As a breakfast meal chat (or “breakfast for dinner”)
Illustrating the Gospel and discussing our true status without Christ
- Have enough eggs to make omelets for the whole family, including whatever ingredients you would like to include (cheese, mushrooms, bacon, etc.).
- Set apart one egg that will be your “rotten egg” (use a regular egg, discolor one, or actual rotten egg).
SAY: Share that you have something to confess about the omelets: “I discovered that one of the eggs was rotten but used it anyway to make sure we would have enough food for everyone.”
ASK: “Who wants to taste their omelet first?” (Wait for reactions and then reveal that you were just kidding and have everyone begin eating).
ASK: During the meal, hold up your designated “rotten egg” and ask what they would have thought if your attitude had been, “I’ll just mix this rotten egg in with all the good ones, and no one will know the difference.”
READ: Read James 2:10 together: “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”
SHARE: Explain that every sin is like one rotten egg in an omelet; it ruins the whole person.
DISCUSS: Ask if anyone knows the solution to our rottenness (i.e., Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross pays the penalty for our sin).
DIG DEEPER: For further study together on how sin impacts human omelets see Romans 3:23–24.
PRAY: Pray together: “We thank You, Lord, that even though we are sinners, You have provided a cure for our rottenness. Thank You for Your death on the Cross and for providing the way to heaven. And thank You for our time together. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”
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