'If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Christ from death, you will be saved.' Romans 10:9

 
Week 3.jpg
 

Week 3 objective: to think about the evidence that helps us believe Jesus died and came back to life.

Game - 6 mins
Aim: to play a game about evidence.

You will need: pens, paper, ‘Statement ideas and things to put in a suitcase’ (see Printables), a suitcase, items that relate to the statements and a few extra items (see below).

Before the session write down eight true statements about yourself such as 'I love chocolate', 'I love to listen to music', (see Printables for some more ideas). Find items that relate to your statements such as a wrapper from a chocolate bar and a music CD. Place all the items in a small suitcase and add some extra random items such as a torch and a note-pad (see Printables for more ideas).

If you have a large group divide the children into two teams and explain that you are going to mime something about yourself. Mime something from your list e.g. pretend to eat a chocolate bar. The first team to guess what you are doing can look in your suitcase to find something to help them believe you are telling the truth i.e. the chocolate wrapper. Older children will understand that this is called evidence.

If you have teams that are well matched, you could keep a score, recording which team gives the most correct answers.


Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, ‘a box of crosses’ (see Printables), the ‘Sin’ word graphic (see Printables) and ‘God's love and forgiveness’ word graphic (see Printables).

Before the session write the verse on a large sheet of paper or whiteboard.

Talk about what the children have learnt over the last few weeks. Show the children the ‘God's love and forgiveness’ word graphic and explain that the Bible teaches that a Christian is someone who has said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness. Underline the word ‘saved’ and remind the children that last week we learnt that Christians believe Jesus came to save people from a life without God; he came to save people from the wrong things they have done.

Quickly explain again that the Bible calls the wrong things people do ‘sin’ Show a copy of the ‘Sin’ word graphic. Draw a stick-person and write the word ‘God’ next to the Bible verse. Remind the children that Christians believe sin spoils and separates. God wants to be close friends with everybody everywhere but sin spoils things God loves and separates people from a life with him. Draw lots of tiny ‘Xs’ (or stick the ‘box of crosses’) between the stick person and the word ‘God’.

However the Bible teaches that there is good news - Father God sent his Son Jesus to save everybody everywhere from the wrong things they have done. Quickly remind the children that Christians believe that because Jesus lived, died and rose again everybody everywhere can be forgiven and become close friends with God; everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness and the sin that spoils and separates can be wiped away. Rub out the crosses or remove the box of crosses. Show the children the ‘God’s love and forgiveness’ word graphic.

Circle the phrase ‘believe in your heart that God has raised Christ from death’. Explain that Christians did not see with their own eyes God raise Jesus back to life but they still believe Jesus lived, died and rose again. Talk about things we haven’t seen with our own eyes, yet believe are real or true. Talk about the air around us, planets in outer space and events in history that we have read about in books.

Talk about things that help us believe things are true. Talk about the game the children have just played. Talk about how we often know something is true because we see or hear things that help us believe. I said ‘I love chocolate’ – you found a chocolate wrapper that helped you believe I was telling the truth. With older children you could talk about evidence.

Talk briefly about things that help Christians believe Jesus really is God the Son and that he really lived, died and rose again.

Here is a list of some of the reasons why Christians believe:

• The Bible is full of stories that help them believe.
• There are other history books (not just the Bible) that talk about what Jesus did when He lived on the earth.
• Other Christians talk about their friendship with God.
• The Holy Spirit helps them to believe.
• Christians see God at work in their own lives and the lives of other people.

Song - 2 mins
To the tune of 'The animals went in two by two'.

If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, he's Lord! he's Lord!
If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, he's Lord! he's Lord!
If you believe in your heart that God has raised,
Christ from death you will be saved.
Romans 10:9, Romans 10 verse 9.
 

 
 
 
Print Friendly and PDF
In Tags