Lesson Application: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The word ‘sin’ actually means ‘to miss the mark of perfection’. None of us are able to obtain, or reach God’s perfect holiness. We can’t get to God by our good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Supplies: paper, hula hoop with the word heaven hanging from it, and markers
You will be playing a game to teach this lesson. Designate a throw line. Have someone hold the target (heaven) about 20 feet away. Choose several kids to play. Have your players write down their ideas of ‘good works’ on a sheet of paper. For example, obeying your parents, being kind to others, etc. Then make a paper airplanes with them. Have them make two or three paper planes each. Tell the players that the target represents Heaven. The paper planes represent us, the distance between the throw line and the target represents the sin that separates us from God. Let everyone take their turn trying to get their planes to Heaven, leaving their planes on the ground as you go. (You do not want to make it possible for anyone to hit this target.) Just as some of the players were able to get closer to the target than others did, some of us do more ‘good things’ while we live on Earth. But still, all those ‘good things’ never measure up to God’s perfection. We still miss the mark! We still have sin in the way! The good news is that Jesus has made a way! He is our transportation to God! There is no fee, it is a FREE pass! For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Added fun- It’s really cool if you can have someone dressed like Jesus come in pick up the plans and bring them to Heaven.