Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, …Love the Lord your God with all your heart….soul….strength. Impress…on your children.” Deuteronomy 6: 4-9

The greatest joy of being a parent, a grandparent, or a church volunteer is to be ready when opportunities arise to share our faith with a child. Children are filled with questions. Sometimes their questions are just that. However, when a child begins to understand that God wants them to become a part of His eternal family, we should use the opportunity to share what the Bible says.

The Gospel - God's Plan for Me

gospel: noun. good news. the message about Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation.

God Rules

The Bible tells us God created everything, including you and me, and He is in charge of everything.
Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11; Colossians 1:16-17

We Sinned

We all choose to disobey God. The Bible calls this sin. Sin separates us from God and deserves God's punishment of death.
Romans 3:23; 6:23

God Provides

God sent Jesus, the perfect solution to our sin problem, to rescue us from the punishment we deserve. It's something we, as sinners, could never earn on our own. Jesus alone saves us.
John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus Gives

He lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again. Because Jesus gave up his life for us, we can be welcomed into God's family for eternity. This is the best gift ever!
Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 2:8-9

We Respond

Believe in your heart that Jesus alone saves you through what he's already done on the cross. Repent, turning from self and sin to Jesus. Tell God and others that your faith is in Jesus.
John 14:6; Romans 10:9-10, 13

** Depending upon the age and maturity level of the child, it is recommended that the adult select the appropriate scriptures.

Resources:

  • Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen - Regan Publishers
  • The Faith of a Child by Art Murphy - Moody Publishers
  • Leading a Child to Christ – LifeWay Press
  • I’m A Christian Now! – LifeWay Press

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