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 the Weekend…
This week your child learned that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and that sin separates us from God. God had created the heavens and earth as well as Adam and Eve. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 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. They hid from God. God came looking for them, however, and found them. Adam and Eve told God they had eaten the fruit but were tricked by the serpent. God forgave Adam and Eve, but because they had disobeyed God, Adam and Eve were no longer able to live in the garden with Him. Their sin separated them from God, and now they had to work the land for food and shelter. God also promised that someday He would send Someone Special to rescue the world from sin.
1. Sin separates us from God
2. God had a plan to rescue the world from sin
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That Sin Separates Us From God and That He Had a Plan to Save the World From Sin:
1. The Cross Covers it All
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 finished, 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 when you sin?
2. Creation in a BottlePut 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, using 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.
3. Good or Bad Game
Play a simple game with your child to help them identify behaviors that please God. Talk about how sin is anything we think, say, or do that is not pleasing to God and that God is sad when we choose not to obey Him. Name different types of behaviors. When it is a behavior that pleases God, have your child stand up and do a dance or a cheer; if it is a bad behavior, have him stay seated.
Good examples: obey parents, pick up toys, share, help others, smile, happy attitude, loving brother or sister
Bad examples: throwing a fit, pushing, not sharing, being unkind, yell “no” at parents, be mean to brother or sister, have a mean face
Lord, I know that when I choose to disobey my parents, I’m choosing to disobey You. Please help me to always obey quickly and completely.
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