Parents' Corner | January 9, 2018
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 affected their own children. Cain was not the Promised One, and neither was Abel.
When they were grown, Cain and Abel each had jobs. Abel was a shepherd, caring for his flocks of animals. Cain worked the ground as a farmer. One day, they each presented an offering to the Lord. God accepted Abel’s offering, but He did not accept Cain’s.
God warned Cain about sin, and told him what he needed to do to be accepted. Then Cain and Abel went out into the field, and Cain killed Abel. God knew what Cain did, and He punished him. God sent Cain away from the land to wander the earth. Cain’s sin separated him from God and people.
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.)
As you teach, help preschoolers develop an awareness of the deep effects of sin. Then point them to the future hope— the hope we now realize—in Jesus Christ. Generation after generation, God’s people lived with an expectant hope. Could this son be the One? And for many generations, they faced the reality of sin. No one was good enough.
Every baby was born a sinner—like his parents and like Adam and Eve. Still, the people hoped. At just the right time, God would send His Son to save sinners. (Heb. 11:13; Gal. 4:4) God always keeps His promises.
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
January 6, 2019
Scripture Memory: Ephesians 2:8
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith. It is not from yourself. It is the gift of God.”
Big Picture Question:
What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God.
Bible Story: “Cain & Abel” (Genesis 4:1-16, 25-26)
Cain and Abel brought offerings to God. Abel’s offering was accepted, but Cain’s was not.
Cain was angry and killed Abel.
Because God is holy, He must punish sin.
Sin separates us from God and people.
Family Discussion Starters:
What offering did Cain and Abel bring?
Cain sinned. What is the required punishment for sin?
How can your family bring an offering to God this week?
As you drive to different activities this week, talk about ways that God might use each activity as an offering to Him. Pray that you would give God glory through the activities.
Go further: Make care kits to meet other needs in your community.
“Noah’s Ark” Genesis 6:5-9:17
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