Children’s Sunday Sermons October 2023

Children’s Sunday Sermon
October 1, 2023
Good morning, boys and girls. Today, I’d like to talk about a word we have studied before. That word is REPENTANCE. What is repentance, boys and girls? That’s right, you remember that repentance is owning up to the things you have done wrong, saying you are sorry, and then promising to do better — promising to try to change. And when you repent for the things you have done wrong, God’s forgiveness is guaranteed!

Sounds easy, boys and girls, doesn’t it? All you need to do is ask God, and He will forgive you! But it’s not as easy as it sounds. You see, boys and girls, sometimes the hardest thing is to really want to change. It is easy to see how others should change. But sometimes, we don’t see so clearly when it comes to us. Saying you are sorry is just the beginning. Changing your behavior so you don’t do wrong again is the hard work that comes after. This is one of those times that you should think of yourself first. Think about how you should change before thinking of how others should!

Children’s Sunday Sermon
October 8, 2023
Good morning, boys and girls. How many of you saw the movie Titanic? If you haven’t seen the movie, I can tell you that the Titanic was a famous cruise ship that ran into an iceberg more than one hundred years ago. There is a scene in the movie where a young man is standing on the front part of the ship, about 100 feet in the air, as he looks out over the mighty ocean before him. He yells “I’m the king of the world!” Standing out there, that boy must have felt very powerful.

Of course, that young man was not king of the sea or even king of the Titanic — he wasn’t a king at all. A king is a very powerful person who rules his land and people. And, of course, that boy was wrong because there is no human king of the sea. That job belongs only and forever to God, who is not only King of the Sea but King of the Universe!

We live in God’s Kingdom and are expected to live by God’s rule. Just like you must obey the rules in your community so that you can live a happy life — you must obey the Rule of God to live a happy life for all eternity. And God has promised that those who follow the examples of Jesus, our true King, can have eternal life with God — the King of Kings, the King of the World, the King of the Universe!

Children’s Sunday Sermon
October 15, 2023
Good morning, boys and girls. In our Bibles, we have read about many of the parables of Jesus. A parable is just another word for a story that helps to teach us a lesson about something. One of the Parables that Jesus taught is called the Parable of the Lost Sheep. In this story, Jesus talks about how the shepherd takes care of his sheep. If he has a flock of 100 sheep and just one of them is lost, he will go out and look for the lost sheep, and the shepherd will not rest until he finds it. It is the shepherd’s job to find that one lost sheep and bring it back to the rest of the flock. When the shepherd finds the lost sheep, he is very happy. He picks up the lost one and carries it on his shoulder back home to the rest of the flock.

In this Parable, Jesus is explaining to us that God loves us just like a shepherd loves his flock. When we get lost, God comes looking for us. When we fail to obey God’s Law and forget the examples of Jesus, God will come looking for us, too. And when He finds us, He is happy and carries us back home.

Children’s Sunday Sermon
October 22, 2023
Good morning, boys and girls. We learn in our Bibles today that during the time before Jesus, owning cattle (cows and bulls) was a very important sign of a person’s wealth. If there was a battle between two groups, one of the ways to measure who won the battle would be to find out how many of your opponent’s cattle were captured. If you wanted to know if a man was rich, you would find out how many cattle he owned. And when you came to the Temple to Worship God, you would make Him an offering of one of your cattle. We also read in our Bibles that even though a man might think he owns his cattle, they already belong to God. In fact, when we understand this point, boys and girls, we understand that everything on earth, every living creature, every plant, every mountain, every flower — everything on earth was created by God and therefore belongs to God and not to us!

That’s right! Every car, every house, and every dollar bill belongs to God. Everything that we have comes from God. And we are here as stewards of all these things. That’s a new word for us boys and girls. What does the word steward mean? A steward is someone who has been entrusted to look after something. Not something that he or she owns but something that someone else owns. We have been given the job to be stewards of all of God’s miracles of creation. It is our job to treat these miracles of creation very carefully. We are stewards of our air and must be careful not to pollute it. We are stewards of our water and must never foul it with garbage. We are stewards of the mountains, the forests, and the beaches, and we must always take care of them so they will be beautiful for all future generations. God has given each one of us an awesome responsibility to be his good stewards here on earth. What a wonderful job that is!

Children’s Sunday Sermon
October 29, 2023
Good morning, boys and girls. We read in our Bibles today that Jesus was asked, “Which is the greatest commandment?” And Jesus answered, “First, you must love God with all your heart. And second, you must love one another!”

How many times have we heard these things, boys and girls? Obviously, these commandments were very important to Jesus, but how important are they to us?

How many of Jesus’ followers really make these the most important things in their lives? How can we tell if these are the most important things in our lives? Here’s a little test that we can take to see if we are on the right track:

Do I think of others before always thinking of myself?
Do I listen to God when I pray?
Am I a good steward of all of God’s miracles of creation?
Am I tuned into the Good News of the Gospels?
Do I try to forgive others?

Hopefully, you have said “Yes” to most of these questions. But even if you didn’t, the Good News is that God’s forgiving love is always there to help you make a perfect score!

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