Posts Tagged "Gospel"

Sharing the Gospel With Kids (10 Essential Gospel Truths for Kids)

10 Essential TruthsWhat is the single most important thing we do in children’s ministry?  What is the single most important thing we do in any ministry?  I believe, and I think the Bible would support, that the single most important thing we do is share the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus Christ.  One misperception that many people have is that the Gospel is only for the lost.  In fact, the Gospel is just as important for those who have made Jesus the Lord of their lives as for those who have not.

In many children’s ministry, it seems, the gospel has become tangential and has lost its position of the focal point of ministry.  This is a dangerous trend and leads, at best, to kids who are not firmly grounded in their faith and, at worst, kids who never hear the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  One of the best presentation I have ever heard on sharing the gospel with kids was made by Jill Nelson at the 2007 Children Desiring God Conference.  Entitled “Presenting the Gospel to Children,” this presentation lays a foundation for the need to teach kids the gospel and then proceeds through 10 essential truths that we must convey to children in order to ground them in the truth of the Gospel.  Each of the 10 truths is supported by scripture, thoroughly explained in kid friendly language, illustrated in kid friendly ways and is associated with a clear implication.

You can listen to the audio here:

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Allowing Jesus to Work in Your Children’s Ministry

CrossIt’s time to catch up on another article that I originally published over on Ministry-to-Children.com.  The article, titled Why I Don’t Want to Be Too Good at Kidmin was originally published on August 19, 2010.

This article is all about not being so polished when it comes to children’s ministry that we forget to allow, or just don’t allow, the Holy Spirit to work in our ministry. 

Here is an excerpt:

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How We Unintentionally Hinder Kids from Sharing the Gospel

FearIt’s time to catch up on another article that I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com.  The article, titled Kids Evangelizing Kids (and How We Can Stay Out of the Way) was originally published on August 8, 2010.

The article discusses how we, as adults often impose our own insecurities on kids when it comes to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Here is an excerpt:

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A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

The following is a little craft I threw together for my wife last week to use with the kids in her Wednesday night Cubbies class (ages 3 and 4).  Their verse for the week was John 3:16, so I made a cross with pictures they could color before constructing the craft.  You can click on the picture below or this link for a pdf version of the craft.

Cross Craft

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The Power of the Cross and Children’s Ministry

woodencross I have been drawn recently to a particular verse in scripture which I have read hundreds of time but which only recently started to grip my heart.  It was written by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth:

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. [1 Corinthians 2:2]

Nothing!  Nothing but Christ and Him crucified.  The cross of Christ is the one essential piece of knowledge in this world, and our role as children’s ministers is to impart that to kids.  So often, we get sidetracked in children’s ministry and miss the bulls eye which is the cross of Christ.  We worry about what games we will play, what crafts we will do, how we will keep the kids occupied and under control, and we throw in the gospel when it fits.  We start to feel like we have to come up with ways to entice kids with the Cross of Christ and ignore the power of God to effectuate change in the lives of kids.

So, here is my challenge and my question.  First, the challenge – resolve in your children’s ministry to make the Gospel of our Lord central to everything you do.  Now for the question, what does this look like in your ministry?  What would your children’s ministry look like if the cross of Christ was central to all that you do?  I can’t wait to hear your ideas and thoughts – please leave a comment below.

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