Three Steps to Introduce Your Kids to Faith in Jesus
STEP ONE: Lay a foundation
A child’s decision to follow Jesus is rarely a one-stop process.Your son or daughter grows in their understanding of God by developing a foundation (hearing the stories of the Bible, learning scriptures, singing about Jesus, and so forth) as well as experiencing life in your home (watching your example, feeling your love, learning right from wrong).These two ways of learning work best when they are connected in your home and integrated into your family life. We see it in Deuteronomy: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
STEP TWO: Discern readiness
Do your best to discern when your child is mature enough to put the pieces together. Avoid the temptation to push him or her too fast, making sure they are ready and can truly understand the gospel. When you feel they are ready, ask a few questions to help gauge your child’s level of understanding. Read Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.” Then ask questions like, “What is sin?” “How does your sin affect your relationship to God?” and “How can you be right with God?” How they respond can help you sense whether your child is ready in addition to helping your child apply the gospel to his or her own life.
STEP THREE: Prepare them for baptism
Once your child has understood and decided to accept God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ by being baptized, it is time to guide them toward following Christ with this action. Schedule a meeting with Leah (up to 5th grade) or Jimmy (6th grade and up) where they will learn the basics of Christian faith and be prepared to celebrate baptism with their family.
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