Just believe that Jesus died for ALL your sins (and mine).
Just believe without His death and resurrection for our sins you (and I) would go to hell.
Just believe, that’s it.
He does not require you to DO anything else.
In speaking with a friend today she brought up the topic of God punishing people for their sins. A friend of hers felt that an individual she knew died because God was punishing that person for sins in their life. Pretty much she was saying that that person could not have been a Christian because she did not DO something. In this case it was not stopping a particular activity she was doing.
The activity did not lead to her death; her death was actually caused by complication from a surgery that was totally unrelated to the activity in question. This beautiful, young, 21 year old woman died and my friend was terribly broken up about this young life. The comment she received was, “God was probably punishing her for a sin in her life.”
That’s not how God operates.
God expects us to believe. He does not expect me to be judge and jury over anyone else’s life; that’s His job not mine. He will convict me of sins in my life that he wants me to change.
If someone else asks me for guidance in an area in their lives I will offer advice.
“1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3 KJV
If I judge others then that is the bar that is set in my own life. For example, if I tell another person that they should not swear. I have now set the bar that if I swear I am going to be judged by that same bar.
We must be careful that we don’t not expect others to DO something in addition to believing in order for them to be a Christian.
There is no requirement besides belief.
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
BELIEVE; that is all that is required.
You don’t need to stop smoking to be a Christian.
You don’t need to stop drinking to be a Christian.
You don’t need to stop _________ (fill in the blank) to be a Christian.
You don’t NEED to DO anything except believe.
As Christians we must remember this.
God, who knows a person better than we ever could, He will lead in that person’s life and direct them to His will in His time, NOT our time and NOT by our own “RULES” we make up.
Have them all start with their Bibles closed between their hands
Call out a verse and repeat it
The first one to look it up and read it wins
It is that simple
Why use sword drills?
Sword drills are great to help children and adults learn where a book of the Bible is in that big book of God’s word. Practicing sword drills is fun and a treat when used to help and not criticize those who are slower.
How to use sword drills.
Have a bigger kid pair up with a younger child to help them get to the verse first
You know your kids… challenge your two best students to a sword drill and have the winner get a prize
For younger children I sometimes just call out a book of the Bible not a verse
When a child is just learning the books of the New Testament for example I will only call out New Testament book for him
Do sword drills work to help in memorizing addresses of scripture?
Yes, we have found that it is a useful tool to reinforce their knowledge of where in the Bible a verse is. Every once in a while a child will say to me, “I remember looking that one up in the race.”
Our family finds scripture memory very important. But we also have a terrible time remembering to practice. Thinking this may go back to our family not having a real schedule (see this post: Schedules or NOT).
My children know lots of scriptures and can recite many Biblical things like:
The 10 Commandments
The Lords Prayer
The Books of the Bible
The Fruits of the Spirit
The 23rd Psalm
They can usually tell if a scripture is in the Bible if you quote it. But they most likely can’t give you the “street address”, like Luke 10:24. There are some verses they can to that for, like Luke 10:24, for example. They have heard Ray Comfort say this verse so many times on the “Hells’ Best Kept Secret” cd. When I first heard this title I though that there was no way that was ever getting heard by my children. But, I was wrong, it is an amazing message of salvation and how we can witness to others.
What we have found with our children is that what they here again and again they remember. If my children listen to a certain song again and again they will memorize not only the words, but the tone of voice, and the tune of the song. So, we have chosen to have them listen to a lot of scripture.
Some tapes and cd’s we have used over the years are:
Go To The Ant by Judy Rogers (you can listen to some of the songs here)
The Donut Man (you can listen to some of his songs here)
Change My Heart Oh God
Songs from the Beginners Bible (you can listen to some of the songs here, an affiliate link)