I’m always a sucker for info graphics. I came across this one from the people at unSeminary. I started sending out summaries of my blog posts on Saturdays so this blog post caught my attention. It was fascinating and the results definitely have made me think. This is something we will start doing at our church at some point. Here are a few interesting findings from the research.
A few days ago Derek Jeter came to a local college to speak to the student athletes and then do a public forum that evening. A friend of mine graciously gave me a pair of tickets. I took my youngest son. We waited over an hour in below freezing temps and it was well worth the wait. I don’t care if you hate the Yankees you have to respect Jeter. He played for the most demanding owner, in the most demanding city with the most demanding media coverage and he did more than survive he played a legendary career.
It was very interesting hearing him talk about his family, the final game, retirement plans. There was one thing that stood out to me and I have been thinking about it ever since he said it. Here is what he said:
– Book of Repentance
Key Point – How to say you are sorry?
Memory Verse – Romans 2:4b “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.”
Children’s Sermon, Bible Story –Tell the story of Zacchaeus. The tax collector – Restitution.
Luke 19:2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
How do you know when someone is sorry? Repentance is more than to say you are sorry it is to change the way you act. We know because they change. The Bible explains in Romans How to repent(say we are sorry). Rom. 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom. 10:10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Confess with your mouth – Acknowledge what you have done wrong.
Ask for Forgiveness
Change don’t stay the same – Believe in your heart that you are changed
Salvation is a free gift. God’s gracious gift toward you produces a change in your life. Zacchaeus Repentance was a byproduct of the grace shown to him that he didn’t deserve.
1. Make it fun – I love fast songs fun songs, we have done “The Roundup” for over 10 years and our kids still love it. The round-up has nothing to do with Jesus it’s just fun. I try to be the best father I can yet I make mistakes our Father in heaven is perfect. If I delight in the sound of my kids having a good time laughing and playing in the next room, imagine how our Father in heaven delights over us. Our father in heaven delights in us when we are simply having fun.
“There are no good books that are only for children.”