Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sky Ranch Family Devotional…Believe, with Stacy A. Davis ~ Bible Teacher and Sky Ranch Board Member

Family Fun Icebreaker: Is there anything that you need to confess that you are sorry for?

Question: What happens if you trust God?

Topic 5: Trust—God’s Salvation

Today’s Big Idea: Believe

Share with your family that God, the Father, sent Jesus, His Son, into the world as a sacrifice who would take the wrath for your sins.
The questions give your family the opportunity to share about how, in Topic 4, your family looked at the problem of sin and how these actions cause issues in your relationship with God. Before Jesus, God had provided a temporary solution for the people’s sin that is described in the Old Testament or Jewish Scriptures. God shares in Hebrews 10 that the “Jewish sacrifice”, or making sacrifices of animals, was meant to be a temporary fix. Jesus’ sacrifice was intended to be the real and permanent solution for sin. It was a one-time payment for all sin, for all people in the past, present and future, of all who believe in Him. In the moment that you believe in Jesus, God accepts His payment for your personal sins against Him. He won’t hold the sins of the past against you. Now you will be accepted in God’s home, heaven, and can live eternally with Him. Talk to your family about the dangers of rejecting God’s offer and staying trapped in a lifestyle of denying God, living life your own way. 

Talk with God: Read scriptures and questions below.

1 John 4:9-10 (NIV): “This is how God showed his love among
us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for (or as the one who would turn aside his wrath, taking away) our sins.”

Hebrews 10:10 (NIV): “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
Walk with God:

Discuss with younger kids: As you are growing up, your parents guide you by showing you right from wrong. When you have broken one of their rules, there is a consequence from your parents. But there is another consequence, the feeling of guilt. You can feel bad inside, right? It is the same with sin; you have a choice. If you continue a sinful lifestyle, God will have consequences. Yet there is another consequence: your own guilt within your heart. Can you think of other consequences associated with a sinful lifestyle?

Discuss with older kids: You have seen some people that you know make really bad choices by now. Whether it is a celebrity in the news or a personal friend, you have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Living sinful lifestyles cause people to pay a heavy price, such as public embarrassment or humiliation. But not all sinful lifestyles are public, they can be private. Are there still consequences? What are they?

Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to show you the way to remove your sins. 

I will be praying for you!

Stacy A. Davis, Author
Sky Ranch Family Devotionals 

© 2013 Stacy A. Davis, Inc. All rights reserved.

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