#6: God is Merciful. He Is Kind to Undeserving Sinners (10 Essential Gospel Truths for Kids)

10 Essential TruthsToday we continue our detailed look at a presentation given by Jill Nelson at the 2007 Children Desiring God Conference entitled “Presenting the Gospel to Children.” In my last post, I introduced the series (including links to both the audio and the handouts.  Thus far we have looked at the following:

  • So, is there anyone who can help us?
  • God can.
  • He is merciful and kind to sinners who don’t deserve it.
  • He gives us grace which is a free gift.
  • We don’t deserve it.
  • We can’t work for or earn God’s mercy.
  • How does God show his grace?
    • He is patient with us
    • Doesn’t throw temper tantrums
    • His anger is not out of control
    • The fact that we are all still alive is proof of God’s grace
  • He still must punish sin
    • God made a way to save sinners and punish sin
    • Most merciful thing.


  • Luke 15 – Prodigal Son
    • How the father showed mercy
    • Point to father giving undeserved kindness
    • That’s a little bit what it is like
  • Assign a child a task
    • Give child $1 for the task
    • Earned $1
    • Later surprise him with another $1
    • Did you do anything to earn the second $1
    • That’s a little bit of what God’s grace is like
  • Tell child you will pay them to an impossible task
    • Go move a sofa across the house
    • Let them try
    • Don’t come up with a solution
    • When Dad comes home – decide Dad will move it.
    • Still give the child the money
    • That’s mercy
    • Someone stepped in and did it for you


The implication of this truth to kids is:

You must depend on God’s mercy in order to be saved.

Scriptural Support

Psalm 145:8

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [Psalms 145:8 ESV]

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV]

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