Overcoming Grace

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

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.
In the elementary lesson, we talk about one of the best illustrations of overcoming grace in kids’ culture–the movie Finding Nemo. In Finding Nemo, there is a kid fish who gets lost on his first day to school. He ends up in a fish tank on the other side of the ocean. But somehow, through lots of twists and turns with turtles and sharks, the daddy fish overcomes everything and finds Nemo. In the same way, God’s grace overcame. He searched, found us, and made us part of his people. God’s grace overcomes our sin. He can’t be beaten! God’s grace can overcome our desires. God changes our lives and wants. God turns our rebellion into complete surrender. God saves us from the inside out. It’s nothing we did.

2 Responses to “Overcoming Grace”

  1. Tara Wohlford July 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM #

    Thanks for the curriculum? There wasn’t a link to the elementary lesson on Day 4, Overcoming Grace. Can you tell me how to find it? Thanks!

    • Jared Kennedy July 18, 2012 at 4:33 PM #

      Tara, the link should be fixed now. Good to hear from you. I hope everything in Lexington is going well. Jared

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