By Alyssa Jones
Kids are aware of the bad news all around them. They’ve lived through a global pandemic, they hear about the effects of war reaching across borders, they feel tension in relationships, and are frustrated by circumstances outside of their control. Our kids need the good news of the gospel.
Every week, The Gospel Project for Kids provides opportunities for leaders to clearly share the gospel with kids using the Gospel Plan Poster; however, Jesus’ command to tell others the good news isn’t limited to adults. As kids grow in their faith, we can equip them to go and tell as well. Use these tips to equip kids to share the good news about Jesus with their friends, neighbors, and classmates.As kids grow in their faith, we can equip them to go and tell as well. Use these tips to equip kids to share the good news about Jesus with their friends, neighbors, and classmates. Click To Tweet
Teach kids the gospel
Help kids have a firm understanding of the gospel before they share it with others. Review the Gospel Plan and find and read the supporting Bible verses. Let them practice sharing at home.
- God rules. Because God created everything, He is in charge of everything. (Revelation 4:11)
- We sinned. Everyone sins, or disobeys God. Our sin separates us from God. (Romans 3:23)
- God provided. God is holy and must punish sin. God sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment we deserve. (John 3:16)
- Jesus gives. Jesus took our punishment for sin by giving His life, and He gives us His righteousness. This is the best gift ever! (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- We respond. Everyone has a choice to make. Will you trust Jesus as your Savior and Lord? You can turn from self and sin and turn to Jesus. (Romans 10:9-10)
Draw the Gospel Plan icons
Print and cut apart the Gospel Flashcards to give kids a tangible tool they can use to share the good news about Jesus. For added durability, laminate the cards.
Considering encouraging kids to practice drawing each of the icons: a crown, an X, a cross, a gift, and hands. With these sketches, kids can share the gospel anytime they have a pencil and a piece of paper, chalk and a sidewalk, or a pen and a napkin.
Emphasize the importance of prayer. Remind kids that God commands us to share the good news with others, but He is the One who changes people’s hearts. Pray for boldness and opportunities to share the gospel, and pray for the Lord to prepare the hearts of those who would hear so they might believe and trust in Jesus.
Talk about what to expect
Prepare kids for possible responses to the gospel. Peers may be receptive to the gospel and want to know more. If a friend is ready to respond, she may respond with the ABCs of Becoming a Christian: Admit, believe, and confess. Following Jesus is the most important decision someone can make! Be sure to follow up with caregivers and other adults to help new believers get connected to the local church. Finally, classmates and friends might reject the gospel. Help kids be prepared to respond with grace and continue to pray for those who do not accept the good news. Encourage kids to trust the Lord’s good plan as they faithfully obey His command to go and tell.
Tell us in the comments about your experience helping kids share the gospel with others.
Alyssa Jones worships and serves in kids ministry with her husband at Refuge Franklin, a church plant outside of Nashville, Tennessee. They have three children.