Monday, March 22, 2021

Children’s Sermon on Romans 4 – Not Paid Wages but a Gift

Children’s Sermon on Romans 4 – Not Paid Wages but a Gift

Use this children’s sermon about Romans 4 to show students that God doesn’t owe us anything but gives us salvation freely.


Scripture: Romans 4


Needed: a box of cookies or another prize


Children’s Sermon: As kids come up, show them your box of cookies and say something like, I will give a cookie to whoever can hop on one foot 50 times in 30 seconds. Ready? Go!


(No one will be able to meet the requirement.)


Okay, sit down and rest. Was it hard to hop 50 times in 30 seconds?


I have a secret for you. I knew you wouldn’t be able to do that, so it’s okay you couldn’t do it. I’m still going to give you a cookie.


You see, this is how God acts with us. He says we can either follow all the rules and never make a mistake one time, or we can have faith that He sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins. What sounds easier – following all the rules and never making a mistake, or believing Jesus came to die for us?


Believing Jesus came to die for us is easier!


If we could follow all the rules, then God would owe us the reward of going to Heaven and living forever. But since none of us can follow all the rules and never make a mistake, God shows us His grace and gives us eternal life as a gift when we believe in Jesus. God doesn’t owe us Heaven, but He gives it to us as a gift, just like I don’t owe you a cookie, but I’m going to give you one anyway.


Paul the Apostle says…


(Read Romans 4:4-5, quoted here in the NIV.)


“Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”


In these verses, the Apostle Paul is explaining that God counts us as being righteous not because we try to follow the rules but because we have faith in Jesus.


Closing Prayer: Father, thank You for being so gracious to us. You give us Your rules, and we break them. None of us are perfect. But You sent Jesus to die for us and said that if we believe in Him, You will count us as being righteous. We ask You to help us believe in Jesus more and more. Amen.


(Give each child a cookie.)



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