Tonight at AWANA, I will be giving the opening teaching with all 3 clubs (Cubbies, Sparks and Truth & Training) in the main room. Here is the content of what I’ve prepared for this 10 minute teaching opportunity I have:
The theme of the night tonight is “Deal or No Deal?” “Deal or No Deal?” is an actual game show that was on TV from 2005-2009 and will be coming back in December of this year. Here is how the game works:
On the hit game show “Deal or No Deal,” each night, the game of odds and chance unfolds when a contestant is confronted with 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash – ranging from a measly penny to $1 million. Without knowing the amount in each briefcase, the contestant picks one – his to keep, if he chooses – until it’s unsealing at game’s end.
The risk element kicks in when the player must then instinctively eliminate the remaining 25 cases – which are opened and the amount of cash inside revealed. The pressure mounts as in each round, after a pre-determined number of cases are opened, the participant is tempted by a mysterious entity known only as “the Banker” to accept an offer of cash in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant’s chosen briefcase – prompting (Howie) Mandel to ask the all-important question – Deal or No Deal? The contestant has to respond with “DEAL!” to accept the deal offered by Mandel.
A DEAL is defined as “an agreement entered into by two or more parties”.
God is offering all of us humans a “deal”. And we need a “deal”, because the Bible tells us some troubling things about our situation.
In Romans 3:23, God has told us that all human beings (except Jesus) have sinned.
So, with that being true, none of us can be in Heaven with Him. The Bible says “nothing impure will ever enter it (Heaven)” – Revelation 21:27a.
If that were the only information we had, that would be very bad news, wouldn’t it?
But that isn’t the only information we have, is it? Can someone tell me how God promises to fix our problem?
Romans 3:25 (NLT) explains it:
“For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us.”
The 1st part of that verse tells us what God did to solve our problem (God sent Jesus to take the punishment we deserved), and the 2nd part tells us how we can “accept God’s deal”: We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.
That’s good news! If we believe in Jesus, as the verse says, we can go to Heaven and be with Jesus forever!