Teaching Children About Sin and Salvation
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” KJV
What do these verses mean? First, discuss what wages are.
Talk about how you earn a wage for the work that you do. Help students understand that a wage is payment for actions. Example: You earn ten dollars for babysitting for an hour.
Discuss how just by being human, we sin, and fall short of the glory of God. (Reference Romans 3:23.)
Have students list ways that they may sin such as lying, using hurtful words, taking something that doesn’t belong to them, etc. Explain how the wage for these actions is spiritual death. Discuss how on our own, we would go to hell for our sinful behavior.
Discuss what a gift is. It is given freely to a person just because you wanted to give it, not because of anything they did to earn it. Explain how God gives each of us the gift of salvation and spending eternity with him in heaven. This gift isn’t based on our actions, but rather on God’s love.
Activity: Give students a handout with an open umbrella on it (or you could draw it on board.). Underneath the umbrella, write the different types of sin you/people in general struggle with. On the umbrella, write the word GRACE.
Discuss with students how all of their sins are covered and forgiven by God’s grace. Explain how we didn’t do anything to earn the umbrella, we were given it as a gift because God loves us.
Ask: Have you accepted Jesus’ love and grace into your own life so that your sins can be forgiven?
Pray together thanking God for his grace and gift of salvation.
Lead students in prayer to accept Jesus, if they haven’t before