JUST LIKE ADAM
Scripture: Genesis 2:15–22, 3:1–8; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 5:12; 1 John 1:9, 5:17
Memory verse: Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Before class make a copy of the following list for each student, or write it on the chalkboard.
- Eating a lot of sweets
- Crossing the road without looking first
- Leaving a window open during a rain storm
- Studying hard for an exam
- Staying up late every night
- Riding a bicycle that does not have brakes
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Doing your chores without being asked
- Doing something wrong that you were told not to do
Instruct the students to read each item on the list. Then under each item they should write what would happen to them if they did it. Give the students about five minutes to complete the exercise.
Discuss each item and the students’ responses. Explain that this list contains examples of causes and effects. If they do what the items on the list suggest, they will most likely see the results listed in their answers. Some things, such as studying for exams and doing chores without being asked, bring good results—a good test grade and a pleased parent. Other things listed, such as eating too many sweets, bring bad results—cavities in one’s teeth and possibly an upset stomach.
At this point direct the students’ attention to the last item on the list. Allow them to discuss their answers. Explain that disobeying often results in punishment for doing wrong.
Ask the students to put a star beside the items that usually have a positive outcome. Then tell them to put an X beside those that usually result in something bad. Mention that some of the items may not cause immediate harm but eventually they become harmful to us if we continue to do them.
Tell the students that this week’s study shows the results of the last item. Number 10 is an example of sin. Explain that sin is sometimes defined as “missing the mark.” It is doing something wrong or not doing something we know is right. Stress that sin does not always result in immediate punishment, but eventually it will lead to eternal separation from God—punishment worse than we could ever imagine.
Hearing God’s Word
Ask: “Where did sin begin? Who was the first person on earth to sin? Why did man sin? Did he think God would not find out?” (Give the students time to answer after each question.)
The First Man
Sin began in the Garden of Eden. God had created man from the dust of the earth. Then God breathed His own breath into man, and man came to life. God knew that this man, Adam, was lonely; so He created a woman to be Adam’s wife. Adam and Eve lived happily in the Garden God had made for them. God took good care of Adam and Eve. He gave them an important rule to obey. As long as Adam and Eve obeyed God’s rule, they were happy.
The First Sin
Then one day Adam and Eve decided to listen to Satan instead of obeying God.
Ask: “What did Satan tempt Eve to do? What did Satan say to Eve when she told him about God’s command?” (Allow responses.)
Satan in the form of a serpent told Eve that what God said was not true. If anyone ever says God’s Word is not true, we know right away that person is wrong. “God’s words will always prove true and right, no matter who questions them” (Romans 3:4, The Living Bible).
Ask: “How did Eve respond to Satan’s words?” (Allow responses. Then have a student read Genesis 3:6.)
Adam and Eve Hide from God
Adam and Eve disobeyed God. The result of sin is that it separates us from God. How did Adam and Eve react when they realized they had done wrong? (Ask a volunteer to read Genesis 3:8.) After disobeying God, Adam and Eve were embarrassed and ashamed to face Him. They knew they had done wrong.
Ask: “How do you feel when you know you have done something wrong?”(Allow responses.)
Are you afraid what you did will be discovered and you will be punished? The Bible says, “Be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
Ask: “Have you ever felt guilty? Is that a good feeling or a bad one?” (Allow responses.)
Feelings of guilt can actually help us. Guilt is like an arrow that points to something wrong we have done. It indicates, or reminds us, we have sinned. When we feel guilty and are truly sorry about the wrong we have done, we should ask God to forgive us. When we ask for God’s forgiveness, He always gives it. Once God has forgiven us, there is no longer any need to feel guilty. God has forgotten the sin. Our relationship with God is now as it should be.
Ask: “How does God feel when we do something wrong?” (Allow discussion.) God is hurt and feels disappointed when we sin.
Ask: “Why should God care if we sin?” (Allow discussion. Briefly review last week’s study.)
God cares because He loves us. God does not want us to be separated from Him. He wants us to stay close to Him by obeying.
