This particular lesson is incredibly important for our students to understand for a number of reasons. Chief among these reasons would be their understanding that even the apostles struggled with sin; and yet, sin is never to be tolerated in the presence of God’s people. We hope that this lesson will serve as an encouraging reminder to students that we are not alone in struggling with sin (even Peter did!), but this truth doesn’t excuse our sin either. Instead, we as individuals and a church family should be fully committed to repenting from our sins for the glory of Christ, and we should be more than willing to address the sin in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ in order to keep our lives (and our churches) pure.
Please review the following questions that you (the parent/guardian) can ask your student to help continue the discipleship process throughout the week.
- How does understanding the Gospel make us feel about sin? (A: Discuss with your student. Hopefully the Gospel message helps us to understand that Christ died for our sins, and therefore is not ok with our sin. When we understand the Gospel, we turn away from sinful living.)
- Do all Christians struggle with sin, or do only immature Christians struggle with sin? (A: All Christians do! Even Peter and Paul continued to struggle with sin. Nevertheless, our sin is NEVER good. The whole reason that God gave us the church and the Bible is so that we can have established accountability in our lives to keep us from sinful living.)
- How should I as a Christian work toward removing sin from my life? (A: Discuss together!)
- Do you have friends that profess to be Christians but constantly live in open sin? If so, how can you discuss this with them in the hope that they would repent? (A: Discuss! Read Galatians 2:11-14 for advice!)