“So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.”– John 8:36
Last week we talked about God’s love for His Son Jesus, and that it’s the same amount of love that Jesus has for us! It’s our job to tell others and show them that same love.
I’m going to give you all an easy way to share God’s love with others. (Pass out the “FOUR” bracelets now.) I want you all to look at your new bracelets. There are four symbols on each one. Can you tell me what the symbols are? (Heart, division sign, cross, and question mark).
- The heart will help you remember that, “God Loves You.”
- The division sign will help you remember that, “Sin Separates You.”
- The cross will help you remember that, “Jesus Rescues You.”
- The question mark is there to ask, “Will You Trust Him?
These four symbols are an easy way to share the Gospel with your friends. The first symbol is a heart which stands for God’s love for us – which is what we talked about last week. The division sign stands for sin, and when sin entered the world, it separated us from God. The cross stands for Jesus’ sacrifice, which provided a way for us to be reunited with God. Then last is the question mark. Each person must decide if they believe the first three symbols are true. Everyone gets a chance to have Jesus in their life, but they must choose to follow Him.
Raise your hand if you have ever been frustrated while playing sports. It can be really frustrating when you are doing a skill wrong and can’t figure out how to do it right. No matter what you try, you keep doing it wrong. That’s called a slump. You feel like you can’t do anything right! As your coach, I’m here to help you break out of slumps and to teach you a new way to be free from bad habits.
Sometimes we develop bad habits – maybe like lying, stealing, being rude, or laziness. We wish we could stop, but we don’t know how. Those things I mentioned are all sins that everyone is guilty of. No one is perfect; we all have sinned. But here’s the Good News – Jesus provides us a way to be free from that sin. If we accept Jesus into our life, we are a new creation, and our old ways and sins don’t have to follow us around anymore. You see, when we trust Jesus, He gives us the Holy Spirit to fight against sin. He can help us finally be free of the things we wish we could stop doing.
Review this prayer if you are ready to trust Jesus and surrender your life to Him.
“Dear God, I believe that You sent Jesus to die for my sins and that You raised Him back to life again. I want You to be Lord of my life. Help me to surrender to You. Amen.”