Act out the Bible story that kids learned this week. Assign parts (Ahab, Jezebel, Naboth, man from Jezreel, Elijah, and town leaders if you need other parts)
Read 1 Kings 21:1-21 aloud and pause so each character can act out what was just read.
When finished, talk about it:
What choice did Ahab make: contentment or coveting?
What choice did Jezebel make: ignoring or disobeying God’s commands?
What did the men who accused Naboth make: honesty or dishonesty?
Sin corrupted (ruined) Ahab and Jezebel’s life. God sees sin and will punish it.
Would You Like Some Dirt?
Place a bowl of dirt (and/or mulch) and spoon on the kitchen table. Just before one of the kids gets ready to eat their cereal or drink their juice, ask if they would like a spoon of dirt in it. Act surprised when they say no.
Why don’t you want any dirt in your juice (or on your cereal)? (It’s dirty; it will mess it up; etc.) The dirt would corrupt it and make it undrinkable or inedible.
What does it mean to corrupt something? (To alter it for the worse, to
spoil it, to taint it, etc.)
Just as the dirt would corrupt the food or drink, we are corrupted by sin. Some may think that sin is not such a big deal. They even call a lie, a little white lie implying that it is not so bad. (How much dirt would it take to mess up your food?) When we choose to sin, it makes things worse. Sin is always a bad choice!
Out with the Old, In with the New
Celebrate the arrival of the new year by playing games and eating yummy snacks. (One family writes the name of the winner in the lid of the game box and he has bragging rights until next New Year’s Eve.)
Did you know that in downtown Johannesburg, some people literally embrace the old saying “out with the old, in with new” by throwing old appliances out their windows?
Some people in Puerto Rico greet the New Year by throwing a bucket full of water out into the street hoping to get rid of everything bad and prepare for the good things in the coming year.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could get throw out all sin? We must constantly fight against the temptation to do wrong things.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Ask each family member to write one thing (a sin or a bad habit) they would like to throw off this year. Then pray asking God’s help. Tear the paper in tiny pieces and throw them away!