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The Sheep & The Goats

"God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:21


Righteousness is simply about being right before God. This cannot be earnt but only bestowed upon us through Jesus as we are forgiven,. The thing that identifies the righteous is how they respond to God. This story takes a twist after the sheep and goats are separated, the sheep are to go to heaven and the reason given is that they helped God when He was hungry and thirsty. Quite reasonably the goats ask, Isn’t He God? Surely He never hungers or thirsts? But here in lies the true heart of acting rightly before God. It means to also love those that He loves, and that includes caring for the poor and broken in society, his heart breaks for them and so should ours!

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1. God decides what is right and wrong.

2. We should try to always do the right thing.


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1. Jesus is the only one that can make us right with God.

2. The way we love others reveals if we are right with God.


1. The only way to be right before God is through Jesus.

2. God sees the way we treat others and this reveals our heart.


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For the age of the children in Mini Church you will need to adapt the story and language used to make it appropriate to the listeners. The imagery of eternal punishment and God’s anger towards a sinner may be confusing for children this age to comprehend. 

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For the age of the children in Kids Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners. 


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