Week 26 – What else does Christ’s death redeem?

Question

What else does Christ’s death redeem?

Answer

Every part of fallen creation.

Memory Verse:

“For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” – Colossians 1: 19-20

Main Idea:

Help children understand that all of creation will be renewed through Jesus’s death.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Lord, we are so grateful for Your amazing plan of salvation for Your world.
  2. Review Activity: Print out Q26 Recap Memory Game.This is a memory game. Cut out and arrange all the questions and answers and place them in a grid form so the words are facing down. Take turns trying to match the questions with the correct answers. 
  3. Introduction: Ask, What are some of your favorite places, animals, things in this world ( planets, stars, etc.)? Explain that there are so many beautiful things in this world, but they are not as beautiful as God had originally created for this world. Everything has been effected by sin. Sin effects all of God’s creation.
    Ask, what do you think our world would have looked like without sin?
  4. Game:
    Introduce question 26, What else does Christ’s death redeem? Jesus’s death redeemed people but also creation. Prep game, you will need three pieces of paper. On the first sheet write “Creation” and place the paper on left side of room. Sheet two write “Redemption” and tape it on the right side of the room. On the last piece of paper write “Fall” and place it in the middle of the room. As you read the below verses ask the children to run to the part of the room that the verse represents. Start slow and increase speed each time.
    Genesis 1:1 Creation
    Romans 8:21 Redemption
    Genesis 3:6 Fall
    Genesis 1:28 Creation
    Genesis 3:24 Fall
    Colossians 1:20 Redemption
    End by saying the three big categories in the Bible are Creation, Fall, Redemption.
  5. Draw: Fold a piece of paper in thirds and at the left write “Creation”, middle write “fall”, and top right write “redemption”. Let the children draw pictures to represent all three.
  6. Read: Romans 8:20-22. After reading ask, what do you think this verse is saying about creation?
    Point out that Adam’s sin caused death and decay to the world. Look up what it says about creation in Genesis 3. Right now the world is waiting to be renewed. It is groaning in anticipation. God has promised that he will renew the earth. Jesus’s death renews every part of sin in humans and creation. Read Colossians 1:18-20. Remind them that God’s mission in Christ it to reconcile all thing to Himself for His glory.
  7. Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.

Week 25 – Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

Question

Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven?

Answer

Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God will remember our sins no more.

Memory Verse:

“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

Main Idea:

Help children understand that Jesus accomplished all that was necessary for complete forgiveness of sins for everyone who turns to Him in repentance and faith.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Thank you for sending Jesus. Because of Jesus and only Him, I can be sure of my standing before You.
  2. Review Activity: Fold 24 index cards. Write the answer of each question in the index card and place the question number and question on the front of the card. Place a piece of tape on the open end of the folded card so the answer does not show. Play as a team. Place all the cards in a bowl. Each family member will choose one card on their turn and try to answer the question. If they cannot. The other family members will pick out a penalty, 10 jumping jacks, 4 push-up, walking across there room like a crab, say the answer in a different voice, old person, baby, Yoda, etc.
  3. Introduction:
    Start with an experiment. Supplies: 3 clear containers, water, iodine and bleach. Container 1: 100% water and a sticky note saying You on the outside
    Container 2: 80% water & 20% iodine and a sticky note saying Sin
    Container 3: 80% water & 20% bleach, and a sticky note saying Jesus.
    Say, When we were all born, we are in Adam. This means, Adam’s sin was passed to all of us. We are all sinful.

    Point to container 1 and pour container 2 (Sin) into container 1 (You).
    Ask: what happened to container 1(you)? The water will be colored representing sin.
    Answer: The water (you) has been fully infected by sin.

    Ask: What happens to us when we put our trust in Jesus Christ for redemption and ask for forgiveness of our sins?
    Answer: Immediately Jesus forgives us of our sins. We are covered by His righteousness.

    Point to container 1 (you) and say: this represents what Jesus does to our sins. He covers them with His righteousness. Pour container 3 (Jesus) into container 1 (you). It becomes instantly clean.
    Ask: Do you see any of the old you in there? No, all our sin will be forgiven. Our sins are totally dealt with and fully taken away by Jesus.
  1. Read: as a family 2 Corinthians 5: 16-21.Paul is telling the Corinthians that Jesus is fully man and fully God. He alone can deal with the sins of people once for all of us. Our old ways of hating and disobeying God are gone and a new life of loving God begins. Tell your children your testimony or Paul’s. Remind them that God is forgiving, holy, and just, so He has to punish sin. Jesus took our punishment for our sins, so we could be righteous before Him.
  2. Recite: Verse, question and answer.

Week 24 – Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?

Question

Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?

Answer

Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.

