Romans 3:17-23,31 , Romans 6:23
17 They don’t know where to find peace.” 18 “They have no fear of God at all.” 19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. 21 But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. 22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26 for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
27 Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. 28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Activity: A hike down a trail. At the beginning of the trail stop and talk about the thing that separates us from being friends with God: our badness, impurity. Nothing we can do no amount of good deed can give us this friendship with God. Only through believing Jesus is who He says He is we can be God’s friend and talk to Him and listen to Him. God made a “way” for us to be his friend… that way is through Himself. Along the trail talk about what God’s word says about Jesus. At the top or end of the trail talk about how the only “way” to God is believing those things about Jesus.
Art Project: You will need, pretty paper, different color paper or tissue paper, glue stick, scissors. Cute a 6 in heart and cut out paper/tissue paper to make the letter “A” and the flip the heart over an glue the letter “A” in the heart. if need be let them continue to decorate the heart. Talk about all the good things they did that day. Then about how they can never earn us Gods AWESOME love or friendship no matter what they do. We will never be good enough but God knew that and gave us His AWESOME Love freely. He took all our bad so that we could stand before God good..even though we can't be. Thank God for His AWESOME love together. (keep it or hang in on your garland! Will be a part of the E“A”STER banner)
Food: Make it look like ten commandments or Bible. Sandwich halfs and carrots