Kids Church Family Devotional

NEW CITY CATECHISM KIDS CHURCH CURRICULUM
// QUESTION 13 For April 5, 2020

You can follow along on the New City Catechism website or download the mobile app.

Q:  Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly?

A:  Since the fall, no human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly.        

Devotional Video Clip

Why are we doing this?

The law of God was been kept perfectly only by Jesus.  No other human has, is, or will be able to keep God’s law. 

Aim: To introduce the children to the concept of original sin. 

Bible Memory Verse:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one”

Romans 3:10 - 12


Catechism Recap:

  1. Talk to the kids about what they have learned so far (God’s creation, trinity, 10 commandments).
  2. Song to go with the devotional (you can also use your Gospel Coalition app on your smart phone to access it):

Bible Passage:  Romans 3: 9 - 20 

No One Is Righteous

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11     there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.”[a]
13 “Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practice deceit.”[b]
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
[c]
14     “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”[d]
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”[e]
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[f]

19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Discussion and Question Time:

Why did God allow sin to enter the world?

Explain to the children that god knew humanity would sin, but that he allowed it to happen so he could display his amazing love by sending Jesus to die on the cross. 

What difference does it make if people actually keep the law? 

Explain to the children that because God is just holy, He will punish those who don’t keep his law perfectly and fail to repent.  People can live as if God doesn’t exist and as if his law isn’t important, but one day they will stand before God in judgment. 

Ask the children:

How will you strive to be truth tellers?

What does it mean to be truly satisfied with what God provides and to trust him for all things?

How does this lesson help you think about how they might love their neighbors, friends and families? 

Palm Sunday:

This Sunday (April 5) is Palm Sunday.  This Sunday celebrates when Jesus came to Jerusalem before he was crucified on the cross.  This is a great way to tie in how we are not perfect and we will fail but God gave us Jesus to forgive us from our sins.  Easter is a week away and lets all take time to really focus on what Easter means.

Activity:

Palm Sunday Coloring Sheet and Word Search

Palm Leave Printable

End with prayer!  Pray with them and help them as they might have questions about what’s going on around our world right now.