Week 3

The Fall into Sin. Genesis 3

Big Ideas - Disobedience has consequences. Our caring Creator begins with the end in mind - to save us. God gives HIs love and purpose to all that we would know Him and His forgiveness and His desire to have us with Him and happy forever.

This week we have the true, but sad, news that God’s perfect creation was spoiled by sin. Adam and Eve sinned by breaking God’s command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan, originally one of God’s angels, had rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. He tempted Eve and she gave in to that temptation. Adam also then ate of the fruit. God’s perfect creation was now stained by sin. God had told Adam and Eve the consequences of sin – which was death. Death had now entered into reality and all things in creation were affected. Things would begin to decay and wear out. Life would now be filled with struggle, pain, suffering, and physical death. Another death was also caused by this fall into sin – spiritual death. Adam and Eve no longer had a perfect relationship with God. All children descended from Adam and Eve (of which we are!) would inherit this sinful nature.

We do not despair, however. In this same chapter, where God spells out the horrible consequences of sin, He also speaks of His plan to correct the problem. God promises a Saviour, one “born of woman”, who would destroy the works of the devil, Satan. In the midst of this disaster, God does not leave Adam and Eve (and all future generations, including us!) without hope. God begins to speak of His plan of salvation that would finally be accomplished when He would take on human flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, to suffer and die to pay for the sins of all people. The Fall into Sin explains why the world is as it is, and the gospel, the Good News, tell us of God’s certain promise to fix this, which He has already accomplished here and now. He has prepared a place for us. He wants us to be happy eternally in our perfect new home in heaven. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!

 

Bible Memory Verse:  "God is love."  1 John 4:16

Praying: Teacher-led prayers, echo prayers, prayer list for request, "Thank you" and "forgive me" prayers.

Songs we may sing:
"Jesus Loves Me" (3 versions:  traditional, rap, and "Twist and Shout")
"Thank You, Lord, for Making Me"
"God Made Me" by Wayne Miller
"God Made the World" (variation on "God is so Good")
"In the Beginning" by Jamie Soles
"Adam and Eve" by Jamie Soles
"The Butterfly Song"
"Inright, Outright"

 

Resources we may use:  What's in the Bible videos (Vol. 1.2.4 "The Story of Everything" (4:37), Vol. 1.2.5 "Fall Into Sin" (9:33)), Fingerplay "Who Could Take Our Sins Away?", Adam & Eve colouring picture.

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