Category Archives: Salvation Message

Are Your Students Christians?

Many people have a misconception of what a Christian really is? Some think that as long as you’re a good person and have some concept of Jesus, you are a Christian. Others consider themselves Christians because they are a good person or they go to church and give money to worthy causes. None of those things make a person a Christian.

Some of the falsehoods have even crept into some children’s ministries. Children aren’t taught that they need to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They’re taught that they need to be good to go to Heaven. Some of the misconceptions might even be because the people teaching them aren’t really Christians although they might believe they are.

This is what every child and adult needs to do to become a Christian.

John 14:6 (NIV)  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is the only way of salvation. There are not many ways to God. Good people who are members of other religions won’t make it into Heaven. God provided only one way – through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

John 3:16  (NIV)  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God provides the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus isn’t the only way to Heaven because God is mean or vindictive to anyone who disagrees. God loves us. Without Jesus, there would be no salvation. That’s why He sent His Son, so that we can be saved.

Romans 3:23 (NIV)  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

We all have sinned. Nobody is good enough for Heaven. We’ve all failed. We’ve all sinned. If you don’t believe me, have you ever told a lie? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Have you ever felt hate or lust in your heart? Have you ever been prideful? You’re not alone. This is where we start. We acknowledge we are sinners.

Romans 6:23 (NIV)  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We deserve Hell. Now that we’ve established we are all sinners, the next step is to understand that sinners deserve death, not just physical death, but spiritual death. We deserve Hell. Out only hope for Heaven is through God’s free gift, Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

We have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Salvation is a free gift, but we aren’t saved unless we accept that free gift. Romans 10:9-10 tells us what to do. There are two steps. First we believe in our heart through faith that Jesus died and was raised from the dead to save us from our sins. We can’t accept this salvation until we understand we need it. Once we accept that we have sinned, we accept Him as our Savior.

But there is another step. We must confess or declare Jesus is Lord. We can’t keep it to ourselves. We have given our lives to God and we must declare that He is Lord of our lives, both verbally and by a changes lifestyle. The change may not happen all at once. For most people it is a gradual change. But there must be a change to prove that we have made Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:13 (NIV) For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Pray the sinner’s prayer. If you call upon the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in prayer, you will be saved. It’s that simple.

Here’s a prayer you can lead your students to pray:

Lord, Jesus. I am a sinner. I deserve Hell. I have no excuses. But you died on the cross and rose again to save me from my sin. I accept your free gift of salvation. I believe you are the Son of God, my Savoir. I give my life to you and declare you as my Lord. Thank you.

It’s simple, but there is a catch. Many have prayed this prayer but have not been saved. When you or your students pray it, you have to mean it from deep inside. If you do, this prayer will change your life.

Teaching Children about Heaven and Hell

Too many children’s pastors teach children about salvation and spending eternity in Heaven, but they leave something out. Jesus taught that those who accept Him as their Savior and follow Him will go to Heaven. But He also taught those who don’t accept Him will go to Hell. Unless we expect our students to all die before the age of accountability, we need to teach both.

On the other hand, scare tactics that convince children they might go to Hell if they snatch an extra cookie for dessert are not helpful in giving children a Biblical foundation.

Here are some things to keep in mind when teaching children about Heaven and Hell.

Heaven and Hell are real places.

John 14:2-3  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Revelation 20:15  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This is important because our society has such a misconception of Heaven and Hell, that children might get confused. The Bible teaches Heaven and Hell are real places where everyone will spend eternity.

God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell.

Revelation 20:10  And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Hell was created for the devil and his demons. God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell. That’s why He provided a way of escape, so that no one has to go there.

You can’t go to Heaven by being good.

Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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

Many people have the false assumption that if they are good people, they will go to Heaven, and bad people will go to Hell. This isn’t true. Nobody is good enough for Heaven. Everyone deserves Hell.

Jesus died on the cross so we can go to Heaven and escape Hell.

John 3:16-18  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Children should be taught that Jesus is the only way to salvation and to Heaven. If a child has accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, he is saved and will go to Heaven.

Getting right with God so we can go to Heaven is the most important thing in life.

Matthew 10:28  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

This is a great opportunity to teach about martyrs of the Faith. Teach the children that these martyrs understood that serving God and going to Heaven is more important than even living. If that’s true, then our entire lives should be spent serving God.

We need to share the Gospel so people won’t go to Hell.

Revelation 20:15  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

When we teach children who know Christ as their Savior about Heaven and Hell, the next step is to teach them they need to share the truth with others. Anyone whose name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will go to Hell.

Here are some online children’s lessons on Heaven and Hell:

Heaven Sunday School Lesson

Kid’s Sunday School Place – Heaven

Heaven and Hell Airplane Trick

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Halloween Object Lesson

Jesus and the Jack-O-Lanterns

This object lesson is perfect to use at Halloween. Something that people use as decoration will remind children how Jesus saves them from their sin.

Needed: 2 jack-o-lanterns. One should have a frown carved, and should be warped and ugly. It shouldn’t be cleaned out completely and shouldn’t have a light in it. If you can, leave it to rot for a few days. The more disgusting it is, the better. The second jack-o-lantern should be clean, with a smile on its face and a candle in it.

