What is faith in Jesus Christ?
Receiving and resting on Him alone for salvation’s he is offered to us in the gospel.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)
To help the children understand that faith in Christ means trusting him as savior, and living for him.
Outline for lesson
- Open in prayer: Author of Our Faith, we believe that you are who you say you are. Your Word is truth, and it reveals you as our only hope of salvation. We believe your promises, walking by faith, not by sight. Amen.
- Introduction: Wrap individual gifts for each child in the class. As the children settle down for the lesson, hand each child a gift. Tell them that they are free to open their gifts. Allow them a moment to open and enjoy the gifts they have received. Introduce Question 30: “WV hat is faith in Jesus Christ?” Explain to the children that today’s question will help them to understand what faith in Jesus is. Ask the children if they enjoyed receiving the little gifts, and ask them if they generally enjoy receiving gifts for their birthday or Christmas. They will undoubtedly respond affirmatively! Highlight for the children that the gift of faith given by God surpasses all other gifts, and tell them that the significance of such a gift will be explored in the lesson. Ask them if they did anything to earn the gift you gave them. Although they didn’t earn their gifts, they unwrapped them and willingly received them. The same is true of salvation by faith.
- Activity: Prepare some video clips of People Parachuting or bungee jumping. Show the children videos of people parachuting or bungee jumping. Ask the children if they would ever want to jump out of a plane or off a cliff. Ask them what people are trusting in when they jump with a parachute or bungee cords. (Although their reflexive answer may be”God, ” the right answer is the parachute or bungee cord.) Draw the children’s attention to the fact that these people trust either a parachute or a bungee cord to save their life, noting that if the parachute fails to open or the bungee cord snaps, the results could be messy! Explain to the children that the people jumping need to have great faith that their equipment is reliable. Highlight that trust is an essential part of faith, and faith in Jesus Christ means trusting him ultimately with our lives.
- Read: Begin the teaching time by asking for God’s help. Ask that the lesson would be taught faithfully and that the children might listen well. Tell the children that sometimes people describe faith as a leap in the dark. This implies that faith is placing your trust in something you know nothing about. Explain that might be what the first ever parachuter did when he jumped out of an airplane with a piece of material strapped to his back. But that isn’t what parachuters are doing nowadays. They have faith in their parachute because they know how to use them. They’ve read the instructions. know that they’re made by reputable companies, and they learn how to use them from experienced instructors. They trust that as they fall to the ground, one tug on a cord will release a parachute that will allow them to fall gently to the ground without being hurt in any way. Explain to the children that faith is actually trust or confidence that is based on knowledge coming from evidence. It’s not a leap in the dark. Explain to the children that when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, we are placing our trust in him because of all the evidence in Scripture that testifies to him as the promised Savior. He is the one whom God said he would send to save his people from their sins. He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Tell the children that a Christian is not just a person who simply believes in his or her head that Jesus is the Savior, but someone who, from the heart, is ready to say, “Here, Jesus. Here is my whole life. I am not trusting anything else to save me. Ask the children to think about jumping off a wall into a parent’s arms. They might believe that their parent is able and willing to catch them, but they don’t exercise that belief as trust until the moment they jump. It’s when we “jump” into the arms of Jesus, putting our whole trust in him, that we show faith.Read Galatians 2:15—21. Provide Bibles for the children to read along with you. Tell the children that now you are going to look at part of Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia. At this point in the letter, Paul is explaining what it means to be justified by faith. That simply means to be put back in a right relationship with God through faith alone, not by ever doing anything else. Explain to the children that Paul is clearly arguing that the only way to be saved is by trusting in Jesus Christ. At the time when Paul was writing, and indeed now, people thought that you must keep laws in order to be made right with God. They believed that they had the power to save themselves if they lived in a certain way. But they were deluded; no one except Jesus has been able to keep God’s law perfectly. Paul says that the only way to be justified is by acknowledging that we need Jesus in order to be saved, that we can’t do it by ourselves. It is putting our full trust confidently in Jesus. Tell the children that God gives the gift of faith when we become Christians. Our old life dies, and we receive new life in Christ— new life lived through faith in Jesus Christ. Paul speaks personally in these verses, declaring that Christ loved him and died for him, and as a result he lives by faith in Jesus. He no longer trusts in himself or lives his own way, but trusts Jesus and lives for him, striving to resist the sin that would have been so attractive in his old life. This is what faith in Jesus Christ looks like! (These notes are just for guidance. Please expand or amend them to suit your own children and context. Write out your talk in your own words and include illustrations and applications that you know will connect with your children.).
- Recite: Help children memorize this week’s verse, question and answer.