Background: The apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church at Rome that he had never been to. He wrote to explain the signficance of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross. He did this with a series of question and answers.
Paul shared with the Romans that the driving force in his life was…
Ask the children…
What was Paul’s greatest ambition?
“My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.” (Romans 15:20)
What did Paul count on would be te the result of that ambition?
“Those who have never been told about him will see, and those who have never heard of him will understand.” (Romans 15:21)
Paul did not want to go to preach where others had gone before him not because he was prideful, but because he knew there were many who had never heard the name of Jesus and were lost in their sinful ignorance. He wanted to preach the good news to those people so they could see and understand what God had done for them.
Ask your children what organizations do they know of that are reaching those who have never heard of Jesus today? Look up on the internet some groups like Wycliffe Bible Translators and The Jesus Film. Read on how they are reaching the lost and then pray for their work. You might consider investing other resources in these works as well. Do your children know anyone who has never heard the gospel? Maybe they live next door.
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