Connect with the Word | Week of 05.24.20
Sermon Title: “The Three-Letter Word”
Sermon Text: 1 John 3:4-6
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We need to realize what sin is, how it hurts us, and how it can be overcome.
· This resource is directed toward parents/guardians.
· It is best to look over material & gather supplies before starting.
· Choose what works best for you family.
- These activities are intended to be 10-15 minutes but may spur some great
- Adapt as necessary to fit your family’s unique needs. Use some or all of these
· For better discussion, remember to ask open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).
· Have FUN connecting with your family & with God’s Word.
Preschool Life Group VIDEO:
Main Idea for Preschoolers: Sin is anything we do, say or think that makes God unhappy. All people sin, even young children. I John 3:4
Supplies: white paper, pencil, eraser
· What are some things that we do that go against God’s rules and make him unhappy?
(take things that do not belong to us, disobey our parents, lying, fighting with siblings)
· Ask your child, “what things have you done that would make God unhappy?”
· As a parent, share sins (age appropriate for preschoolers) you may have experienced.
· Write or draw these sins on the paper.
· Instruct your child to scribble lines across the paper.
· Try to erase the drawings with just your finger. Next, use the eraser to
remove the drawings.
· “I cannot make the drawing go away with my finger. The eraser can remove the marks.”
· Jesus is the only person who can take away our sins (like the eraser). He never sinned. When Jesus died for us, he forgave each person for his/her sins.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Because Jesus lived a sinless life, our sins can be forgiven.
Bible passages: 1 John 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 1:29
Video Length: 10:08
Kids will need their Bibles. :)
KIDS ACTIVITY (suggested for 1st - 5th graders):
**This lesson is the same lesson as taught in the video.
Main Idea for Kids: Because Jesus lived a sinless life, our sins can be forgiven.
· Black permanent marker
· Red dry erase marker
· Dry erase board (glass or mirror will work)
· Whiteboard eraser
· The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me (available here)
· Today, we are going to discuss sin. Make sure your child has a basic understanding of sin.
· Simply put, sin is anything we do, think, or say that disobeys God. (For example, some kids
think that not cleaning their room is a sin. By itself, not cleaning a room isn’t sinful, but it
becomes sinful if you are disobeying your parents by not cleaning your room. It is
important for kids to understand that sin is a heart issue, not just a behavior issue. We
desire heart transformation, not behavior modification.)
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find 1 John 3:5
· Break apart the verse. Who is “he?” (Jesus, the Son of God) What does is mean that “there
is no sin in him.” (Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.)
· Ask: Has anyone else ever lived without sin? (No. Jesus is the only sinless person that has
· Discuss that if Jesus HAD sinned, He wouldn’t have been able to take away our sins by
dying on the cross. He never disobeyed or sinned against God. The only way He could pay
for our sins was by being sinless.
Find 2 Corinthians 5:21 (We will go back to 1John, so you might want to use a bookmark to keep your place.)
· 2 Corinthians 5:21 is a great verse that explains that Jesus had no sin and took our place.
He became sin for us.
· Point out the word, “righteousness.” Explain that that is a fancy word that means being
“right” with God, in a right relationship, no longer separated from God because of our sin.
Find 1 John 3:6
· Review what the word “remain” means. We must stay connected to God through praying,
reading the Bible, and through worship. Just as the vine connects to the branches or a
light connects to an outlet, we must stay connected by “remaining” in Him.
· Now that you’ve reviewed what “remain” means, focus on the first half of the verse,
“Everyone that remains in him does not sin.” Does that mean that once you become a
Christian, you never sin again? (No. These words could also be translated, “does not keep
sinning,” therefore believers shouldn’t have the habit of sinning. They don’t brazenly
embrace immorality. Their lives should be marked by a degree of repentance. See 1John
Find John 1:29
· This verse comes from the story of Jesus’ baptism. (Next Sunday, May 31, we will dig into
Jesus’ baptism more during our Sunday services. Check out the 4:30 “family-friendly”
service! It’s going to be great!)
· This verse further illustrates that Jesus came to take away our sins.
WHITEBOARD DEMONSTRATION (optional):
· If you don’t have a whiteboard, a glass table or mirror will work. (Test before trying.)
· Using a permanent marker, write the word “sin” on the whiteboard. Allow it to dry as you
talk about sin.
· Use the eraser and show how the permanent marker does not
wipe off. (Don’t apply a lot of pressure, because you might be able
to erase some of it.) Just like the permanent marker can’t be wiped
away, our sins can’t be wiped away in our own power.
