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How to Lead a Child to Christ

I am taking a Personal Evangelism class through my church. It is an extended bible college program and I go there every Tuesday night. My pastor teaches this one, and last night he taught us this: How to Lead a Child to Christ. Of course, I whipped out my pen and wrote it down! I thought it'd be interesting to share with all of you!

1. You must be on their level (physically, mentally, spiritually)
Get down on your knees, be at their eye level (kids love that). Excite them and ask who is the smartest, who knows all this stuff, etc.

2. Use Much Repetition (over & over & over).
When you go over a step, stop, then review all the steps before that then move to the next one every time. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God.

3. Use visual aides!
We can get creative with this! Draw pictures! Use diagrams!

My pastor drew a picture of everyone on a plane with sin spots all over them heading towards the fire, but Jesus got them tickets to go to heaven and now they're happy!

The Wordless book is a popular method too and it's just a book of colors! The colors each represent something, and it's very simple! SisterLisa decided to use M&M colors for an extra treat!

Growing in Grace Magazine has the Wordless book online, CLICK HERE to go there!

Right now, my kids are fairly young and I would say they are too young to grasp the entire concept of salvation. If your kids are young too, we can still teach our kids about sin whenever they do wrong. We can remind them when they lie, when they steal cookies, when they hit their siblings, rebel against us, etc that it is what the Bible calls sin. This can prepare them to realize they have sinned many times and it will be easier to lead them to realize they need a Savior.

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4


  1. Anonymous said...
    It's amazing how much I've learned about my child through Church. I used to scold Cody when he did something wrong... and he kept on doing it. I thought he had his mama's stubbornness. Then the pastor taught us to EXPLAIN what they did wrong, what the Bible says about it, and then use discipline. Now my three year old son knows exactly why he's in trouble :) it's a new experience! My new pastor says discipline is a LEARNING experience, and I must say I agree!! This is a wonderful post and I am curious about the Wordless Book!
    Sisterlisa said...
    Leading a child to the understanding of Christ dieing for them is a gradual process. We need to be careful. Some kids will say "I'm smart I understand it, but just because they can quote the concept back to us verbatim doesn't mean they really get it. Lean on the Holy Spirit and don't pressure for a decision. We need to be sure we don't get a false conversion. I fell into that trap myself that 'thought' I knew the gospel for a couple of years before I REALLY understood it.
    Clara Van Nattan said...
    I believe we should never assume a child is too young to understand salvation. Salvation is not something complicated, it should never be MADE complicated. The Bible says everyone must be as a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven, they must simplify things down to a small child's level to understand it. The Bible does not tell us that a 3 or 4 year old is too young to accept Christ as their Saviour, in fact the Bible gives no age except that we must be as a child. The Bible also says that Jesus does not want children forbidden - we should explain everything to a child and then let them decide when they understand. My daughter was 3 when she understood and asked to have the blood of Jesus cleanse her sins, and she was not just repeating back to me what I had told her - she would tell me what it meant in her own words, by her own understanding so I knew she understood. Since then she has told me in countless different ways that she is saved and explains how it happened and what it means. My son is the same, except he is 15 months younger than his sister. Because he likes to keep up with her, he has grasped things a lot younger than her and can explain it in his own words, and he was saved at the age of 2. There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that this is wrong, or that it has to be a gradual process - the Bible says believe and you will be saved. Believe that what Jesus did was for YOUR sins and you will be saved - that is not complicated, and should not be MADE complicated - complicating things is something adults tend to do a lot because of our wider understanding of other things in life. It is important to not hold a child back - what if they come to an understanding before you are ready and yet can't take the step because mom or dad is holding them back?
    "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).
    Jenn said...
    I really like the M & M's idea to go along with the color book. Thanks for putting this on your blog. I am always looking for new ways to reach others for Christ. I think I will teach this one to my children so that they can use it too.
    LisaShaw said...
    A lot of adults don't truly understand at first and often have found themselves giving their lives to Christ more than once because they really weren't certain at first so children have to be treated with care too.

    We don't have little children any longer and both of our daughters are Christians although our adult daughter is running in many ways but as children they received Christ in their lives but it was a very slow and steady process of explaining the Bible, reading it with them, etc., living it and walking before them as examples.

    Thanks for sharing this! Love ya.
    Serendipitymom12 said...
    Clara, That's amazing how your kids could grasp the concept at such a young age. You must be proud of them. I have been teaching it to my sons for a long time but as their mother, I know it has not clicked for them what it means to be saved. They have to realize they are sinners, need a savior, that only Jesus' blood that was shed on the cross can take them out of the road towards hell, and into heaven. I even struggle thinking about it myself, and it's just an profound thing. I want my boys to not only understand, but also to accept it and choose it for themselves. I think the age of accountability is when they are fully aware of this and are able to make a conscious decision in their full mind. As for me, I don't even remember much of anything when I was really young but I knew about God all my life. I felt led by the Holy Spirit to seek answers from God about salvation when I was 10.
    Anonymous said...
    This post is a blessing and something that is comforting right now; We are actually going this time of encouragement and blessing right now with our oldest.

    God bless you for this post!

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