Denise Day Spencer

July 30, 2006

Children’s sermon: The origin of evil, part one

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 2:33 am

Another object lesson, based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:13, II Corinthians 4:4, Luke 4:1-13

OBJECT: picture of a virus or bacteria

I brought a picture with me today, and we’re going to play a guessing game. Can anyone tell me what this is a picture of? (wait and respond to answers)

This is a (tell exact name of virus or bacteria). That’s a fancy name for a kind of germ. Germs get into our bodies in different ways, and they can make us sick.

We’re going to talk today about evil. Why is there evil in the world? Where does it come from? To begin with, evil came into the world from the outside, just like germs can come into our bodies from the outside. Evil first came into our world through Satan.

Do you remember the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden? The devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit that God had told her never to eat. She did, and that was the first sin anyone ever committed on this earth.

Today Satan still tempts us and tries to get us to disobey God. The apostle Paul tells us the devil “has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…”

Let’s look at our germ one more time. Germs can do bad things to us, but there are things we can do to resist them. If we eat nourishing foods and get plenty of sleep, we’re stronger to fight germs than if we don’t.

We can fight the devil’s temptations, too. When Jesus was tempted, He fought back with prayer and with the Word of God. If we know what the Bible says about how God wants us to live and we pray for God to help us, we will be stronger to resist evil.

Where else does evil come from? We’ll look at that next time.


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