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 #27 – Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? [NCC Q33]
Powerpoint Pictures: Martin Luther; Martin Luther Playmobil figure; Child doing homework; Child helping elderly person; 10 commandments; Charity Collection Pot
Do you know who this man is?
Maybe his Playmobil figure makes him more recognisable.
This is Martin Luther.
Martin Luther was a monk who lived over 500 years ago.
He was someone who originally thought that the way to have peace with God and earn eternal life, was by doing good things.
But one day he was reading Romans 1 verse 17 and came across these words: ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’
He realised that he had got it all wrong. He didn’t have to earn his salvation or work his way into God’s good books. All he had to do was accept the free gift of salvation which God gives to those who trust in Jesus.
That’s what we found out in an earlier big question. How can we be saved? Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.
What Luther discovered helps us to answer our next big question.
Let’s look at this big question now.
Q: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?
What this question is asking is are we saved by trusting Jesus and…
Doing our homework?
Or helping the elderly?
Or obeying mum and dad?
Or keeping the 10 commandments?
Or giving money to the poor?
Listen to what God’s word says in Galatians 2:16. “We know that a person is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we ourselves have believed in Christ Jesus. This was so that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified.”
A person is not saved or justified by living a good life or by doing good things.
We are not saved by obeying God’s law.
If that was true, Jesus’ death was not enough.
But it is.
So all we need to do is trust Him. There is no other way for us to be saved. It is only by faith in Jesus Christ.
Which means the answer to our big question is this.
A: No, everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ.
Well, let’s say the question and answer together to help us to remember this and our need to trust in Jesus in order to be saved.
Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? No, everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ.