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.

Week 12 – What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

Answer

Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone.

Memory Verse:

“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” – James 2:8

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Thank God for being the truth and for His commands. Help us live in a right way that shows Your grace to others.
  2. Review: Supplies: Index cards, pen and scissors, lunch bag, stapler and timer. Cut the index cards in half. If you want to make this a bit harder, do not use the same index card that was cut for the same lesson. Older children will match the cut. Or you can write the question and answer using the same cut index card to help younger children. Write questions 1 – 11 on the smaller index cards. Place all cards in a paper bag and staple top. Have children open up bag empty the bag of the Q & A’s and put then together. Time them. Try a second time together and see if they get a faster time.
  3. Intro:
    Tell or read the story of “ The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to your family. At end of story ask these questions:
    *What did the boy do in the story?
    *Do you like being lied to?
    *Have you ever lied?
    *Did the people believe the boy when he was telling the truth?
    *Why do we like hearing the truth?
    Is all lying wrong? What about a “white lie?” All lying is wrong.
    Why are we tempted to tell lies? We think it might get us out of trouble with our parents, or it might make us more popular with our friends, or will help us control a situation.
    Say, “The Bible has many warnings against lying and the 9th commandment says that God does not want people to lie.” Introduce question and answer 12.
  4. Read: Exodus 20: 1-17. Ask who are the people in these commands? These commandments are intended to help God’s people live wisely with each other. What does it mean, to be like God? God tells us in the Bible that, he is truth. Since God is truth, how should we feel about telling the truth? Read John 8:44. Who does this verse say is the Father of Lies? What do you think about lying? Telling the truth is being like God.
    What does Coveting mean? Wanting things that others have. God cares about our hearts. Coveting often causes people to become focussed on things that can take the place of God in the hearts of his people.
  5. Recite: Memorize Q & A and verse from lesson 12. Pray that we will desire to tell the truth at all times.

Week 11 – What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?

Answer

Sixth, that we do not hurt or hate our neighbor. Seventh, that we live purely and faithfully. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to some else.

Memory Verse:

“For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandments, are summed up in this word: ‘ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Romans 13:9

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in Prayer: Help us live a life that is centered on You. Help us to show love to others in our family and community.
  2. Review Activity: Supplies: index cards, a pen, and a treat.  Write numbers 1 – 10 on an index card.  Turn them over and have one person say the question of that lesson and another say the answer. If they do well, offer them a treat.
  3. Intro: Read the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5) After reading say,” We can break God’s law in our hearts, even if no one else knows. Ask, “Have you ever said that you hate someone?” Have you ever thought mean thoughts about someone else? Jesus taught that hating others is like killing them in our hearts. When we imagine doing something to hurt someone, we are sinning, even if we never act on our thoughts. 
    Demonstration: Draw a large heart on a piece of paper, Fold it in half. Say, “No one can see what is inside your heart except for God. Think about a time you have had a mean thought about someone. Let’s ask for forgiveness and thank God for forgiving ours sins that only He knows about.
  4. Read: Romans 13:8-10. Explain that the book of Romans was written by Paul as a letter to Christian in Rome. Paul is explaining how we should live as Christians. We should  live in a way that glorifies Christ (referring to the 6th, 7th and 8th commandments). God wants us to keep these commandments: do not harm or hate others, love the family God has given you, and you must not take what is not yours. Reread verse 9.  Ask, “What do you think the verse means?” What are some ways you can show love to others? Draw a picture showing how you can love others.
  5. Remind: children that God wants us to live in a way that glorifies Him. We can always go to Him in prayer when we fail, and God will forgive us.
  6. Recite: Question, answer and verse.

Main Idea:

Help children learn the commandments are all about loving God and loving others. Obeying God’s commands involves loving him and loving others.

Week 10 – What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Question

What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

Answer

Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in worship of God. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother.

Memory Verse:

“Every one of you shall revere his mother and father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:3

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in Prayer: Praise God for being good. Thank Him for taking care of His people. Ask to find joy in His commandments
  2. Review Activity: Prep: Place a small toy or candy into 9 separate lunch bags. Also put in a catechism question 1 -9 into each bag with the toy or candy. Fold top of bags and staple shut. Place the bags in a circle on the ground.

