Sunday Children’s Services 9 and 10:45am
Children ages Pre-K to 6th grade meet in the Purple Room 123 for worship, learning, encouragement and FUN,
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This week’s lesson
We have been talking about a very serious problem we all have. A problem that is so serious, it keeps us separated from God–forever.
That’s right, it’s SIN.
One of the ways we can find ourselves making wrong choices is in the way we treat the people in our family.
We’re going to read a true story from the Bible today about some brothers who fought. In fact, they had a really big fight that ended really badly.
THINK ABOUT THIS
Sin and death were now passed on to their children, as we see in the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis.
And sin and death entered not only their children, but their children’s children, and their children’s children, and everyone afterward!
We are all born with sin inside us. Everyone on earth has sin in our nature. This means we all do things God doesn’t want us to do.
We can learn from what God told Cain about his sin. God said, “It desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Sin has a way of looking good, sounding good, and tempting us to do wrong.
If we are tempted and give in to sin–if we decide to do wrong–sin has a way of giving way to more sin.
Sometimes we lie to cover up a sin. Or sometimes we try to get someone else to sin so that we won’t feel so guilty. Or sometimes, as we turn away from God and His word, we just don’t feel as bad when we sin–and it becomes easier to do wrong. Sin then rules over us.
What sin was Cain struggling with even before he killed his brother?
Cain was struggling with jealousy.
Why was he jealous of his brother?
because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice but not Cain’s.
What warning did God give to Cain?
God said sin was crouching at Cain’s door, that it was overwhelming his heart.
Why do you think Cain chose to sin, even after God warned him?
Cain let sin that started small turn into a big problem in his heart.
Even after Cain gave in to sin and did a terrible thing, he tried to avoid talking to God about it.
Do you have dominoes at home? or blocks? Maybe you can try this cool thing at home!
Even if you don’t have same-shape and same-size pieces to set up like this, think about how long it must have taken to set up this domino run–with each piece carefully laid.
And then–one motion is all it took to tip the first one, and… WOW!
What happened after the first piece fell over? It ended up affecting ALL of the other dominoes.
How is that like sin? How does our sin affect our relationships with others? Have you ever experienced one wrong choice that led to another, then another?
God knows about our sin problem. And He loves us too much to leave us on our own.
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin when He died on the cross. Jesus keeps us from facing the worst consequence of our sin–being separated from Him.
Nothing we can do will fix our sin problem. We can’t just try our hardest to be good.
Because of our sin, we will never be good enough to have a relationship with God on our own.
But God doesn’t leave us on our own to deal with sin. He sent Jesus to save us and forgive the wrong we do! He will always forgive us any time we ask!
In this next video, Ms. Susan shows us how sin can spread.
All we have to do is ask Jesus to forgive our sins, and He will do it! When we have Jesus’ forgiveness, He wipes away our sins and brings us into a relationship with God.
And, Jesus doesn’t only forgive us, He helps us so we don’t have to give in to temptation and let sin control our lives. God sends His Holy Spirit to change our hearts and give us strength to stand up to temptation and overcome sin. That’s great news!
Why was Cain upset with Abel?
How did Cain respond when God was pleased with Abel’s offering?
Can you think of a time you may have gotten into a disagreement or conflict with a sibling or friend? What happened?
What would you tell someone who said sin doesn’t matter if you don’t get caught?
What are some of the consequences of sin in our lives? How does it affect our relationship with God?
How does Jesus take away our sin?
How does the Holy Spirit help us overcome sin?
The word “consequence” means something that is a result of something else. God is perfect and holy and just, and He cannot tolerate sin. In God’s Creation, sin is very serious, so the consequence for sin must be very serious.
The consequence for sin–the result of sin–is death.
Like a death penalty, every wrong thing we have done deserves this punishment. That is terrible news!
But, God sent Jesus to take this penalty on Himself! When Jesus died on the cross, He willingly did this as punishment for my sin, for your sin, for the sin of the entire world—He paid the death penalty for our sin and therefore rescued us from the ultimate consequence for our sin. That’s great news!
God sent Jesus to rescue us from our sins. We don’t have to be separated from God forever because of what Jesus has already done for us on the cross! No matter what we’ve done, no matter how bad we think our sin is, He will always forgive us!
We all have sin in our hearts and our lives, and the only way we can get rid of it is by asking Jesus to forgive us and make us clean—remember, Psalm 51 says we are made white as snow!
this summary helps us to understand
As you go through your week, think about how you can recognize temptations to do wrong. Ask God to help you overpower sin before it controls you.
And if you do make a mistake, be sure to ask God for His forgiveness. Remember to thank God for the forgiveness He offers in Jesus.
Here’s a playlist for you to praise God all week!
I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:1