Walking a Child or Student Through the Gospel
The Gospel is an announcement of how we have been made right with God! It is not a piece of advice that tells us what to do, it is a declaration of what has been done. We want to celebrate our kids’ and students’ responses to the Gospel as well as help guide them toward next steps.
Why is it important to know how to explain the Gospel?
- Walking a child or student through the message of the Gospel is one of the greatest privileges we can have as leaders
- We value the importance of communicating the good news of the Gospel clearly and concisely
- Below is an outline that will give you the freedom to stick to the very basics of the Gospel or dive a little deeper to help them understand
- We have also included a few Bible passages for your own use or for distribution to your small group if they have questions about the Gospel
- Connect with them, make them feel comfortable, communicate your excitement about their decision
- Initially some children and students may feel a self-conscious about talking to a leader after they have made a decision
- Be sure to really listen to what they have to say
- It won’t be your job to ensure they believe and become a Christian, that is the work of the Holy Spirit
- Be open to what they have to say and respond appropriately
- If they have decided that they want to become a Christian; the main goal of this time is to clarify two things:
- What brought them to this decision?
- How do they articulate the message of the Gospel?
- It’s important to ask them something like, “What decision did you make tonight?” and “In your own words, can you explain the Gospel to me?”
- This helps them think for themselves and understand what decision they are really making
- It’s during this time that you may find out that they’re only talking with you because their friend did it too, they are making a first time decision, or they are already a Christian but feel the need to repent of sin
- If the child or student has made a decision to surrender to Jesus then CELEBRATE that with them!
- This is the single most important decision of their life!
- Welcome them into the body of Christ with joy
- Encourage them to get plugged into the body of Christ and not to try to live life alone
- If the child or student is already a Christian but confessing sin, then CELEBRATE that!
- The Holy Spirit is working in their lives in this very moment
- Explain to them that the next big step of becoming a Christian is beginning a relationship with Jesus
- The only way to do that is to communicate with Him, tell them that prayer is essentially that–talking with God
- Give them a small picture of what a relationship with Jesus looks like by praying for them
- Prayer may be new to them, and hearing you pray joyfully can be a huge encouragement to them
- Continue to pray for them in the weeks that follow
- Follow up with them the next time you see them
- Ask them if they are interested in talking more about what it means to be a Christian
- Be encouraging and truthful to what the Christian life looks like
- If you are modeling that life for them, they will feel supported and excited to join
Outline of the Gospel
Use this information to help you order your thoughts, and keep these passages in mind if a child or student would like to read more about what it means to be a Christian.
We can summarize the Gospel in 4 main categories: Creation, Fall, Redemption, New Creation.
- Creation: God created everything good and in perfect relationship with Him.
- Fall: Man sinned against God and broke the relationship.
- Redemption: God sent Jesus to pay the price for man’s sins by dying on the cross. Jesus was then raised from the dead and he ascended into heaven defeating sin and death once and for all. Jesus’ work has brought forgiveness and a restored relationship to all who believe.
- New Creation: One day God will create a new heaven and a new earth that will be free of sin. On that day we will enjoy perfect life in relationship with Jesus. Until that day, God is in the process of making all things new.
- Man & Woman were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27)
- Adam & Eve were good and they enjoyed perfect relationship with God (Gen 1:31)
- Adam & Eve sinned against God (Gen. 3:1-13)
- Everyone is now sinful by nature and choice (Rom. 5:12, Gen. 6:5)
- Because of sin, man’s relationship with God is broken (Col. 1:21)
- Our sinfulness deserves the penalty of death (Rom. 3:23, 6:23)
- Because of sin, we cannot obey God or repair the broken relationship (Rom. 8:7-8, Gal. 2:16)
- From the beginning God promised to send a Messiah to save man from his sins (Gen. 3:15)
- Jesus is the Messiah (Jn. 4:25-26)
- Jesus lived a full, perfect life without sin — in our place (Heb. 4:15)
- Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins — in our place (1 Pet. 3:18, Heb 10:12)
- Jesus rose from the dead and ascended, defeating sin and death – in our place (Lk. 24:6, Lk. 24:51, Rom. 6:4)
- God is making all things new (Rev. 21:1-5)
- We are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
- One day God will recreate and restore all things back to perfection (Rom. 8:18-25)