I come to challenge people of faith about their relationship with Christ. Here are the two life-changing themed messages I focus on in my presentations:
A typical presentation to children goes something
like this . . .
I always like to keep presentations moving, with plenty of upbeat music and actions. So I will start out with singing a song like “Clap Your Hands.” It’s a great song that gets children clapping their hands, shouting for joy, patting another’s back, all to get them engaged right away. To keep them involved, the second song will be another action song, such as “Those Who Wait Upon the Lord."
Then, I introduce a song that goes with the theme. For instance, when the theme is Chosen Living Stones, I’ll sing a song based on I Peter 2, “Those Who Wait Upon the Lord.”
After that, I tell a story. By then the kids are eager to listen to whatever I have to say. At some point, I ask the question, “How many here are going to heaven?”
Kids respond with everything from soup to nuts, but most often I hear something like, “Because I’m good.”
My response is, “Oh, really? How good is good? How good do you have to be to get into heaven?”
A lot of people think that if, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being really bad, and 10 being really good) you are a 5.1 or better, that will be good enough to get you to heaven. But that isn’t so. No one can ever be good enough to meet God’s standard of good.
I tell them that Jesus had everything, but because the one thing He didn’t have was YOU, He gave up everything He had for you., He left everything in Heaven and came to earth. He became the zero so you could become the ten. He went through Hell where we all deserved to go, so we could someday go to live with Him forever.
He gave his life for you! That’s what’s so exciting about being a Christian. It’s not about what you have done, but about what He has done for you.
At this point, I like to sing “The Heaven Song.”
This session, based on Genesis 15, deals with God's covenant with Abraham, and answers the question, Why did Jesus have to die?
Because Abraham ultimately broke the covenant, Jesus became the one to fulfill it. Jesus had to give it all. He was born with nothing; He died with nothing–but His death was exactly what needed to happen to satisfy God's end of His covenant with Abraham.
This session causes people to come to the place where they realize that there is absolutely nothing any of us can do for God, because He has done it all through Jesus!
Salvation is a free gift none of us deserves and none of us can ever earn.
Each of us must determine who Jesus is and what He really means to them, and in the end, either Jesus is everything to you, or He is nothing at all!
Chosen Living Stones
On a scale of 1 to 10, how do I measure up? That is the ultimate question each of us must answer. You see, trying to be good enough is never going to be good enough to meet God's high standard of perfection.
So what are we to do? Is there a way we can know that we are on our way to heaven? The answer is a resounding YES!
This session is based on I Peter 2:4-11, which tells us that Jesus is the cornerstone rejected by man–a stumbling block to the world. Most people see Jesus as a stumbling block, and they reject Him.
The good news is that we are a chosen by God, and it is He who makes us someone because He chose us! When we come to understand that God has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light, we are able to show others the goodness of God.
And we are able to see how truly marvelous, wonderful and precious God is!