  Our worship services should feature a time when our children can feel they are included in worshipping God.  This is a time when we can connect with these little ones, capture their attention, and lead them to see the truth of God's word and how it is to be lived out in their lives.