Lesson for the Week
Parents: Our children will be exposed to the world view of many—that we are born good and if we haven’t done too many bad things we’ll end up in heaven. Our kids may even feel alone by disagreeing with this view. Let’s go to the source of truth, the Bible, and take a look at what Paul says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Is this a hopeless situation? No, not at all because we have grace and forgiveness in Jesus.
(Needed supplies: a balloon from the dollar store, string, scissors, a rock or any object that can be used as a weight) Let’s show our children how important it is to stay connected to Jesus. Here’s what you can say, “ Let’s pretend this balloon is like our soul. A soul that loves Jesus is light and free. However, when we sin, the sin weighs us down.” (Tie the strings with weights to the balloon and watch how it brings the balloon down.) “How can we be free and not be weighed down? Ask Jesus to forgive us” (take out the scissors and cut away the strings to the weights). “Stay tied to Jesus and He will keep you free!”