Focus on the future
In His infinite goodness, God loves us human beings, even when we still do what is wrong and do not follow God’s will. He does not want anyone to perish in their sin, but he calls people from the rising of the sun to its going down. (Psalm 50:1)
He has also given us a conscience and his word and commandments, so that we can learn what is right and wrong in His sight. Since all people have sinned, the devil had power over us, and we were all lost. That is why God also sent His own Son to earth. Jesus came and lived as a human being, and he was killed on the cross. But Jesus had never sinned, so Satan had no right to kill him. But Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified so that we could receive forgiveness for the sins we have committed. And then we can be saved to the same life that He lived. A life in which sin loses its power in us too.
Forgiveness is a very important part of Jesus’ plan of salvation. We who were separated from God, and whom Satan had power over, can be completely free from the sins we have committed, no matter how bad or how many they are. And God delights in every person who comes to Him and acknowledges their sin and asks for forgiveness. He will forgive us immediately when we ask for forgiveness. God’s love is so great that He wants to give us a fresh start, no matter what we have done. This is the beginning of a righteous life that makes us happy and joyful, just as God wants and has planned for us.
The conditions for receiving forgiveness are to regret the bad things we have done, while at the same time forgiving others who have done something wrong to us. (Matthew 6:12)
The sins God has forgiven us are completely and forever gone from God. And our affairs are in order with Him. (Micah 7:19)
It is up to God, and not other people. But maybe we have done something bad to other people, and then it is also very good for ourselves and for those around us that we apologize to others. It will become a strength for yourself further on, to get a righteous foundation for your life.
Since God is so good and gracious that He always forgives us, some people may wonder whether we can’t just continue to sin and ask for forgiveness again and again. The apostle Paul writes about this, and he answers clearly: “Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1-2) We are supposed to stop doing what we know is wrong. And Jesus wants to help us with that. There is a way out of sin that Jesus has paved for us. And we can start it with joy and a clear conscience.
Tools for Tweens
Intro packets are a new concept for Bible Kids. It’s geared towards tweens between 11-12 years old and will give mentors tools to convey Christian content to them.
This target group is very precious but it can be difficult to start a meaningful conversation with them. We believe that the building blocks in this package can be a big help, and that the activity especially can give the tweens the opportunity to take a fresh look at a topic they may have heard about before but not fully understood.
An Intro packet will always contain:
A studio broadcast concerning the topic
Main points from the broadcast trimmed into short clips, which can be used as building blocks
And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9