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Sharing the Gospel

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A missionary is anyone who shares the love of Jesus with others.  While much of the emphasis of missions is on other countries and missionaries to those countries, we must remember that our children can be missionaries in their own world.  They can reach their families and friends with the good news of Jesus.  It is important that our children know how to share the gospel.  This can be a scary thought for some children.  Too often, they do not know how to share their faith, but children’s ministers can help. Teach children the basic salvation message and have them practice telling it to you or a friend at church.  Encourage them to memorize key scriptures.  Give them visual tools to show their friends when they are sharing the gospel. These visual tools can include colors or pictures.

Basic Salvation Message

  • God is the creator who is in charge of the world.
  • People choose to sin. Sin is when we do wrong things. Sin has consequences. Those consequences are punishment and separation from God. (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23)
  • God still loves people even when they sin. Jesus, God’s Son, died to take the punishment for everyone’s sins. (Romans 6:23)
  • We must believe that Jesus died and ask him to forgive our sins. (I John 1:9)
  • God’s Word tells me I am saved from sin, and I can grow as a Christian and live in heaven with God one day.

*adapted from CentriKids Camps poster 

Tools for Sharing the Gospel

Bracelets

Help children make a bracelet using a string and colorful beads.  Each bead will represent a portion of the gospel message. For example:

  • God is the Creator who is in charge of the world. (Green bead to represent creation.)
  • People choose to sin. Sin is when we do wrong things. Sin has consequences. Those consequences are punishment and separation from God. Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23. (Black bead to represent sin.)
  • God still loves people even when they sin. Jesus, God’s Son, died to take the punishment for everyone’s sins. Romans 6:23 (Red bead to represent the blood of Jesus.)
  • We must believe that Jesus died and ask him to forgive our sins. I John 1:9 (White bead to represent a forgiven heart without sin.)
  • God’s Word tells me I am saved from sin. I can grow as a Christian and live in heaven with God one day. (Gold bead to represent heaven.)

Wordless Color Book

Another alternative is for children to make a booklet using colorful construction paper for the pages.  Use the same colors as listed above for the bracelets.

Picture Book

Have children make a book with simple pictures to illustrate each portion of the gospel message.  For example,

  • God is the Creator who is in charge of the world. (Picture of a cloud with people and trees in it. The cloud symbolizes God and the people and trees are His creation.)
  • People choose to sin. Sin is when we do wrong things. Sin has consequences. Those consequences are punishment and separation from God. (Picture of the word “sin” with a big X drawn over it.)
  • God still loves people even when they sin. Jesus, God’s Son, died to take the punishment for everyone’s sins. (Red heart)
  • We must believe that Jesus died and ask him to forgive our sins. (Picture of a mouth to show that we must ask for forgiveness.)
  • God’s Word tells me I am saved from sin, and I can grow as a Christian and live in heaven with God one day. (Picture of praying hands.)

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