11am Service 8 November 2020
Hi Everyone, here is a brief outline of the sermon as well as some reflection questions for our Wednesday sermon discussion on Zoom.
Dear GCBC Parents:
Padraig Costello will bring our message to us from Romans 3:9-20. In these verses, Paul further explains how no one is good and we are all under the power of sin. It is so important for our children to understand this basic truth. If we don’t understand the concept of sin, we will not see a need for a Saviour or believe in the Gospel. All too often our culture tells us we are innately good (born with good in us) and that we only mess up a little bit here and there. This is contrary to what the Bible teaches. Only God is good, and we are born with sin already in our hearts. No one teaches a 2-year-old to throw a fit when they don’t get what they want, right? They do this inherently (naturally). So let’s remind our children that we will never be perfect, but we can rejoice in the fact that our Heavenly Father, who loves us very much, is perfect.
Sunday, 8th November Links:
Digging Deeper for Children (print the Digging Deeper worksheet or write out the following on your own piece of paper)
Full Scripture reading: Romans 3:9-20 (NLT)
Read through each Scripture passage and think through them to answer the questions that follow.
- Romans 3:9-10 – “Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. “As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one.” Psalm 14:1-3 – “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” What do these verses say about people (list or draw them out)? Who is good?
- Romans 3:19-20 – “Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” According to these verses, what does the law “show” us?
- If we cannot be made right with God by following his rules (the law), how can we be made right with God? (Hint: This was a sermon a few weeks ago. Romans 1:17 – “This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.””)
- What is one thing Padraig said in today’s sermon that stood out to you?
Family Links –
- Book for family reading – The Ology by Marty Machowski – definition of sin, page 241 – “Sin to miss the mark; Like when an arrow flies wide of the target’s bulls-eye, when we sin, we miss the mark of God’s righteousness. Sin includes anything we think or do that is against or breaks God’s law. God’s laws are all about how to love God and people. So when we sin we are not being loving; we go our own way instead of God’s way.”
- Bible Project video great for older children/teens on sin (watch the video for “Khata: ‘Sin’”) – https://bibleproject.com/explore/bad-word-series/