The best story we will ever tell our kids is God’s story of salvation. Yet, this important conversation can often get lost in the busyness of our lives. We may think it’s been covered at church, or that they just “get it” because we do. Or maybe you can’t even remember back to when you had your earliest encounter with Jesus and how it all went down.
But thanks to our ever-present smartphones and innovative tools like the Bible App for Kids, our kids have the chance to interact with the Gospel story more than ever before. And what better opportunity to engage them in the most important conversation of their life than as they naturally ask questions about the stories they are learning.
Here’s a simple way to share the gospel using the “God’s Good News” story on the Bible App for Kids. After you read the story in your app, you can personalize the experience with your child using these parent prompts, additional activities and questions.
1. Help them KNOW God’s love for them.
Explain: God made everything, and He made it perfect. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin brought death into our world. Sin broke our relationship with God and broke His perfect world. But God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us.
Ask: What is sin? What does it do? Sin is when we disobey God. It’s the wrong things we do, say, or think that go against God. Sin breaks our relationship with God.
Explain: Everyone sins, and the result of sin is death. But sin couldn’t stop God from loving us! He had a plan.
How did God show His love for us? He sent His son Jesus. Sin broke our relationship with God, but Jesus came to fix it.
Explain: Jesus helped many people and taught them about God’s perfect love. His perfect life shows us what love looks like.
Ask: What did Jesus do for us because He loves us? He died on a cross for our sins. He carried out God’s plan to fix our relationship with Him. He rose from the dead three days later breaking the power of sin and death. He returned to Heaven. Now Jesus lives forever!
Explain: God loves you. He created you one-of-a-kind! Trusting and following Jesus fixes our broken relationship with God. Are you ready to be a part of God’s story and accept His love for you?
Ask: Would you like to pray a simple prayer with me and tell God you are ready to be part of His story?
Dear God, I’m sorry for all the things I’ve done wrong. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sins. I want to be a part of Your Story and live with You forever in heaven. Please help me know You better. Amen.
Explain: One day, when Jesus returns, God will make everything perfect again. He will make a new Heaven and a new Earth. Everyone who trusts in Jesus will live with Him forever! Jesus will help you grow to be more like Him.
2. Encourage them to GROW.
Read: John 14:16-18, Galatians 5:22-23 (link to verses)
God helps us grow as we trust Him. Jesus didn’t leave us alone. He sent His Holy Spirit to live inside us and help us be more like Jesus. He helps us show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are called the fruits of the Spirit.
Ask: How can we grow and become more like Jesus?
Explain: One way is by reading our Bibles. The more we read our Bibles, the more we know about God and how He wants us to live. The Holy Spirit will help us remember what we’ve read and help us live in a way that shows others who God is.
We also grow when we talk to God. We can talk to God any time through prayer. You can talk to God out loud, or you can just think the words in your head. He is always listening and ready to help you.
Ask: How can others help us grow?
Explain: We grow when we spend time with other people who love Jesus. This is why we go to church. Other people can help us make good decisions and encourage us to live every day in a way that shows God we love Him.
3. Teach them to SHOW Jesus to others.
Read: Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Thessalonians 2:8
Ask: How will others know you love God?
Explain: Our friends will know we love Jesus because of the things we do and say. As we grow, our life will start to look different. We will be more loving, kinder, and more joyful. When people ask what is different about us, we can share God’s story and the good news of Jesus with them too.
Ask: What if they never ask me about God?
Explain: You can also share God’s love with them even if they don’t ask. Good news is supposed to be shared! You can tell your friends how you heard God’s story and realized He loved you. You can tell them how important He is to you and how He helps you every day.
You can always talk to God and ask Him to help you share His love and the good news of Jesus with your friends. He will give you the words to say.
The more you talk about and practice KNOWING, GROWING, and SHOWING, the more confident you and your child will become in sharing this great news with others!
*Next, how you can use the Bible App for Kids to help prepare your child to share this good news with their friends!