OUR RESTORED RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD – symbol = gift package
Romans 5:6-11, 17-21
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. . 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. 19Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. 20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. 21 So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Activity: Finding “new life” hunt. Go outside and collect some new buds, flowers just coming out, new leaves coming out. Talk about the death of everything during the winter and the new life that comes in the spring then talk about how the death and resurrection of Jesus brought new life to us.We can now be friends with God! Talk about God’s BIG merciful love.
Art Project: Paper, your collection from above, and strong glue . fold the paper in half and on the fold cut the shape of half of a body... when you open it up it will be a little person. Glue your buds, flowers, great finds etc. to look like a person. Talk about grace for us and how He has forgiven us because of Jesus. And though we deserve to be punished for bad things that Jesus did it for us so we can now live the new life God wants for us in and through a friendship with Him.
Food: Food placed like the shape of the heart. We have new life because of God’s BIG love displayed though Jesus defeating death!!