Are You a Transformer?
         ...and I'm not talking toys!

Focus: Explaining the words Conformed and Transformed from Romans 12:2. To illustrate the two words you will need a lump of clay and a Transformer toy *.

Read Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,  that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ask children if they know what it means to be conformed and transformed? 

As you explain the word, conformed, repeat the verse, " not conformed..." which means we are not to be shaped by the world around us (Begin pressing the clay, making it "conform" to the pressure of your hands.) We can be negatively conformed--changed by the world in the wrong ways--sometimes by the friends we choose, the shows we watch on TV or at the movies, or by what we listen to or read. In fact, if we don't stay close to Jesus, then it is likely that we'll be conformed or shaped by the world in the wrong ways. 

(Take out the Transformer toy and ask children to describe it; such as a cool car pictured here. Now rearrange the parts so that it is "transformed" into the new object.)

Now what is it? The toy was changed into something new--it was "transformed" into a new creature! (see right)

When we trust in Jesus as our Savior and Forever Friend, we too are transformed--we're changed--into new people. God rearranges our hearts and minds. And as we read and study God's Word, we grow in our faith, and become more and more like Jesus in the way we think, behave and treat others. We are conformed into the likeness of Jesus. And this is pleasing to God.

(Allow children to transform clay into their own creations.)

Close in prayer. 

The New Life Puppets would be a great activity to coincide with this lesson, click here to learn more:

There's also a skit to coincide with the puppets:

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* Pictured here: the "Ultimate Bumblebee" Transformer Toy from Hasbro Toys . Click here for more information.