· Explain that we all sin. We can’t live a perfect, sinless life like Jesus. It’s impossible
because of our sin nature.
· Even if we COULD decide to never sin again, we couldn’t erase our old sin. We can’t be
· Pick up the red dry erase marker. Discuss that the red color of the marker can remind us
of the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins. He paid the price. He was the only
one who could have paid the price because He was sinless. As you discuss this, scribble
the red dry erase marker over the black letters.
· Using the eraser, wipe the board clean. As you erase the board,
explain that when we realize our sin, we realize our need for a
Savior. When we ask Jesus to be our Savior, our sin is gone, just like
it never happened. The Bible tells us that our sin is as far as the
east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
· If additional resources are needed, use “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me” as a resource to
share the Gospel with your child. (See “A Child’s Response to the Gospel” below.)
Check out other Discussion questions below. Close in guided prayer.
A CHILD’S RESPONSE TO THE GOSPEL:
· Parents, it is important to give your child the opportunity to respond to the Gospel, but it
is also important not to pressure a child to make a decision for Christ. You can tell your
child that there will come a time when they will have to make a decision whether or not
to make Jesus their Lord (boss of their life) and Savior (One who paid the price for our
sins). That time might be today or might be another day. What matters is that they say,
“Yes” to Jesus.
· The Holy Spirit will make it clear when it is time. We want to yield to God’s perfect timing.
· Once a child starts asking questions, encourage him/her, but do not jump to the
conclusion that asking questions equals a salvation experience.
· It is important that a child understands:
- Who Jesus is
- What sin is and can give examples of sin in his/her life
· Please reach out to any staff member for assistance or if you have questions. We are here
to help you disciple your child.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (suggested for 1st – 12th graders):
YK=Younger Kids (1st-2nd), OK=Older Kids (3rd - 5th), S=Students (6th-12th)
1. (YK, OK, S) What was something that personally impacted you from Pastor Patrick’s message? What did you learn? What challenged you? (Parents should share first.)
2. (YK, OK & S) Read 1 John 3:4-6. What is sin? How do we know if a certain act is sin? How should we respond to people who disagree with what we know as sin? (Discuss with your children what sin is on a level they understand. The standard in our Christian faith is the Bible, and it is in the Bible we discover what sin is. Many may try to make gray out of what God has declared black and white, so children must be taught to look to the Bible for the definition of sin, not popular thought.)
3. (OK & S) In his message, Pastor Patrick connected 1 John 3:6 to John 15:4. The believer that remains in Jesus can battle against sin. Read both verses.
· What does it mean to “remain” in Jesus? (To remain in Jesus is to focus on your relationship with Him. All relationships should be growing, such is the case with your relationship with Jesus. Consider this as an encouragement from John to keep up your side of the relationship. You should daily seek Him and desire to know Him more, resulting in you being more like Him.)
· How does Jesus remain in us? (Following the same thread in the previous question, you can be assured that Jesus will keep up His end of the relationship. He promises not to abandon you in your relationship with Him. Instead, He will “remain” in relationship with you.)
· How does this impact our lives? (The picture of Jesus remaining in you and you remaining in Him gives us great hope. Jesus made the promise to be with believers, and in the context of 1 John 3:6, we can battle against sin.)
4. (YK, OK, S) What can you do this week to apply what we have learned today? (Parents, here is your opportunity to share with your child the importance of applying the Word of God. Each week, we should leave worship knowing how to apply God’s Word in our lives. If we don’t, we have missed a great opportunity.)
CLOSE IN GUIDED PRAYER (all ages):
Explain that you are going to lead the kids in a guided prayer time.
(Parents of preschoolers and kids, explain that you are going to give suggestions for things to pray, then you will pause, then you will give another suggestion. Tell the kids that they are to pray silently and that they will know to finish when you say, “Amen.”)
You can read these prompts as written or make up your own prayer prompts.
Let’s start by telling God how great He is. (pause)
The Bible tells us that we all disobey and sin. Is there anything you need to ask God for forgiveness, like being mean or selfish or not obeying your parents? If so, do that now. (pause)
Next, tell God what you are thankful for. (pause)
Now ask God to help you trust Him and follow Him more every day. (pause)
Next, take a moment to lift up prayer requests. (pause)
Thank you, God, for giving us your truth in the Bible. Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins so that we could have a perfect relationship with You. We pray all these things in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.