Object Lessons: 100 Lessons from Everyday Life [Resource]
I love object lessons! They are one of my favorite ways to teach. However, I often find myself struggling to come up with some good ideas! That is why I want to introduce you to this wonderful little book called “Object Lessons: 100 Lessons from Everyday Life” by Charles Ryrie.
Let me begin by backing up and letting you know exactly why I love object lessons so much!
- They are visual. An illustration can make or break a lesson or message. When teaching the Deaf, being visual is extremely important. Object lessons can really emphasize and build a bridge between where you are and the point you are trying to make.
- They make your lesson more memorable. Everyone will remember the time you had a ladder on stage or the “message with the mirror” in it. Use this to your advantage and make your lessons more memorable.
- They offer an everyday reminder of the message. Using everyday objects gives people a chance to draw on those connection later. I imagine, for the people who were physically there to hear Jesus’ sermon on the mount, that they were never able to look at the lilies or the birds the same way again. It will give the people under your teaching a chance to remember the lesson every day.
- They clarify the message. Sometimes, an object lesson can make what you are saying so much more clear. Imagine someone who is struggling to understand the idea of the Trinity. As an object lesson, you could use water to illustrate how water can be either a solid, liquid, or gas, but they are always H2O.
Yes, object lessons are awesome! However, where can you find some good object lessons? That is where our resource today comes in. It is “Object Lessons: 100 Lessons from Everyday Life” by Charles Ryrie. That is the same Charles Ryrie whose name is on the Study Bible and the “Basic Theology” textbook. In fact, this was his first published work!
If you are looking for solid, simple, and Biblically sound object lesson ideas, then “Object Lessons: 100 Lessons from Everyday Life” is for you. Inside, you will find exactly what you expect, 100 object lessons with advice on how to use them! Some of the lessons are dated, but with a little bit of imagination, his object lessons are easy to adapt to our day and age. Even the object lessons that I felt were not as widely understood in today’s society made me think about other examples I could us to drive home my points. I once spent an entire summer using this book to build my lessons every week for a children’s ministry. You will not be disappointed with either the quality or quantity of ideas in this book!
I heard, when I was in Bible college, that if you buy a book of illustrations and get one good one out of it, it was worth your money. By that standard, this book has been worth what I paid several times over and I am confident it will be for you as well.
You can find “Object Lessons: 100 Lessons from Everyday Life” on Amazon very cheaply. So, check it out!
Have you read or used this book? What did you think?