What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God?
Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace”
There’s an old song by singer Crystal Lewis which comes to mind. My Redeemer lives, and in the end He will reign. Today, I want our learning day to focus on the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and His gracious gift of salvation.
Activity – To help our children better understand the concept of redemption, we’re going discuss making gems out of wrecks.
We’re going to have Pop show us pictures of different types of cars. Some cars will be race cars, others everyday vehicles, and yet more will be wrecks. Now comes the fun part, we’ll take just a minute and think about what kind of car we would be if we had to be a car.
- (Show a picture of the race car.) Here is a real beauty and it’s fast too. Race cars are the movie stars of the car world, very glamorous and highly visible, although they don’t tend to last very long.
- (Show a picture of the truck.) Here is one tough vehicle; trucks are the work horses of the car world. Trucks are built to last and they are as strong as an ox. In most cases, trucks don’t give up until the job is done.
- (Show a picture of the minivan.) Now here is a vehicle we all know. Minivans are common place in the car world, you see them everywhere. These babies are useful vehicles in the car world and are used on a daily basis.
What do all of these cars have in common? All cars get old and eventually break down. Age, accidents and everyday use will wear a car out; sooner or later all cars are destined for the junk yard… (Pause) Unless someone restores them. In some ways, our lives are like the cars we talked about today, just as there are many different types of cars, there are many types of people. Some people are glamorous, some are workers and some are everyday people.
Just as all cars break down, all people share a common problem, which causes us to wear out and eventually die. That problem is called sin. Just as a car can’t fix its own dent or flat tires, we can’t fix the problem of sin. But I have good news! The Bible tells us in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it states “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Jesus will restore our fellowship with God and allow us to live with Him for eternity!
Prayer – Jesus God, our Redeemer, we thank You for Your greatest gift. Thank You for coming to earth as a baby, living a perfect example, and dying in order to restore a righteous relationship with the Father. No matter what this season brings, we ask that we be constantly reminded of the purpose of Your birth, our redemption. Amen
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.”
🎄Time to Chime In: Any car, no limits; which would you want for Christmas?