Object Lesson: God forgives you and cleanses you.
(Before the lesson draw a large heart on a chalkboard.)
In today's lesson we will learn that God forgives us and
cleanses us. (As you say the Bible point, have children use these
motions: Forgives: Hold palms together, horizontal to the
ground, then slide top palm forward. Cleanses: wipe hands as if
What is sin? (Allow children to answer) Sin is anything we say,
think, or do, that is not
pleasing to God. It is saying, thinking, and doing wrong things. Imagine someone trying to aim an arrow at a target.
He or she takes aim, but misses the bull's eye. This is missing the
mark. Sin is missing the mark of God's perfection. The
Bible uses a lot of different words for sin: transgressions,
iniquities, offenses, evil, wrongdoing, and wickedness to name a
Psalm 51 is a Prayer-Psalm written by King David after he committed a terrible sin against God. David
was heartsick and repentant
over his sin and pleaded with God for his forgiveness. In all probability
he lay prostrate on the
ground when he prayed this prayer. (Have a child demonstrate this by
laying stretched out, flat on the ground, on his or her tummy) To be repentant means to be going
in one direction, see that you are going in the wrong direction, then turn
and go in the right direction. (Illustrate this point by walking one way,
then turning and walking in the opposite direction.)
Read Psalm 51:1-13, 17 - As you read, ask the children to
listen for the different names for sin that are mentioned. Also have
for the different ways God cleanses a sinner.
Enrichment Idea: Have kids pinch
their noses shut when they hear words or phrases which speak of sin
and make hand-washing motions for words of cleansing and forgiveness.
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you. (vs.17) The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
What are some sins that a boy or girl your age might do? What are
some sins an adult might do? (Allow the children to name off sins.
Write them on the inside of the heart as you go.) Look how these sins
crowd the heart. There is no room for God. In fact, God cannot be
near sin because he is HOLY. He is perfect. Because we are sinners, we
miss the mark of God's
perfection, his holy way. As a result, we
cannot be allowed into God's presence and cannot live with him in
Heaven. Unless of course we are forgiven for and cleansed from our sins.
This is why Jesus came down from heaven. He knew we could not get
rid of sin without his help. He knew we needed to be forgiven. Jesus
died in our place. He took the punishment we deserved for doing wrong
things. When you ask Jesus to forgive you, he will cleanse you of all
your sin. He will wipe them away! (Erase the sins on the chalkboard.)
Then you can live in God's holy presence for all eternity! Verse 17
says, "...a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
This means when you admit you've done wrong (confess) and you are
sorry for your sins, God will forgive you.
Memory Verse: "Create in me a
clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Psalm 51:10. Optional: Act out motions to Psalm 51:10. (Allow the
children to help create and agree on the motions.)
Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you that you died for me
and have forgiven me of my sins. I want you to be my Savior and
Forever Friend. Thank you for forgiving me and cleansing me. Keep me from
sinning, from doing wrong things. Help me to follow you
Copyright 2002 Sarah
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