Big Idea: Paul told Peter we are saved by faith in Jesus alone.
Bible Passage: Galatians 2:11-21
This week the kids learnt about Peter. Peter had been hanging out with the Gentiles, until some Jewish people came along and told him he shouldn't. Peter then stopped hanging out with the Gentiles, and Paul rebuked him.
He reminded Peter that the way everyone is saved is by faith in Jesus Christ, and that no works could save anyone- not the Jews, and not the Gentiles either. We are all saved by faith in Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection, and by repenting and following him.
We talked about how that is true for us, too. We aren't ever good enough to make God love us, or bad enough to make Him stop loving us. We are loved: relentlessly, unconditionally, wonderfully and simply because God chooses to love us. We can't impress Him. So we don't obey Him to make Him happy. We don't obey Him to look good to others, like Peter tried. We obey Jesus because He died for us, and He loves us. We tell others about Him not just because He told us to, but because we want to love them how Jesus loves us. Relentlessly, unconditionally and wonderfully.
When we truly understand how loved we are, then we can begin to obey Jesus out of trust, instead of just trying to do the 'right thing' all the time.
At the dinner table, talk about how great it is to feel truly loved. Each person can say one thing they love about the person on their left. Parents, speak things about your children that you love. Remind children that there is nothing they can ever do that will change your love for them, that you love them no matter what. That's how they can know that they can trust you – that your love is un-conditional – that it comes with no conditions. Tell children it is the same with the love of God. That there is nothing they can do that will make him love them more, or stop loving them, and that is why we can trust Him. He loves so much that He sent Jesus to die for us – so we can know that He is worth trusting. We can trust and obey Jesus because His love for us never, ever changes, and He always, always keeps His promises. Try repeating this every night or morning at the table, until the kids are sick of hearing it – to prove to them God's love never stops!
See you Sunday!