Today’s Episode is based off Matthew 3,11; Mark 1,6; Luke 1,3,7; John 1,3 in the Bible
“I want more for Jesus and less of me”
Memorize this together as a family this week!
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 (NKJV)
Activity: Defeat our sinful nature
- Nine paper bags
- Stapler and staples
- Small stones – anything to add weight to the bags
- Four socks, or more – if desired
- Stopwatch or timer app
- Write one of the following words on each bag; anger, pride, fear, impatient, unkindness, wickedness, unfaithfulness, rudeness and carelessness
- Open each bag, spread out the bottom and place some stones in the bottom
- Fold over the top of each bag and staple it shut
- Ball up each sock individually to make four or more sock balls
- Place table toward one end of the room
- Mark or tape a line about 15 feet from the table
- Stand the bag on the edge of the table – words toward the line, leaving room between each one (stagger each bag, if necessary)
Optional: You may make additional bags with the names of the fruit of the Spirit, and put them in between the other bags to make the game more difficult.
Who can tell me our SuperTruth for today? (“I want more of Jesus and less of me.) Great! We want to become more like Jesus and less like the sinful nature that we are born with. (Read Galatians 5:16-17a)
Today, we are going to play a fun game about getting rid of our sinful and evil ways. (Read aloud the word on each bag and make sure all children understand its meaning)
The sock ball represents each time that we choose the Spirit over our sinful self. Let’s work together to knock down and get rid of all the sinful things on this table! We will play more than one round to try for the fastest time.
Have all children stand single-file behind the starting line or mark. One child at a time gets two throws to try and knock bags off the table. Each bag cannot just be knocked over; they must be knocked completely off the table.
Parents can quickly roll the extra sock balls back to the next player so the game keeps moving. Stop the time when all the bags are knocked off the table.
Record the time. Play additional rounds to try for a faster time. If a round ends before a child has thrown, start the next round with that child.
Good job knocking out those evil ways! Now, let’s list the Fruit of the Spirit that we want produced in our lives to replace those sinful things. What are they? (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) – Give hints as necessary to list all of the Fruit of the Spirit.
God has given each of us His Holy Spirit to produce fruit and help us make wise choices. When we choose to listen to Him and obey His Word, we make more room for Jesus and His good fruit in our lives!
- What would you do if someone gave you something that you wanted very much, but you knew that it was stolen? (Read 1 Corinthians 10:13)
- Does it really matter if we cheat, steal or lie just a little bit? (Read Luke 16:10)
- Because Jesus unselfishly obeyed God, we received many wonderful blessings. Can you name some of them? (Read Romans 10:9, 1 Peter 2:24)