This object lesson teaches about our how to knock down the “giants” in our lives. “Giants” represent the things we fear – the things that keep us from living fully for God.
Children, youth, adults
o “Giant” silhouettes (6-8 – you can make these with plywood and a jigsaw)
o Plywood – 4’ x 4’ sheet
o ¾ “ wall trim (16’ – get the kind that looks like one-quarter of a round dowel rod)
o Hand saw
o Black spray paint (one can)
o Wood glue
o 3-6 ping pong balls
o 3 tennis balls
o 1 very large ball or bean bag
o Computer, printer and paper
o PowerPoint file – “Knocking Down Giants – Signs.ppt (You can find this on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at http://www.teachthem.wordpress.com.)
o Draw a silhouette pattern of the heads and shoulders of a “giant” on paper, and cut it out. The pattern should be about 12” wide at the shoulders (bottom of the pattern) and about 18” high. You can be as creative as you want with the shape of the silhouette, but the more complicated you make it, the more sawing you will have to do.
o Use this as your pattern for tracing the silhouettes on the plywood with the marker.
o Cut out the silhouettes with a jigsaw.
o Cut the wall strip into 12” segments (two per “giant”)
o Paste these at the bottom of your silhouettes on both the front and back. These will help the silhouette be free-standing.
o Spray paint everything black, and allow it to dry.
o Print out the signs in the “Knocking Down Giants – Signs” file, and cut them out. (Feel free to change the labels on the signs to better fit your audience.)
o Paste or tape these to the different signs (after they are dry from the painting).
o Practice the script.
Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):
• “Remember the story of David and Goliath?”
• “David had to face a really big giant, but he found the courage to do it by trusting in God.”
• “Even though there aren’t any giants left in the world, all of us have types of ‘giants’ in our lives.”
• “Giants represent the things we fear and the things that keep us from achieving what God wants us to achieve.”
• “Some of us fear ‘Losing Someone We Love.’” (As you mention these “giants,” put up the giant silhouettes all in one row at the front of the room.)
• “Some of us fear ‘Not Having Friends.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘The Dark.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘Bad People.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘Being Lost.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘Getting Hurt.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘Being Embarrassed.’”
• “Some of us fear ‘Death.’”
• “Can I get a volunteer to come up and help me with these giants?” (Select volunteer, and have them stand about 8’-10’ away from the giants.)
• “Here’s how we often try to attack the giants in our lives.” (Hand volunteer some ping pong balls, and have them throw them at the giants to see if they can knock them down.)
• “How is that working for you?” (Get feedback from the volunteer.)
• “Would it help if you had better ammunition to throw at the giants?” (Hand the volunteer three tennis balls, and let him/her throw them at the giants.)
• “The ammunition you’ve been using so far is like our human efforts at dealing with our fears, but what if you could access a more powerful ammunition?”
• “Would you like to have access to ammunition that guaranteed you success when you attacked the giants in your life?” (Listen to response.)
• “Well, you do! It’s called prayer, and it gives you the power of God.” (Hand volunteer the large ball or bean bag, and have them throw it at the giants.)
• “If you want guaranteed success dealing with your fears, stop trying to defeat them in your power, and pray for God to help you.” (Thank volunteer and dismiss.)