Servant-Working: Salvation is a free gift.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
To whom do you give presents at Christmas? The people you love, right? And, maybe more than that, the people who love you back. It's not easy being nice to people who don't like you, or who have hurt you. It would be even harder to give them a present. But that is exactly what God does for us. He gives us the gift of salvation through his Son Jesus Christ even though we are not his friends, even though we sin against him.
How do we respond to such a gift? Perhaps the words of this Christmas carol say it best:
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I would do my part.
Yet what can I give him: give him my heart.
("In the Bleak Midwinter" - Christina Rosetti.)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. How did Liz and Lucille meet Vic and his dad?
A. Their car was broken down in front of the church.
Q. Why did they lie to Liz’s dad about having an accident with their car?
A. They were trying to get the church to give them more money.
Q. How did Liz and Lucille know that Vic and his dad were not telling the truth?
A. They saw them driving the car at the same time they claimed they had wrecked it.
Q. Why did the church decide to help the Knights even though they knew they were lying?
A. To show them that God loves us all even though we don't deserve it.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What do we have to do in order to receive God’s gift?
Our memory verse tells us that we have to "call on the name of the Lord." What does that mean? It doesn't mean that we have to be good people. We can't be good enough anyway (Romans 3: 1-20, 23) No, it means that we have to believe in Jesus (Acts 4:12, 16:31; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9). Some will describe salvation with the letters A, B, C. We are to Accept that we are sinners and can do nothing to be good enough to save ourselves; Believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior; and Commit ourselves to live as his disciples in obedience and trust.