As parent’s we know that we are called to be the primary spiritual providers of our kids, but sometimes it can difficult knowing what to say to when. Especially when our conversations are centered around their faith and the Gospel. Our Family Ministry team put together a parent tool to help you share Jesus with your kids.
Before the Conversation:
Pray: Before we begin sharing Jesus with our kids, we must know as parents that salvation is a work ofGod alone. Ephesians 2 tells us that we were born “dead in our trespasses and sins”. As parents, we don’t have resurrection powers. Only God can breathe life into dead bones (Ezekiel 37:4-5). Parents do not save kids. Jesus does. We must begin praying for God’s will in our children’s life when they are young. Constant prayer for the will of God will align our desire with His, over time.
Be Patient: Every Christian parent longs for their child to become a Christian. We begin praying for them as babies that the Lord would allow them to come to know Him and place their faith in Him at an early age. We dream about their baptism and the ways that God could use them for His glory. Sometimes in our longing for them to understand the gospel, we are tempted to jump at any sign of a saving faith in their lives. We should avoid the temptation of trying to convince our kids to make a decision that they are not yet ready to make. We must trust in the Lord to reveal Himself to our children in His time.
Conversation not Presentation: The most effective way for our kids to see God’s love for them is by creating an ongoing conversation rather than a one time presentation. We should be talking about Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection at the dinner table, soccer fields and drive through lines.
The following is a suggestion for how to tell your kids about Jesus’s love for them.
GOD CREATED: The Bible tell’s us that, “In the beginning God created the heaven’s and the earth” (Gen. 1:1, NIV). This means that God created everything, including you, me and the entire world. Since God created everything, He is in control of everything. He is God.
WE SINNED: Shortly after God created everything the Bible tells us that, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” The very first two people that God created, Adam and Eve, disobeyed God. Disobedience is called sin. Ever since Adam and Eve people have been sinning. The Bible tells us that sin separates us from God and we deserve eternal death.
JESUS CAME: This is the good news! Although we have sin and deserved to die, God chose to send His son, Jesus to provide a solution for our sin problem. The Bible tells us that, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV). This is great news because God knew that we could not fix our sin problem and we needed a savior – Jesus.
JESUS GAVE: In order for Jesus to resolve our sin problem, the Bible tells us that Jesus lived a perfect life and died for our sins. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). Jesus did not deserve to die. He chose to die for your sins and my sins. He chose to because He loved everyone so much. After being dead for three days, Jesus rose from the dead and went back to Heaven with His father. This is amazing because Jesus rose from the dead, He proved that He was God and now those who surrender their life to Jesus can be saved. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV).
WE SURRENDER: The Bible tells us that since Jesus died for our sin problem that we dont have to experience eternal death. Instead, if we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is God, that we can experience life by being saved from death. “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved“ (Romans 10:9-10, NIV).
AFTER THE CONVERSATION
PRAY: If your child decided to surrender their life to Jesus, this is great news! Now it is time to lead them in a pryer. Remember that our prayers dont have to be fancy, just genuine. Remind your child that the prayer does not save them, only Jesus does. If your child was not ready to surrender their life, that is ok. Still spend time praying with them, thanking Jesus for His sacrifices and pray for God’s timing in the life of your child.
INFORM CHURCH LEADERS: If your child made a faith decision, please let their ministry director know as soon as possible. It is our desire to partner with your family to help disciple your kids. This means that we want to celebrate their decision, discuss baptism and give your family helpful tools for navigating this new season of life. If you are unsure of who your child’s ministry director is, please email Amy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (910)455-2700.