Order-Discovering: The creation is broken.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
. . . sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin.
The Outbreak in this story represents the outbreak of sin in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3). Since then sin has tainted everything—our environment, our relationships, our thoughts about ourselves and others; our actions toward others. The list is very long, so long we see that it affects everything. Worst of all sin separates us from God. It seems so hopeless. But God wasn’t satisfied to leave his good creation to sin. God promises to bring his creation back to that perfection that God began with. The first verse that begins to reveal this promise is found in Genesis 3: 15. The enemy (Satan, represented by the serpent) will fight against God, but in the end God’s representative will crush him.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did Grandpa say about his garden that surprised Liz and his friends?
A. That his garden was cursed.
Q. What did the world inside the dome remind the kids of?
A. A perfect world.
Q. What happens when Cole and Spike help Loomis open the box?
A. They don’t see anything in the box, but sirens go off and they find out something has contaminated the environment in the dome and they are going to have to stay in the dome until it is identified.
Q. What happens to the garden after the box is opened?
A. The flowers fade, the grass turns brown, and the water becomes scummy.
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.
Talk about how sin has affected our world and our lives. How and why does sin separate us from God?
God in his holiness cannot entertain sin in his presence. God must reject it, punish it, destroy it. As the parents of humanity Adam and Eve’s sin infects all of us, sort of like a genetic mutation. No one is free from this sin problem. Romans 3: 10 tells us that “There is no one righteous, not even one; no one who understands, no one who seeks God.” Sin separates us from God. Sin is the barrier between God and us. Is there any hope? Yes, God has provided a way for us to move through that barrier into God’s family--the blood of God’s son, Jesus. Jesus met the requirements of God’s justice so that we may benefit from God’s mercy and be drawn into God’s family. Jesus is the Way to God for all. Those who repent from their sin, believe in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection commiting their lives to following him will be rescued from sin. That is the good news of the Bible. Jesus is the central character of God’s Epic Story.