All posts by Debra Stephens

Sunday School Reminder for Parents:

Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.  and concludes at 10:30 a.m. The teachers plan their lessons each week and have the bible lesson, fun games, snacks, and craft projects for your children.  Please make every effort to have your child arrive in class by at least 9:45 so they can enjoy all of the classroom activities and not walk in on a class in progress where they will feel as if they’ve missed out.

We are taking Covid-19 precautions by wearing masks (requested, not required), handwashing and hand sanitizing, and extra effort cleaning our rooms, tables, and high touch surfaces.

If attending the second worship service (10:45-12:00), you will pick up your child at the conclusion of Sunday School (10:30) if they are in the 4’s and up.  It’s a good idea to take them to the restroom, get a drink, etc. before worship time.  They will remain in worship time with you until the announcement is made for preschool worship (4’s through K) and children’s worship (1st-3rd graders).  Your children may continue to sit with you, or you may send them out to Preschool or Children’s worship.  After worship, please pick them up in the children’s wing.

How to Present the Gospel

You can explain the gospel to someone using these two verses and a simple drawing:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 3:23

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The person on the left box represents me/you/anybody. God is over on the other side. (Draw God on top of the box on the right)

Write these words in the left box as you talk about them:

Wages: what you earn. When your parents go to work they earn wages, it’s what they earn for the job they do.

Sin: using Romans 6:23 we learned that everyone sins, right? Well, if we were paid what we deserve for our sin, it would be death. (Sin is anything that goes against God.)   It’s not sounding very good right now, and we’re still separated from God. Here’s the good part—but. (write “but” in the gap between the boxes). Here’s where the story gets better!

Now in the box on the right, write the underlined words:

Gift: What does it cost you when someone gives you a gift? Nothing! It’s a gift. God loves you so much that he gave you a gift. That gift is eternal life. Christ Jesus made that gift possible when he died on the cross and made it possible to have our sins forgiven (draw cross with “Christ Jesus” that bridges the gap between the left and right boxes). When we “trust” (write trust on the top of the cross) Jesus we ask forgiveness of our sins and ask him be in our lives, we won’t be separated from God.

Now tell YOUR story!  You can tell the person what your life was like before you knew Jesus, and how it is different now that you have made him #1 in your life! Ask them if they would like to pray and ask Jesus for forgiveness of their sin, and to let him be #1 in their life.