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.