November 11, 2022
The Bible has volumes of knowledge on vast sums of subject matter. Many in the Church today have had their spiritual aptitude labeled as “an inch deep and a mile wide”, meaning that their knowledge of the Christian faith is shallow.
The truth is that we all have to start somewhere, and for many of us it began as a child going to Sunday School and listening to Bible stories. Those can serve as a great introduction to the Bible, but what about actually presenting the Gospel message to kids? Great question! Here are a few things to consider when sharing the hope that lies within you with children.
When sharing the Gospel with kids, keep in mind that they don’t need every detail. You won’t have to go into all the aspects of justification, or even bring that word into the conversation. Use vocabulary that the children you are speaking to will understand. Instead of speaking about our spiritual debt, you could explain that Jesus died willingly so that our sins could be taken away.
The great thing about kids is that they know right from wrong. They understand internally when they do something wrong. In other words, their conscience tells them so. With this thought in mind, telling them about sin is one way to make it personal. We don’t want to bash them with a list of sins they’ve done, but we want to show them the good news that Jesus died so that we live with Him for eternity. Kids don’t have the hangups that adults do when talking about these things.
Continually teach the Gospel to them. We all need to be reminded about what Jesus did for us on the cross, but children need it that much more. They aren’t used to hearing the Gospel message and for many, it will be the first time they hear it. Take these opportunities to pour truth into their life, for the world is trying to impress its own worldview on them. 1st Peter 3:15 tells us to always be ready to give an answer to everyone for the hope that lies within us.
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