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.

Week 17 – What is idolatry?

Question

What is idolatry?

Answer

Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator.

Memory Verse:

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened… They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” – Romans 1:21, 25

Main Idea:

Help children understand what idolatry is. It’s loving something in the created world more than God, the Creator. Children will learn that we can be tempted to love and treasure earthly things more than God.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Help me to worship You above worthless idols. Help me to find my joy in You alone.
  2. Review Activity: Write numbers 1 – 16 on individual index cards and the first word to the question that corresponds to that question. See if the children can say the rest of the question and answer. Question is worth 1 point, Question and answer is worth 3 points. See how many points they can get as a team.
  3. Introduction: Use the Q17 Thought Bubble and markers. Ask children what they daydream about often. Write or draw their answers in the thought bubbles. Do they dream about their future, things they would like to buy, certain people, etc.? After bubbles are completed, tell them that sometimes our daydreams can reveal something about our hearts. Introduce question 17. An idol is something that takes the place of God in our lives. We can look to it for joy and satisfaction instead of our God. We all have idols and may not even know it. Things or idols are not bad. They can become bad when we are tempted to love and trust it more that God. That’s when they are harmful to us.
  4. Activity: Make a grid 4×3. Put one of these words into each square: Money, Adventure, Toys, Food, Popularity, Happiness, Romance, Friends, Good Grades, Technology, Fashion, Sports. Give each child 12 coins, or small pieces of paper, use anything as markers. Read each word aloud and if the child feels like this is important to them let them place a marker on top of the word. Explain that none of these are bad. It will cause a problem when these things take the place of God in our lives. God should always be #1 in our lives. Which do you love more?
  5. Read: Romans 1:18-23. Ask them to summarize the verses. Paul tells the Romans that God is angry. He sees people who don’t honor Him, who don’t love one another and who deny God’s existence – despite the fact that there is plenty of evidence in the world that points out the existence of a great Creator God. God says that people that worship idols rather than God are foolish. God is loving but wants us to have him as #1 in our lives. Let’s examine our hearts. Have we put anything before God in our lives? Pray for repentance and a renewed heart.
  6. Recite: practice memorizing question and answer to lesson 17.

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. 

Week 13 – Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Question

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

Answer

Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of god perfectly.

Memory Verse:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer
  2. Review: Supplies, whiteboard, marker & masking tape. Create a line with the tape for the children to stand behind it. Parent reads either the question or answer to the catechism and the child will run to write the number of the catechism answer or questions on the whiteboard. Scoring, 2 points for correct answer and 1 point for the fastest person to write the answer on the whiteboard.
  3. Intro: use the whiteboards and markers and ask each child to write down three of the worse crimes they can think of. Then have them rank them 1 being the worst. Let them know that these are all equal in God’s eyes. Now make a horizontal line and write innocent on the left and sinful on the right. Have them put a dot on the line where they think they are. Remind them that we have all broken God’s laws. Introduce the question. Tell them that God gave His law to show His people how to live, but we have all failed to keep his law perfectly, except Jesus
  4. Read: ask children if they have ever gotten 100% on a test. Then ask if they always get 100% on all their tests. Perfection is impossible. Read Romans 3:9-20. Let them know that Paul was helping his readers know that they were in a very bad situation. The law shows us how sinful we are in front of God. Write down all the things in these verses that God says about people.What parts of the body is mentioned? There is no part of us that is not infected by sin. Ask them if the living room is clean, when they say “yes” tell them that it may look clean, but if we use a flashlight we can see dust and other dirt in the room. The flashlight is like the law. It lets us see where we have failed to live for God. Let them know that Jesus bears our punishment in order to restore our relationship with God. Tell them the plan of salvation.
  5. Ask and discuss these questions:
    Q: Why did God allow sin to enter the world?
    A: God knew we would sin. He allowed it to happen so He could display His great love through Jesus.

    Q: Why would it mattered if I actually keep the law?
    A: God is holy and just and must punish sin. If we fail to repent, one day we will stand before God.

    Q: I’m not sure I’m a Christian. Will I face God’s punishment?
    A: Repeat the plan of salvation for them.
  6. Memory Activity: Write out the memory verse. Leave out all the vowels. Have children fill in the blank vowels. Then repeat it several times together.