The FOUR– Read Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23
Hey everyone! We have made it to our third and final truth as we walk through God’s game plan! For the next two weeks, we will discuss how God loves you and sent Jesus to save us. Everything we have learned up to this point has prepared us to understand the importance of God’s love for us.
Can anyone tell me what the Gospel means? (Take a few answers.)
The Gospel is the story of the Good News about Jesus coming to earth to save us. Does anyone know why Jesus needed to come to earth to save us in the first place?
All those answers are close, but we will dive into that today. First, let’s pray to start our time together.
“Lord, thank you for everyone here today. Help us listen and learn these important truths about how You love us. Amen.”
The story we will learn over the next two weeks has four main parts. Today, we are going to learn about the first two. The first part we must understand is that God loved and created us from the beginning.
“So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27
God delighted in His creation and gave us a place to live and work to do. God had such a great relationship with His creation that He would walk with them as we do with our friends. How amazing is it that God, the most perfect being, created us in His image? That should make you feel very loved and know that God created each of you with such care and love and made no mistakes when you were made. He loves you because He made you!
Unfortunately, this perfect relationship with God ended when humans decided to sin. They thought they could ignore what God told them and let Satan trick them into disobeying God. Once humans sinned, that ruined the perfect relationship we had with God. God could no longer be so close to us because He is perfect, and we are marked with sin. The sin caused a divide between humans and God. Since then, there has been sin, and everyone, even you, sins.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
So, we need help. We once got to experience perfect love and relationship with God, but then sin entered and ruined it. God still loves us so much that He came up with a solution. That solution is what we get to learn about next week.
I want you to remember two things from today: Everyone, make a heart with your hands. God loves us. Now, I want you to raise your arm diagonally across your body. Sin separates us.
- How does it feel to know that God created you in His image?
- Do you think sin is a problem?
“God, we are so thankful for how You love us. You created us, and You delight in us. Forgive us when we sin against You and help prepare our hearts to learn about the amazing solution You gave us to bring us back to You. Amen.”
When you make a commitment to be on God’s Team, you are signing up to walk with Him daily. You are training for this walk by reading His Word and understanding His plan. But where do you start?
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