Summary: This is a message that was preached on a Sunday dedicated to children. It outlines a process by using an acrostic of the word RESCUE.

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RESCUE the World One Child at a Time

Children’s Day

August, 25 2002 AM

As we look through the eyes of grace at the world around us, we see a desperate situation ahead for the Church, the Nation, our entire world.

We know that Christ is the Answer.

He has been the answer through out history.

He has been the answer to our nation.

He is the answer in our little world.

He is still the answer to all of those who are lost and dying without Him.

This morning we will focus on God’s plan to RESCUE Children from the grips of this evil world because they are the true victims of these sinful times.

Children need to be RESCUED by God working in Power through His people, The Church.

Galatians 1:1-5

Paul, an apostle--sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead-- [2] and all the brothers with me,

To the churches in Galatia:

[3] Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, [4] who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, [5] to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul declares in this passage that Christ’s purpose for giving himself up for the remission of our sins was the beinning of the most important RESUCE mission that was ever embarked upon.

Today this mission continues through the Power of Christ’s saving grace and the deliberate continuation of this mission through the work of God’s Church.

As we become a part of this RESCUE mission, I would suggest a focus of this congregation to be on the children of our community. If we determined the greatest innocence of this evil age, I believe we would discover that our children and the children of our community are at the heart of that innocence. What better place to focus our RESCUE.

In this message I want to outline a 6 step plan for rescueing this world 1 child at a time. These 6 steps are outlined in an acrostic of the word RESCUE.

RECEIVE: Matthew 10:41-42

Matthew 10:41-42

Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. [42] And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."

Receiving children into the church or into our live, is the first step. Before a child comes into our building they must be attracted and excited by what’s happening. Next they must feel welcomed and accepted, finally they must feel involved and a part of something. Our main focus in receiving children will be:

a. Go to where the children are.

(community outreach)

b. Get the word out through advertising.

(newspaper, flyers, word of mouth)

c. Make the facilities and programs attractive.

(decorate the rooms, plan exciting activities)

d. Make rooms and locations easy to find.

(put up signs and bulletin boards)

e. Make information easily available.

(print an attractive brochure)

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