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The Missing Piece

Is this the piece?

Bible Text:

John 3:16.

Materials You Need:

Two or more similar and simple children's puzzles, each having about twenty to forty pieces.
A packet of sweets or other small prizes for each child.


Before hand secretly remove a different piece from each puzzle and store them in your pocket.  Divide the children into two or more teams and let them race to see who can complete their puzzle in the fastest time.

Age Group:

Grades 1 - 5 (7 to 11 years).


God is not willing that any person should be lost and not go to Heaven.




The Competition:

Today we are going to have a competition.  I'm going to choose two teams and then you will race to see who can complete your puzzle in the fastest time. (Goive each team their puzzle box)  Are you ready?   Then GO!

We have a winner, but a piece is missing.  You must try and find it.  (To the other team) You also have a piece missing!  It must be somewhere in this room (Let the children search in vain all over the room with your loud encouragement!).

What was Lost is Found!

You can't find it?  Well, no wonder!  I had the missing pieces in my pocket all the time!  Now you can complete your puzzles.  And since you both finished at the same time we will declare both teams as winners!  And I have a prize for each of you after the lesson!

It's terrible to make a large puzzle and to find at the end that a piece is missing.  Are you missing from God's puzzle?

God's Puzzle:

Jesus told a story in Luke 15:4-7 about a missing sheep.  A man had a hundred sheep and one of them wandered away and was lost in the desert.  The shepherd left his ninety-nine sheep in the open country and went to search for the lost sheep.

When he found it, he joyfully put it over his shoulders and ran home and called his friends and neighbours together and said, "Rejoice with me.  For I have found my lost sheep!"

Lost Sinners:

Jesus went on to say, "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent."

He was saying is that God wants His puzzle to be complete.  He wants every boy and girl to come to know Jesus as their Saviour and have eternal life.  God does not want us to get to Heaven and then find that a brother, or sister, or a friend is not there because they did not accept Jesus as their Saviour.

Lost and Found!

You had to go and look all over for the missing piece of your puzzle.   Eventually we found it in my pocket and you were able to complete your puzzle.  In the same way Jesus wants you to go out from here, and like the story of the Lost Sheep, go and find other boys and girls who do not know Jesus.  In John 3:16, Jesus said:

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

And now I have your prizes.  Perhaps you would like to give it to someone who doesn't know Jesus.  You can tell them that Jesus loves them and wants them to go to Heaven.  Who knows, maybe another piece will be fitted into God's puzzle!

God bless.

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