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This resource is designed to allow your family to have time in God’s Word BEFORE your children attend church. Because God’s plan is for parents to be the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith, we want YOU to be the one to introduce this part of The Big God Story to them. For additional support in spiritual parenting and to learn more about creating transforming environments in your home, be sure to pick up HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource from your church or download at HomeFrontMag.com. You can also access the HomeFront app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
1.3 God Made a Way for Me to Be with Him Forever Part of The Big God Story Genesis 2—3
Adam and Eve chose to sin by disobeying God and eating forbidden fruit. Though mankind’s relationship with God was severed, we have the promise of restoration through Jesus Christ.
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• God told Adam and Eve they were free to eat the fruit from any tree in the garden except one—the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. • The serpent convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Adam then followed by eating of the fruit when she offered it to him. • Though Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from a relationship with God, He established the plan for salvation and restoration.
Young children think very literally. When speaking to your child about sin and salvation, beware of using phrases such as “accept Jesus into your heart,” which could lead to confusion about the gospel message. Instead, talk about asking God for His forgiveness and invite Him to lead your life.
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STORYTELLING Younger: Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story. Psalm 107:2a
After reading the passage, discuss the following together: • What did the serpent tell Eve? • What did Adam and Eve do after they ate the fruit? • What happened when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God?
Older: Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Psalm 107:2
For more information about blessing your child, see the Blessing section in HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Insert name of child), God knows everything about you, and He always loves you. God sent Jesus to make the way for you to be with Him forever.