Watch 2nd video on 1 John 4:7-12
To be God’s child, do we first need to become good at loving?
No. God helps us grow in love after we become his children. If we had to improve, we would never come. But we must grow in love after we come to God and he will help us.
Where does true love come from?
God. Not the kissy-face stuff on TV. God. In and of ourselves, we have no love but God plants it into us when he saves us.
How did God show his true love for us?
By sending Jesus to save us from death. Was there anything in us for God to love when he did that? No, we had completely betrayed him and had earned eternal suffering from God and he did not have to show us love.
How do we show God to others?
By loving them! Do we only show love to the people we like? What about the people who get on our nerves? What if they don’t stop poking us? What if they call us names? What if they break promises? What if they treat you like a baby?
Think of someone you really can’t stand. Now think of a way that you can show love to that person.
Play God’s Word – Keep It - based on 1 John 4:1-6
Like Hot Potato except they want it. When they get the Bible, they can read a scripture. I will provide a false statement and then the Scripture that contradicts it.
Jesus was just a spirit or Jesus wasn’t completely God. 1 John 4:2
We must go to someone else to get to God like a priest or a dead saint. 1 Timothy 2:5
If you sin, then you have to atone for it again and again. Hebrews 10:17-18
Jesus is never coming back and we can do what we want. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
All people will be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:10b
We can come to God through any path. Acts 4:12
We don’t need someone to die for our sins. Hebrews 9:22
God is guilty of divine child abuse by sending Jesus to die for our sins. Philippians 2:9 and John 10:17-18
Bonus: A kid asked me what was a Christian. I need to answer it.
Romans 10:9 - If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Simply, a Christian is someone who has been saved by Jesus when he was crucified from God’s wrath for our sins and given a new righteousness from Jesus. Now that person lives for Jesus and looks to him to sin less.