When Adam disobeyed God, sin affected the entire human race. When a person dies, he is separated from people who are still alive. He is no longer in his human body. His spirit has left his body and gone either to heaven or to hell. If the person is a Believer, his spirit returns to God. The Believer is very much alive in God’s presence. A person’s spirit, the real person, will live forever. Only the body, the part that houses the spirit, dies. People who are still living here on earth will miss their friends who have died, but Believers who die will experience great joy because they are with God.
When God speaks of death in the Bible, He usually means spiritual death—separation from himself rather than from other people. Spiritual death is much worse than physical death. Sin is what causes spiritual death—separation from God—because God cannot accept sin.
No Categories of Sin
People sometimes think there are different degrees of sin—that some things are more wrong than others. Many people prefer to think their sins are not as bad as someone else’s sin. These people may think, “What I did was not as bad as what he did.”
Some people tend to categorize sin like this: (Write these categories on the chalkboard, discussing each category briefly.)
- Very big, horrible sin: murder
- Awful: robbery
- Very bad: destroying other people’s property
- Bad: swearing
- Wrong, but lots of people do it: gossiping
- Wrong, but not too bad: cheating a little on a test
- Little, unimportant sin: telling a lie
How does God feel about the way man divides sin into categories? God’s Word says, “All wrongdoing is sin: (1 John 5:17). (Draw a bracket around the seven categories on the chart as you say the word ALL. Then print the word SIN in large letters beside the column.)
Because of sin, we have become separated from God. We cannot get “through” to God by our own efforts. No matter how good we are, we cannot reach God. Since Adam, we are born a sinner. Sin separates and disconnects us from God (Read Isaiah 59:2).
We have all sinned and become separated from God. Our memory verse says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). (Repeat the verse two or three times with the students.) However, the Holy Spirit convicts us or makes us feel guilty about our sin. He helps us to want God to forgive our sin. God is willing to forgive us when we repent. When we repent and ask forgiveness, we are not separated from God anymore.
Accepting God’s Word
Remind the students that when Adam and Eve disobeyed, sin became part of the human race. Every person is born a sinner. Our sin separates us from God and we are spiritually dead. God causes us to feel guilt to help us know that we need to deal with the sin in our life. Through the death of His Son Jesus, God has provided a way for us to be offered forgiveness for our sin and no longer be separated from Him. Forgiveness brings spiritual life and friendship with God.
Ask the students to think of anything in their lives that may cause them not to want to pray or read God’s Word or go to church. Sin keeps us from loving God and doing what He wants.
Assure the students that each time guilt points out to them that they have sinned; they can repent and ask God to forgive them. Encourage them to listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction this week and to respond.
A Believer's Testimony
Sitting cross-legged together on my cement porch on a 2-meter length of plastic weave mat, my good White Moor Arab friend and I sipped strong Arabic tea and debated the day's newspaper topics. That day a city somewhere in the Middle East had been attacked with the usual violence and senseless destruction.
My friend Muhammad*, an honest, hardworking family man in his mid-40s, was distraught. "How can these people hurt little children?” he asked. “These men must be mad.”
As a foreigner from the West and a guest in his country, I did not feel free to share my own thoughts—some of which he might find offensive. Instead I asked, "What motivates such people to do evil or good?"
Muhammad loved this question. We shared many days drinking sugary tea and discussing it. We are still searching together for the answer.
What was my gain in all the cups of tea? A true friend. I would trust him with my life, my children, my wife and any of my possessions. Extremely poor with no permanent job, he is not a member of a favoured clan and has limited family resources. But he remains a man of great integrity. I am proud and honoured to call him "Sadiiqy," my friend.
* Not his real name
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Moor Business Men
1. Young men selling goods in the market to meet a buyer who is a believer,
2. Businessmen to accept Jesus as their Saviour,
3. New believers to recognize the importance of laying up treasures in heaven.
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well" (Matthew 6:33).
Remember: JUST LIKE ADAM
Memory verse: Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
1. Adam disobeyed God. He sinned.
2. When I disobey God, I sin.
3. If I ask Jesus for forgiveness, He will bring me into a right relationship with God.
Pray for Moor business men.
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