Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
We all know good people-in fact, we ourselves try to be good people. But the Bible tells us that our good is not good enough-not good enough to earn favor with God or a place in heaven. Thankfully, the Bible does not leave us in despair over our hopeless condition. It tells us that when we admit our helplessness and rely on Jesus' death on the cross for our sins, we can be "good enough" for God. (For a more complete explanation of God's plan of salvation see www.kidscorner.net/bible/goodnews.)
The memory verse for this lesson has several words that may be unfamiliar to you: Justified - being made right with God; Redemption - being set free from the penalty for our sin; and Grace - receiving something we don't deserve. These verses tell us that this gift of grace is free-but it doesn't mean it comes without a cost. The gift of salvation is something that we cannot earn. In that sense it is free. But it comes at a great cost-Jesus paid the penalty for our sin with his life.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. How many good people did Liz and Lucille set out to find?
Q. How did Spike disappoint Liz? Morrie? Chamy? Mrs. Monitor?
A. Spike tried to deceive the clerk at the video store; Morrie didn't keep his promise to Liz; Chamy was looking for fame and fortune; Mrs. Monitor was impatient with Mrs. Trollscales.
Q. Why didn't Grandpa and Granny want to be on their list?
A. Because they knew that without Jesus they couldn't be good.
Q. Why did Liz and Lucille have to take themselves off the list?
A. They ended up in an argument.
Q. Can anyone be good? How?
A. Yes, they can when they belong to Jesus.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.