Announce Relive overnighter this Friday and pass out invitation cards.
Describe why Jesus laid down his life for us, then linking it to God challenging us to “lay down our lives” and getting dirty serving others in our walk with Christ.
Why did Jesus have to die?
Jesus had to die because God is perfect and sinless. We as humans constantly fall for sin because in the beginning satan entered the world creating sin.
So since we are sinners we cannot be with God in heaven without Jesus. Jesus was also perfect like God, he was his son. Since Jesus died on the cross he washed us clean of all our sins so we can spend eternity with him in heaven.
Have kids draw a “straight” line on a piece of paper and have them compare it to the others. Then compare the lines to a ruler.
No matter how straight we think our line is and how it compares to others, we are all “crooked” compared to Jesus (ruler). When we ask for forgiveness Jesus straightens us out because he died to save our sins.
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us by laying down his life to save us. As a Christian God calls us to “lay down our lives” in a sense by putting aside our needs and wants to help others.
Application…Applying what Jesus did to your life.
Depending on where we are in our walk with Christ this looks different. For those of us who are just starting our journey that may look like giving someone else the last donut, doing a chore for a sibling, or giving up a trip to kings island to serve at Mathew 25 Ministries or New Life Mission in Hamilton. These are just little things that make a huge difference. As we grow in our faith in become older more opportunities come into play. There is a family that attends our church that felt God calling them out. In response the Branes moved there entire family including their two young children to Burkina Faso, Africa. They guide people there into the light of Christ and teach them what it looks like to be a Jesus Freak or follower of Christ. This is what God is calling us to do, but maybe not shipping our family to Africa. What do you think that you could do to “lay down your life” like Jesus did?
When God enters your life it changes FOREVER. I challenge you guys to start living your life like Jesus did during this month. “Lay down your life”, decide what this would look like depending on your position. Maybe its leaving that last slice of pizza at CI CI’s for the guy next to you and wait for the next round. Whatever it is start living your life for God and others before you! Get dirty and serve!