OBJECT: Fire extinguisher
STORY WITH THE OBJECT
Every summer there are terrible forest fires that consume many acres of forests and beautiful countryside. And it is usually due to negligent acts, because someone didn’t carefully extinguish a campfire or because someone threw a cigarette butt out the window, and in the end it caused terrible destruction.
TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL
In the same way, our own negligent acts each day can cause an eternal destruction in our lives.
THE PROBLEM (LAW)
How are we negligent? By disobeying God’s laws. Every time we dishonor our parents, every time we disobey our authorities, every time we live for ourselves and for material things more than God, we are negligently throwing cigarette butts of sin and causing destruction.
THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)
The day we die and present ourselves before the Judge of the world, He will see all the negligent acts of sin we have committed during our lives, and He will judge us for each one of them. In the end our actions will lead us to an eternal destruction in the fire of torment in hell.
THE SOLUTION (CROSS)
But I have good news! Jesus Christ came to earth to put out all the fiery darts of sin that are in your life. He died on the cross to receive the consequences of your sin so that you would not have to suffer an eternal punishment, and He rose again proving that God’s justice has been satisfied.
THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)
I invite you today to repent from all your sin, to ask God to forgive you, and to surrender your life to Jesus, and he will open the door to heaven for you.