ECCO | January 18-24

January 17, 2021

    The Good News!

    In the early church, Jesus' followers wanted others to hear the good news about Jesus. God had kept His promise to send a Savior. God sent His own Son, Jesus into the world. Jesus lived a perfect life and died on the cross to rescue sinners. Then God raised Jesus from the dead!

    We call this good news about Jesus the gospel. People who love Jesus tell others the good news about Jesus. Jesus saved a man named Paul. Paul was so happy to be saved. He wanted everyone to hear the gospel. Paul told many people about Jesus. We can read many letters Paul wrote in the Bible. One of the letters Paul wrote was for Jesus’ followers in Rome.

    Paul wrote that God sent His Son into the world because He loves us. We were God’s enemies. We disobeyed Him, but Jesus died and rose again to make us friends with God. Jesus is God’s good gift to us. Let’s thank Him!

    Paul reminded the Romans about the first man, Adam. Adam disobeyed God. His sin brought death into the good world God made. After Adam sinned, everyone after sinned, and death spread everywhere. So God sent Jesus into the world. Adam’s sin brought death, but Jesus brings life. Adam disobeyed God, but Jesus always did what is right.

    If God forgives us because of Jesus, does that make it OK to disobey? Paul said no! Sin makes people do things that hurt themselves and others, but Jesus came to set people free from sin. Jesus makes us free to live in a new way that brings us joy and honors God.

    Christ Connection: God made everything, so He is in charge of everything. Everyone sins, or disobeys God. We deserve to be punished for our sin, but God loves us and sent His Son, Jesus, to be punished for us. Jesus saves everyone who trusts in Him and gives them life forever with God.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: Romans 5-6
    STORY POINT: God loves us and sent Jesus to save us.
    KEY PASSAGE: Romans 12:5
    CHRIST CONNECTION: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere!

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