3/2/14: What Makes Me A Christian? (5)
Traveling along the timeline of salvation, we have reached that crucial fork in the road — the point of decision we call conversion. Chosen by God before the beginning of time and made spiritually alive through regeneration, we are able to respond to the gospel call through repentance and faith. This two-faceted decision involves turning from sin and trusting in Jesus. This spiritual U-Turn puts us on a completely different road. We will still stumble along the way, but conversion has forever turned our face and heart in a new direction.
Real faith is risky. It’s scary. To demonstrate how difficult (and necessary) it is to put ourselves completely in God’s hands, we invited one of the biggest 8th-grade boys in the class, Eddie, to do the “Trust Fall.” He stood on a table, folded his arms over his chest, and fell over backwards…into the arms of ten 6th-graders. (We failed to take a picture, but it looked something like this…)
Afterwards Eddie looked as if he had seen a ghost, but he survived. And he and the rest of the class got a powerful illustration of what it means to believe in and surrender to Jesus.
In Sunday’s class we discussed the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19), who powerfully illustrates what it means to trust in Jesus and turn from sin. His response to Jesus creates an ideal context for discussing your child’s response to Jesus. (How did Zacchaeus’ actions reveal that he trusted in Jesus and turned from sin? Do your actions reveal the same type of trusting and turning?)
Conversion produces a change of direction (repentance) and a change of dependence (faith). What an important season of life to press this question home with our sons and daughters: Have you made the change?
FOR DISCUSSION WITH PARENTS
- What are the two parts of conversion?
- Do you feel bad when you sin?
- In general, does your lifestyle show that you have changed direction from sin toward Christ?
- Do you think you need a Savior? Why or why not?