Sharing the Gospel with our children is more of a journey than anything else. It’s not a one-time conversation, or an event we can plan or send them to. It is about pointing them to Jesus again and again and allowing the Holy Spirit to do the work in their hearts that only He can.
But you may find yourself wondering exactly WHAT to share with your children.
There is a natural progression of understanding the Gospel, which we can lead our kids through. I see each of these truths as conversations to have over and over again with my kids until they are crystal-clear. Here are four basic components of the Gospel:
- God loves you.
- You have a sin problem.
- God provided a solution to your problem.
- You must have faith in Christ.
God Loves You
Sharing the Gospel with our kids must start here: they are known and deeply loved by a great, glorious, and personal God. They are hand-formed by God for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10), He has called them by name (Isaiah 43) and they are of great worth to Him (Luke 12:6-7). Let’s make it our aim to give our kids a picture of a loving, personal God.
You Have a Sin Problem
We are all sinners and are all therefore separated from God. (Romans 3:23; 6:23) Even the “smallest” of sins is a great offense to God. God is a righteous judge who cannot be in the presence of sin and cannot let sin go unpunished.
I know that this is not the most popular or easy thing to talk about, but it is an absolute must. If our kids cannot see their deep, dark sin nature they will never see their deep, desperate need for Jesus!
Jesus is the Only Solution
This is usually where we mess up when it comes to sharing the Gospel. In the midst of training our kids, we must be sure we are not communicating that good works = right standing with God, as it most certainly does not.
The ONLY answer to our sin problem is Jesus. (John 14:6) All our best efforts are futile, and we must be diligent to be sure our children get this.
Our sin problem was fixed by Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. He lived the perfect life because we never could. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin. And He defeated the power of death through His resurrection so that we could spend eternity in relationship with God. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)
Christ alone can save us from our sins.
We Must Choose to Believe
This is our only part in the Gospel. Faith in what Christ has done on our behalf (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is not solely a faith in God. Many people grow up believing in God but never enter into the Christian faith. Faith that saves comes from a desperate heart. A heart which longs for Jesus — the only solution for their sin problem — to be first and foremost in their life.
As you talk with your children about these truths, they should eventually be able to articulate the basics of the Gospel back to you before they are ready to respond in faith. As exciting as it is to get to the point of decision with our kids, we need to take it very slowly, and ask loads of clarifying questions.
When they are ready to make this decision, you will not be able to talk them out of it if you wanted to! I’m praying for each of us, as we attempt lead our children to Jesus.
Have you begun any of these conversations with your kids? What does it look like to for you and your family? Click here to let us know 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.