Use this simple children's Bible object lesson to teach a powerful Bible lesson on confessing sin and receiving God's forgiveness.
Main Point: God will forgive us when we go to Him and admit we are wrong when we sin.
Object: chalkboard/dry erase board and eraser
Scripture: 1 John 1:9 " If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Write a misspelled word on the board that children will recognize as being spelled incorrectly. You may even want to write a complete sentence while misspelling a single word. Begin talking about a subject and allow time for the children to spot the misspelled word.
When someone does notice it, first pretend that you just don't see what they're talking about.
Next argue that it is the correct spelling; have someone look it up in a dictionary.
After discovering that it is spelled wrong, then tell them that's just the way you want to spell it. Let them argue their point.
Next agree that it is spelled wrong, but just cover it up with a piece of paper or your hand.
Finally ask them what they would have you do about it. Hopefully they'll say, "Erase it and write it correctly!"
Explain that these are the same ways people treat sin in their lives:
Explain there is a big difference in a mistake and a sin. A mistake is unintentional; we don't mean to do it, and when we recognize it as a mistake we try to correct it. A mistake may cause us to say "oops", but it does not cause us to feel guilty.
A sin, however, whether it is intentional or not, causes guilt.
God wants to erase our sin for us. First we must see that sin is wrong, agree with God that it's wrong, turn away from it to make it right, and ask God to forgive us or erase it.
1 John 1:9 declares: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
A children's Bible object lesson can make Bible truths come alive in everyday life. Combined with Scripture they can impact children for the Kingdom of God!
© Copyright 2008 Susan Smart
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