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1 CORRESPONDING LEVEL WEB #s Defenders: Detectives: Developers: GOD S PLAN FOR THE FUTURE MATERIALS NEEDED Bible; Teacher Preparation Guide (optional supplements: K4T songbook and PowerPoint files of lyrics) SUGGESTED ORIGINAL KIDS 4 TRUTH SONG Come, Lord Jesus SUGGESTED HYMNS Jesus Shall Reign, Immanuel s Land OTHER SONG SUGGESTIONS Older kids: Face to Face, I Shall Know Him, Coming Again Younger kids: When We All Get to Heaven, Christ Is Coming, He s Coming Again! T H E B A S I C S PRIMARY TRUTH The faith of true believers will last forever. PRIMARY SCRIPTURE PASSAGE John 10:28-29 WHAT THIS DOCTRINE REVEALS ABOUT GOD Real faith in Jesus Christ is a gift of God, and all truly-saved believers have true, saving faith that will never get lost or wear out. Christians might feel spiritually weak or be tempted to doubt their faith, but God will never let true faith be totally crushed or taken away. God saves sinners for His glory, which is an even better and bigger reason why He wants to keep saved people saved forever. His glory is at stake! He is not the kind of God Who saves people only to let them slip through His fingers again. For the sake of His own name as a gracious and merciful and omnipotent God, He personally guarantees that once saved, always saved, if truly saved. God wants to make sure all His people make it to eternal life especially since His glorious reputation is on the line! so He works in and through believers to keep them believing the truth by faith until they see Truth with their own eyes in person! KNOWLEDGE OBJECTIVES By God s grace... The child will learn what is meant by the phrases persevering faith and perseverance of the saints. The child will understand that the reason true, saving faith always lasts is that true, saving faith is God s work, not ours. ATTITUDE OBJECTIVES By God s grace... The believing child will be confident that he or she can never lose true salvation because of God s involvement. The lost child will come humbly to God and ask Him for eternal life. 1

2 P R A Y E R T E A C H I N G P H A S E I N T R O (about 5 minutes) OPENER* Q. Will the faith of the children of God really last until the day of resurrection and judgment? A. Yes. John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father s hand. COMMENTARY If you have been born again by grace through faith, then God justified you (declared you to be righteous because of Jesus Christ s perfect righteousness). To be justified is to have Christ s righteousness put on your account, while your sin was put on His account. If you are trusting in Christ s righteousness, then God looks on you and treats you as though you have earned Christ s perfect record of sinlessness: To God, it is just as if you had never sinned. Some days, you may not act like a justified person should act. But Jonah 2:9 reminds us that salvation belongs to God. Salvation is God s work; your salvation, if you are truly saved, has never depended on your character or your works or your worthiness. Salvation depends on God, and God is eternally dependable. He will not leave you. He will never let anyone or anything take one of His children away. He never turns His back on a good work that He has begun. If you are saved, God has faithfully committed Himself to saving you for eternity. If you can t trust your feelings or your understanding, you can at least fling all your trust on God. It is God Who does the saving, and He will never fail! Have you ever started a good project, but then left it unfinished? What does an unfinished project show about the character of someone who committed to finishing it? Does God leave His good creations half-way finished or His good plans only partially-fulfilled? What does the way God treats His creatures and His plans show about His character? Is He trustworthy? Is He faithful? Is He reliable? Is He unchanging? Is He forever? *NOTE: In the intro, we want to recap the primary truth and set the stage to use the primary truth to point the learners back to God. I N S T R U C T I O N & R E I N F O R C E M E N T (about minutes) BIG CHRISTIAN WORD Perseverance (per-suh-veer-ens) Perseverance of the saints is the teaching that all those who have truly been saved by Jesus Christ have have saving faith that is everlasting. True believers will be kept by God s power and will continue fighting sin and increasing in their faith all the way up until the end of their lives. Christians use the phrases persevering faith or perseverance of the saints to express the truth that real faith will last as long as God (the Giver of faith) will last: Eternally! BIBLE DRILL (#1) What was Paul confident about? Philippians 1:6 2

