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Children's Sermon: Believe, Act

By Rachel L. Galarneau | Graduate of Warner University with degree in Transformational Christian Ministry and a lay leader in an urban outreach ministry.

Preparation

Find pictures of Tim Tebow and put them on PowerPoint slides or print them to make large signs. Remember, children think in pictures! Also, get a pitcher of water and add some drops of blue food coloring. You also need a mason jar with a metal ring, an index card and a scrap from a pair of pantyhose (nylons; nude works best). Stretch the nylon over the mouth of the mason jar and hold it tight. Then screw the metal lid on. Trim off the excess nylon so it is only visible at the opening. Pour water through the panty hose at the top so the jar is half-full of water. Then place the index card on top and hold it in place with your hand. In one swift motion, use your other hand to turn the mason jar upside down. Remove your hand holding the index card. The card should stick to the bottom of the jar without falling off and without water pouring everywhere. Then, in one horizontal motion, slide the index card off the jar. The water should stay in without spilling because of the water-tension in the nylon holes. Then jerk the jar so all the water spills out (best to have a bowl underneath to catch the water). Practice this a time or two before doing it for the kids.

Key Verse: John 3:16

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For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

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Hey, kids! I've got a question for you. Have any of you heard of Tim Tebow? Yeah? Who is he?

OK, so he's a football player. I found a picture of him online. Take a look. Have you guys seen him look like this before? Yeah. What about this next one? So what's that written on his face? John 3:16. What is John 3:16? Right—a verse from the Bible! Can anyone quote that for me?

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

Tim Tebow takes that verse John 3:16 very seriously. He's been vocal about his faith, has faced a lot of scrutiny for not compromising, and always references God when given the opportunity. After every touchdown, he always kneels and honors God, which has been refered to as Tebowing; and some people have even made fun of him for doing this. After he wore John 3:16 on his eyeblack, Google got more than 90 million hits; it was the most popular search entry by the following Monday. Now, I'm not saying you have to wear Bible verses on your eye makeup or anything, but I want you to understand that if he didn't really believe that verse—John 3:16—then he wouldn't behave the way he does.

You see, the key word in this verse is believe. The original Greek word pisteuo is a life-altering type of belief. That is the type of belief that is based on faith—absolute certainty—which is really important because the words belief and faith have their roots in a word that means "persuaded and confident." What I want to emphasize is this the type of belief you have to see to believe.

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