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 #24 – How can we be saved? [NCC Q29]
Powerpoint Pictures: Teacher; Doctor; Parents hugging scared child; Supermarket worker
Can you think of a situation when you were helpless? When you were stuck and needed help?
It could be a piece of schoolwork that was too hard and you couldn’t work out what the answer was, so who did you ask for help? [Your teacher].
It could be that you fall over and hurt your arm or leg and it might be broken, who can help you then? [A doctor].
It could be that you are scared of something, who would you go to for help? [Mum or Dad – put their arms around you, hold you tight].
Or what about if you were lost in a supermarket and couldn’t find your mum or dad. [You’d go and find someone who works in the shop and ask them to put out announcement].
Now there is another situation where you need help.
Not just children who need help.
Grown ups do too.
In an earlier big question, we saw that we all need help, because we have sinned against God and God rightly will punish us because of this.
However, the good news is that there is a Redeemer who can help us by saving us from our sin.
Jesus is this redeemer and He has died on the cross to make it possible for our sins to be forgiven. He can help us in the situation we are in and can do nothing about.
But how can we be saved by Jesus?
That’s what our next Big Question asked. Let’s look at it now.
Q: How can we be saved?
That’s a the question we find asked in the Bible.
In Acts 16, we read that a jailer, in place called Philippi, asked that question, and what was the answer he was given?
Paul and Silas said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
The only way for our sins to be taken away and the punishment we deserve removed is by believing in Jesus.
By putting our faith in Him to do for us what we can do for ourselves.
To trust that His death has taken the punishment we deserve so we can be forgiven.
So, what’s the answer to our Big Question.
A: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.
Why don’t we say the question and answer out loud together to help us remember this.
How can we be saved? Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.