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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 6 - 1 John 1:8-9

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  Transparent People and a God who Forgives  

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us
our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
- 1 John 1:8-9

           Notes to parents:         

Words to know:

claim, sin, deceive, confess, faithful, just, forgive, purify, unrighteousness  


Discussion Questions:

These questions are merely suggestions to encourage further consideration and conversation.

Do not be afraid of addressing the issue of sin with your children. They already know that they do wrong. And at a very young age children begin to feel and express emotions such as anger and frustration at others when they are treated unfairly and shame and remorse when they do something wrong. Children, like adults, need to know that they can be forgiven. They need to learn how to forgive others. Even before our children are able to talk, we can witness in them the result of this ugly thing called sin.

Remember that in many ways; you as the parent are the example to your child of who God is and what He is like. The way you deal with issues of sin and forgiveness within your own family will certainly impact everyone within your home. Do you hold bitterness inside or remind your children over and over of past wrongs or mistakes they have made? Do you forgive each other? Do you insist on giving one another "what you deserve"...or do you balance training and discipline with grace and love? Consider how you can reflect God's character as you interact with your children this week.

- What is sin?

- Do you sin?

- What does it mean to confess my sins?
- Does God forgive everyone?

- Have you ever been forgiven for something? Have you ever forgiven someone?  What was that experience like?

- Does God always forgive us when we confess our sin?

- What does it mean now that I am forgiven?
- Do others need God's forgiveness?
- What is the importance of truth? Consider various angles of this question, i.e. honesty or relativism. Why is it important to be honest about ourselves? Why is it important to recognize absolute truth as we develop our worldview?

- If the God is faithful to forgive us, then how should you and I treat one another?

Additional Resources:
Please review all links before sharing them with your children. 

- Learn more about God's plan of salvation at Blue Letter

- Here are some verses that may help you as you study and discuss questions regarding sin: Romans 3:23-24, Romans 7:18-25, James 4:17, 1 John 1:8-10, Romans 5:6-8, and Romans 10:9-10.

- Visit our companion site, Grow Little Seeds, for more activities and ideas and free printable pages as you study 1 John 1:8-9.

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