What to Talk about When Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids

Katie Orr

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.

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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.

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About Katie 

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Grace-clinger. Truth-speaker. Pastor’s wife. Mommy of three. Auburn fan. Loves to equip others to walk with the Lord for a lifetime.

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Comments

  1. What a wonderfully thought out post! My kids are 5 and 2.5 right now, and this is constantly on my mind. They receive the normal Bible stories through church, but I want to be more in depth at home and really help them understand. Thanks for posting this!

  2. This is so very important! I love that you brought out that it’s not a single conversation, but put together bit by bit over time.
    My kids are teens now, and all have chosen Christ. One of the most important parts of the sin problem in my mind was the sin nature: you were born with sin, even if you had never done a single thing wrong in your whole life.
    I believe the mark of a child’s mental readiness for salvation is found in the simple physical milestone of being able to tell their right and left hand apart. Secular psychologists also mark that as an important physical indicator of mental ability to discern right and wrong, but more importantly, God indicates it is important at the end of Jonah.

  3. Margaret says:

    Hi Kat,
    I agree – except that I would never ever ever tell a child that God must punish their sins! How awful! God does not punish. He is merciful. How can a merciful God punish innocent children? I would rather tell them that when God reveals His Glory that we will not be able to withstand it unless we become pure – the pure in heart shall see God. But those who are not shall perish in God’s Glory – simply because we cannot survive in it. (Remember Moses? I cannot show you my face lest you perish) – it is not a punishment. It is a consequence of sin in relation to God’s glory.
    THAT a child can wrap his head around instead of a fearfulness which may develop into a hatred. Hatred is best targeted to sin! That is what I tell my son, and this he can accept. But not a God who punishes him – that he cannot accept.

    Take Care,
    Margaret

    • Hi Margaret! Thanks for your comment. I (Katie) actually wrote this post, not Kat.

      I completely agree with you, that God is a merciful God. The Bible is clear on that. However, the Bible is also clear that God is a holy, perfect, righteous judge who can not, and does not ignore sin.

      Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. What we deserve because of our sin is spiritual separation from God. And, I do believe that the Bible teaches that we are all born with a sinful nature. (Ephesians 2:1-3)

      So, our sin demands a payment, thus our desperate need for Christ’s sacrifice. Through Christ’s perfect life, death, and resurrection, the God’s wrath is satisfied!

      The Bible (both the Old and New Testament) speaks often on God’s wrath over sin. (Romans 1:18, Ephesians 5:6, Colossians 3:6 to name a few)

      I know that these are not easy things to talk about with anyone, especially children. Though, I do think it is appropriate for them to understand that God is perfect and holy and we are not, and therefore fellowship with God broken, without Christ.

      I hope this clears things up a bit! Thankful for God’s work in the heart of our children as these are big truths for little minds (and mine!) to comprehend.

  4. I have been looking for something like this! Thank you! I’m sad to say I’ve been scared to share the gospel with my two year old because I was afraid I would do it wrong. I didn’t grow up in a christian family and had no idea how to present it to someone so young. My instincts said to start with His love, but it’s wonderful to have that affirmed and know where to go next. Thank you.

  5. I like these 4 simple things. It helps me to focus when I’m telling Bible stories.

    • Me, too, Shonda! It is the 4 points I learned while on staff with Cru. It really helps me stay on track whenever I am looking to share Jesus with someone.

  6. This is a very nice post. I learned a lot from reading this and I find it really helpful. Thank you for sharing the tips. I always read bible stories to my kids at home especially before sleep and I think that they really appreciate and understand it. My favorite part is when I ask them the lesson behind the story and surprisingly, they get it right most of the time. Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Yes! Jesus is the only solution. I appreciate that you put this as what children must understand, and not as “steps” to salvation – so often found in children’s literature/booklets on the subject.

    While it’s important that children (and anyone who desires salvation) understands they have sinned, the only thing required for salvation is a belief in Christ, his death, and resurrection for us. While a child’s understanding may be a process, salvation is instant, just as it was for the criminal on the cross, and those in the New Testament whose faith healed them.

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    I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything.

    However imagine if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this blog could definitely be one of the best in its niche.
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