Summer Object Lessons
Sermon 2: The Right Number
Object – Cell Phone
Last week the object was a cd player and towels. We used those objects to help us
think of the condition of our heart and our desire to hear and obey God. When we
have a good heart we will hear God clearly and follow him more closely.
Let’s start with some of the facts about cell phones:
To start with, one of the most interesting things about a cell phone is that it is
actually a radio -- an extremely sophisticated radio, but a radio nonetheless. The
telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876, and wireless
communication can trace its roots to the invention of the radio by Nikolai Tesla in
the 1880s (formally presented in 1894 by a young Italian named Guglielmo
Marconi). It was only natural that these two great technologies would eventually be
They are called “cellphones” because the towers ranges are called “cells” and as
you move between them the signaled is passed to the next cell.
The world's first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Motorola employee
Martin Cooper from the streets of New York City. "I said 'Joel, this is Marty. I'm
calling you from a cellphone, a real, handheld, portable cellphone.' There was a
silence at the other end. I suspect he was grinding his teeth." He was calling his
competitor at AT&T!
The phone he called on was a prototype Motorola DynaTAC which, a decade later,
was to become the world's first commercially available mobile handset. It got the
FCC's thumbs up in 1983 and launched in 1984 at a cost of $3,995 -- which is
about $9,000 today, accounting for inflation.
I also found out that one-quarter of U.S. mobile phone towers are disguised with
many of them made to look like _________ (Trees)
One of the great advantages of cell phones is portable, constant communication.
You can send or receive messages from anywhere, to anyone, at any time. God
desires for us to call on Him anytime and anywhere but we need to remember that
Jesus is the only way to God the Father; salvation is only through Him.
Romans 10:9-13; John 14:6; Jeremiah 29:12
Christian Object Lesson Idea
Hold up a cell phone and ask if anyone has one. Ask them where, when, and for
what they use theirs.
Answers for where may include: in a car, outside, in the house, even on a boat.
Answers for when may include: when I need information, when I need help, when
I may be lost and not know directions, or when I just want to talk to someone.
Briefly relate a few instances of when you use your own cell phone.
Ask: Can you just call any number to reach my cell phone? No, you must know
what my phone number is. Each phone has just one number and if you know the
number you can call that person. If you do not have their number you cannot call
them until you find their number.
The word “call” comes up 184 times in the NIV with the first being Genesis 4:26
“Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh. At that time men began to call on
the name of the LORD.”
I picked a number of these passages from the Psalms:
Psalm 4:3 says:
Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when
I call to him.
Psalm 17:6 says:
I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your
servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what
he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
A New Testament Passage I want us to notice is 1 Corinthians 1:2 says:
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be
holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ--their Lord and ours:
Ask: Did you know God wants us to call Him? He even gives us His number!
Read: Romans 10:11-15
As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." 12
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all
and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved."
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how
can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear
without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are
sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
- God wants everyone to call on him and he gives us the ministry of
sharing his number with others so that when they call he will answer.
God's number is 53787 (J-E-S-U-S.)
We can't just call any number and reach God. Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the
way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
There is no other way to call on God except through Jesus Christ, His Son.
Once we know Jesus, we can call on God anytime and anywhere. Jesus allows us
constant, immediate, and clear access to the Father and he models this connection
in his own prayer life. Often in the gospels Jesus goes aside and makes a call
home. He models the challenge of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray Continually”
Close this Christian object lesson by saying: We can have a phone, we can know
someone's number, but until we choose to actually dial the number, we'll never
reach them. It's our choice to call on God; we must act upon our choice. He's there
anytime, anywhere and for anyone. Get the number, make the call, he is always
glad to hear from you.
This week consider if you use your cell phone or prayer line more? Maybe
consider fasting from your phone one day and spend those minutes in prayer!
Next Week: I will bring some darts, blow darts, and maybe and bow and arrow as
we think about sin and “missing the mark.”