13 Awesome Resources to Teach Children About God

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Note from Kat: I’ve been quite busy this summer getting my new blog, HowTheyBlog.com up and running. I’ve also been working on a little project that is going to be crazy helpful for you, especially once the school year rolls around. I hope to share the details with you all in the next couple weeks.

Today’s post is from my friend Katie Orr. She’s sharing some amazing resources. Enjoy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our How to Share the Gospel with Your Kids series. It means the world to me to know that some of you feel better equipped to talk with your kids about Jesus and about their need for a savior!

In case you missed it, this is where we’ve been:

  1. We talked about how NOT to share the gospel with your kids.
  2. We took a look at Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and gleaned 3 ways we can daily point our children to Jesus.
  3. Lastly, we looked at the WHAT to talk about when sharing about God with our kids. The nitty – gritty of what to focus on, using four basic Biblical truths.

Today I want to leave you will some tangible resources to keep learning and pointing your kiddos to Jesus. (affiliate links present)

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Resources I’ve already mentioned:

  • The Jesus Storybook Bible Hands-down, my favorite children’s storybook Bible. I LOVE how every story points back to God’s rescue plan! This is suited for children who can sit and listen for 15 minutes. (In other words, not the best choice for a 2 year old boy!)
  • The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes The perfect read-aloud for toddlers (including that squirmy 2-year-old!) or a good option for early readers to read on their own. Short stories with great engaging questions.
  • Family-Time Bible in Pictures Great for family devotions. Love that the stories point back to God, not just good behavior.
  • Give Them Grace A good foundation for Christian parenting, and how to point your kids to Jesus instead of behavior modification.
  • Seeds Family Worship A great way to start the habit of Scripture memory with your kids! They have many of their songs available to listen to for free on their site. There are also YouTube videos they’ve made.

Other books and resources on our shelf:

DVD’s we love:

  • Theo I received a free copy of a Theo videos last year at Allume. I’ve since purchased the rest of the available videos, because the kids love watching them and my husband and I love what they teach. Each video is centered around important theological truths necessary to understand the Gospel.
  • What’s in the Bible These are all fun and entertaining videos, and go through the Bible from Genesis on. There are LOADS of free resources on their website, including coloring sheets, family worship ideas, and video clips of the DVDs. There is one video I highly recommend all to watch. It is an incredibly powerful visual for the wrath-absorbing death Jesus died for us. I’ve embedded it here for you to watch. Grab a tissue. (This video is 11 minutes long. If you only have a few minutes, fast-forward to 6:45 and watch from there.)

Email readers, click here if you can’t see the video.

Online Gospel Resources:

  • DesiringGod.org FREE Parenting Resources From interviews with Pastor John, to free ebooks, and LOADS of sermons to listen to, this is an incredible resource. Bookmark this and come back to it often!
  • OhAmanda.com Especially great for those of us with little ones. Amanda is truly gifted in creating fun and meaningful crafts and activities which teach Biblical truths.

What tools do you use to point your kids to Jesus? Have any of you started having more meaningful conversations with your kids as a result of this series? Let us know in the comments!


About Katie 

HelloMornings Director

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

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.

What to Talk about When Sharing the Gospel with Your Kids

By | General, How to Share the Gospel with Your Kids | 15 Comments

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.

Read the rest of How to Share the Gospel with your Kids posts.


About Katie 

HelloMornings Director

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

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.

3 Ways to Point Your Kids to Jesus

By | General, How to Share the Gospel with Your Kids | 14 Comments

Katie Orr

Oh say can you see…

Are you singing it yet? You’ll have the Star Spangled Banner in your head all day now.

You’re welcome.

There is incredible power in the repetition of words. It is why we will never forget the Pledge of Allegiance or the words to Ice Ice Baby. (Or maybe that’s just me…)

There are words contained in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, known as the Shemah, that were of great importance to the ancient Hebrews. It was their core prayer, a statement of identity, and one of the first sections of the Bible that jewish children learned. So, when a Hebrew heard “Hear O Isreal…” they would immediately recall the truths about God that had been ingrained in their memory from childhood.

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4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This Shemah has much to teach us today. It points to how we may also never forget what is most important, and what we are to teach to our own children.

1. Love God and Love His Word (vv. 5-6)

I cannot impart something I don’t possess. If I want my kids to have an intimate, thriving relationship with God, I must make it a priority in my own life. God must be the center of my life. Not my career. Not my dress size. Not even my children.

My heart, soul, and might must be God-centric and when they are not (because my heart so easily wanders) I must stir up my affections for Jesus. Spend time in the Bible. Stay connected to a local church. Worship God with my lifestyle. And let my kids see me at it.

Do one thing to do today to help you towards intimacy with God. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Start a Bible reading plan.
  • Get back into a local church.
  • Grab a journal and write out a prayer to God.

2. Talk about God with Your Children (v. 7)

There is a popular quote out there by St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words when necessary.” While I understand the heart behind his thinking, too many Christians today stand behind quotes like this and believe that others will come to faith in God solely by observing the lives of those who follow Him.

I disagree.

Sharing the Gospel with my kids cannot be haphazard. They will not learn about Jesus by osmosis. I must be specific and steadfast. Just like the text itself tells us, I must talk about Jesus when I sit in my house. I must point out the hand of God as we walk on our way. I am to give them Jesus at bedtime and Jesus at breakfast.

The command here in Scripture is to give every opportunity we can to tell our kids about Jesus. Here are a few ideas to try this week:

  • On the way home from church, ask your kids what they learned while they were there.
  • Share something with your kids about what you’ve learned through the Bible recently.
  • Point out something beautiful in nature and mention how glad you are God gives us such gifts.

3. Create Reminders and Rhythms (vv. 8-9)

Life is busy. Distractions abound. And it is all-too-easy to forget about the spiritual health of my children. Having a time and a place to intentionally build into the spiritual health of my children makes for natural, easy ways to share about God.

Mealtimes are often a great time to talk about God and learn His Word with my kids. We’ve memorized verses together, just by reviewing it over the breakfast table several days a week.

Our driving time in the car is one of my favorite ways to remind us of God’s Word. Seeds Family Worship, and the audio version of The Jesus Storybook Bible are some of our favorites. (affiliate links present)

Pick one thing to implement this week:

  • If you don’t already, pray together before each meal.
  • Look for a “time and a place” in the rhythm of your day — breakfast, bedtime, after school — where you can begin to engage in God’s Word together with your kids.
  • Post Scripture up around the house as a reminder of God’s love for us.

Leave a comment and share with us one thing you will implement this week.

In the next post of this How to Share the Gospel series, we’ll look at the nitty-gritty of WHAT to communicate to your children when sharing the Gospel with them.


About Katie 

HelloMornings Director

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

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.

How NOT to Share the Gospel with Your Kids

By | General, How to Share the Gospel with Your Kids | 22 Comments

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.

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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!

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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.

 

About Katie 
HelloMornings Director

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

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.