************ Children's Sermon on Q & A 83-84 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on August 26, 2001
Q & A 83-84; Matthew 18:15-20
"The Keys of the Kingdom"
Have various keys available
Good Morning, Boys and Girls
I have all sorts of keys here (HOLD THEM UP AND ASK KIDS TO IDENTIFY WHAT THEY ARE FROM).
What do we use keys for? (GET KIDS TO STATE USES).
We use keys to start something or turn something off – like a car, motorcycle, boat, tractor.
We use keys to open or close something – like a house, office, safe-deposit box.
II Keys in the Bible
Did you know there are keys mentioned in the Bible?
The book of Revelation says Jesus has the key to death and hades – that means He opens and closes the door to hell.
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus has the keys to heaven – that means He opens and closes the door to heaven.
III The Gospel as the Key to Heaven
Do you know what the key to heaven looks like?
I have it right here. (GET A BIBLE).
What is this? (GET KIDS TO ANSWER IT IS A BIBLE).
Who does the Bible tell us about? (GET KIDS TO ANSWER JESUS).
In the Bible we learn about Jesus.
If we believe in Jesus what does Jesus open for us? (HEAVEN)
If we don't believe in Jesus what does Jesus close to us? (HEAVEN).
Jesus has the key to heaven. Jesus is the key to heaven. What you have to do is believe in Him, give Him your heart, and He opens heaven to you.
IV Pray with Children
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