Oftentimes I take my own sin too lightly. Yes, I am covered by the grace of Jesus, but sin is an awful thing that separates me from my God. Thankfully, when I confess my sin He is faithful to forgive my sin and restore my fellowship with Him. Stop for minute. Is there any sin in your life you need to confess to the Lord right now? If so, do it and then read 1 John 1:9. Walking out authentic confession and repentance in our own lives is a critical step to teaching our kids how to do the same.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and that sin separates us from God. God created the heavens and earth as well as Adam and Eve, and He told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But in Genesis 3, the serpent came along and told Eve it was really okay to eat from that tree. Eve gave Adam a piece of fruit and they ate it. Instantly Adam and Eve knew they had done something wrong and were afraid, so they hid from God. God came looking for them and found them. Adam and Eve told God they had eaten the fruit but were tricked by the serpent. God was angry and told the serpent he would have to slither on his belly all the rest of his life. He told Adam and Eve they would have to leave the garden and work the land for food and shelter. God also promised that someday He would send Someone Special to rescue the world from sin.
- Adam and Eve disobeyed God.
- Sin separates us from God.
- God had a plan to rescue the world from sin.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities to Remind us of God’s Grace
1. Casting Our Sin Away
Grab a cup of water and black pepper. Have your child sprinkle pepper into the cup each time he names a sin such as not sharing or being unkind. Help your child add a drop of dishwashing liquid into the cup. Watch what happens to the pepper, it runs away from the soap. Just like when we ask God to forgive our sins, He casts them as far as the east is from the west.
2. Covered by the Cross
Fold a piece of brown construction paper in half. Draw a cross on one side, making sure that one edge of the cross is on the fold. Cut out the cross, leaving the edge on the fold intact (once it is cut out, the cross should open like a card). On the inside of the card, help your child write down or draw pictures of different sins—disobeying, saying mean things to a friend, etc.) When you are done, close the card and explain that when we ask Jesus to forgive us, the cross covers our sin. After your child has finished making the cross talk to him using these questions:
- What is sin?
- What was the first sin?
- What should we do when we sin? (Ask God to forgive us.)
- Did God forgive Adam and Eve? Will God forgive you?
3. Creation in a Bottle
Put items that represent creation (rocks, leaves, grass) in a jar and fill with water. Explain that God created everything and said it was good. Then add a little food coloring to the jar, use some of each color to make brown, and stir. The food coloring represents sin. Discuss that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world and affected everything.
God, please forgive us for disobeying you. Thank you for sending your son Jesus to die for my sins. Please teach me to trust you.
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