Teaching Tip of the Week
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Teaching Children to Settle Sin
Sin is frustrating for any believer, but especially wreaks havoc in the life
of the believing child. Guilt, doubt and thoughts that he has lost his
salvation can destroy his spiritual walk with the Lord.
The key verse for this child is I John 1:9. Make this a verse that every
child in your club or class has memorized. Here are the main words and
thoughts in this verse and suggested explanations:
Remember that this verse is for believers. If a child has not recieved Christ
as Savior, he must first believe and take Christ's payment on the cross as
payment for himself by faith.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
- Confess: Tell on yourself. God already knows what you did, but He
wants you to tell Him. Since sin is against God, He is the one you need to
tell and also apologize to anyone that was hurt by that sin. You need to tell
Him just as soon as you know that you have sinned.
- Faithful: God will always forgive you. He will never say, "That
sin was so bad I could never forgive you!"
- Just: God is fair. He will not punish the same sin twice and Jesus
already took the punishment for you on the cross.
- Cleanse: The same as "cleans."
- Unrighteousness: A big long word that means "sin."
Using the idea for a teaching aid from the teaching tip for
8/25/97 You can teach the children to confess by using
"Dear Father, I'm sorry...."
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