Week 22 – Why must the Redeemer be truly human?

Question

Why must the Redeemer be truly human?

Answer

That in human nature He might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin.

Memory Verse:

“Therefore He had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” – Hebrews 2:17

Main Idea:

Main Idea: Help children understand that only a fully human Redeemer could fully satisfy God’s just demands. Jesus as a substitute sacrifice for us had to be human.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to live as a perfect man so that I could be redeemed from sin and death. Thank You for loving me so much.
  2. Review Activity: Everyone sit in a circle. Place a small ball in someone’s hand, this person will say the first word of question 21. After saying the first word he will hand it to the person on his right and they will say the second word. Continue passing the ball to the right until the question and answer is complete.
  3. Introduction:
    Jesus had to truly be human in order to bring other humans back into relationship with God. Ask the following questions:
    *How did you get here? Born
    *After being a baby did you grow from baby to toddler to child? Yes
    *Who takes care of you? Your parents or guardian
    *What do you do when you are really sad? Cry
    *How do you feel when you haven’t eaten for a long time? Hungry

    These are things we all experience as humans.Jesus being fully human also was born. He was taken care of by his parents. They fed him and when he was very sad he cried. Then his earthly life ended when he died. Introduce the question and answer. Spend time explaining the answer.
  1. Activity: Download Q22 Body Bingo. Give each child a marker. Write in different body parts in each space. Play bingo. Shout body bingo when someone wins. Remind children that Jesus was fully human and had the same body parts as we do.
  2. Read: Hebrew 2:5-18. These verses describe why Jesus had to be fully human. But, there is one BIG difference about Jesus. Do you know what it is?
    Who was the first man? Who is every person descended from? Who introduced sin Into this world? Adam. Adam was created with the ability to perfectly keep God’s law. But, he rebelled against God.That is how sin and death entered this world. Jesus was sinless. He gave life to all people and gives eternal life. He is Lord over all. Jesus was fully human and fully God.
  3. Ask: Did Jesus become less God when He lived on earth? No, He chose to lay aside his heavenly glory when He came to earth. He submitted Himself fully to the will of God the Father.
  4. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 22.

Week 21 – What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

Question

What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

Answer

One who is truly human and also truly God.

Memory Verse:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Main Idea:

A Redeemer who was fully God and fully human was needed to reconcile man to God. Jesus was both fully God and fully man.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Help us understand more about You.
  2. Review Activity: write either the question or answer to each lesson on slips of paper. Place each slip of paper under individual disposable cups. Help the children recite the missing question or answer. Place a happy face on the cup and count how many they have recited.
  3. Introduction: State that Jesus was both human and God. We as Christians believe that Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is unique.
  4. Activity: Essence is what something is or it’s character. Let’s play a game and try to figure out who these people are by asking “yes” or “no” questions. Then let’s figure out their essence. Write these characters on separate pieces of paper and pass them out (or make up your own characters). Everyone will ask a yes or no question to the person who has the character, and they will answer with a “yes” or “no” until the character is revealed.

    Characters: Olaf, Winnie the Pooh, Woody (from Toy Story), Ariel, Chewbacca, Jesus. After identifying the character and essence, end it with you answering the questions for Jesus. After they guess the name ask what His essence is. Fully God and man, perfectly obedient to God
  5. Read: Isaiah 9:1-7.Tell children that this book was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Then direct them to verse 6. God’s unique gift to the world is Jesus. What is God’s essence in verses 25:1, 28:29, 10:21, 40:28, 26:3 and 12. (Wonderful,Mighty,Everlasting and brings peace) All these verses refer to only God.
  6. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 21.

Week 20 – Who is the Redeemer?

Question

Who is the Redeemer?

