A Week of Sin and Consequences

This week is all about sin and consequences. Fun, eh? Nobody likes to talk about sin…well, we like to talk about the sins of others and make sure everyone knows how terrible “they” are, but we definitely don’t like to talk about our own. Sure, it’s easy to say a generic, “I’m a sinner”, but it’s sure tough to admit to particular sins and it’s really hard to talk about them in front of our kids.

I’m not asking you to go into all the gory details of your past with your kids, but it is important that our kids know that we fall short sometimes too. Use this week to talk openly about choices you wish you’d made differently and how you’re working on doing better now. Sin is tough, but it’s in all of us, so there’s no sense in hiding it.

January 13: Genesis 2:15-25
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God gave Adam one rule, “Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
  • God created woman because God saw that it was not good for Adam to be alone.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • God gave Adam all kinds of wonderful things but also gave him one rule. Why do we need certain rules and boundaries in our lives?

January 14: Genesis 3:1-7
Today’s Takeaways:

  • The serpent manipulated Eve into thinking God’s rules were not actually the best thing for her.
  • Adam and Eve both chose to sin by eating the fruit God told them not to eat.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • The serpent was sneaky in convincing Eve to disobey God. Sin is like that. It doesn’t seem like a big deal and always seems like it will be good and fun for us. How have you seen sin sneak into your life?

January 15: Genesis 3:8-13
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God discovers that Adam and Eve have sinned.
  • Adam and Eve both try to blame someone else for their sinful choices.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • We often try to blame something or someone else for our sin. Why is it so hard to take responsibility for our sins?

January 16: Genesis 3:14-24
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God gave the man, woman, and serpent consequences for their parts in disobeying him.
  • Adam and Eve were no longer allowed to live in the perfect garden God created for them because they now had sin in their lives.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why are consequences necessary when we sin?

January 17: Genesis 4:1-16
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel.
  • Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and God punished him for his sin.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Cain was given an opportunity to make better choices after he gave an unacceptable offering to the Lord, but he chose to sin again. What should Cain have done when God gave him another chance?

January 18: Jeremiah 17:7-8
Saturday Special:

  • Each Saturday, we will work on memorizing these verses.
  • Take it at whatever pace works for your family, but don’t sell yourself short, you can do it!

January 19: Romans 12:2
Sunday Special:

  • Each Sunday, we will work on memorizing this verse.
  • Take it at whatever pace works for your family, but don’t sell yourself short, you can do it!

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