3 BIBLE DRILL (#2) What does the verse teach us about our salvation? 1 Peter 1:5 BIBLE DRILL (#3) Read Romans 8:30. What are four things God does for those to whom He provides salvation? / BIBLE DRILL (#4) If God sanctifies and glorifies all those He justifies, can any truly saved person ever lose true salvation? Why not? Why won t we need faith anymore when we see Christ? What is even greater than faith in God s eyes? 1 Corinthians 13:13 COMMENTARY Someone might be tempted to think, Well, if I m saved and cannot lose my salvation, then I can just live however I please! I could sin my life away, yet still go to heaven when I die! Those people who think and live in such a way are proving that they do not truly have saving faith in Christ. They are still in unbelief about Who He is and how awful sin is. If you find someone who thinks they should be able to live however they want after being saved, then you can be sure you have found someone who does not really understand what Christianity is all about! When God saves people, He changes them. This is part of His commitment to bring the good things He begins to completion! God does not start saving someone and then stop in the middle of the process! Truly saved people will be changing people until they die! Saved people will grow in the faith they need to say no to sin, and they will have less and less of a desire for those short-term pleasures that sin has to offer. God gives to saved people the wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit. If you are saved, the Holy Spirit is constantly working in your heart to draw you toward holiness and obedience to God. If you are still the same person you once were before you received Christ, then it s very possible that you are not even truly a believer. BIBLE DRILL (#5) What do these verses teach about true Christians? 1 Corinthians 6: Corinthians 5:17 1 John 1:6 1 John 2:9 Suppose you have a friend who mentions to you that he knows for sure he is going to heaven but that he feels it s totally ok to live a sinful life until he gets to heaven. What would you say to your friend? QUESTIONS TO HELP TELL TRULY SAVED PEOPLE APART FROM DECEIVED PEOPLE [Teacher, following are some questions (and verses) that you might use to help any children troubled about eternal security.] Am I currently trusting Jesus Christ (and in Him alone) for my salvation? (John 3:16) Is there evidence in my life that God has been working, and not just me? (Romans 8:15-16) Is there a pattern of growth and growing up over time in my Christian life? (2 Peter 1:10) 3

4 Has there ever been a time in your life when your faith has been weak? Did you lose all your faith? Does doubting God mean that you are no longer saved? (Now might be a good time to draw from the curriculum a few Q&A on the topics of what could be said to someone who worries about losing salvation, what is the obvious sign of a sheep of God, and whether it s right for God s children just to live however they wish since they cannot lose salvation.) (Here would be a great place to insert what you learned from your Teacher Truth Study.) GETTING BACK TO GOD* {Recap WHAT THIS DOCTRINE REVEALS ABOUT GOD: Real faith in Jesus Christ is a gift of God, and all truly-saved believers have true, saving faith that will never get lost or wear out. Christians might feel spiritually weak or be tempted to doubt their faith, but God will never let true faith be totally crushed or taken away. God saves sinners for His glory, which is an even better and bigger reason why He wants to keep saved people saved forever. His glory is at stake! He is not the kind of God Who saves people only to let them slip through His fingers again. For the sake of His own name as a gracious and merciful and omnipotent God, He personally guarantees that once saved, always saved, if truly saved. God wants to make sure all His people make it to eternal life especially since His glorious reputation is on the line! so He works in and through believers to keep them believing the truth by faith until they see Truth with their own eyes in person!} Since salvation is the plan and handiwork of an unfailing God, it cannot and will not fail. The faith that we have been given to believe in Jesus Christ is a gift of God, and God does not give faulty gifts. A true believer has true faith, and true faith will never end. No matter what happens around a believer, and in spite of the believer s own weaknesses and doubts, God WILL KEEP that believer holding on to some hope forever. Assurance of salvation, just like salvation itself, is a gift from God. For His own glory, and for their own good, God Himself assures believers that He will see to it that they see Him someday! *NOTE: Teachers, please remember that this section should include the fruit of your Teacher Truth Study and one or two personal illustrations or anecdotes from the Personalize It! activity in the Teacher Preparation Phase. A P P L I C A T I O N & A S S E S S M E N T INTERNALIZE IT! from Teacher Preparation Phase (about 5-10 minutes) You might begin this section with: Boys and girls, as I ve been preparing for this TruthTime Lesson, here s what God has been showing me... You might continue by saying: Because of what God is teaching me, here s what is going to be different in my life during this next week... You might conclude with something like this: Finally, here s what God has taught me about Himself through these truths... TIME QUESTIONS If someone says he used to be saved, but that he isn t now, does he show a right understanding of true salvation? How might someone start deceiving himself or trusting himself, rather than putting his faith in God? Where should we look for assurance of salvation and eternal security (the truth that God will keep believers saved)? If you are born again, do you have eternal life? What does eternal life mean? When does it begin? 4

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