Week 29 – How can we be saved?

Question

How can we be saved?

Answer

Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him.

Memory Verse:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8–9)

Main Idea:

Only through faith in Jesus can we be saved from there punishment we rightly deserve from God

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Gracious God, thank you for saving me through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please cause me to rejoice in my salvation and boldly proclaim the gospel to the people around me. Amen.
  2. Introduction: Familiarize yourself with the story of the Chilean miners who were trapped underground for sixty-nine days in August 2010, when the San Jose Mine collapsed. Print out some pictures of the scene, the mine, and the rescued men. Begin by asking the children if they have ever been saved from something terrible happening to them. Try to keep this question grounded in real life, rather than jumping straight to the gospel at this stage. Perhaps they’ve been saved from: Getting lost in the mall Running out in front of a car, Falling and breaking a leg Ask, “What did it feel like to be saved?” Ask the children if they’ve ever heard any stories about people being saved. Once you’ve exhausted their stories, share the story of the Chilean miners. Ask, “Who did the saving? What kind of people do you think they were? Were they brave or strong? Why did they want to save someone else?”Introduce Question 29: “How can we be saved?” Commend the children for their participation in the discussion. Remind them that everyone needs to be saved, not from a fire or from drowning or from a car crash, but from the punishment of God that is due to everyone who sins against him.
  3. Read: Cut out two large paper hearts for each child; they must be suitable for writing on. Stick up a cross at the front of your meeting room. Pass out markers. Begin the teaching time with prayer, asking that God would help you to teach the lesson faithfully and the children to listen well. Remind your children that in the story of the Chilean miners, you encountered people who really needed a savior. They needed to be saved. They were helpless and unable to save themselves. Explain that it’s not only people who are stuck in a burning building or a collapsed mine who need to be saved. that’s why the question “How can I be saved?”is such an important one! The Bible clearly teaches that everyone needs to be saved. Everyone who has ever lived or will ever live is facing punishment and death because everyone has disobeyed God. Emphasize to the children that this includes you and them. Tell them that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves from this fate. Briefly discuss what sin is (refer to Question 16) and the consequences of sin for each man, woman, and child. Be sensitive to those children who may be worried by this reality, but also seek to engage well with children who behave as if they’ve heard it all before. Be prepared to explain sin in a more detailed way to new or visiting children. Explain that you’re going to read a bit more from Paul’s letter to the Christians in Ephesus. Read Ephesians 2:1—3. Provide Bibles for the children so they can read along with you. Help the children to see that the passage describes those without a Savior as “dead in [our] trespasses and sins,” a devastating description that applies to everyone who has lived, is living, and will live. Help them to understand how people can be described as dead, when by all appearances they’re living and breathing. Those who have sinned against God are dead spiritually. They have no relationship with God because their sin separates them from God, and therefore they can do nothing to please God. We need a Super-Savior to save us from this terrible predicament! Explain to the children that in the passage Paul identifies everyone as a sinner— someone who has rejected God’s rule and failed to live according to his laws. Have the children write some of their personal sins on a paper heart. Gently help the children who believe that they’re sinless to see where they disobey God. This may be an appropriate time to share a little of your own testimony, highlighting how you came to realize that you were a sinner and dead in your trespasses and sin, one who deserved to be punished by God. Have them fold the heart in half so that no one can see inside. Read Ephesians 2:4—10. Tell the children that these verses are truly amazing because they explain that God so loved the world that he sent his only beloved Son to save all those who are dead in their sins, to bring them from death to life. Jesus is the Super-Savior! He’s the only One who is able to save. Explain to the children that God still had to punish someone for all the sins committed because he is a just God; Jesus took the place of and bore the punishment for sinners.Jesus was the only person who ever lived a perfect, sinless life. He was the only person who didn’t deserve punishment and death, because he never disobeyed God. Tell the children that when Jesus died on the cross, he stood in to take the punishment for sin. He paid the price that was required for people to be made alive to God. It is the greatest swap of all time: God takes the repentant sinner’s sin and puts it on Jesus. And he takes Jesus’s perfect righteousness and imputes it to all those who have faith in him. Ask the children to bring their sin-stained paper hearts to the foot of the cross and have them pick up a clean, unblemished heart. Explain to them that if they put their faith in the Lord Jesus and confess their sins, he gives them a clean heart. Remind the children that those who don’t trust in Jesus are described as dead, but those who trust in Jesus are made alive—they have a heart transplant. The good news is that those who are alive—those who have put their trust in Jesus to deal with their disobedience and sin—will enjoy a relationship with God forevermore. Remind the children that new life is a free gift from God. The Bible calls that saving grace. We don’t have to do anything to be saved except repent and believe in Jesus, whose resurrection from the dead ensures our eternal life.
  4. Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.