Memory Verse:

“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.” – Colossians 1: 21-22

Main Idea:

Help children understand that the only way we can be reconciled to God is through the substitutionary death of Jesus.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Lord thank you for Your mercy. Give us understanding of the cost of our sin. Cause us to have love for You as we learn more about Your death on the cross.
  2. Review Activity: Write questions 1 – 23 on individual index cards. Put them on the table. They do not need to be in order. Write the answers on individual cards also. Hand out answers, one answer at a time. Have everyone in the family discuss where it belongs and match it up with its question. After last answer is placed on the last question they may move them around if they think it is on the wrong questions. Check the Q & A’s to see if they are correct answers and questions.
  3. Activity: Print out Q24 One Way Maze. Give each child a pencil. Time them 2 or 3 minutes to start and end the maze. Once finished tell them there is only one way in the maze, like there is only one way to be redeemed and one way to return to a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. This lesson will help us understand why Jesus’s life and death is the only way for us to be made right before God.
  4. Read: Colossians 1:15-23. Focus on: Paul is writing to the Colossians Christians in Colossae. He wants them to understand the supremacy of Jesus Christ. V19, Jesus is fully God. Through Jesus all things would be reconciled to God. God was pleased that Jesus would be the Redeemer. The redemption offered by Jesus is the only way out. There is no other way for humans to become friends again with God. V.20, Jesus achieved peace between humans and God through shedding His blood on the cross. God restored our relationship between Himself and humanity. It was necessary that Jesus died on the cross. Why? Paul says we were all enemies of God, and we have broken His laws. We deserve God’s judgment and punishment. But Christians, those who believe and put their trust in Jesus’s redemption, do not have to fear God’s punishment. Jesus has freed us from sin and death. How? He took all of our sins and stood in our place for all of them. He took all of our punishment and judgement that we deserved. He suffered death on a cross for the punishment of our sins. He died on a cross to pay the price to redeem us so we could live life in a relationship with God. Sin is serious, and the cost is serious. God takes sin seriously and deals with it seriously.God demands a perfect sin offering to be sacrificed in order for the punishment to be satisfied, Jesus was the only One who was sinless. Therefore He was the only one that could redeem us.
  5. Recite: Start memorizing Q & A 24 and Colossians 1: 21-22.

Week 23 – Why must the Redeemer be truly God?

Question

Why must the Redeemer be truly God?

Answer

Because of His divine nature, His obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective.

Memory Verse:

“God raised Him up loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it.” – Acts 2:24

Main Idea:

Main Idea: Help children understand that only a Redeemer who is fully God could save us. God alone is capable of redeeming humanity.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Thank You for Your mercy and grace that brought me into a saving relationship with You.
  2. Review Activity: print out onto card-stock Q23 recap wheel disc and spinner. Cut them outing attach spinner to disc with a brad. On a separate pieces of paper write numbers 1 – 22 on the paper and place into a bowl. Take turns drawing a question number from the bowl. Then spin the arrow to see what they need to do. Play as a team. See how many the team can get correct together. Celebrate by individuals on the the team taking a bow and everyone clapping for them.
  3. Introduction: Tell the story of the Prince and the Pauper. Ask: If you lived in the most beautiful place in the world with perfect relationships and with everything they needed, would you want to leave that place? What if you were a king would you leave your kingdom and live among your subjects? God left heaven to live among His creation when He became man. Introduce question 23. Explain that this question will help them to consider more carefully why the One who came to redeem had to be fully God.
  4. Activity: wrap four small gifts with small toys or candy, one for each child in each gift. Print out or write these verses John 1:1, John 1:14, John 20:28, Col 2:9. Introduce activity by saying, This is the time of year we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Today we are going to learn more about the deity of Jesus. Deity is God’s nature, His divine status, and His quality.
    When Jesus was born He was fully human and fully God – One person with two natures. We have one nature, human. Allow the children to open the gifts one at a time read the verse ask them what part of the verse talks about Jesus as God and what part talks about Jesus being human. As a whole the verses talk about Jesus. That Jesus is God and he existed before he came to live on earth as a man.
  5. Read: Acts 2:22-41 Peter one of Jesus’ disciples made this speech in Jerusalem in front of thousands of people after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Peter clearly tells the crowd that Jesus is God. He urged the crowd to seek redemption from Jesus. Jesus needed to be fully God to redeem humans because:
    Only God who gave life can recreate and give new life.
    Being human meant that Jesus qualified as a substitute for us, because we are humans.
    Jesus as fully God means He has the authority to pronounce that our sins are forgiven. Jesus is God and forgave our sins.
    Only God himself can bear the punishment for the sins of all those who trust in Him. Forgiveness  can only come from the One who has been wronged.
  6. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 23.