Theme for ’15-’16

This year in children’s church we have been learning about “Our Story: God and Us”. Our goal has been to provide children with an understanding of the gospel. To do this, we focused on four themes: Creation, The Fall, Redemption and Restoration.

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Creation

Key Verse: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Key Truth: God created me and the whole world

God created all there is, and it was all gloriously good. People were the highlight of His creation, made in His image. God entrusted creation to His children, and at first, they lived in loving obedience to Him, enjoying perfect harmony with creation, each other, and God. But this didn’t last. What went wrong?*

The Fall

Key Verse: Romans 3:23 “Everyone has sinned. No one measures up to God’s glory.”

Key Truth: Sin comes between us and God.

Satan, an angel, grew jealous of God, and decided to ruin the perfection of creation. He tempted Adam and Eve to question God’s goodness, and to rebel against God’s one rule. They ate the forbidden fruit, ushering in sin and death, which still plagues us today. We’re all like Adam and Eve, rebelling against God. As a result, we are wracked with guilt, fear, and shame. Our bodies are vulnerable to sickness and death. The earth itself is afflicted with disasters. Worst of all, sin created a permanent divide between us and God – and there’s no way for us to fix it, no matter how hard we try. That’s the BAD NEWS.

Redemption

Key Verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Key Truth: Jesus came to fix our broken relationship with God.

The love that made God want to create us also made Him decide to send us a Savior who would make everything right again. Even though WE can’t do anything to fix sin, JESUS could, and He DID. He died a perfect death, taking our place and our consequences – the innocent for the guilty. Jesus defeated sin by dying on the cross. But that’s not all: He defeated death, too, when He came back to life!

Jesus’ life, death and resurrection was God’s Rescue plan for the world. That’s the GOOD NEWS!

Restoration

Key Verse: Mt. 5:14 “You are the light that shines for the world to see.”

Key truth: God lets His followers help to fix our broken world

When people believe this good news, two things happen:

The first thing happens INSIDE us: God’s Spirit begins to live inside of us, helping us to grow our friendship with God and to become more like Him. As we do, we begin to see and understand more and more of His Story.

The second thing happens OUTSIDE of us: God invites us to join with Him to restore this world – to make it right again. God is hard at work bringing everything back to the way He intended it. And He says to us: “Want to help? Come on!”

*Much of the wording in the 4 sections comes from “The Story”.How Can I Help My Child Respond to the Gospel?

Now that your child has heard the gospel, he or she may be ready to respond to it. At MVC, we feel that this is a special opportunity for parents to be involved in their child’s faith journey. Therefore, at the end of our gospel unit, we encourage children to come to you, rather than asking them to make a decision for Christ during children’s church.

You may already feel very comfortable leading your child to Christ, but if you’re feeling unprepared, we’ve got some resources for you – and we’re always more than happy to talk with you.

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