Monday, April 10, 2006

Gospel at the Carnival

I haven't been posting over the past few days because I've been writing for some other things at church. One of them is a page for our Pioneer Girls closing night. We are planning a carnival teaching the ten commandments. The girls will each be given a "passport" to take around to the different stations, where they'll get stickers - one corresponding to a commandment. At the back of the passport we wanted to include the gospel for them to read again at home.

I'm gonna post it for anyone else that works with children that may need this someday. I'd appreciate any comments you may add to help me be clear, readable, and accurate. You can also join me in prayer for the moms & dads that might read this, since about 60% of the girls that come to clubs are not from church backgrounds. We are excited every week about the opportunity God has given us to reach into these lives.

God is the almighty ruler of this world. He created the earth and the heavens. He also created people to live and enjoy this planet. Plus He gave us a guidebook with instructions about how to live.

The Bible says these commandments are a schoolmaster- a teacher- showing us where we are failing the ‘test’ of life. Whenever we fail to keep one of His commandments, we fail God. Since God is a perfect judge and is totally fair, He has to punish law-breakers. In the Bible, God tells us this punishment is terrible suffering and also unbearably lonely.

This is desperate news, because we have all broken at least one of God’s laws. In fact, if we’re honest and sincere, we break those laws often – daily, hourly, sometimes even more often. Suddenly, we are faced with the horrible consequences of our actions.

BUT, there is some good news that God offers us. He loves each and every one of us soooo much. SO much, that He sent His Son, Jesus, to come to earth and pay for our sin, in our place. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, should not die, but have eternal life." That means Jesus has taken our punishment, PLUS we can now have eternal life in heaven with God. This good news of Jesus dying for us is a gift that God offers every person.

So how do we receive this gift? (1) By believing that Jesus is our substitute in the place of punishment; and (2) by turning away from our life of sin. That is, we confess to God the laws that we have broken, and then we turn away from continually breaking His laws.

Jesus has done something really amazing by dying for us. He deserves to be our new Master. God tells us how our new Master wants us to live in the Bible. That’s why it’s important to read this Holy Book every day. Plus Jesus promises to help us by the Holy Spirit – we just need to ask for His help through prayer.

If you have any questions, please call or talk to your club leader – or come and visit (our) Church. We would love to help you in this new life, serving Jesus.


KehlerGirl said...

Sounds really good Marlene. What a creative way to help them learn/remember the 10 commandments and the importance of them.
I'm finding that I really miss working with the girls at pioneer clubs. Let me know if you need any help next year, I would love to be involved again!

Christel said...

Hi Marlene,

I think your paper is really good. I have one possible suggestion.

In the third last paragraph where you say, "So how do we receive this gift?", I wondered if (seeing as how you already articulated what Christ accomplished on the cross in the previous paragraph) you would want to highlight faith in Christ at this point? Of course, followed by your second point of repentance from sin.

Also, it may be important to mention that what Christ accomplished is two sided. Not only did He pay for our sin, but He has also clothed us in His righteousness so that we can meet God's perfect standard.

Your paper is excellent as is, so feel free to take or leave my suggestion.

Much love in Christ,

Marlene S. said...

Abbey, believe it or not, I just prayed last week about workers... and I prayed specifically that God would place it on their heart to come to me. You have answered God's call to you. We would love to have you join the team - considered yourself hired:)

Christel, I agree with you. I wrote a similar write up for the youth musical they presented on Sunday and gave a little more discussion to that point. I'm gonna adjust it to include that a little more explicitly.

I so appreciate your suggestion.


Homemanager said...

I can't add anything to what Christel said. She articulated it well! :o)
Great Ideas, Marlene!