Cookie Cutter Christians

The Idea

Use pre-made cookie dough and some cookie cutters to create a sweet object lesson about being the body of Christ.

Spiritual Idea

In 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 Paul explains that we are all uniquely gifted. If all Christians were exactly the same they wouldn’t be the body of Christ, they would just be the body “part” of Christ. Many teenagers think to live for Christ means to look like everyone else (and many adults think that the teenagers should look just like them) but God has a much more wonderfully diverse plan in st0re for us.

Materials Needed

  • Sugar cookie dough (I used the Pillsbury refrigerated sheets, but apparently they are discontinued. You can make up your own dough and roll out a square for each participant or you can apparently, according to their website, work 1/4 cup of floor into the slice and bake roll and then roll it out for cookies)
  • Several cookie cutters
  • Wax paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven
  • Icing (optional)

The Lesson

Arrange students in groups of 3-5. Give each student a square of cookie dough (and something non-stick to shape it on like wax paper). Give each group a cookie cutter. Instruct students to use the cutter to cut a cookie out of their dough.

Ask:

  • What does your cookie look like?
  • How is it different from the other cookies in your group?
  • How do you think this applies to living as a Christian?
  • Do you think that Christians are supposed to be cookie cutter copies of each other? Why or why not?

Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

  • What does Paul say about the body of Christ?
  • What would happen if everyone in the church was exactly the same?
Say: You are not like the people around you. You have a unique gift, a unique calling. Part of growing as a Christian is discovering how you were shaped by God and how that shape points you in the directions you should follow. So instead of cookie cutter cookies now you are going to get to make your own cookie creation. Use the dough you have (and the icing if you have some) to create a cookie of your own design. If a few of you would like to work together to create one large cookie creation then feel free to do that too.
Give students a few minutes to decorate their cookies and then have a volunteer take the cookies and bake them while you continue with your Bible study. After you are finished teaching pass the cookies back out to their owners for a sweet reminder that we all have a job to perform in the body of Christ.

2 thoughts on “Cookie Cutter Christians

  • May 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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    This is an awesome object lesson…also…like how after baking the cookies…everyone could easily identify their own unique cookie…bless you.

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