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 #25 – What is faith in Jesus Christ? [NCC Q30]
Powerpoint Pictures: Parachute Jump; Bungee Jump; Zip Wire
Would you like to do the following activities?
A Parachute Jump?
A Bungee Jump?
Fly a Zip Wire?
In each of these activities you need to have faith. Faith that the parachute will open. Faith that the bungee cord or the zip wire won’t snap.
Because if the parachute doesn’t open or cord or wire snaps, the results could be messy!
Those doing those activities need to have faith.
In our next big question we are going to be thinking about what faith is. Not faith in a piece of equipment, but faith in a person.
In the last question we saw that we are saved from our sins and the punishment we deserve for them only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross. But what does it mean to trust in Jesus?
That’s what our next Big Question asks. Let’s look at it now.
Q: What is faith in Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to trust in Him and in His substitutionary atoning death on the cross?
It is to believe that what God’s Word says in the gospel – the good news about Jesus is true.
That He is the promised Saviour. The One who God has sent to save His people from their sins by dying on the cross.
That He will save you if you trust in Him. And so, we rely on Him and show that we do by living for Him.
We do what the apostle Paul says he is doing in Galatians 2:20: “The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
So, what’s the answer to our Big Question.
What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A: Receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Why don’t we say the question and answer out loud together to help us remember this.
What is faith in Jesus Christ? Receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.