This is part of a series of kids talks I’m doing in the morning service at Banstead Community Church based on the New City Catechism.
Big Question #22 – Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? [NCC Q27]
Powerpoint Pictures: Beautiful Person; Top Footballer; Instagram Follower Count; Clever Person; Top Singer; Shaking Hands
Who would you choose to do the following things?
Model a new item of clothing? [Someone beautiful].
Play for your team at football? [Someone who is brilliant at football].
Promote something you want people to buy? [Someone who is famous and has lots of followers].
Advise the Prime Minister? [An expert – someone clever].
Sing the national anthem for the Queen? [Someone with a good voice].
Look after something precious? [Someone who is trustworthy].
Generally, people are chosen because of their ability, intelligence, beauty, fame, or goodness.
However, there is someone who does not choose like that. God.
In an earlier big question, we saw that because of the disobedience of Adam, we are all born in sin and guilt and therefore deserve God’s punishment, which is why we need a redeemer, Jesus, to bring us back to God.
But does Jesus redeem everyone? Does Jesus bring everyone back to God? Everybody needs to be saved, but does Jesus save everybody?
That’s what our next Big Question asks.
Let’s look at it now.
Q: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?
Well, what the Bible teaches is that God choose those He will save and those He has chosen will trust in Jesus and be saved.
“For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him.” (Ephesians 1:4)
Who does God choose to be saved? Those who clever or famous or beautiful or good?
Here’s the incredible thing – God made His choice before anyone was born – in fact, before the world was made. This means that His choice had nothing to do with how good or clever you are. It is because God is good and kind. He didn’t have to choose anybody, but He does.
And if you trust in Jesus to be saved, you can know that He has chosen you.
So, what’s the answer to our Big Question?
A: No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.
To help us remember that, let’s say the question and answer out loud together.
Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith.
Children when you go out to Sunday School you’re going to learn a song that will help you to remember this.