“Jesus tells us that the work of proclaiming God’s kingdom is dangerous. It takes courage. It demands earnest prayer.” Jack Klumpenhower, Show Them Jesus, pg. 2.
Are you ready to impart the Gospel to your children?
It is challenging to think about how we are teaching our children the Gospel in everyday life. As a child goes off to school and is faced with different worldviews or is hurt by a friend’s words on the playground, even in those situations, can we point our children to the Gospel?
At the beginning of this year, God began challenging me to really think through how we are presenting the Gospel in our classrooms and how to encourage parents to share the Gospel as they teach their children about God at home. I have never thought about bringing the Gospel into every story that I have the opportunity to share. How do you bring the Gospel into an Old Testament story such as idols and sacrifices or how do you not turn a story into something a child should do to be a better person? It is too easy for us as teachers and parents to turn Bible Stories into moralistic stories to encourage the children to want to behave better. But this is not what we are to do. We must realize that we are allsinners in need of a Savior and the Gospel is the only solution.
As I have the chance to share Bible Stories through the lenses of the Gospel, they became more about the sacrifice of Jesus and our need for a Savior instead of having to do good so Jesus loves us. We cannot make Jesus love us anymore or any less. He died for all our sins on the cross and now because of the salvation He has offered us, we can live a life of faith. Not to gain approval from God, but out of our love for what He has done for us.
We are taking on the challenge in Stonebridge Kids to show the children in their classes the truth of the Gospel in everything we teach. My hope is that this would also challenge parents to think about teaching kids the basis of our faith–the Gospel–in whatever Bible story they are reading through. We all need to be reminded of Jesus Christ’s work on the cross for our salvation. Oh, how I need to be reminded of the Good News of Jesus Christ daily in my life….so do our children.
So as you think about how you disciple your children, do you share the Gospel with your children regularly? Do you remind yourself of the Gospel daily?
May these words of truth sink in as a reminder that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Parents, you can do this! You don’t have to use elaborate words or innovative techniques to share the Gospel! It is as simple as sitting down and reading a Bible Story and talking about how God is working through the story or how we see our need for a Savior through the story.
We are sinners in need of a Savior and we must remind our children of the work that Christ has done on the cross for us! Proclaiming the Good News takes courage…..but is worth it!
Author: Melissa Majorins, Children’s Ministry Director