- Salvation means to be saved from something. Biblically this salvation means to be saved from death.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
A - Admit
Admit what you have done wrong and ask forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death.
I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
B - Believe
Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again as a payment for your sins.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
C - Confess and Choose
Confess and choose to allow God to the be in charge of your life
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
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.
Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
- The Gift
(Beautifully wrap a large box and set it out of reach before the child.)
Do you like to receive gifts? I sure do. It is fun to receive the gifts and see what is inside. Inside this gift is the most wonderful present you will ever receive. Would you like this gift? Oh, I am sorry but there is a huge problem. You can't get to the present. Although you can't see it, there is an invisible, huge wall in the way. A wall so big that you can't climb over it, you can't go around it, and you can't crawl under it. And, what the wall is filled with is so thick and gross that you can't break through it.
What do you think the wall is made of? (Allow the child to make a few guesses.) Sin. This invisible, thick, huge wall is filled with sin.
What is sin? Sin is the bad choices in our life that disobey God. Sin is anything the we do, think, or say that makes God sad. Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and are unable to come close to God. It is this sin that is keeping us from getting to the gift.
If you can't climb over, go around, crawl under, or go through, how do we get to the gift? (Allow the child to share.) Actually, there is nothing. We can't be good enough and we can't do enough good things to break down the wall. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that because of our bad choices death must happen to pay for the sin in our life.
But there is really good news. The verse doesn't stop there. Jesus is the answer. He willingly died for our sins so that the wall can be completely torn down.
So, do you still want the gift? All you have to do to receive the gift is to admit what you have done wrong, believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again as a payment for your sins, and then choose to allow God to the be in charge of your life!
Immediately the gift is yours.
Remember that I told you the gift is the most wonderful present you will ever receive? Do you want to know what is in the gift?
The gift is eternal life. This means that You are part of God's family and will live with Him forever. But God won't force you to take the gift. You must choose to take it by removing the wall between you and God. Remember how to do this? A - Admit what you have done wrong and ask forgiveness. B - Believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again as a payment for your sins. C - Choose to allow God to the be in charge of your life. Being God's child and living with Him forever is definitely the best gift you can ever choose to receive. If you would like to receive this gift, please come talk to me and I will help you.
- ABC Butterfly:
Print the ABC Butterfly. Have the child write: Admit – I sin. Believe – Jesus died for me. Choose – I need God. Cut out the butterfly pieces. Glue the pieces together on a piece of construction paper. Decorate.