Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
a) When you call out “God loves us” they reply “No matter what” and punch the air once. Practise this refrain a few times and use it throughout the lesson, especially if a child is losing concentration.
2. Reviewing the Romans Road
b) Play hangman for each of the following verses. Draw dashes on a large sheet of paper for each of the letters of the verse. Select a child to call out a letter, if that letter is in the verse, write in the letter on the dashes. If the letter is not in the verse draw the first part of the picture. (This game usually has a picture of a person being hung, but I don’t like that. So I use a picture of a smiley face (circle, eye, eye, smile, arm, arm, hand, hand, leg, leg, feet, feet) – you can choose anything you like.) The aim of the game is to work out the verse before the sad face/hangman is finished.
i) All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23
ii) God’s gift is eternal life given by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
iii) If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For example: for Romans 3:23
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c) Briefly review the three verses.
3. Introducing Romans 8:38-39
a) Play the Opposites game: Explain to the kids that we are going to play a game where they have to match opposites. Show them the large charts and explain that they have to find the opposite word and add it to the chart. (Word cards: night, girl, thin, young, happy, cold, life, demons, present, depth, hate)
Divide the group into teams (you will need at least two teams, if you have more than 20 kids you will need to make up additional teams – teams can be up to 10). Choose one child from each team to come to the front. Put a set of the opposite words in a container for each team at the back of the room. A child from each team runs to the container and collects a card. The card must then be passed to each team member until it finally arrives at the child at the front who sticks it on the correct location on the chart. The team can help the child decide where it goes. The first team to correctly complete the chart wins.
b) Sing Romans 8:23 using Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SzG0PJ-YXA – children listen to the song the first time when the background is blue and then sing the repeats the second time through.
c) Ask children why they think the maker of the DVD used bread in the DVD. (My kids gave the most amazing and unexpected answers about the Last Supper, I loved it)
4. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation
a) Explain that Paul, the writer of the book of Romans, did not have an easy life when he became a Christian, so these words are very significant. Read or retell Paul’s story in 2 Corinthians 11:16-33. Every time something bad happens to Paul kids yell out “Oh no!”
b) Look at the opposites chart and point out the opposites that are in the verse. Ask:
i) Why do you think Paul makes this list?
ii) If none of these things can separate us from God’s love, what does this tell you about His love for us?
5. Will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
a) Divide the children into similar age groups of about ten kids. Each group stands in a circle; children close their eyes, reach into the circle and grab two other hands. Children then work to separate the created knot so that everyone is still holding hands but not all knotted up.
b) Ask: why is it so important to know that there is nothing that separates us from the love of God?
6. What does God’s love look like?
i) How do you know your parents love you?
ii) How do you know that God loves you?
iii) If God’s love was a shape, what would it be? (Again, you will get some amazing answers.)
b) Before the lesson, write the verse ‘God showed his love for us when he sent his only Son into the world to give us life’ (1 John 4:9) on a large cardboard cross and cut into puzzle pieces – make two sets. Give out pieces to two teams who race to put the puzzle together by sticking it onto a large piece of paper. Ask:
i) What does this verse tell us about God’s love?
7. Read Romans 8:38-39 in different voices.
Here are the other lessons in the series
Lesson 1: Romans 3:23
Lesson 2: Romans 6:23
Lesson 3: Romans 10:9