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Share the Gospel with Children - Airplane to Cross

A paper airplane transforms into a cross as you share the gospel message.


Materials

  • Paper
  • Scissors

Age Group

  • 5 to 12
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What to Do

Fold the sheet of paper into an airplane like this:

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Show the children the aeroplane and begin sharing the message of salvation. Guidelines on what to say can be found below.

When you reach point 4 of What to Say below (But because God loves us so much and wants us to be with him in heaven forever, he made a special way for us to go to heaven), cut the airplane lengthwise into 2 like this:

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Unfold the paper to reveal a cross:

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Then continue with the rest of your presentation.


What to Say

Here are some key points to cover as you present the gospel.

You may need to tailor your gospel presentation to suit the age of your audience.

Use Questions to engage your listener and to check understanding.

Use Bible Verses where appropriate, but be careful not to overload your listener with too many verses.

1 I know of a very special place.

  • It is better than any holiday destination
  • This place is perfect
  • The people there are perfect too!
  • There is no sickness, no pain and no hunger
  • No one ever dies
  • Everyone is perfectly happy

Can you imagine a place like that?

Where do you think this place is?

2 This special place is called heaven.

  • Heaven is a special place that is not on this earth
  • So you can't go to heaven in an airplane
  • Heaven is God's home
  • God wants all of us to go to heaven to be with him

Do you want to be with God in heaven?

Do you think you can get to heaven in an airplane?

Rev 21:4
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain.

Rev 21:21
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate having been made from a single pearl. And the street of the city was made of pure gold as clear as glass.

3 We can't be with God in heaven because of the wrong things we have done.

  • We have all done things that have made God unhappy
  • These things are called sin
  • Telling lies, disobeying your parents, hurting others and being selfish are examples of sin
  • The punishment for our sins is that we can't be with God in heaven.

Do you know what "sin" means?

What are some things you have done that may have made God unhappy?

Rom 3:23
Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard.

4 But because God loves us so much and wants us to be with him in heaven forever, he made a special way for us to go to heaven...

  • Cut the airplane lengthwise into 2.
  • Unfold the paper to reveal a cross.
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5 This cross represents Jesus. Jesus is the only way to get to heaven to be with God.

  • God loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to earth
  • Jesus was a man who was different from any other person
  • Jesus is God and never sinned

6 Jesus came from heaven to earth to take the punishment for our sins.

  • Instead of us being punished, he took our place
  • Jesus died on the cross so that all the wrong things that we have done can be forgiven
  • And on the third day, Jesus became alive again

Do you know who Jesus is?

Do you know when we celebrate Jesus' birth?

Rom 5:8
But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.

Rom 6:23
The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Acts 13:30, 31
But God raised him up from the dead! After this, for many days, those who had gone with Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem saw him.

7 If we want to be with God in heaven, we must believe in Jesus. This means...

  • Admit that we have sinned and ask God to forgive us
  • Believe that Jesus died on the cross to be punished instead of us, and
  • Invite Jesus into our lives to help us turn away from sin

8 Invite the child to sincerely pray for forgiveness and for Jesus to come into his/her life.

Do you think you have sinned?

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to take your punishment?

Do you want to ask God to forgive you?

Do you want to invite Jesus into your life?

John 3:16
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.

1 John 1:9
But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.

Sample Prayer

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for loving me. I know that I have sinned. I have done things that are wrong. I believe that you died on the cross to pay the price for my sins. Please forgive all of my sins and make my heart clean. Please come into my life and help me turn away from doing wrong. Thank you that with a clean heart, I can have a relationship with you and will one day be with you in heaven.

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