You would think that sharing the Gospel — the good news of Jesus — would be an easy, natural thing to do with our kids. But let’s face it, it can be a difficult task.
Though there are many methods out there to point our kids to Jesus, there are quite a few misconceptions about what sharing the Gospel with our kids might look like.
What sharing the gospel is not.
Leading our kids to Jesus is not solely sending them to church. While I do hope you are each going to a church that teaches about Jesus, the act of sending them to church is not sharing the Gospel with your children, it is only passing off the responsibility to someone else. The church’s job is to come along side of the family, to encourage and enhance what they are doing in the home.
Bringing them to faith in Christ is not simply leading them in a prayer. Our kids want to please us, so desperately. If we talk about becoming a Christian enough, most children will ultimately come out and say that they want to be one. I’ve witnessed many parents put a ton of stock in the fact that they prayed with their child once, but this is the only “evidence” they have of their salvation.
Sharing the Gospel with our kids is not a one-time deal. It is an on-going conversation toward entering an on-going relationship with Jesus. Even after a child “prays the prayer” we should continue to talk with them about the good news of all that Jesus has done for us. One of the worst things we can do as parents is to give our children a false sense of security when it comes to their salvation. If they think the end goal is to pray a prayer, walk an aisle, or get dunked in the baptismal … well, frankly, we are setting them up for failure.
So, how do I share Jesus with my kids?
I spent over a decade of my life in ministry with Cru, in which I had hundreds of opportunities to communicate the good news of Jesus. The following comes from the basic outline I used in ministry, anf to this day is the structure I go to when sharing my faith with others (including my kids!)
1. God loves you and created you to know Him personally.
2. Man is sinful and therefore separated from God.
3. Jesus Christ is the only way to God.
4. We must each individually receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Over the next several months we’ll be taking a deeper look at each of these points and how to effectively and clearly communicate these truths to your children. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!
In the meantime …
Here are a few of my all-time favorite children’s Bibles. A great start to sharing the good news of Jesus with your kids!
- The Jesus Storybook Bible. “Every story whispers his name” is the tagline for this book and it couldn’t be a more appropriate description. I love this story Bible, as do my kids. This is most appropriate for children old enough to sit and listen to a 10-minute story. We also have the audio version and use it often.
- The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes. This is the perfect read-aloud for toddlers. The stories are super-short (like 1 minute short!) with great, descriptive pictures, and a Gospel-centered theme. Each story ends with a few engaging questions and a short prayer. This is also a good option for early readers to read on their own.
- Family-Time Bible in Pictures. Written by the same author as the former Bible, these stories are a bit longer. The pictures are just as great and descriptive, and has engaging questions as well.
What is the biggest challenge you face in sharing the Gospel with your children? What questions do you have? Have you begun any Gospel-centered conversations with your kids? How did they go? Share them with us in the comments.
Grace-clinger. Truth-speaker. Pastor’s wife. Mommy of three. Auburn fan. Loves to equip others to walk with the Lord for a lifetime.