Here’s a condensed version of the vase lesson I did with my Awana kids back in October. Originally, I talked about inner beauty, and them seeing themselves as God sees them. Many of the kids go to my church, so I taught the lesson as if everyone was a mature follower of Christ who just needed help growing in the Lord. If someone wants to share the gospel with a friend, here’s how to use the same lesson as a gospel tract. I shared this when I did an interview to become a member of my church. Enjoy!
- All Adam and Eve had to do was obey one rule. They couldn’t do it. In Genesis 2:16-17, God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
- Because of sin, we are like broken vases. Romans 3: 23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- God has to repair the vase; He did that by sending His son to die on the cross. Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- There’s hope! The vase can be repaired!
- ”Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:31.
- 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- After we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our savior, He washes away our sins and makes us new. We begin to be transformed into that beautiful vase He means for us to be. Psalm 51:7”Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
- From the day we accept Christ as our Savior, until the day we go home to be with him in heaven, He’s always working on us. God will always be faithful to complete the work He started in us. The next step is to stand back and watch the work He does in our lives. God always does great things! Philippians 1:4-6 “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
- Just because you accept Jesus as your savior, doesn’t mean you won’t have problems, Being a Christian doesn’t mean you’ll suddenly be perfect. No one is perfect until they get to heaven. We all have our weaknesses. Even though God does forgive us, it’s not easy for us as humans to forget the past. You may still have blemishes from things you did in the past. At one time or another, we could all look back on something and say, “I wish I hadn’t done that.” When you have Jesus in your life, God uses those blemishes to make you stronger and build your character. Those blemishes are often used to help you minister to others and see the work God does in other people’s lives through you. The more you get to know the Lord, the more you’ll say, “Lord, thank you for leaving the blemishes in my life to remind me of what you brought me through. You are so good to me. Please help me use the blemishes in my life to bring glory to you.” In 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10, the apostle Paul says, “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”