Unit 1, Session 4: Cain and Abel (Pre-Schoolers-Gr.4)
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. The upcoming Bible story shows how deeply sin infected Adam and Eve’s children. Imagine Adam and Eve’s joy as their family grew. With each birth, maybe Eve hoped that this son would be the one to end the curse of sin, to crush the head of the snake. (Gen. 3:15) But as her sons Cain and Abel grew up, she and Adam probably witnessed with grief how sin affects their own children. Cain was not the Promised One, and neither was Abel. Out of jealousy and anger, Cain killed Abel. God punished Cain by sending him away to wander the earth.
Some time later, Eve gave birth to another son. She named this baby Seth. Seth was not the Promised One either, but Jesus would come from Seth’s descendants. (See Luke 3:23-38.) Every baby was born a sinner—like his parents and like Adam and Eve. At just the right time, God would send His Son to be born to save sinners. (Heb. 11:13; Gal. 4:4) God always keeps His promises.
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FLYTE: Unit 1, Session 4: How Can I Help My Friends Go To Heaven? (Pre-Teens)
What a big, crucial topic!!! This is something we, as adults, struggle with! We love our friends, we want them to experience the salvation Jesus offers. But how do we help them understand? Talk to your pre-teens about the importance of sharing the faith, along with your own struggles and victories in this area. Consider the following article as a springboard for your discussions:
God loves the world. Your calling as a Christian is to share the good news of Jesus with the people around you. Unless evangelism comes as naturally for you as breathing, there are probably many people with whom you share your life who have not heard the gospel.
Do you feel inadequate as a witness? The nine verses shared in this session lay out several important truths.
Romans 3:23 reminds Christians that everyone has sinned, while Luke 13:3 emphasizes the need to repent. The path to heaven is simple. Romans 10:9 shows another simple and clear expression of how a person can take advantage of God’s amazing grace.
But it is not easy. Matthew 7:21 says that this path to heaven cannot be faked. You must mean what you say, which involves acting on your belief, as seen in James 2:13.
The benefits begin today. In John 10:10, Jesus explained that He came to give you abundant life. The benefits last for eternity. John 14:3 shares a marvelous promise: Jesus left His disciples for a time in order to prepare a place for them. Having prepared that place, He promised to come back and bring them—and you—to be with Him.
God loves people so much that He sent Jesus. How can you not respond to that love and generosity by leading friends, beginning with the preteens you teach, toward heaven?
Pray. Ask God to grant boldness to the believers and to open and soften the hearts of those who have not yet believed in Jesus. Pray that boldness would begin with you.