Answer

The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Memory Verse:

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1Timothy 2:5

Main Idea:

Help children understand that Jesus Christ is the Redeemer and that he alone can secure their freedom from sin.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: I owe You a debt that I can not pay back. Thank You for sending Jesus to take my place and paying my debt.
  2. Review Activity: Write 1 – 19 on a piece of paper. As a family see if you all can work together and say all the questions and answers. Cross out the number on the paper if you are able to recite it as a team.
  3. Introduction: explain that people borrow money from others, friends, family, and the bank. When we borrow money we are called debtors. Debtors repay the money back to the person they borrowed from. Long ago If you can’t pay the money back the debtor would have to go into a debtor’s prison. They would be locked up till they could pay it back. Why wouldn’t they be able to ever pay the money back? (Because they are in prison) Can you think of a way to get out of debtor’s prison? If someone could pay the debt for you, they would be able to set the prisoner free. This person is called a redeemer. Who is our redeemer? (Jesus). Introduce question and answer 20. We all owe a debit that we cannot pay back. What do we need to be freed from sin? (The Redeemer).

    Activity: have everyone draw their most precious possession. Have them tell you what the drawing is and why this is the best thing they have. After everyone explains their drawings, take their cards and tell them you have just stolen their favorite thing. They can’t call the police. They have to pay a ransom to get it back. Ask them if they would pay $5 to get it back, $10, increase the dollar amount until you have reached their limit. Give them their drawings back and tell them that redemption is costly.
  4. Read:
    1Timothy 2:1-7. After reading ask these questions:
    How did God provide a way out of captivity?(Jesus payed for our sins)
    *Who is our redeemer?(Jesus)
    *Is there only one God and Mediator?(Yes, there is only one possible way to be freed from sin and have a relationship with God.)
    *Is God loving and just? ( Yes, he loves us and wants us to be saved, but He is perfect and has to punish sin. Someone has to pay the price for sin.
    Why is Jesus the only one that can pay for our sins? (He perfectly obeyed God)
  5. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 20.

Week 19 – Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?

Question

Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?

Answer

Yes, God reconciles us to Himself by a Redeemer.

Memory Verse:

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” – 1 John 4:9

Main Idea:

Help children understand that there is a clear way back into God’s favor through Jesus our redeemer. God brings people into a right relationship with Him through Jesus.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Thank You for making a way to follow You through Jesus.
  2. Review Activity: Ask children to recite the questions and answers they know. Reward them if you can with a favorite dessert or small toy.
  3. Introduction: Ask the below questions. Word the questions appropriately for children’s ages.
    What would it be like to be sentenced to death and placed on death row to wait execution?
    ( We would be frightened)
    How would you feel if at the last minute someone said they would take your place so you would not have to die? ( We would feel happy, thankful, grateful)
    Can you think of anyone that might do that?

    Say:Today we are going to consider what it would take to free people from the punishment of sin and how we can receive favor from God. Introduce question and answer 19. Ask, Is there any way to escape punishment and receive God’s favor?

    Activity: Pretend to be a TV news reporter and and tell the story of the Servant who came to earth to redeem and save. Explain how prophecy helps us understand God’s plan to save his people.
  4. Read: Isaiah 53:10-11. After reading look over chapter 53. Ask, who do they think this chapter is talking about? Was this written before or after Jesus was born?
  5. Discuss Questions:
    Why did Jesus have to die?
    How did Isaiah know about Jesus’ life and death?
    Ask them to explain God’s plan to you.
    Ask if this is something they have done or would they like you to help lead them in this decision?
  6. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 19.

Week 18 – Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

Question

Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

Answer

No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life and in the life to come.

Memory Verse:

“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is unmoral or impure, or who is covetous has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. – Eph. 5: 5-6

Main Idea:

God will judge and punish all those who sin against Him.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Thank You that we have forgiveness in Jesus and that I can have a living relationship with You.
  2. Review Activity: Write #1-17 on separate pieces of paper and and put in a basket or container. Have the children run to the bucket and pull out a number. Ask them if they can recite the question and answer.
  3. Introduction: Read or tell the children about a crime someone committed (newspaper or a story you know) and then ask if the person should be punished? Ask, have you been punished for anything? Was it justified (did you do the wrong thing)? God is perfect and cannot let sin go unpunished. God does something about that when He sent Jesus here to take the punishment of our sin. Introduce them to question & answer 18.
  4. Read: Ephesians 5: 5-14. Explain and discuss these verses.
  5. Activity: Find a version of the Bible you want to use for your children’s verse and write each word on a separate index card. Say the verse with all the words then take away the first index cards and replace it with an empty index card. Do this for each word until there is no more words. Try to say it together as a family.
  6. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 18.