Scriptures

One Way Or Many?

Introduction

Hand out numbers for kids, get them to guess how many using their numbers.

How many ways are there to?

1) Cook an egg

a. Scrambled b. fried c. poached d. boiled. There are many ways to cook an egg.

2) Get to school

a. school bus b. car c. cycle d. walk. There are many ways to get to school.

3) Get to Ghana

a. fly b. air balloon c. boat d. submarine. There are many ways to get to Ghana.

How many ways to get to heaven? Sin separates us from God. Jesus makes a bridge for us to cross.

Matthew 7:13-14 Explain picture.

John 14:5-7. Explain picture Explain picture

John 3:16 Explain picture

In the film Night at the Museum, Larry has arrived at his new night watchman job and, just before he begins, the previous watchmen have some advice for him.

As the three old watchmen prepare to leave, Cecil gives Larry a sheaf of paper, which he says are the “instructions.” Gus warns Larry to do them in order and do them fast. Curiously, Larry is told that he is not to let “anyone in, or anything out.” After the three leave, Larry starts his night shift.

Instead of looking at the instructions, Larry just sits around the information booth playing with the phone, pretending that his is a Monster Truck announcer and singing a terrible version of “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky movie. After dozing off for a bit, he finally awakens and decides to start his rounds.

After walking a short way, Larry notices that something is wrong. He turns back around and sees that the large skeletal exhibit of the T-Rex is missing. At first he thinks that this is a practical joke played on him by the three retiring watchmen.

But he hears a noise and moves to investigate. Shining his flashlight, Larry is amazed to see the T-Rex “drinking” at the water fountain. He is petrified and drops his flashlight. The sound gets the T-Rex’s attention and it comes after Larry with a vengeance.

Larry scrambles out of the way, running for the exits, but everything is locked. Larry pushes, in vain, against the door, begging it to “revolve, revolve!” Eventually he dives for cover in the information booth enclosure. He frantically dials Cecil’s number to get help, but Cecil is at a party with Gus and Reginald and a host of young women.

The music is so loud that Cecil can hardly hear Larry — who is screaming. Finally Cecil asks Larry if he followed the directions. Suddenly, Larry looks at the instruction sheet and sees that number one on the list is “Throw the bone.” Larry is clueless until a rib bone falls in front of him. He picks it up cautiously and throws it. The TRex scurries after the bone, and just as Larry thinks he is in the clear, the T-Rex is back, with the bone in its massive jaws.

Larry is terrified, but the T-Rex drops the bone in front of him and waits. It dawns on Larry that the T-Rex just wants to play fetch. Something he would have known had he simply read the instructions.

Application

Larry is terrified as he flees from what he takes to be a gigantic monster come to life. Everything about the T-Rex skeleton looks like impending doom. But all of the terror, and much of the running, could have been easily avoided had Larry done but one simple thing: read the instructions.

Many people believe there are many ways to heaven they wont get there because the simply won’t read the instructions we find in the Bible. The Bible tells us there is only one way to heaven. Through Jesus.

There is only one way to do many things. Many things are always true.

1. If you jump off the roof of your house, you will fall.

2. If you touch fire, it will be hot.

Jesus tells us that there is only one-way to get to Heaven. There is but one way to Heaven, we must believe that Jesus, God’s one and only son who died for our sins.

We must repent and turn from our sins, confess Jesus as boss of our lives and be baptised into Jesus so that He can forgive us.

 

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'"

Hebrews 13:5

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