"This is the message of Good News…that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ" Acts 10:36 (ESV)
Whether you are in a classroom setting teaching kids on a Sunday morning, or a parent talking with your kids, helping kids understand the Good News of Jesus Christ is the most important conversation you can have with them!
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Parent Conversation Guide
Equip your parents with a conversation guide and give them the confidence they need to start a spiritual conversation with their kids.
Have this available for your teachers so they can record any decisions made during class time for follow-up.
1. God loves me and wants me to be his friend forever.
Read Romans 5:10-11 (NLT)
"For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God"
2. Even though I disobey God (that's called sin), he made a way for me to be forgiven.
Read Romans 3:23 (NLT)
"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard."
3. He sent his Son Jesus to earth to live a perfect life, die on the cross for my sins, and he rose again because he has power over sin and death.
Read the following from 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NLT)
"Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before…It is this Good News that saves you…Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."
4. I can repent of my sins and put God in charge of my life so I can become more like Jesus.
Read Acts 2:38 (NLT)
"Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins."
5. God is ready to give me eternal life and save me right now.
Read Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
"If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved."
If your child wants to make a decision to follow Jesus and be made right with God through faith in Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross, here is an example prayer you might pray with your child. Be sure to let them know that what is important is not saying the right words, but truly believing the words you say.
"Jesus, I'm so happy that you love me and you want me to live with you forever. I confess to you that I disobey you. I sin by doing things that I know are wrong. But I believe that you sent your Son Jesus to earth to die for my sins and that he rose from the grave 3 days later to prove that he has power over sin and death. I repent of my sins and ask that you take charge of my life. I want to follow you and become more like you. I want you to save me, forgive me of my sins and make me right with you. Amen"
Baptism is a step of obedience for those who have made the decision to follow Christ and make him Lord of their life. Remember Acts 2:38? "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins."
Talk to your local church about how to be baptized.