- What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is a ceremony established by Christ that shows us the meaning of the New Covenant.
- Christ established the sacraments to signify the New Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:23)
- Explain to the child that God uses sacraments as a visual symbol to teach us about the meaning of the Christian Faith.
- What are the sacraments of the New Covenant?
The sacraments of the New Covenant are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- The New Covenant sacraments are water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 11:20 and 26)
- Have you ever seen someone baptized?
- What was most interesting about watching someone be baptized?
- How does baptism represent our union with Christ and our commitment to Him?
In baptism a person is immersed in water showing that he has been buried with Christ and has died to sin, and then he comes up out of the water showing that He has been risen with Christ to live a new and holy life for God.
- Baptism signifies dying with Christ to sin and living with Christ to God (Romans 6:3-4)
- Tell the child about when and why you chose to be baptized.
- Who can be baptized?
Baptism is only for those who have repented of their sins and trusted in Christ for salvation.
- One must repent and believe to be baptized (Acts 2:38 and 8:37)
- Talk with the child about their salvation. Discuss their sin and the judgment of God. Tell them that Jesus died for them and rose again to give them a new life. And tell them that they must turn from their sins and trust in what Christ has done.
- How does the Lord’s Supper show the sacrificial death of Christ?
In the Lord’s Supper the bread is broken representing the body of Christ that was broken for us on the cross, and the wine represents the blood of Christ that was shed for the forgiveness of our sins.
- The bread and wine signify the broken body of Christ and the poured out blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
- Have you ever seen people eat the Lord’s Supper?
- What was most interesting about watching people eat the Lord’s Supper?
- What does the eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine in the Lord’s Supper represent?
When people share in the Lord’s Supper they show that they trust in the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and commit to take up their cross and follow Him.
- When people eat the bread and drink the wine they are declaring their faith in, and commitment to, Christ (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
- Tell the child why the Lord’s Supper is important to you. And explain how you prepare your heart before eating.
- Who can partake of the Lord’s Supper?
Only those who have repented, believed and been baptized can share in the Lord’s Supper.
- Only those who have been baptized can share the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42)
- Once again share with the child the need to be born again. Describe how Jesus’ body was broken during His crucifixion. Explain that since He died for them, they should live for Him.