Both classes of Redeemer Kids began their latest Catechism unit this past Sunday, June 21. They’re off to a great start this summer!
This week the preschoolers learned about the conversion of Saul. They learned that we are all born with sinful hearts just like Saul, and the only one who can change our hearts is the Holy Spirit. It is easy for us to lose faith and forget that the Holy Spirit changes hearts all the time, and he has throughout history. What a humbling reminder in light of last week’s events that God can take the sinful heart of a man who persecutes and kills Christians and turn him into a believer who preaches and brings others to Christ! It is no less of a miracle that He can change our sinful hearts and give us Life in Him. During music time, one of our elementary students shared with the other kids how she prayed to ask Jesus into her heart at home with her parents last week. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will change all of our children’s hearts at a young age and that we will hear more of these testimonies over the years.
40. Can anyone go to heaven with this sinful nature? No. Our hearts must be changed before we can believe in Jesus and go to heaven.
41. What is this change of heart called? The new birth, or regeneration.
42. Who can change a sinner’s heart? The Holy Spirit alone.
The elementary students continued learning about the Lord’s prayer, specifically the part that says, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” They learned about the parable of the unmerciful servant from Matthew 18:23-35. They also learned that Jesus paid the ultimate debt for our sins because we could never do enough on our own to pay for our sins. Since he forgave us when we did not deserve it, we should forgive others.
122. What is the fifth petition? The fifth petition is “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
123. What does it mean to pray, “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”? We are asking God to forgive our sins for Christ’s sake, and to make us willing to forgive others.