Context: The Church I attend, EV Church, speaks at lunchtime groups around high schools on the central coast. Recently we have been telling kids, as Christians, what we arn’t saying, and trying to show them that there is alot of stuff that gives Christians bad raps, that isn’t true, or has been twisted.
I gave this talk one afternoon, (has slightly been altered) on the subject of ”What we’re not saying – Christians cant do anything wrong”
Who surfs here?? Alot of Mum’s attempt to surf, maybe your mum has tried. Most mum’s however, keep trying, but they keep falling down. Theres these things in life, that seem impossible, and you think why bother?
I was having a conversation with my sister a while back, and I asked her why she didnt come to church anymore. Her response was something along the lines of “I don’t want to do all those good things Christians do, it is to hard to do everything right.”
Alot of people think this. They don’t want to become a Christian because they know they are not going to stop doing bad stuff and they don’t want to be a hypocrite. That’s exactly what my sister thought.
That’s why you need to understand what we’re not saying. We’re not saying Christians can’t do anything wrong.
We ALL have fallen down. We ALL do bad stuff, and we WILL keep doing it. EVERYONE knows that.
That’s why we need a saviour, we need Jesus to save us.
If you want to go to heaven without Jesus, all you need to do is live a perfect life, never do anything wrong.
But see this fat part of the bible. “Show OLD TESTEMENT” - This whole part, before Jesus came, is about people trying to just that. Trying to obey Gods law perfectly. And you know what? EVERY single person, failed.
Thats why Jesus came!
If you trust in Jesus to save you, he brings you back to God, like you’ve never stuffed up, or fallen down.
I was at Wamberal beach with my mate Andy when the surf was MASSIVE. The sign said no swimming, but we decided to go out anyway. Huge waves crashing on us, we got straight in a rip, honestly, we both thought we were going to die.
Now imagine a lifeguard had come out, and dragged me back into shore. Threw me on the sand. Then he collapsed from exhaustion, and before my eyes, was dragged back into the water and drowned – His last breath, he says “don’t do that again”.
Would you want to do it again? OF COURSE NOT!
When Jesus saves you, you want to do what he says. You will try to do what he says. That’s what the piece of paper in front of you says. 1 John 2:1 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin”. When Jesus saves you, you will want to try to do what he says.
But you will stuff it. Your not perfect. I know from experience – but it also says in that next sentence on the piece of paper. “But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense, Jesus Christ, the righteous one.”
Jesus says to God, it’s ok. I died to save that person. He’s forgiven.
Your stoked that Jesus would love you, even though you stuff it, so you get back up, and try to follow him again. And you stuff it again. And he forgives you. And you try again. And you stuff it again. And he forgives you.
Your sooooooo stoked. Because he keeps forgiving you.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean you can’t do anything wrong. It means you KNOW you HAVE done stuff wrong, but you know you’re saved by Jesus, and so you try to follow him, and you know that if you do the wrong thing, he forgives you, and it’s ok.
Questions for Discussion:
- Why do you think people think Christians cant do anything wrong.
- Whats so special about Jesus dying for us, why couldn’t Jo blog die to save my sins?
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