Summary: Expaining the concept of sin to children

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Sin –Missing the Mark

Throwing Balls into Bin

• Have the kids start close so they can’t miss and have them take turns throwing a tennis ball into a rubbish bin

• Have them step back a couple of steps and repeat the process

• as they successfully hit the target, say, “You hit the target”

• If they miss, say, “You missed, you sinned!”

• Keep moving them back until nearly all miss

Ask the Question, What is “Sin”?

• Hopefully by now they know it means missing the target

What is the Target God wants us to hit?

• Obeying him - doing what God wants us to do

• Pleasing God

• Have them write on a white board the behaviors God would like us to do

• Okay, so these are the things God would like us to do and when we do it means we are hitting God’s target

As we just learned, missing the target is called “Sin”

• What are some of the things God doesn’t want us to do, things we do that disappoint him?

• Again have them write their answers on the board

So if this group are all called “sin”, what should we call this first group?

• “Love”

• so doing these things are “sinning behaviors”, and these are “loving behaviors”

Do we always hit God’s target of “love” every time in our life?

• “no, of course not”

The more we sin, the further we move away from God

• and you saw the further we get away from God, the harder it is to hit the target

• the Bible tells us our sins separate us from God

Isaiah 59:2 But there is a problem—your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.

• So God is up here and we’re down here separated by our sins

So how can we get back closer to God?

• Ask Him to forgive us

How do we do that?

• We pray to him and ask him to forgive our sins

• Every night before I go to sleep, I ask God to forgive me for the sins I have committed that day

• You can do the same thing

• Just say, “I’m sorry for the sins I have committed today and how I have disappointed you, please forgive me and help me to do better next time”

• Ask your Mum or Dad to teach you what to say

What happens when we say that prayer?

• God get out his white board eraser and wipes all these sins away

How is God able to wipe away our sins?

• Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins so God can wipe the slate clean again

What did Jesus have to do though to do this?

• Shows us how much God loves us to allow his Son to die for us so our sins can be wiped out

And this moves you right up close to God again

• And its easy to hit the target again because God is helping you

So that takes care of our sins, but now let me ask you, what causes our sins?

• Satan, our friends put pressure on us

• Do they ultimately decide for you to sin, or do you make the final decision?

• Is someone twisting your arm forcing you to sin

• No, ultimately, we are the one’s who make that decision to sin

What is it in us that makes us sin?

• We have a bad heart

The Bible tells us our heart is like a seed

• I have a thistle bush here with some seeds on it

• Guess what type of bush will grow if I plant one of these thistles?

• Here is a Daffodil bulb, guess what will grow if I plant it?

Luke 6:43-45 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces. Figs never grow on thornbushes or grapes on bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

• So if your heart is like this thistle seed, you will grow into a thistle like this one

• If however you have a heart like this daffodil bulb, you will grow into a beautiful flower

• What kind of heart do you want to have

Now I’m going to tell you something very special about Christian kids

• Most people are born with a bad heart, except for the children of Christian parents

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