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Youth Sermons - Checkerboard Faith Use wheat kernels and a chessboard to teach the idea of a little faith growing into something very big. www.creativesermonideas.com


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Introduction Use wheat kernels and a chessboard to teach the idea of a little faith growing into something very big.

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Materials Needed • Wheat kernels. If you can’t find wheat, sunflower seeds, peas, or just about any other seeds will substitute. • The volume would still be significant. • A checkerboard or chess board

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Description Seeds and doubling or used to show how faith, though it starts out small can grow to be very large.

Preparation Set up a checker board with grains of wheat according to the story

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What to Do With the checkerboard on display with the grains of wheat, tell the children this story: Some time ago there was a display at the museum of Science and industry in Chicago. It featured a checkerboard with 1 grain of wheat on the first square, 2 on the second, 4 on the third, and 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, etc. A few squares down the board there were so many grains of wheat they couldn’t fit on one square. Above the display was this question: “At this rate of doubling every square, how much grain would you have on the checkerboard by the time you reached the 64th square?” www.creativesermonideas.com


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Ask children how much grain they think that would be? After they provide a few ideas, give them the answer: “Enough grain to cover the entire subcontinent of India 50 feet deep.�

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Application Our faith may start out small, but as God uses it, the end result can be very large! The boy’s small lunch offered to Jesus fed a Multitude. Elijah use a small jar of flour and oil to feel a woman and her son through a famine. David, a small boy, was used by God to defeat a giant. The Bible is full of stories in which God used a little faith in Him to do great things! www.creativesermonideas.com


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Youth Sermons - Checkerboard Faith