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WE ALL NEED A SAVIOUR 

Scripture: Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9; James 4:17; John 1:9, 3:4

Memory verse: Romans 10:9
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

Lead—In

Tell the students to listen to the following story and be prepared to respond at the end.

Mary was excited. Her favourite aunt and uncle, Martha and Andrew, were coming to visit! They were very special to Mary. She loved them dearly, but one thing made Mary sad. They were not Christians. Mary and her family had witnessed to them many times, but each time Andrew would tell them all the good things he did.

For example, he would say, “My Company bought shoes for poor children.”  Then Martha would say, “We have given a lot of money to the children’s hospital.”

When Mary’s mother or father asked Andrew and Martha if they knew Jesus as their Saviour, they always said, “We belong to a fellowship that has a devotional before every meeting. That is all the religion anyone needs.”

Now Andrew and Martha were coming to visit them again. This time, Mary was determined she was going to witness to them. She loved them and wanted them to know Jesus. As soon as she could, Mary asked them, “Have you given your hearts to Jesus? He wants to be your Saviour.”

Andrew was quick to answer, “Just this week Martha and I gave money to an elderly couple.  Martha put in 20 hours of volunteer work at the hospital too. We do not need Jesus. We do not do anything bad and we do many good things for others. We are good citizens and good neighbours.”

Ask: “How would you feel if you were Mary. Are Andrew and Martha saved because of the good things they do for others?”  Then tell the students that in this week’s study they will learn about the only way to be saved.

Hearing God’s Word

Last week we learned how God created the world and everything in it.

Ask: “What were the names of the man and woman God made?”  (Allow responses)

Sin Enters the World

Everything was perfect in the Garden of Eden. God looked down at His creation and was very pleased. Then a terrible thing happened. Satan, in the form of a serpent, asked Eve why she did not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve explained that God had told her to stay away from it. That should have ended the discussion; but no, the serpent argued against God’s Word. “That is not true,” the serpent said. “God knows you will not die if you eat from that tree. You will just become wise like God.”

Anytime someone argues against God’s Word, it should signal trouble. God’s Word is true and Satan is always a liar. Eve listened to the serpent instead of obeying God. She ate from the tree. She gave Adam some fruit too.

Eve did not have to do what the serpent said. God had given her a will—she could choose to obey God or Satan. She was free to make her own choice, just as Adam was. When Adam and Eve freely chose to disobey God, sin entered their lives.

Each of you has your own choices to make. God has given each of us a soul and a will. No matter what someone else tells you to do, if something is wrong, do not do it. Choose to obey God’s Word—that is always the right choice.

Immediately after eating the fruit, Adam and Eve realized they had done wrong. They had disobeyed God. Because of their wrong choice, sin came into the world.

Sin is Disobeying God

Ask: “What is sin?” (Allow discussion.) Disobeying God is sin.

Ask: “How can we know whether or not something is wrong?” (Allow discussion.)

Anything that is against God’s will is wrong. We can know God’s will by reading the Bible. Sin is not only doing things God told us not to; it is also not doing what He has told us to do. (Have a student read James 4:17.)

God had told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of a particular tree; God told them they would die if they ate it. Satan said they would not die. Who was right? (Read or ask a student to read Ezekiel 18:20.)

Physical Death and Spiritual Death

A lot of people do not like to talk about dying. Some people leave the room or change the subject in a hurry if you mention dying.

Ask: “Why do you think this is?” (Allow discussion.)

There are two kinds of death—physical death and spiritual death. Physical death happens to every living creature at some time. It may happen through accident, sickness, or old age. It is when the body dies.

Spiritual death is much worse. It is what happens to the soul of a person who dies without knowing Jesus as his Saviour and Lord. Instead of going to heaven he will be in hell for all eternity. This horrible existence is called spiritual death. Satan tries very hard to make us think that really will not happen. That is his greatest lie. It is the same lie he told to Eve.

The Bible tells us our sins have separated us from God. (Ask a student to read Isaiah 59:2 and Romans 3:23.) These verses tell us everyone has sinned. Because of sin, we have all been separated from God. Fortunately, that is not the end of the matter.

