Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bible Basics: The Garden, Part 2

Welcome to Bible Basics!

This week we are continuing a two part lesson about The Fall.  Last week we learned how Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  And this week we are following it up because even though Adam and Eve's sin resulted in them falling out of relationship with God, through Jesus Christ there is a way back.  And that is good news, indeed!

When I teach this lesson, I always recap the events of Genesis Chapter 3.  Then I usually proceed like this, "Like Adam and Eve, everybody does wrong things - sins.  When we sin that keeps us from being friends with God.  But God loves us very much and He wants to be our friend.  So, God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for the wrong things we have done.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins and then He came back to life.  All we have to do to be friends with God is believe that Jesus died on the cross for us."

As you work with your child, please use whatever explanation you feel is appropriate.  I certainly do not have the only or best way to present the gospel message to kids!  Just be sure it's simple and to the point.

So, here's our lesson plan for the week.  Hope you and your little one(s) enjoy!

Genesis 3 plus explanation of the Gospel

Memory Verse
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life." -John 3:16

Often we put the Bible verses to song.  It helps everyone remember them (myself included!).  This week I used a track from this CD to help Abby learn the memory verse.
Lesson Focus
Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

Watercolor Cross Painting

- Card stock or other thick paper

- Painter's tape
- Water colors or other washable paint (we actually used tempera paint)
- Paint brushes

1. Cut two strips of painter's tape and gently place on blank card stock in the shape of a cross.

2. Paint to fill in as much of the blank space as possible.
3. Remove painter's tape.  Our tape got pretty wet with a lot of paint and subsequently tore some of the paper upon removal.  Just be gentle.
4. Allow paint to dry.

How We Go Through the Lesson
1. Recite or sing memory verse.
2. Read Bible story.  We use the Beginner's Bible, but you can choose a children's story Bible or "grown-up" translation that suits you and your family.
3. Recite or sing memory verse.
4. Craft or project.  Depending on the day of the week this may be a project like the one above or it could be a coloring page or something completely different.
*Repeat the lesson almost every day.  This could mean doing it on weekdays or taking one day to work on the project, saying the memory verse together throughout the day, and reading the Bible story before bed each night.  It doesn't matter when or how, but the repetition is key for toddlers to retain the lessons presented to them.
Here are some other tree crafts that could easily be adapted for this lesson:
Toilet Paper Roll TreeFingerprint Tree
Button Tree (first craft in post)
To break away from the tree crafts, here's a free printable mini book: Adam and Eve

How do you teach your kids about sin and salvation?

This post is inked up at:
Teach Me Tuesday @ Growing Home
Titus 2 Tuesdays @ Cornerstone Confessions
Mom's Library @ True Aim Education
Welcome Home Wednesday @ Raising Arrows

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