Dear friends,

Physical “object lessons” can be a super way to start a gospel conversation with someone. Also, because God has designed us to be visual, a good object lesson can be an effective way to help someone remember and retain the gospel message!

I recently learned about a GREAT IDEA for an “object lesson” from Open Air Campaigners Missionary Chris Reick. He told me that he got the idea from OAC guy Michael Bussen. (I love that I have a great, godly, and creative team that shares ideas with one another!)

This object lesson uses a shiny-sparkly gold treasure box to ask the question, “What Does God Treasure?”

This object lesson is great to use with Children at a Kid’s Bible Club, or could also be effectively used with adults as well.

How To Make Your Own:

What You Need:

  • A wooden “treasure box” that you should be able to find at most craft stores.
  • a mirror sized to fit in the bottom of the treasure box (most larger hardware stores will custom cut mirror for you).
  • Gold “Metallic” spray paint.
  • Gold glitter spray paint.
  • Polyurethane in a spray can.
  • Protective rubber or latex gloves.
  • an adhesive that is rated to stick to both mirror and wood.

How to Build:

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This is the "treasure box" I bought at a Craft Store called "Michaels." Any similar treasure box should do.
This is the "treasure box" I bought at a Craft Store called "Michaels." Any similar treasure box should do.
The paint I used is on the left. Next to that is the glitter paint. And on the left is the Polyurethane I used. Any brand of similar products should be fine.
The paint I used is on the left. Next to that is the glitter paint. And on the left is the Polyurethane I used. Any brand of similar products should be fine.
I unscrewed all the hinges and clasps. Then I spray painted the box, inside and out, with the metallic gold paint. I left it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
I unscrewed all the hinges and clasps. Then I spray painted the box, inside and out, with the metallic gold paint. I left it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
Next spray-paint the inside and out with the gold glitter paint. Leave it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
Next spray-paint the inside and out with the gold glitter paint. Leave it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
This next step is necessary to because, without the polyurethane, the glitter flakes off and gets everywhere! Spray the box with Polyurethane, inside and out. Leave it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
This next step is necessary to because, without the polyurethane, the glitter flakes off and gets everywhere! Spray the box with Polyurethane, inside and out. Leave it to dry for 24 hours. (Make sure you're wearing protective rubber or latex gloves.)
Once the polyurethane is completely dry, screw back on the hinges and clasp.
Once the polyurethane is completely dry, screw back on the hinges and clasp.
Get your mirror, and your adhesive ready. I used the "Loctite PL 530" in a caulking gun, but any adhesive that can bond to both mirror and wood should be fine. Also, some adhesives come in a squeeze tube, so you don't need a caulking gun.
Get your mirror, and your adhesive ready. I used the "Loctite PL 530" in a caulking gun, but any adhesive that can bond to both mirror and wood should be fine. Also, some adhesives come in a squeeze tube, so you don't need a caulking gun.
I put lots of adhesive all over the back of the mirror, as you can see.
I put lots of adhesive all over the back of the mirror, as you can see.
Put the mirror in place and press down (not too hard - you don't want to crack the mirror!)
Put the mirror in place and press down (not too hard - you don't want to crack the mirror!)
Now find a group of people and use the object lesson as a means to share the gospel! In this photo I'm using it to preach the gospel in the open air down in the subways.
Now find a group of people and use the object lesson as a means to share the gospel! In this photo I'm using it to preach the gospel in the open air down in the subways.

What to Say:

You have freedom to use this object lesson however you’d like, to fit your personality and circumstances. What matters most is that you accurately and clearly present the gospel message.

Please download and print this Suggested Gospel Presentation tailored for this object lesson. It is at: http://Luke-15.org/What_Does_God_Treasure.pdf.

A Real-World Example:

I had the chance to try this out in the subway with adults, and the video is below.

I invite you to please take 7 minutes to view the video and see for yourself what it looks like to evangelize in the subways. Exciting stuff!!!

I pray that this is a blessing to you as you go out into all the world to be fishers of men!

Please feel free to contact me with questions!

Thank you for your prayers, notes of encouragement, and financial support. Without all of those, we could not be reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!

Please feel free to share this with others you think would be encouraged by it, and who will pray!

all for Jesus,

Mark (and family)