We are slaves, held captive by terrible enemies: sin and death. In this fallen, corrupt, and shattered world, we need a rescuer—Jesus, our savior and redeemer. In fact, he’s the only one who can save us from this mess that started way back with Adam and Eve. He gave his followers freedom from sin and its effects when he took them on at the cross. This freedom comes at a great cost, but it gives us a new life and reconnects us with God forever. And once we’ve been freed, we have the opportunity to join in the rescue mission for others.
Aug 24 – Rescue Intro Lesson: This lesson helps students gain a framework for the salvation story of Jesus: the consequences of sin, his sacrifice on the cross, the need for a rescue mission, and our adoption into God’s family. Passages: 2 Corinthians 4:4; Luke 4:18–19; Matthew 28:18–20; Hebrews 12:1–3
Aug 31 – Sin: Why do we need grace? This lesson emphasizes the fact that every person chooses to worship themselves instead of God. This introduces guilt, shame, and pain into the world. But thankfully, God has created a plan to save and heal us. Passage: Romans 3:10–24
Sept 7 – Sacrifice: Why did Jesus have to die? This lesson dives into the idea that Christ’s sacrifice is necessary to bridge the gap between humanity and God. Passage: John 3:1–21
Sept 14 – Adoption: How do I fit into God’s family? This lesson will underscore the fact that followers of Christ are adopted by God. When we accept Jesus as Lord, our sins are washed away. But we’re also accepted into the family of God. Passages: John 1:1–18 and Ephesians 2:1–10
Be aware that we have several adopted students in our ministry. Because of the topic, this might bring up sensitive areas in students lives.
Sept 21 – Salvation: How does being saved make a difference in my life today? Being saved and following Christ means that we have a mission to fulfill here on earth. In this lesson students be challenged to make the mission of Christ a part of their life on a daily basis. Passage: John 9