Tomorrow’s Children’s Message

Children and YouthWendy Robinson has called in sick and she has my prayers, but her absence brings up a pressing question. That question: what am I going to do for a children’s sermon? The answer: I’m going to talk about the salvation of animals. This is very Wesleyan; our founder offered a well reasoned theological argument for the salvation of all creatures in his sermon, “The General Deliverance.” Wesley argued that in the life to come:

“The whole brute creation [that is, the animals] will then, undoubtedly, be restored, not only to the vigour, strength, and swiftness which they had at their creation, but to a far higher degree of each than they ever enjoyed. They will be restored, not only to that measure of understanding which they had in paradise, but to a degree of it as much higher than that, as the understanding of an elephant is beyond that of a worm. And whatever affections they had in the garden of God, will be restored with vast increase; being exalted and refined in a manner which we ourselves are not now able to comprehend.”

The whole sermon can be found here and an excellent summary by Allen R. Bevere here. I’ll be giving a version accessible to children (hopefully).