Explore the Bible at Home - Week of February 24
On Sunday, February 24, boys and girls studied one of Paul’s Letters. Paul wrote to the churches of Galatia when he heard that a false gospel was being spread in the church. Paul reminded the believers that salvation comes by faith in Jesus. This week take some time to review the message of the gospel with your family. Encourage kids to ask questions. Don’t forget to check out this week’s Family Cards.
Younger Kids Text Truth: We can only be saved by repenting of our sin and trusting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Older Kids Text Truth: We cannot earn our salvation in any way. Salvation comes only by faith in Jesus.
The Book of Galatians, Galatians 2:15-21; 3:1-29; 5:13-26; 6:1-10
Paul wanted to tell everyone about Jesus. Paul traveled to new towns and told people about Jesus. When the people believed, Paul helped them start a church so they could gather to continue learning about Jesus. Then Paul would travel to a new city. Sometimes Paul visited the cities again to help the church grow and learn more about Jesus. Sometimes Paul wrote letters to the churches to teach them.
One day Paul wrote a letter to the churches of Galatia. One of the problems the early church faced was knowing what was truth about God and Jesus and knowing what was false. Some people had made up some lies about God and Jesus. Paul wanted to help the churches of Galatia know the true gospel of Jesus.
Paul told the church, “We are justified (declared right before God) by faith in Jesus.” Then Paul explained that if people could always do what is right, then Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been needed. But we needed Jesus to pay the price for our sin because we cannot and do not always do what is right. We cannot be saved by doing good things. We needed Jesus to pay for our sin.
Paul explained that the law had a purpose. The law helped us see our sin and that we needed to repent. Now that Jesus has come, we are made right with God when we have trust in Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Later in his letter, Paul gave the believers some instructions, “Serve each other with love. Listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His leadership in your life. Don’t be tempted by the flesh (the part of you that wants to sin). The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Believers should obey the Holy Spirit and resist sin. Help each other out. Do not grow tired of doing what is good. Work for the good of all, especially other believers.”