Lesson on being born again for kids

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Today’s kids are caught up in video games, playing day and night. The video games are usually not helpful in the learning process and actually can be a detriment. This article will use the video game to teach some Biblical truths.

(Hold up video game system or display a picture of one.)
Good morning class. How many of you like to play video games?

There is a lot of Biblical truths we can learn from a video game. I bet you didn’t know that did you?

Ask some questions and wait on answers.
What is your favorite game?
Are you good at it?
Have you ever messed up in the game or lost?
What did you do?

I know when I mess up I hit the reset button and start over. Have you ever done that?
Sometimes you don’t like how the game is going and you want to start over. Does that happen?
When you start over you don’t make the same mistake again, you usually do that part right. Right?

Now Life is not exactly a video game is it?
We do mess up sometimes though right?
Sometime we do things that are just wrong like telling lies, disobeying parents or fighting.
The Bible tells us that this is sin.
Sin is anything we do, say or think that God would be against.
Have you ever sinned?
Can we go back and start a day or a week over so that we can get it right? NO!
If we can’t go back what can we do to start over, Can we erase the past? NO.

What we cant do God can do. Let’s look at a couple Bible Verse.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away and the new has come.

2 Corinthians 5:17 is telling us that if we put our faith in Jesus we become new. All the old wrong stuff we did belonged to the life we had before believing in Jesus. It’s like getting a new life in a video game or starting over. We don’t go back to the beginning of our life and start over, but we start from that point with all our mess-ups erased. Let’s look at the next verse.

1 John 1:9
If we confess or sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us or sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:19 is telling us that we need to admit our sin to Jesus and to ask for forgiveness.

What will God do if we ask for forgiveness?

Right. He will wipe them all away. We don’t have to worry about our past mess-ups, but we need to go forward trying not to make the same mistakes, like in the video game we learn from our mistakes and get past those obstacles.

Should you make mistakes, sin, just because you can ask forgiveness? No, God knows and doesn’t like those kind of thoughts!

Maybe you have never heard of Jesus and how he can give you a reset on your life; you have a lot of mess-ups in your life, you don’t like how the game is going and you feel like you are losing.

When a video game is over you can go and do other things, but when life is over what happens.
The Bible tells us that one of two things will happen. We will go to Heaven and be with Jesus forever or we will go to a place called Hell and be punished for our sin- our mess-ups. Our sin keeps us from Heaven and we need to get rid of it.

God doesn’t want to punish us forever, he wants us to be in Heaven.

God provided a way for us to get rid of our sin and go to Heaven.

Jesus took the punishment for our sin when he died on the cross for us.

If we want to do a reset and have our sin wiped away there three things that must happen.

1. Believe Jesus was God, and that he took the punishment for your sin when he died on the cross and rose again.

2. Admit that you have sinned and ask God for forgiveness.

3. Ask God to help you become more like Jesus.

Here is a prayer you can say.
(Have the kids bow their heads and close their eyes. Say the prayer and let kids choose to repeat it.)

Dear God, I know I am a sinner because I’ve done wrong things; please forgive me.
I believe Jesus is your son; he died on the cross to save me and rose three days later to be with you.
Please become God of my life. Lead me to make good choices and tell others about Jesus.
In Jesus name Amen.

(Ask kids to keep heads down and eyes closed. Ask any kid to raise her hand if that is the first time she ever said a prayer like that; believing in Jesus. Ask the child to go to another children’s worker, if available. That worker will reaffirm salvation and discuss what it means with the child.)

Follow-up to lesson

Sometimes video games come with instruction manuals; what are they for?
They help you through the game.

God gave us and instruction manual for life. What do you think it is?

Right, the Bible.

If we read our Bible that will help us big-time through life, and with Jesus we will win!

Kids lesson on self esteem for children church

The Bible has a lot to say about how to see others and yourself. First Samuel 16:7 can be used in the Sunday school lesson to show kids that God does not care about appearance, popularity or financial situation; God only cares about the heart and loving others regardless of material things. Children, like many adults, have self-esteem issues and teaching kids about good self-esteem is essential to their spiritual growth. What is the definition of self-esteem? Simply put it is the confidence one has in his own worth, abilities, or self-respect. In this lesson the children will learn to be obedient to the Lord, make good choices and not worry about what others think of them.

Step 1

Display the verse, 1 Samuel 16:7, on a chalkboard, whiteboard or Power Point presentation. Use the Bible translation that best suits your church. Read the verse aloud together. The NIV version reads, “But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Step 2

Have a class discussion. Instruct the children to raise a hand to be called on.
Ask the children the following questions and discuss their answers. How many of you care what others think about you? Why?
Have you ever based who you hang out with on how a person looks?
Has anyone left you out of their group because you were not “cool enough”? How does it make you feel to be left out? Talk about how it hurts to be left out, and make a point that leaving others out hurts them. Do you really want to hurt others?

Step 3

Take out the banana that has been prepped by refrigerating it for a few days after it has ripened. The banana will be brown on the outside but still perfectly good on the inside. The banana will be used for an object lesson. Hold the banana in front of the class and ask these questions: Do any of you like bananas? This banana is really brown on the outside; it looks rotten. Would any of you eat it? Why/why not?

Step 4

Begin to peel the banana while talking to the class. “Sometimes things look real bad on the outside, but you don’t know what is on the inside until you look. This banana was really nasty looking and some of you said you would not eat it. Now that I’ve peeled it, you can see that it is good and edible. Our verse today says that people look at the outward appearance, but God says you should not even consider the outside but look at the inside. We could have assumed the banana was rotten and thrown it away; we would’ve missed something good. Some people are like this banana: you have to get to know them, look beyond the outside appearance and really see who they are. You might find a true friend.”

Step 5

Read the verse together again. Close with this statement: “God’s word says that He doesn’t care about how you look, how you dress, how you smell, how much money you have or don’t have. He doesn’t care if you live with your parents, grandparents, other relative or adopted family. God loves you no matter what. God only cares about your heart — that means your attitude. God sees who you really are. He wants you to love him and love others; he wants you to do your best to live right, make right choices and treat others right. It doesn’t matter what others think about you because you are pleasing God with who you are and how you act. And that is the only thing that truly matters.”

Be sure to use some self esteem building activities