Needed: a potato or something to pass around
Game: Hot Potato - Have students stand in a circle. Give the potato to one child and have him pass it to their right, around the circle, as fast as they can while you time them for 30 seconds or so. The child holding the potato after 30 seconds is caught with it. Play a few times.
Lesson: Say,You know, the game Hot Potato reminds me of a story in the Bible.
(Read or summarize Genesis 3.)
Adam and Eve did something they shouldn't have done, didn't they? And then, when God asked them about it, they started blaming other people. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake. They were passing the blame around just like we were passing that hot potato. Why do you think Adam and Eve wanted to blame someone else when they got in trouble?
No one likes to get in trouble. It's always easier to try to blame someone else. But did it work when Adam and Eve tried to blame someone else, or did they still get in trouble anyway?
They still got in trouble and were punished for disobeying God. Blaming someone else didn't work. And it doesn't work for us either. God knows everything we do. He knows when we do something wrong and He won't believe us when we try to blame someone else. If we do something wrong, we are responsible for it.
What do you think God wants you to do when you do something wrong?
The great thing about God is that if we take responsibility for our sin instead of blaming someone else, and ask God to forgive us, He will! God loves us and will always forgive us if we ask Him to. We just have to take responsibility for our sin and pray for God to forgive us for it.
Let's pray about that now.
Sample prayer: Father God, we are sorry for the wrong things that we do. We pray that when we do something wrong, You will help us not to blame other people, but to just ask You to forgive us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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