A quiz and experiment to test the children's faith.
A hard-boiled egg.
A fine-pointed permanent marker.
Two clear glasses.
A water jug.
For each child:
Five A6 sheets of plain paper.
A Koki or pencil.
Hard boil an egg and when cool draw a happy face on it with the permanent
pen. Label the two glasses "FAITH" and DOUBT" respectively.
Then half fill both glasses with water and dissolve three tablespoons of
salt in the "Faith" glass. A hard-boiled egg will float in this
glass, but will sink in the "Doubt" glass that just contains pure water!
Today we are going to have a quizz about your faith. Please hand out a
Koki and five sheets of paper to each person. I'm going to ask you a
question and I want you to write a large "F" for if you think you have
enough faith, or a big "D" if you doubt you could trust God. We will
then collect the papers each time before I ask the next question.
The first question is:
- There's a big test at school tomorrow. Would you have enough
faith in God to help you remember what you studied?
- One of the children at school got you into trouble. Would you have
enough faith to trust God to help you to forgive him?
- Your brother is very sick. Would you have enough faith in God to
heal him even if there is no answer to your prayer right away?
- Your father's car has broken down. Would you have enough faith in
God to supply a new car even though your parents have little money?
- If Jesus called you like Peter. Would you have enough faith in
Jesus to walk to Him on the water?
After each question, ask someone add up all the "F's" and "D's" and write the
score on a board under the headings: "FAITH" and "DOUBT". At the end
of the quiz total up the scores and tell the class whether they have more
faith in trusting God, or more doubt.
Take the egg and depending on the score above, put it carefully either in the
"Faith" glass or in "Doubt" glass.
If they had more faith, the egg will float showing that the class trusted God
to help them and answer their prayers. If they had more "Doubt" then
the egg will sink showing that they did not trust God to help them and
answer their prayers.
This reminds us of Peter who walked on the water toward Jesus, but became
afraid and began to sink when the waves buffeted him. The above
illustration will open the children's eyes to that they can trust God all
the time, and every time, for He will never let us down!