God Forgives The Debt That We Cannot Pay

Big Truth:

God Forgives The Debt That We Cannot Pay

Isaiah 43:25; Romans 5:10; 6:17-18, 23; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; Ephesians 2:13–19; Colossians 2:13-14

Bible Verse:

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.

Ephesians 1:7a

Big Ideas:

  • God is forgiving.
  • God offers forgiveness through Jesus, who pays our debt.
  • Someone must pay the debt that we owe.
  • The debt that we owe to God is impossible for us to pay.

Bible Story:

Matthew 18:21-35

When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how many times they should forgive someone, Jesus gave them a surprising answer. As many times as a person asks for forgiveness, we should forgive. Jesus shared a story with His followers that revealed just how much God forgives us. Our forgiveness should look like God’s forgiveness and when we understand just how much God has forgiven us, we will forgive others.


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