This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #11 – What is sin? [NCC Q16]
Powerpoint Pictures: Bank Robber, Shape of person on floor, Car Speeding, Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
What do the following people have in common?
A bank robber. A murderer. Someone who drives at 100mph down the High Street. Child catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
They all are law-breakers.
They have all broken the laws of this country which are set by the Government and they each deserve to be punished.
But they are not the only law-breakers.
We all are law-breakers too, even you children. You may not have broken the laws of this country, but you have broken God’s law.
Remember in the previous Big Question we saw that no-one has been able keep the law of God perfectly.
Because we break God’s law, we are sinners who sin.
What is sin?
That’s what our next big question asks. Let’s look at it now…
Q: What is sin?
There are lots of ways of answering this question.
It is falling short of God’s standard, like Evil Kenevil fell short in his ‘jump’ of Snake River Canyon.
It is living life as if God did not exist. Even though he made you and he gives you life and lots of good things to enjoy, you and I forget about Him and don’t thank Him as we should.
But it is also breaking God’s law.
“Everyone who sins breaks the law. In fact, sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4)
Sin is lawlessness.
It is not following and obeying what God tells us to do in His law.
You can break God’s law by doing something wrong and even by thinking something wrong. This is something we all do – which is why we need Jesus to save us!
Like criminals are punished for breaking the laws of this country, so we deserve to be punished for breaking God’s law. However, because Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve, when we trust in Jesus, we can be forgiven and be given eternal life with Him in heaven instead.
So, what is the answer to the question “What is sin?”
It is this:
A: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.
Let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
What is sin? Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, not being or doing what he requires in his law.