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Teaching Goal: Fill our home with the fragrant aroma of Christ.

Scripture:

2 Corinthians 2:14-15 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing (ESV)

Lists

  • Deuteronomy 5:7-21
  • 2 Corinthians 12:20
  • 2 Corinthians 4:2
  • Galatians 5:20-23
  • Matthew 15:19

Materials:

  • Garbage bag for each participant
  • 30 pieces of newspaper
  • Marker
  • Fabric or air freshener 

In Advance:On the pieces of newspaper, write a word from the stinky column under section “C” in this activity. Add words to the lists that describe challenges specific to your family. Pick an area of the house for each participant and put an equal number of newspaper pages in each area.

Activity: Take Out The Garbage

  1. Play theme song

  2. Pray

  3. Review last lesson

  4. Lesson and Discussion

Words written in bold are when the leader is speaking. Feel free to use your own words.

A. Today we are going to talk about “fragrance.” What does “fragrance” mean? Listen to answers. Have you ever heard someone say, “That smelly garbage has a strong fragrance?” Fragrance is usually used to describe good or desirable smells, not bad smells.

B. ACTIVITY #1: Ask one person to go into another room and spray one item with the fabric or air freshener. Be careful to follow directions and use the spray only on approved items. After the person has finished spraying the item, everyone can enter the room and try to identify the sprayed item. We were able to find the item because of the fragrance. Did the fragrance from the one item start to spread to other items in the room? Listen and discuss.

C. ACTIVITY #2: Invite a volunteer to read 2 Corinthians 2:14-15. This passage says that we have the fragrance of Christ and through us, others will know about Jesus. Whose fragrance is being smelled? Christ Jesus. Where is it being smelled? In the lives of people who believe and follow Jesus. How can others smell the fragrance of Jesus in our lives? Listen to answers.

Unfortunately, our lives don’t always smell like the positive, fragrance of Christ. Sometimes our actions, words and attitudes are stinky! We want to get the stinky smell…or garbage…out of our lives and out of our homes.

We are going to make two lists of actions, words and attitudes. One list will be negative and stinky, the other will be positive and fragrant. You can make the lists in advance using the scriptures at the beginning of this activity. Or, you can have one person serve as the scribe and write the lists as other families look up the scriptures and read the items. Be sure to include the opposites. If one list says “kindness” which goes under fragrance then include the opposite, “meanness” which will go under the stinky list.

Stinky

  • Idolatry
  • Only God 
  • Using the Lord’s name in vain
  • No rest
  • Dishonoring your parents 
  • Adultery
  • Stealing
  • Hate
  • Anger
  • Disruption
  • Meanness
  • Bad Actions
  • Undependable
  • Hurting others
  • Selfishness
  • Fighting
  • Jealousy
  • Division
  • Slander
  • Gossip
  • Arrogance
  • Disorder
  • Impurity
  • Secrets
  • Shameful ways
  • Distortion of God’s Word
  • Greed
  • Evil thoughts
  • Pride
 

Fragrance

  • Worshipping the One and Praising God
  • Taking Rest
  • Honoring your parents
  • Self-Control
  • Faithfulness
  • Giving
  • Honesty
  • Love
  • Telling the truth
  • Contentment
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Gentleness
  • Unity
  • Purity
  • Humility
  • Truth
  • Godly thoughts
  • Sharing

D. ACTIVITY #3:

Give each participant a garbage bag. Now we are going to take out the trash! We want to get these stinky words, actions and attitudes out of our house. Send each person to their assigned area in the house to pick up the garbage…stinky words written on newspaper. When you are done bagging the stinky garbage from your area, bring it back here. Give participants time to collect the pieces of newspaper in their assigned areas.

Back at the starting point. We are going to take turns pulling a piece of newspaper out of our garbage bag and reading the stinky word. Then we need to think of the fragrant opposite to the stinky word. For example if someone has the word “hate” on his or her newspaper, what is the opposite of hate? Love. Take turns until you have looked at all the newspaper pages.

Each of us has one particular stinky behavior or attitude with which we struggle. Let’s each identify one stinky thing we need to work on and we’ll pray for it at the end of our Family Time. Adults, lead by example. Share the area where you struggle.

All right! Stuff these stinky items back into your garbage bags and let’s get them out of the house! Take them to the garbage.

  1. Memorize

    Throw away stinky sin, Let God’s fragrance in.

  2. Close in Prayer (Pray for the stinky area each person identified as a problem.)

  3. Pass It On: Make an extra copy of this lesson and pass it on to another family.