Everywhere you go at this time of the year, you see jack-o-lanterns. Did you know jack-o-lanterns can remind you of how Jesus saved you. Before Jesus came into your heart, you were like this jack-o-lantern. Show first jack-o-lantern. You were full of sin and dirty inside. You had no light inside you, and you were very unhappy. But Jesus came into your heart and cleaned all the sin inside. Show the second jack-o-lantern. He gave you peace and put a smile on your face. He even shines His light through you. So everywhere you go this Halloween, when you see a jack-o-lantern, let it remind you of what Jesus did when He saved you.

He Paid the Price Easter Message

Items Needed: Donuts, napkins, plastic tablecloth, overhead or power point slide of Jesus on the Cross, Song about Jesus dying on cross. “Here I am to Worship” is a good choice.


Workers Needed: Strong boy or man


I saw this Easter message at church camp for Middle School aged children. It was so powerful that I thought I might try it. I was a little worried that some six through twelve year olds might be a little young for this message to be effective, but I was wrong. This was one of the most powerful messages I ever delivered in children’s church.


You will need enough donuts for each child to have a donut. You can economize by cutting the donuts in half if you would like. Place a plastic tablecloth in front for the children to stand on when they come forward.


Have someone who is strong and can do many push-ups stand beside you. Briefly tell how Jesus loves each and every child and how He died on the cross to pay the price for them to be saved.


Have the slide showing on the screen and play the music softly during the presentation. Have each child come up one at a time. As the child stands there, have your worker do three push-ups. Tell the child, “He paid the price for you to have this donut. If you take the donut, you have to eat it, because he paid the price.”


If a child doesn’t want to eat the donut, say, “He paid the price for you to have this donut. If you don’t want it, you have to throw it on the ground and stomp on it.”


If no child refuses the donut, have another worker come up and refuse the donut. This should be done about half way through the presentation.


You don’t have to explain what this means. The children will understand, and it will make a lasting impression upon them about the cost of their salvation. At the end, open the altars for any child who wants to accept the forgiveness and salvation Jesus all ready paid for.

Easter Story – The Empty Egg

Object: plastic Easter egg

Many times at Easter, we decorate eggs and have Easter egg hunts. I’m going to tell you a true story about a little boy who understood what Easter is all about.

Jeremy was born with a twisted body, a slow mind and a chronic, terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. Still, his parents had tried to give him as normal a life as possible and had sent him to St. Theresa’s elementary school. At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade, seemingly unable to learn.

His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him.  He would squirm in his seat, drool and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy irritated his teacher.

One day, she called his parents and asked them to come to St. Teresa’s for a consultation. As the Foresters sat quietly in the empty classroom, Doris said to them, “Jeremy really belongs in a special school.  It isn’t fair to him to be with younger children who don’t have learning problems. Why, there is a five-year gap between his age and that of the other students!” Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue while her husband spoke. “Miss Miller,” he said, “there is no school of that kind nearby.  It would be a terrible shock for Jeremy if we had to take him out of this school. We know he really likes it here.” 

Doris sat for a long time after they left, staring at the snow outside the window.  Its coldness seemed to seep into her soul.  She wanted to sympathize with the Foresters.  After all, their only child had a terminal illness.  But it wasn’t fair to keep him in her class. She had 18 other youngsters to teach and Jeremy was a distraction. Furthermore, he would never learn to read or write.  Why spend any more time trying? As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. “Oh God,” she said aloud, “here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared with that poor family!  Please help me to be more patient with Jeremy.” From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy ‘s noises and his blank stares.

Then one day he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him.  “I love you, Miss Miller,” he exclaimed, loudly enough for the whole class to hear.  The other children snickered, and Doris’s face turned red.  She stammered, “wh-why, that’s very nice, Jeremy.  Now please take your seat.”

Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg. “Now,” she said to them “I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life.  Do you understand?”

“Yes, Miss Miller!” The children responded enthusiastically – all except for Jeremy.  He just listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus’ death and resurrection?  Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.
That evening, Doris’ kitchen sink stopped up.  She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it.  After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy ‘s parents.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller’s desk. After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris found a flower. “Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life,” she said.  “When plants peek through the ground we know that spring is here. “A  small girl in the first row waved her arms. “That’s my egg, Miss Miller,” she called out.  The next egg contained a plastic butterfly, which looked very real.  Doris held it up.  “We all know that a caterpillar changes and turns into a beautiful butterfly.  Yes, that is new life, too” little Judy smiled proudly and said, “Miss Miller, that one is mine.”

Next Doris found a rock with moss on it.  She explained that the moss, too, showed life.  Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom.  “My daddy helped me!”  He beamed.  Then Doris opened the fourth egg.  She gasped. The egg was empty!  Surely it  must be Jeremy ‘s, she thought, and, of course, he did not understand her instructions.  If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents. Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another. 

Suddenly Jeremy spoke up. “Miss Miller, aren’t you going to talk about my egg?” Flustered, Doris replied, “but Jeremy  – your egg is empty!”  He looked into her eyes and said softly, “yes, but Jesus’ tomb was empty too!”  Time stopped.  When she could speak again.  Doris asked him, “Do you know why the tomb was empty?”  “Oh yes!” Jeremy exclaimed.  “Jesus was killed and put in there.  Then his Father raised him up!”  The recess bell rang.  While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard, Doris cried. The cold inside her melted completely away.

Three months later Jeremy died.  Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see 19 eggs on top of his casket, ……………….all of them empty.

This is reported to be a true story. As far as I know, the author is unknown.