    How to play game: ( it’s a version of musical chairs) children will stand by a bag. As the music starts they will go around the circle of bags until the music stops. They will pick up the bag that they were standing by when the music stopped. Let them open the bag and read the question. If they know the answer they get to keep the treat in the bag. Play until all bags are opened.
  3. Intro: Explain that parents and children are a part of our lesson today. Older children may enjoy the code breaker on our resource page. Younger children my want to match up parents and children.
    1. Belle and Maurice (Beauty and the Beast)
    2. Nemo and Marlin (Finding Nemo)
    3. Elsa and King Agnarr (Frozen)
    4. Simba and Mufasa ( The Lion King)
    5. Invisigirl and Elastigirl ( The Incredibles)
  4. Read: question and answer 10. Ask them what they think honoring their father and mother means. Is honoring hard or easy? Now that we have experienced God’s love it helps us honor our parents. What does honoring look like now? What will it look like when they are older?
  5. Read: Exodus 20:1-17. Ask, What does the Sabbath mean? Answer, The Sabbath is a day that God set apart for worship and rest. Why do they think the word remember is in the Ten Commandments? Answer: Sometimes we forget to rest and spend focused time with God. Ask, Why do you think God asked us to take a Sabbath rest? Think about why God made this one of the ten commandments. Work and rest is included in the best pattern for life. God knows how important it is for people to have spiritual rest and physical rest.

Main Idea:

Main Idea: God gave us His commands for the good of His people.

Week 9 – What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

Question

What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

Answer

First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.

Memory Verse:

“ It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.” – Deuteronomy 6:13-14

Outline for lesson

  1. Pray, God help me to fully put my trust in You and worship You as God alone.
  2. Review: Read the previous questions (1 – 8) out of order. Have everyone try to say the answers that belongs with the questions.
  3. Intro: On three separate colored pieces of paper write out the first three commandments. Cut up each word and put each verse in a separate envelope. Hide the three envelopes around the house. Have the children look for them and then put the verses in the correct order.
  4. Read: Exodus 20: 1-7.Ask the family, what are some other things we worship in place of worshiping God? Let them know the first commandment is about who we worship and the second command is about how we worship.Tell them God wants to be known through His word. That is how He reveals Himself to us. Read verse 7 again. Ask, what do you think this verse means? Ask how do you feel when someone misuses God’s name? Because we are followers of God we love God above all things. Misusing His name is something we do not want to do. Ask, who do you worship? How do you worship in your everyday life?

Memorize:

Help children memorize question and answer 9 and the verse.

Week 8 – What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments?

Question

What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments?

Answer

You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You should not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

Memory Verse:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Game: Prep: before lesson, write the previous seven questions on strips of paper. Tape each questions to a Jenga block and then build a Jenga tower. Directions:Divide family into two teams.each team takes a turn to remove a block from the tower. Set blocks aside after it has been removed. If the block has a question on it, the team that removed the block gets to say the answer to that question. If it’s correct that team receives one point. If they can not remember the answer the other team can try to say the answer. Each team has 1 1/2 minute to answer the question. The team with the most points wins.
  3. Background: The 10 commandments were given after God had freed the Israelites from Egypt.God spoke directly to Moses for the people of Israel.God gives Moses the commandments for His people out of love. He wants to bless His people not burden them. Read Exodus 19 together.

    Read exodus 20. Have your family listen to what the law says. Let them say it in their own words. Help them identify what God loves and hates.
  4. Memory Activity: Play the song for Question 8. Listen a few times, then try to memorize question and answer 8 and this week’s verse.

Week 7 – What does the law of God require?

Question

What does the law of God require?

Answer

That we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength: and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Memory Verse:

“And (Jesus) said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your minds. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Matthew 22:37-40

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer. Review last weeks question and answer.
  2. Review Activity: On a beach ball write the first six questions from these lessons. One question on each of the colored panels. The object of this game is to keep the ball up in the air as long as possible. When it falls to the ground, someone needs to choose a question on the ball and give the correct answer to the question. Give a sticker to the children for each correct answer.
  3. Intro: Ask the children to imagine, what would our world look like if we had no laws? Help them by giving examples: what would it be like if cars never stopped at a red light? Or if people could harm others without consequences? Finish by telling them laws are put in place so that we can live safe and well.
    Question: What would life be like if there were no punishment for breaking laws?
    Answer: The law wouldn’t mean anything without punishment.

    Question: Would people constantly break laws if there were no consequences for breaking them?
    Answer: Yes, we are sinners by nature and choice.
  4. Read: Matthew 22:34-40. Explain that God’s law still remains today and it is still the standard by which God expects His people to live. Let them know that the only one that that kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus. Which means we are all lawbreakers. Lawbreakers deserve punishment. However, When Jesus died on the cross, He died for all of us lawbreakers. He took our place of punishment.

    This is a great time to explain the plan of salvation in your words to your children. Read John 1:12 and Romans 3:23, we are all sinners.

    Jesus loves you so much he took the punishment of your sin (1 Cor. 15:3). If you confess that you have done wrong things and believe that Jesus died and came back to life for you, God will forgive all your sin. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. 1 John 1:9.

    Pray: I’m sorry for the wrong thing I’ve done.
    I’m glad Jesus died for me and came back to life.
    Please forgive me and make me part of your family.
    I’m thankful for Your promise to always be with me and love me.

Memorize:

Question 7, answer 7 and verse, Matthew 22:37-40.