Jesus Took Our Punishment

We have all sinned and should be punished by spiritual death—eternal separation from God. But God loves us and does not want us to be separated from Him. For this reason God had a plan where someone who had never sinned would take the punishment for our sins. If a sinner died for his own sins and spent eternity in punishment, he would just be receiving what he deserved. But God’s Son Jesus never sinned. If He was willing, He could die in our place and save us from the punishment for our sins. Then sin would no longer separate us from God. God loves us so much that He paid a great price to make a way for us to come to Him.

Jesus was willing to carry out His Father’s plan. When Jesus was on earth, He taught about the Kingdom of God. He did miracles to help people. Some people still would not believe Jesus is the Son of God.

One night when Jesus was praying in a garden, a crowd of people came, carrying swords and clubs. These people grabbed Jesus and took Him to court. False witnesses told lies about Jesus. Finally Jesus was sentenced to death. Do you know why? Because Jesus said He is the Son of God. They were blind to the truth that Jesus really is who He says He is.

When Jesus was nailed to the cross, He did not die just a physical death; He also was separated from God. He took the sins of all mankind upon himself. Romans 5:8 says, “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus, the One who had never sinned, took the punishment for your sins and mine. This is the greatest gift of love ever given.

As Jesus’ death drew near, the whole earth became dark even though it was noon. The earth stayed dark until 3 o’clock when Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46.) Jesus was separated from God at that moment because of our sins.

We Must Do Our Part

Are we all automatically saved from punishment for our sins because Jesus died in our place? No, absolutely not. We still have a responsibility. Remember that Adam and Eve had a choice. Each of us has a choice also. We can choose whether or not to accept Jesus’ punishment for us or be punished ourselves. The Bible tells us anyone who does not believe in Jesus and the salvation He offers is sinning. (Ask a student to read John 3:36.) If we do not choose to accept Jesus’ death in our place, we will have to bear the eternal punishment of our sins ourselves.

If someone brought you a present but you left it unopened, you would get no use out of it, would you? If you should say, “No, thank you, I do not need a present from anyone,” or “I will open it later,” but never actually open it, the gift would never do you any good.

The Steps of Salvation

Salvation is a gift we have been offered by Jesus Christ. To accept God’s gift of salvation is as simple as A–B–C: Admit, Believe, and Confess. Admit you are a sinner—everyone has sinned. Since Adam and Eve sinned, everyone is born a sinner. Believe Jesus is God’s Son and He died for your sins. Confess your sins to Jesus. Be truly sorry for your sins and ask Him to forgive you.

This week’s memory verse tells us how to be saved. (Review the verse with the students.) When we admit our sins, believe Jesus is God’s Son who died for us, confess our sins to Him and ask Him to forgive us, then we receive the salvation Jesus died to give us. We need to be truly sorry and quit doing the things we know are sin. God is waiting for us to do our part. Jesus has done the rest.

Accepting God’s Word

Ask if any of the students would like to make the decision to accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord. Pray individually with each student who responds. Also instruct them to begin a daily habit of reading God’s Word and praying. Encourage them to tell others this week about their decision for Jesus.

Nomadic Lifestyle

The Rashaida people are closely related to the Bedouin of Saudi Arabia. They mainly reside in Sudan and Eritrea, though there are also groups living around the Red Sea and throughout the Arabian Peninsula.

Like the Bedouin, the Rashaida are a nomadic people. They live in tents made of goatskins and sustain themselves by trading and breeding goats and sheep. The men are also skilled in trading imported goods, and the women make jewellery that they sell at the market in Kassala.

REMBER TO PRAY
Pray for Rashaida Youth 

1. Young shepherds thoughts to turn toward God as they are alone with their flocks,
2. Youth herding the camels in search of water to find true "water of life" in Christ,
3. Youth to recognize their need to ask God for protection as they use their camels to transport valuable goods across the desert.

Prayer Promise

"The Lord...confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it" (Mark 16:20).
 

Remember: WE ALL NEED A SAVIOUR

Memory verse: Romans 10:9
"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

1. Choosing to do evil is sin.
2. Those who sin are condemned to an eternity in hell.
3. Accepting Jesus as Saviour prepares one for an eternity in heaven.

Pray for Rashaida Youth.

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