Preface: This isn't "writing" per se, this is the first of three posts that will be lesson outlines from the VBS our church is conducting this week. The titles are, Where Did I Come From?, Am I Important, and How Can I Be Okay? My hope in sharing is that if you work with kids, or simply are interested in answering these questions for yourself, you will be edified.
How Can I Be Okay?
Gold bean bag
Do you ever feel broken? Like something inside of you just isn’t right?
The last couple of days the kids have been working on a verse, Gen 1:1, In the beginning, God created…
The Bible starts not with people, not with some slog beginning with an immense hydrogen explosion, but with God. A speaking God. A God who speaks life into being
What did God call his creation? Very good (v31)
Part of that very good creation was an image-bearer: people
Kids, who made everything? God!
So, who made you? God!
So, who’s the boss? God is!
Right, God is the boss. And he gave people a job: take care of creation, and reflect what God is like, 1:26-27, 2:15
We were made to mirror what God is like-but do we?
What went wrong?
Kids, who’s the boss? God!
But remember, that’s good news. Why is it good news?
Who loves you? God!
Right, God loves you, and he knows everything. So when he makes a rule, it is a rule that flows from his love.
How many rules did he give to Adam and Eve? 1 rule!
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In Genesis 3 we read about that start of everything that goes wrong: a snake comes into the garden. Gen 3:1-13
The snake comes with a terrible lie: God doesn’t love you. God doesn’t care about what’s best for you. Be your own boss, your own ruler.
And the woman and the man both eat the fruit, and the black poison of sin takes root in their hearts
Did you know, that is the same poison that lives inside your heart?
3:15, God promises a Rescuer to fix things
The whole rest of the Bible is the story of God preparing a people to be the family of the Rescuer
But guess what? They keep failing, because the are full of sin, just like you and me
And do you know what the worst part of sin is? It cuts you off from God’s presence: you can’t be covered with sin and enjoy standing before God
So what’s going to happen?
Red Bean Bag
God wasn’t going to leave people separated from him forever.
John 3:16. God sent his Son into the world
But was Jesus just going to rescue his people out of the bad place, like a prince swooping in to take away the princess?
No, there was a price to be paid. Romans 6:23
Jesus came and shed his blood to cover your sins
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Did you remember where I said you couldn’t stand when you’re covered in sin?
The Bible says if you trust in Jesus, his blood covers your sins, and you get to wear his perfect righteousness. You get clean clothes! It’s called being forgiven
Have you ever had to ask for forgiveness? You can be forgiven by God, and live with him, because of what Jesus has done.
You can’t do anything to earn it: it’s a free gift
Green bean bag
But this free gift of life isn’t the end of the story. Because eternal life is a real life that starts now
So we need to grow. How can we grow? We pray, read the Bible, go to church to spend time with other people who have been forgiven by Jesus. And we tell other people about what he’s done.