Sunday, February 6, 2011

Foundations in Leadership 1.11, The Essential Message

This is handout 1.11, Leadership And The essential Message, in Foundations to Leadership. I wrote it to help develop the Youth Leaders (LITs) in our Awana Club. This hand-out and others like it are given the the kids at the end of club to take home and review during the week. They write out answers to the questions which they then discuss with a mentor, and return to club. I do not object to it being copied and used.
Foundations in Leadership 1.11
Leadership And The Essential Message.

Leaders lead, but where? We need to have a direction to lead those who follow. The purpose of Christian leadership is to lead people to know God the Father through the Son He sent. Peter says to be prepared to have an answer for the hope that is in you. So today’s hand out is a review of the plan of Salvation as understood by the majority of mainstream Evangelical Churches.

The gospel can have different starting points- Sin, Gods love, or Jesus’ death, etc. Any Awana verse may be a turning point to change handbook time to a time to lead a child to Jesus.

Use the back or a separate page to answer the following questions.

1. God loves you: John 3:16. Romans 5:8. How would you explain to a child that God loves them?

2. All have sin: Romans 3:23. What are examples of sin a child can relate to? What questions would you ask?

3. All sin must be punished: Romans 6:23. How would you explain to a child sin must be punished?

4. Jesus died to pay for our sins: Romans 5:8. How would you explain to a child that Jesus died for us? How would you explane that his death alone pays for our sins?

5. Getting saved is a Gift: Ephesians 2:8:9. Can you think of an example to use with a child about accepting God’s gift? How would you explain this to a child?

6. We accept or receive this gift by believing God: Acts 16:31. How would you explain this? What questions would you ask? Or what examples would you give?

Here is an example of a prayer someone may say to tell God they are accepting Gods gift of salvation, Lord Jesus, please come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins. And give me the gift of eternal life.*

Take at least three turns with your mentor or another Awana leader to practice the gospel outline. Taking turns role playing as the leader and the other acting as the child. Resist the temptation to have fun and be the funny kid, after all the next person you meet may be ready to receive Jesus.

Number of practice role plays ________

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