Week 16 – What is sin?

Question

What is sin?

Answer

Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.

Memory Verse:

“Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.” – 1 John 3:4

Main Idea:

Help children understand what sin is and how it affects their relationship with God.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: You are our loving God, please forgive me of sinning against You. Thank You for sending Jesus to wash my sins away.
  2. Review Activity: Write questions 1 – 15 on separate sticky notes in one color and the answers on another colored sticky note. Place them on a wall randomly and have children match the correct questions to the answers. Time them if they want to see how fast they can match the questions and answers.
  3. Introduction: Define and give an examples of lawlessness. Ask older kids if they know of any lawlessness going on in the world right now. If they cannot come up with any lawlessness help them with some examples. Introduce question 16. Explain that in today’s Bible verses that God describes lawlessness as sin.
  4. Activity: Place two pieces of masking tape on the floor parallel to each other. For everyone to stand behind and one will be a line of tape just a bit beyond what the children and adults can jump. One taped line everyone will stand on and try to jump to the other line one at a time. Write Romans 3:23 on the line of tape that they are trying to. After everyone has jumped, look up Romans 3:23 and read it. Tell the children when the Bible talks about sin as lawlessness it is talking about us keeping God’s law. No matter how hard we tried to jump on the line we kept falling short, just like Romans 3:23 says about us.
    Ask: What does Romans 3:23 mean? We have all sinned and fall short of God’s standards. (Problem)
    What is the answer / solution to the problem? Jesus came to take away our sin if we ask for forgiveness.
    Have you asked repented of your Sin and asked Jesus for forgiveness?
    Is your life glorifying to God?
    If ready lead children in a prayer of acknowledging who God is, accepting His free gift, and confessing their short comings and sins.
  5. Read: 1 John 3:4 -10. These verses describe how sin is breaking god’s law and tells the reader the solution to sin. Ask them who is the solution to our problem?.
  6. Activity: Share your testimony with your family. Help children memorize Q & A 16.

Week 15 – Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

Question

Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

Answer

That we may know the holy nature of God, and the sinful nature of our hearts; and thus our need of a savior.

Memory Verse:

“For by works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer Thank You for for Your law. Help me to see and understand the purpose of the law. Help us to glorify You.
  2. Review Activity: Randomly say to the children the questions or answers to 12, 13 and 14. Have the children recite the other part to you.
  3. Introduction: have everyone go into the bathroom and look at mirror. Ask them what they see, then ask, what is a mirror used for? Then with a whiteboard marker write very big on the mirror “ THE LAW”. Explain that the law of God is like a mirror for the the believer. The mirror shows what we look like on the outside, but the law shows us what we look like on the inside of our hearts. Introduce and read question 15. Explain that this question will allow them to understand the purpose of the law. They have seen that the law is like a mirror and reveals our hearts, but the law also shows us God’s character.
  4. Read:
    Romans 3:19-20. After reading the verses, tell the children “For all of us that are believers, the law guides us on how to live.” One way we can glorify God is by obeying his commandments.
    ask: What does the law reveal about us? What does it reveal about God?
  5. Activity: Read the 10 commandments and write down what each commandment reveals about God’s character.
    Ask: Do you think the law can help you glorify God?
  6. Remind: children, that God’s law shows us how holy God is, and it shows us how unholy we are. Look at all the character qualities of God and think of a song that you can all sing together glorifying God.
  7. Recite: practice memorizing the question and answer to lesson 15.

Week 14 – Did God create us unable to keep his law?

Question

Did God create us unable to keep his law?

Answer

No, but because of the disobedience of Adam & Eve, we are all born in sin and guilt, unable to keep God’s law.

Memory Verse:

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” – Romans 5:12

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer Thank You for loving us and sending Your son Jesus to save us.
  2. Review Activity: Write each catechism question and answers on an index card. One card per Q&A.  Draw a Hashtag (#) at the bottom. Help the kids comment or summarize the question and create a hashtag at the bottom of each Q & A. 
    Example Question 2: 
    Question: What is God?
    Answer: God is the creator of everyone and everything.
    # AWESOME
    # Where I came from
  3. Introduction: play a word association game. The children must say a word that is directly related to the previous word. Words to use: Adam, Eve, Sin, Good, Fall, Rejection, Rule, Serpent. These words relate to the entry of sin into the world. Second, introduce question & answer 14.  Tell them this lesson will help us learn if God made humans powerless to obey his laws or if something happened that affected people’s ability to keep God’s law perfectly.
  4. Read:
    Romans 5: 12-21. After reading the verses ask:
    Who sinned and allowed it to enter the world? Adam
    What did sin bring? Death
    Who did sin spread to? Everyone
    Did people sin before the law was given? Yes, it wasn’t counted as sin because there wasn’t yet any law.
    Adam is a symbol or representation of who? Christ, who was yet to come
    How many people did it take to bring sin into the world? one, Adam.
    Who was God’s gift to remove sin? Jesus
    If you receive Jesus as your savior what will happen to you? You will live in triumph over sin and death. It will also bring a right relationship with you and God.
  5. Recite: Question & answer 14 and memory verse.