- Index cards
- Writing utensil
Some of the Christians in Galatia said a person could get to Heaven by keeping the law—the rules. But what is the TRUE gospel?
Write each of the following TRUE statements on an index card. Pass them out and let the children take turns reading these important truths aloud.
- God loves us and wants us to be in Heaven with Him some day.
- We have all sinned and gone our own way—away from God.
- Jesus died on the cross and took the punishment for our sin.
- Jesus came alive again.
- Believing in Jesus and accepting His forgiveness is the only way to Heaven.
No one can ever get to Heaven by doing enough good works or keeping God’s rules. Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven. Don’t be led away from the truth.
What I Really Need
While riding in the car, review the simple truth that we need Jesus to get to Heaven by filling in the blank, What I really need is __.
The first person will think of a situation where someone needs help and the other will guess what is needed. For example, “When my house is on fire, what I really need is __” (a fireman; a fire extinguisher). Other situations: When I am sick, If I was blind, When I am hungry, If I was lost, If I was drowning, When I am cold, etc.
For the last one, use this situation: When I need to have my sins forgiven or go to Heaven, I really need __. (Jesus)
Jesus is the only way to Heaven!
How Good Can You Be?
During breakfast one morning, announce that the family is going to have a contest to see who can be completely good. (You may want to review the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.) At dinner, talk about the contest results.
Did you put God first in everything today? Did you tell the truth? Did you want what someone else had? Did you love something else more than God? Did you honor and obey your parents?
Read Galatians 3:11-12.
Can anyone be good enough to keep all of God’s rules every single day? No! Some people may keep more of God’s rules than others, but NO ONE can keep all of God’s rules.
If we can’t keep all of God’s rules, how can we be right with God?
Our sins are taken away only by believing in Jesus and what He did for us. He died on the cross and then came alive three days later. When we have faith (believe) in Jesus, He takes away our sin and makes us right before God. We are justified… just as if we never sinned.