Big Truth:

We Reject God's Joy

1 Chronicles 16:26-27; Isaiah 44:9-11; Psalm 16:1-4, 11; John 15:10-11; 16:14; 17:13; 1 John 5:3

Bible Verse:

For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 2:13

Big Ideas:

  • Our sin blinds us to God’s goodness.
  • Our sin causes us to look for happiness in empty things.
  • Our sin separates us from true joy.

Bible Story:

Luke 14:14-24

Jesus told many stories during His ministry on earth. One story He told was about a man who invited guests to a great banquet or meal. The guests all refused his invitation and gave many excuses about why they couldn’t come. They all chose to do other things besides experience the great banquet that the man had prepared for them. The invited guests were blind to the goodness of the banquet just as people are blind to God’s goodness. Our sin keeps us from really experiencing true joy that is found only in Jesus.



Everything was perfect in the world until we broke it. When humanity chose to sin, the world that was once perfect became messed up and broken. Sin is ultimately a rejection of God Himself. Because of sin bad things happen, we experience all types of pain, and death has come into the world. All of creation groans and wishes that the world be perfect and good like it was before.

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Every child should know that:

  • Our sin is a rejection of God that separates us from Him.

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Every child should:

  • Trust what God tells us about the depth of our sin and brokenness.

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Every child should feel:

  • A need to have a right relationship with God.

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Every child should want:

  • A restored relationship with God.