November 19th - The Struggle is Real

This week our elementary students will be looking at Romans 7:14-25, while our preschool and toddler room will be focusing on Romans 7:25. We will also be looking at questions 11 and 12 from the New City Catechism (newcitycatechism.com). It is also available as an app.

BIG IDEA: 

We are in a battle of what God wants us to do and when we don’t want to do what God wants.

MEMORY VERSE: 

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

Hand Motions we are using in class

For the wages —> Make a money symbol by rubbing your fingers together
of sin—> rooms have been doing this in different ways. One is to look sad. The ASL sign for this is fingers pointing at a smiling face and then spiraling down.
is death—> fall down
but the free gift—> hold out hands as if offering a gift
of God—> point up
is eternal life—>roll your hands in a circular motion
in Christ Jesus our Lord—> Point to a cross in the room

THIS WEEKS LESSON: 

In preschool/toddler room, we are doing questions 11 and 12 of the New City Catechism App (newcitycatechism.com) and then we are doing the memory verse. After that, we are discussing the Romans 7:25:

Why do we sometimes do what God wants us to do, and other times we don’t?

What has Jesus given us to help us with our sinful nature?

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

What did Jesus do to give us the Holy Spirit?

In the elementary aged room, we are reading Romans 7:14-25 and discussing the questions below.

Why do we sometimes do what God wants us to do, and other times we don’t?

What has Jesus given us to help us with our sinful nature?

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

What did Jesus do to give us the Holy Spirit?

These are the activities and object lessons we are using in our room this week to drive home the lesson. Our activities are always built around enforcing the lesson:

Ten Commandments Cardboard - For Orange and Commons, use during Catechism. This is a great way to talk about the 10 commandments with the kids and to memorize them together! There are 10 strips of cardboard per room to write the commandments on. they are velcro’d on, so you can take them off every week to help with memorization!

For either room, this can also be made into a great game. You can hide the 10 commandments around the room for orange room and have the kids find them all! Also, Orange Room, theres a craft for this.

Rope Trick - For the Orange and Commons, here’s a great way to teach about the struggle between flesh and spirit. For Orange use volunteers or older kids, for Commons two regular, same size and age volunteers.

Two Side Cups - For Commons, This is a very physical exercise. You have lots of cups at your disposal to put all around the room. Put them half up and half down. The kids are split into two teams. The up-siders and the down-siders. The two teams have 3 minutes to flip as many cups to their preferred side before the time comes up, without blocking or touching each other. This can help reflect the struggle between the Spirit and the Flesh, but you also need to clarify that in the end, the Spirit is more powerful than the sinful nature, and through Jesus the Spirit will be the victor!