Lesson 4 in the Proof Pirates Curriculum focuses on God’s overcoming grace as it is revealed to us in Ephesians 1:13a. We learned that, ”O is for Overcoming Grace–God turns our rebellion into complete surrender.” Here are the key points for the lesson:
- God’s good news changes our wants and desires.
- God turns our rebellion into complete surrender.
- God’s grace overcomes our sin.
God turns our pirate flag of rebellion into a white flag of complete surrender. The more you hear about the goodness and greatness of salvation in Jesus, the more irresistible he becomes. It is such good news! Though we are rebels who run away from God, he has come near to us. God’s grace always overcomes in the end. When our eyes are opened to see how amazing God’s grace is, we do not want to rebel any longer. We want to know God and to experience his grace. We want to surrender!
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. Ephesians 1:7-8a
- Overcoming Grace “At Home” Sheet
- Preschool Lesson
- Elementary Lesson
- “Rebellion/Redemption Flags” Craft Page, JPEG version
For lesson four of the PROOF series, Mandy created a “flag” craft. The flag can be cut out and attached to a pencil, dowel, or plastic straw with a stapler. One side of the flag features symbols of rebellion–a skull and cross bones, the serpent, and a dead tree. The other side features symbols of new life and redemption–the cross, the lamb, and the burning bush (or living tree depending on how you color it).
The following questions were developed to accompany this craft project:
- What images do you see on the left side of the flag? What about the right side? The left side shows a skull, a serpent, and a dead tree, while the right shows a glowing cross, a lamb, and a living tree (or burning bush).
- What is the difference in the two sides? One side has images of dead while the other side has images of life and joy. Before we surrender to God, we are dead in our sin. The good news is that God makes us alive in Christ and changes our desires.
- Why do we surrender to God? We surrender because God opens our eyes to his amazing grace, and he makes it completely irresistible.