Q15 - Family Discipleship Tools

Question 15- What is sin?

Activity: Make two markers on the floor with tape or other objects. Make the distance between the two significant. Each family member will take a turn trying to jump from one marker to another (this should be impossible.)

Ice breaker: Find a magazine, pull up the news app on your phone, or a newspaper. As a family, identity things you may see as lawless or sad.  

READ 1 JOHN 3:4-10
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

Repeat the New City Catechism Question 15 and it’s answer
Question: What is sin?
Answer:  Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.

  1. Why does Jesus have the power to forgive our sins?
  2. How can we have an open and honest conversation with God about our sin?
  3. Are there certain sins you struggle with more than others? 
  4. What does it mean to be forgiven?

Ask everyone in your family how you can be praying for each other.