Denise Day Spencer

August 5, 2006

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

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 3:31 pm

Another in my series of children’s object lessons based on the doctrinal outlines in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURE: Romans 3:10-12, 5:8

OBJECT: an apple cut in half to reveal the seeds

Last time we asked the question, “Where does evil come from?” We looked at how evil first entered the world through the devil.

That is how evil came to us at first, and Satan is still one source of evil. But he’s not the only one. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, evil has been a part of us, too.

Let me show you. I brought an apple today. It’s cut in half. When we open it up, we can see the seeds, right here in the middle of the apple. Now these seeds have always been in this apple, ever since it was hanging on the apple tree. There was never a germ or insect that put the seeds into the apple. The seeds are right in the heart of the fruit; they’re a part of the apple.

Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, evil has been a part of us. Oh, sometimes we do wrong things because Satan tempts us. But many times we just sin because it’s what we want to do. In Romans, Paul says that none of us are good. We all turn against God. In fact, evil is so much a part of us that there’s absolutely nothing we can do to help ourselves.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that once upon a time one man lived His whole life without sin. That man was Jesus, and He was the Son of God. Because He lived without sin, He could die for the evil in each one of us. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Now we know where evil comes from. Next we’ll look at what God does about it.

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