Eternal / The Gospel of Salvation in Jesus

Younger Kids Questions

God is not like a circle, but a circle can help us to understand that God does not have a beginning or end, just like this circle does not have a visible start or end point.

Read Psalm 90:2. Do the children see the word “eternal” in this verse? No. But what words are used that mean the same thing as eternal? Have the children underline the words “from everlasting to everlasting.” Then have them decorate the letter and illustration.

God is an Eternal Dwelling Place

Read Deuteronomy 33:27a and Psalm 90:1. Ask children what a dwelling place is.

A dwelling place is like a house. It protects you as you live within it. Is your house very old? Do houses ever get old and weak and fall apart? Would an old house that is falling down keep you safe?

Discuss the importance of the eternal God being a dwelling place for His people. Pray together and praise God that He is an eternal dwelling place for His people. Thank Him for His goodness, and ask that He would give you and the children hearts that would trust in His everlasting protection.

God Can Be Trusted Forever

Ask the children if they’ve ever been disappointed by something that didn’t last. Did a toy break? Did a treat get eaten? Did a flower they planted get old and fall off the plant? Did a pet die? Did a good friend move away? Did a grandparent die? Read and discuss Isaiah 26:4.

What should the words “the LORD” remind us of in this verse? [God’s name, Yahweh] Why can we trust in the LORD forever? What does it say God is like? How is God like an everlasting rock? Why do people build houses and other buildings on rock, and not on soft things like sand? Because God is like an everlasting rock, will He ever grow weak, or stop being God, or die? How should we respon 

Older Kids Questions

Have the children turn to John 3:16. Point out that many people have memorized this verse. Ask: If someone came up to you today and asked you what this verse means, could you explain it to them? [Allow the children to respond.] Use the following questions if the children need help: What is the “bad news” in this verse that we need saving from? [We are perishing.] Why are we perishing? [Because we are sinners and deserve death and hell.] What is the good news in this verse? [God sent Jesus into the world.] Why did God send Jesus? [Because He loves us and wants to save sinners.] Point out that this verse is telling us of the good news that there is salvation in Jesus. Does this verse say that everyone gets

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eternal life? Read verse 18 also. [No.] What do you need to do in order to receive salvation from Jesus? [Believe in Him.] What do you think that means? Is it just saying certain words?

Ask: Do you think that there is another way to get eternal life? Suppose someone says that as long as you do more good things than bad things, you can get to heaven without believing in Jesus. Or, you can get eternal life by believing in the help of other gods, or you can get eternal life by working to do five special things. Can you get eternal life in these ways also? Choose children to read the following verses: John 14:6 and Acts 4:12. What are these verses telling us about Jesus and salvation? Can you depend on any other way to be saved? Are you trying to receive eternal life by depending on other things or ways?

Remind the children of the beginning illustration of the prize and the driver’s license. Do you think that child felt frustrated at first knowing that he could not get the prize? How did his feelings change when the adult offered his own license? Ask: Have you ever felt deep sadness because of your sin and your inability to earn eternal life? Have you ever felt desperate because you have sinned against a holy and righteous God and deserve His judgment? Knowing the bad news—what is the good news? Have you responded to the good news of the gospel? How must a person respond in order to receive the good news? Read and discuss Acts 3:19.

WORKBOOK Have the children turn in their workbooks to Lesson 4. Have the children read through the verses and write down the key points of the gospel message. Next, have them write in the response that the gospel calls us to. What is repentance? What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Recall the story of the rich young man from Matthew 19:16-22. Read what Jesus called him to do in verse 21. Did the man do this? Why not? Use the following examples to help children understand repentance and true belief: Luke 18:13, Luke 19:8-9 and Luke 9:23. Have you experienced true repentance for your sin? Do you have the kind of belief in Jesus that causes you to deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus as your Savior and Lord?