Week 28 – What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

Question

What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?

Answer

They will be cast out from the presence of God, into hell, to be justly punished, forever.

Memory Verse:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Main Idea:

To help the children understand that those who are not united to Christ by faith will perish eternally.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Loving God, thank you that your great love caused you to send your precious Son to die on the cross in my place. I praise you that I am united to him and may have joy and confidence in my salvation, and I look forward to eternity in your presence. Amen.
  2. Review Activity: You will need a whiteboard and two whiteboard makers and a copy of the catechism questions and answers. Divide the children into two teams and line each team up facing the whiteboard. Explain to the children that this is a head-to-head challenge! The children should come to the whiteboard in pairs; the first children from each team, followed by the second children from each team, etc. Read a catechism question out to the children. Tell them that the first to write the number associated with the question on the whiteboard wins a point for their team. Give that child a chance to say the answer. If he gets the answer right, he gets another point for his team. If he can’t remember it, the child from the other team can answer for the point. Play until every child has had a turn going head-to-head to guess the correct number and answer to a question. 
  3. Introduction: You will need some pictures that show common depictions of hell. Show the children several ways that hell has been popularly depicted: The Nether in Minecraft, Hell as depicted in the TV series The Simpsons, A diagram of the circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno Explain to the children that in the world, many people don’t take God or the Bible seriously. Tell the children that, sadly, that means they don’t understand the reality of life separated from God. They get their idea of hell from cartoons rather than from the Bible. Introduce the children to Question 28: “What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith?” Explain that everyone who is in Christ experiences one thing after death and everyone who is still in Adam because he or she has not believed the gospel experiences something different. Tell the children that this question will help them to consider the fate for those who are not united to Christ by faith.
  4. Activity: Have a copy of the Q28 Code Buster (RB) worksheet for each child. Ask the children to decode some of the key verses where Jesus speaks about the fate of those who are not united to him. When they have finished, ask three children to read out the three different verses. Answers: “And do not fear those who Idll the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matt. 10:28) “While the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 8: 12) “Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 22:13) Explain to the children that instead of looking to the world to find out what life apart from God is like, it is important to look to Jesus and his words in the Bible. Read through each verse and observe that Jesus teaches that there is a place called hell and that is where those who are not united to Christ go.
  5. Read: Begin the teaching time by asking for God’s help. Ask that the lesson would be taught faithfully and that the children might listen well. Read John 3: 16—18, 36. Provide Bibles for the children to read along with you. Ask the children to begin by looking at these verses. Have them consider what they teach about God. Draw out the following points for the children: God is loving. God gave his precious Son up to death on the cross because he loved the world. God will give his people eternal life. Ask the children what this passage says will happen to those who do not believe in Jesus—who are not united to Christ by faith. Explain to the children that verse 16 says all who are not united to Christ will perish. Verse 18 says that those who will perish are those who are condemned. They are condemned because of their sin, their rebellion against God, and their rejection of God’s laws. Ihey are people who will be judged by God and face the just punishment of God. Tell the children that in the Bible, perishing does not mean that you cease existing, but that you exist in eternal separation from God. Explain to the children that many people live as if God doesn’t exist. They ignore him and fail to acknowledge the many blessings that he provides to everyone on earth. They are blind to the fact that God’s presence and grace are blessing them and that he is also holding back and restraining evil. Explain to the children that in eternity, people who have lived as if God doesn’t exist will be separated from him forever. The main thing that characterizes hell isn’t flames or devils. It is separation from God. We can’t really imagine what that would be like, but it is the worst thing that could ever happen to someone. Conclude by confirming for the children that hell is a real place! Share that even though people have come up with various pictorial representations of hell, no one can truly comprehend what it is like. Remind the children that God doesn’t want people to perish (2 Pet. 3:9), which is why he sent his Son to save us. (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.)
  6. Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.

Week 27 – Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

Question

Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

Answer

No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.

Memory Verse:

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

Main Idea:

Help children understand that God chooses those whom He will save.

Outline for lesson

  1. Open in prayer: Lord, I praise you for your saving grace.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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: 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.)
  7. Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.

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.

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.