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Galatians 2:15-21

The Shape of Faith

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Galatians 2:15-21

The Shape of Faith

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Teapot wrapped in a dish towel. Any other object that has a distinct shape could be substituted to demonstrate the premise of this lesson.

In church we hear a lot about faith. What is it? (Let the kids explore this question and list their ideas.)

It is important to learn what we can about faith because in the Bible the apostle Paul tells us we are made free from sin (our mistakes) by “faith in Christ” (2:16).

Let’s think about faith in this way: I’ve wrapped an object in a dish towel. I want you to feel the object and try to figure out what it is. Yes, it is round. It rattles a bit as if it has a lid. Now you can feel a handle and on the other side a spout. You’ve guessed correctly. The object wrapped in this towel is a teapot. You can’t see it, but you know it is there because you can feel it.

Faith is mysterious and difficult to understand. Try thinking about faith in this same way we discovered the teapot. Faith comes from God wrapped in love. You believe in God because he offers you, and each one of us, his love.

Even though we can’t see the teapot we can feel its shape. Faith is like that. We can’t see it, but through God’s love, we feel the shape of it in our lives.

Faith is there when you show God’s love to others by the work you do and it is also there when you make good choices. Faith is your belief in God. Faith is always wrapped in love.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan