We want to help you have a great conversation with your child about following Jesus. The path to salvation is not complicated. It is about making Jesus your leader and number one friend. Below are some tools for you. In KidsCom we talk about the ABC’s of salvation.
Admit that you have done wrong and ask God to forgive you for disobeying Him. (Romans 3:23)
Believe that God sent Jesus to take the punishment for your sin. Trust that you are forgiven because Jesus made you right with God. (Romans 10:9, Ephesians 2:8)
Choose to spend your whole life depending on God’s power to say “no” to sin. As you live and love like Jesus, tell others that God is your leader and number one friend. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Explore your child’s understanding with these questions and Bible verses.
Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son. (Matthew 3:16-17)
Do you sin? All people sin, and sin breaks our friendship with God. Talk about sins you or your child may struggle with. (Romans 3:23)
Did Jesus Sin? Jesus is the only person who never sinned, He’s perfect, and He’s God’s Son. (Hebrews 4:15)
Why did Jesus die on the cross and come back to life? Jesus took the punishment for everyone’s sins to offer forgiveness for them. He died once—for all of us—and came back to life to show His power over sin and death. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 6:9-10)
If these questions show your child doesn’t understand what "following Jesus" means, or maybe you want more to talk about...
Here are 4 lessons that we found to help build a better understanding of salvation. They each have a video and discussion components.
What are the next steps to following Jesus? This lesson sets up an opportunity to pray to accept and follow Jesus. Maybe pray and talk before the video. No pressure. If your child isn't ready, that is fine. Discuss what salvation means for them. Salvation is ever developing in your child's life.
Finally, one of the best ways to introduce your child to Jesus is to show how Jesus is the center of your family by praying, reading the Bible together, attending church weekly, and serving.
If you believe your child does understand what "following Jesus" means, ask:
Do you believe Jesus is God’s Son and Jesus died so we can be forgiven?
Are you ready to ask Jesus to be the leader of your life?
If your child’s answer to both questions is yes, you can pray the following prayer together:
Dear God, I admit I’ve done wrong, and I ask You to forgive me. I believe You sent Jesus to take the punishment for my sin and I’m forgiven because Jesus makes me right with You. I choose to spend my whole life depending on Your power to help me say, “No!” to sin. Help me to love You, love others, and share that You are my leader and number one friend. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Your child chose Jesus as their leader and best friend! We want to know and celebrate with you. Talk to a KidsCom leader or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to supporting you!