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Unit 29, Session 3: The Good News

After Jesus returned to heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the gospel began to spread. Those who heard the good news at Pentecost included visitors from Rome, and they were likely among the three thousand who believed. (See Acts 2:10,41.) When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans in AD 57, he had never been to Rome. But by that time, Roman believers were meeting in house churches.

Paul wrote his letter in part to explain the essentials of the Christian faith and what it means to live for Jesus. Paul’s words are helpful to Christians today. As you guide your kids through Romans 5–6, help them grasp the good news of the gospel. This is the message for which Jesus’ followers gave their lives. This good news changes everything.

First, help your kids understand the benefits of believing in Jesus. To appreciate the good news, kids need to understand the bad news: Apart from Jesus, we are dead in our sin—separated from God. We need to be rescued. God sent Jesus into the world to rescue sinners. When we trust in His death and resurrection, we are made right with God and are saved from sin and death.

Next, compare and contrast the first Adam with Jesus—”the second Adam.” Adam represented all people, but he sinned. Sin brought death into the world, and death spread to all people because all people sinned. Jesus came to bring us life. He obeyed God perfectly. All who trust in Him are forgiven and have eternal life.

Finally, introduce how believers deal with sin in view of God’s grace. Since our sin is forgiven, should we keep on sinning? Paul was emphatic that the answer is no. When we are in Christ, we are no longer slaves to sin. Sin will still be a struggle in our fallen world, but we have power through the Holy Spirit to resist sin and live a life that honors God.

Because God created everything, He is in charge of everything. Everyone sins, or disobeys God. Our sin separates us from God. The good news of the gospel is that God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment we deserve. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.

 


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The Good News

(Romans 5-6)

Because God created everything, He is in charge of everything. Everyone sins, or disobeys God. Our sin separates us from God. The good news of the gospel is that God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment we deserve. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will be saved.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • Are you ashamed or embarrased to tell others about Jesus? Why or why not?
    If we are saved, is it OK to keep sinning? Why? (See Romans 6:1-2.)
  • Why is the news about Jesus so good?
    What does the gospel change about our lives?
    How does the gospel prove God’s love for us?

Worship

Game Idea

Telephone

 

-Instruct your kids to sit in a line.

-Whisper a secret message, such as the story point, into the first kid’s ear.

-He will whisper it in the ear of the kid behind him, and so on down the line.

-Allow the last kid to say aloud what she heard.

-Play as time allows or until each kid has a chance to be the end of the line.

 

 

 

CONNECTION:

 

"If you whisper a message and only say it once, it’s easyto have the message become distorted. Today we will learn about a time Paul wrote down the good news of the gospel in a letter for the believers in Rome, so they would know for sure what the gospel is."

Serving
Jesus

 

Write encouraging notes to your delivery/mail men and women. Put them up in your window or in a place where they can see them and be encouraged when they are delivering your mail and packages.