Helping Children Come to Know Christ
DATE POSTED: 06/28/2019  |     |   Category: Friend to Friend

Summer offers many opportunities to share the gospel with children through summer camp, sports, and music camps and VBS. Each of these camps provide an environment for children to hear the gospel message in a concentrated form and they are given an opportunity to make a decision for Christ.

Since this is such an important decision, I asked Julie Hammer to share at the recent Pastor’s Lunch some best practices when talking with children. Julie is the children’s minister at First Baptist Church, Lewisville and has many years of experience working with children. Here are some of her suggestions when sharing and working with children as well as a few of my own:

  1. Talk with children on their level. It is essential that adults think through how they will present the gospel to a younger age group. When using illustrations or props make sure they are age appropriate.
  2. Be honest about hell but don’t use scare tactics. We live in a time when people don’t believe in the reality of hell. Since scripture confirms the existence of hell, we must talk about it in a way that motivates change within the listener.
  3. Ask open-ended questions. Make sure your questions are structured in such a way that the child will have to respond with more than a yes or no answer. These are some questions to ask a child who shows an interest in becoming a Christian:
  • What is a sin?
  • Can you name some sins that people commit?
  • Have you ever done any of those sins?
  • Now remind me, what is a sin?

If the child can name some sins and admit to committing some of these sins, then, in my opinion, they are seeing themselves as a sinner in need of a Savior.

A child who is unable to name some of their own sins probably needs more time and should be encouraged to continue to learn more about Jesus and continue to ask questions.

  1. Provide discipleship material specifically designed for children. Once a child has become a Christian, begin discipling them and include the parents in this process. You might decide to design your own materials for discipling children who have become Christians or choose to use published materials designed specifically for young children. This is the literature I used when working with young believers: I’m a Christin Now! https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/i-m-a-christian-now-younger-kids-activity-book-rev-P005805596. There are two studies. One is for first through third graders and the other is for fourth through sixth graders. Both workbooks will take the child 8 weeks to complete.

While this list is certainly not exhaustive, I hope it will encourage the development of a plan to reach and disciple children. May God bless your summer children’s programs.

 

 

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