April Roberts • Children's Director • april@thevinecc.tv

April Roberts • Children's Director • april@thevinecc.tv

Why did God die for our sins?

The quick answer: Sin cannot go unpunished.

The long answer: God created us to have a relationship with Him. He knows that we are messed up people. Sin cannot go unpunished. We need a savior! That’s why He sent His son, Jesus. He lived 33 years on Earth and NEVER SINNED. He was the answer to our sin problem. Because He never sinned, he was the perfect sacrifice to pay the price for what we all deserve.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23

"For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh. In order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." - Romans 8:3-4

We deserve to be separated from God forever because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He rose three days later proving that he was God and man. When He did this, he wiped away all of our sins and created a way for us to come to God and have a relationship with Him. He did this because he loves YOU.

“And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma." - Ephesian 5:2

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” - 1 John 4:9

God loves every single one of us so much that He sacrificed His own son, so that we could have a relationship with Him. But he doesn’t force us to accept this gift. He gives us the choice. Just like if I walked up to you and handed you keys to a brand new car, you would have two choices. You could take the keys or not. You have the same choice, you can accept Christ or choose not to accept Him and face the consequences.

Why does God give us free will?

A friend and I were talking about free will and she said, “Would you rather your spouse choose to love you every day or be under a spell where they are forced to love you?” I thought this was such a good way to look at the freedom God has given us. God desires a true relationship with each one of us, not to force us to love him.

When we look in the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, we see that God gave them the choice. This is where we first see God giving us the freedom to make decisions, good or bad. They decided to ignore God’s command out of curiosity and temptation and they ate from the tree that God commanded them not to eat from. God wanted good for them! But their decision led to punishment. From this moment, we knew that there would be consequences for our sin. God wants good for us. God gives us the freedom to choose, good or bad, but we will be faced with consequences when we choose to disobey.

When God created man, it could have been so much easier for him to create us to be good, for us to automatically love him and for us to always obey him. But only the love that comes from a free choice of will is TRUE LOVE. How amazing is that? God wants us to choose him as he has chosen us.

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” - John 14:15

 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” - 2 John 1:6

Does or will the Gospel ever lose it’s excitement? It’s power? It’s joy? It’s sweetness?

The Gospel doesn’t change. It never will. It is always exciting, powerful, joy-filled and sweet! We are the ones who change. When our hearts become hardened, we may not hear or receive the news of the Gospel in the same way.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” - Proverbs 4:23

“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” - 1 Thessalonians 2:13

“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” - 1 Thessalonians 1:5

“For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.” - 1 Corinthians 4:20