God Does Not Give His People What They Deserve

Big Truth:

God Does Not Give His People What They Deserve

Deuteronomy 6:7-11; 9:6-7; Romans 3:21-24; 5:6-8; 6:23; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Ephesians 1:3-9; 2:1-6

Bible Verse:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Big Ideas:

  • God is full of grace.
  • God shows us grace through Jesus.
  • God shows grace to His enemies.
  • God’s grace changes our hearts.

Bible Story:

Luke 19:1-10

God is a gracious God. He extends grace to us when we do not deserve His grace. Luke shares the story of a man who was undeserving of God’s grace, but God sought him out. Zacchaeus thought he wanted to get a better look at Jesus, but really God was drawing Zacchaeus to Him for salvation. God’s grace changes our lives.


God Is Gracious – God Gives Forgiveness

Every person who has ever lived has chosen to reject God, and we deserve to be punished. We deserve complete separation from God because we have willfully chosen to disobey God’s law and run from Him. However, God is gracious in that He gives us exactly the opposite of what we deserve. Instead of punishment, He provides a way of salvation by sending Jesus to take the punishment we deserve. We deserve punishment, but instead, we receive grace. Grace is getting a gift that we do not deserve. The way that we receive grace is through forgiveness. When we confess our sins the Bible tells us that He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins because of His redeeming grace.

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Every child should know:

  • That God is gracious
  • That grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve and cannot earn

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Every child should be able to:

  • Recognize things that they have as gifts of grace from God

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Every child should feel:

  • Thankful for the gifts of grace that they have received

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Every child should want:

  • To know about God’s gift of grace through salvation and forgiveness of our sins