Thursday, October 1, 2015

Theology Thursdays FOR KIDS!!! Lesson & Link-Up #23 What is Sin?!!!
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Theology Lesson FOR KIDS #23

What is Sin?
 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'" Gen 2:16-17

I really enjoyed this chapter by Dr. Ware.  Sin is something we explain to our child at an early age.  In fact, my four year old daughter just memorized, "All have sinned." Rom. 3:23 for her Wednesday night church program.  We may begin explaining sin as "the bad things we do" but if we want to go deeper Dr. Ware provides great instruction!

First he encourages us to to, "read the early verses of Genesis 3 and then consider what we can learn about sin from this passage."  He helps the reader pull out three main points from this passage...
  1. "Sin always works by tricking us, or deceiving us, into doubting things that are true and believing things that are false."
  2. "Sin is lived out through turning from God and his ways in order to do what WE think is best."
  3. "Sin always results in harm, ruin, and death."
"Sin always involves, then, a desire in our hearts to live our own way, not God's way.  Sin always involves thinking we know what is best, not God.  Sin always leads us to turn from God and his ways because we think that our ways will end up better for us than God's ways." Dr. Ware

Consider these Ideas for Teaching Theology to Children...
  • Don't be afraid to challenge your child to THINK!  In a world where children have many thoughtless and effortless tasks (video games, TV, and computer time) challenge your child to THINK through great truths of the gospel!
  • Take your time to soak up truth!  Don't rush through a lesson, allow time, opportunities, and study to help resonate a specific truth within them (and us!!).
  • Begin an individual journal or family journal about the theological truths learned, review it regularly. 
  • Pray that the Lord would give you wisdom and understanding as you seek to honor Him in the teaching and training of your children.
  • Pray that God would open the eyes of your child's HEART that they would EMBRACE the gospel not just KNOW the content intellectually (see this related post).
  • Talk about these truths DAILY and when teachable moments present themselves take advantage of them! 


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