Beat the Buzzer


Image-Reflecting: God's justice, mercy, and grace.


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Titus 3:4-5

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.


Someone once explained for me the difference between God's grace and mercy this way: God's grace is getting what I don't deserve; God's mercy is not getting what I do deserve. Both grace and mercy seem to be at odds with God's justice. After all, wouldn't God's justice demand that I only get what I deserve, nothing more and nothing less? Thankfully, God resolved this problem with the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ. Because of Jesus I am given the forgiveness I don't deserve and spared the punishment that I do deserve.

So how do we teach such concepts to children? This episode of Kids Corner is a creative answer to this question. Like Jesus, we tell a story and demonstrate what grace, mercy, and justice look like.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who challenges Liz and Lucille to a Beat the Buzzer contest?
A. Skink.

Q. What is the name of the waitress who serves Liz and Lucille?
A. Marge.

Q. What did Marge do that made Liz and Lucille upset?
A. She over charged them.

Q. What did they do about it?
A. They paid the bill and even though it was wrong; they gave her a tip even though she didn't deserve it; and they tried to give her extra money to pay for the medicine for her children.

Q. What challenge did Grandpa Anole give them in their church school class?
A. To figure out the difference between mercy, grace, and justice.

Q. How did Liz and Lucille find out the answer?
A. Grandpa pointed out to them that they actually had the answers in their encounter with Marge: while justice would demand that they point out Marge's error on their bill, they choose to pay it anyway (mercy) and to give her a gift of money besides (grace)


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.

What does God's justice demand? What does God give us that we don't deserve? What does God not give us that we do deserve?
Because we are sinners, we deserve to be punished for our sin (Romans 3:22-23). But God provides a way out through the death of Jesus on the cross (Romans 3:21-26). And, God gives this gift of forgiveness and eternal life even though we do not deserve it (Romans 5:8)!


The Bible tells us that we are to forgive others, because God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). Is there someone to whom you can extend grace and mercy to today?
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