I love seeing teenagers serve! This past Wednesday our kids took over axis ... the planning, the music, the speaking, they served in EVERY area and it was awesome! I think back to my life as a teenager and if someone would have never given me an opportunity to speak in front of others or to lead a group of people or to allow me to be a counselor at a summer camp ... who knows where I'd be right now. The Church gave me the ability to use and develop my gifts and I love paying that forward to our teenagers.
This past Wednesday we finished up our Lies series by looking at the lie "A good life will get you to heaven." Again, we base truth off of what the Bible says and the Bible is clear that it takes more than doing good things to get you to heaven. Here is how our kids broke down their lesson time:
1) Doing good things are important. It's important to live a good life and do good things. We have been created for that according to Ephesians 2:10. Doing good things is a way to fulfill part of our purpose on earth and live in a way that points people to God.
2) But, living a good life is not enough to get us to heaven. The reality is that none of us are good (Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23). Our sin causes us to fall short of God's standard.
3) That's where Jesus steps in. Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me." The Bible also says in Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other Name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved." One of our students speaking used the illustration of meeting a new friend and wanting to visit them but that friend simply said they live in Indiana. She could spend her life searching for her friend and never find her because she didn't have specific directions. Well, the Bible gives us specific directions on how to find God ... through Jesus Christ. Romans 10:9 - 10 says that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raise Him from the dead, we will be saved.
It was a great night with kids responding to the Gospel.
Next Week: Our new series - Uncommon ... a 5 week study through the book of James.