Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?
No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.
For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. – Romans 5:17
Help children understand that God chooses those whom He will save.
Outline for lesson
- Open in prayer: Lord, I praise you for your saving grace.
- Review Activity: Print out and cut up Q27 Catechism Recap (DL). Fold the slips of paper up very small and place them inside individual balloons. Inflate and tie the balloons. Tell the children that the aim of the game is to burst the balloons and locate the pieces of papers enclosed within the balloons. Once they have a piece of paper, they should work together to form a group that contains the questions, answer, and memory verse for Questions 21—26. A small group should form as the various elements of each question are brought together. Ask each group to read out their question, answer, and memory verse.
- Introduction: You will need a picture of a sports team. Show the children a picture of a sports team. Ask the children if they’ve ever played a sport or a game in which the team captains chose the team members. Ask them what kind of things make a team captain want to choose a player for his or her team. Agree with the children that captains usually want the most athletic, coordinated players on their teams. They want the quickest and the strongest—those who will be able to score points! Ask the children how God picks the members of his family. Does he do it the way that a team captain chooses team members. Help them to see that, according to the Bible, God does choose the members of his family, but he does not choose us based on our ability, intelligence, beauty, or goodness. When we talk about God’s choosing, we call it election. It is done purely by his own will, not because of anything in us. Introduce the children to Question 27: “Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? Explain to the children that this question will help them to understand that not everyone is redeemed through Jesus’s death and resurrection. Only those God elects will be saved, but our election is not based on our own worth.
- Memory Activity:
Print out the memory verse or catechism question and cut it up so that every word is is on a separate piece of paper. Hide the individual words around the room. Ask the children to find the words and lay them out in the correct order. Read the memory verse through with the children several times.
- 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.
- Read: Ephesians 1:3-12. Ask the children what predestine means. Explain to them that it means to determine something beforehand. In this passage, we learn that God predetermined whom he would adopt, even before he created the world.
Ask the children to look at verse 6 and see if they can tell you why God chose to predestine his children before they were even born, rather than waiting to see who would be the best. Draw out the meaning of the phrase “to the praise of his glorious grace.” Grace means “unmerited favor.” If God had chosen to favor those who deserved it, we would not be the recipients of grace.
Remind the children that Ephesians is actually a letter written to people in the city of Ephesus. Paul seems to assume everyone he is writing to has been chosen by God. Ask the children why he assumes this. Help them see it is not because every person has been chosen by God. Paul knows that he is writing to those who have trusted Christ for salvation. Anyone who has done this can know that he or she has been elected by God to be adopted as his child.
Conclude the teaching time by helping the children commit Question 27 and the answer to memory. (These notes are just for guidance. Please expand or amend them to suit your own children and context. Write out your talk in your own words and include illustrations and applications that you know will connect with your children.)
- Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.