This post is part of a series called The Gospel and Kids, where we are taking a hard look at how to help kids truly understand what a relationship with God truly requires and to help our ministries become more gospel-focused. This post is the second part of how to teach kids about sin. See other posts here and here.
What Kids Need to Understand:
– The Bible says that the wages (what we earn) because of our sin is death. Someone had to die to take the punishment for our sin. (Rom. 6:23)
– Because God loves us so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, into the world so that He could take care of our sin problem. (John 3:16)
– Jesus was fully God and fully human, but never sinned while on the earth. He lived a perfect and holy life. (1 John 3:5, Hebrews 4:15,)
– Though Jesus did nothing wrong, He was put on the cross and died for our sins. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was our substitute. He took our place. ( 2 Cor. 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24)
– Jesus did not stay dead. Three days later He rose from the dead, beating death, and making a way for us to go to Heaven. (Rom. 6:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:54-55)
Application in Real Life Ministry and Parenting:
– Bottom line: Help kids know Jesus. Really, really know Jesus. Focus on them knowing about Him and on them getting to know HIM. Sometimes I think we get so concerned about making sure our kids have fun or act right or like church that Jesus becomes not the main focus. Make Him the star of your ministry and your home.
– The Jesus Storybook Bible is one of my all-time favorites. Every story points to Jesus and the story of His redemption. If you don’t own it, you should.
– Begin early talking truth about what Jesus has done for us. I wrote about that some here.
What would you add?