Sharing the Gospel with Kids – Introduction

Over the next few posts I want to talk about sharing the gospel with kids. This is a hugely important part of children’s ministry.

For the past 5 years I have told the story at our VBS. I love it! I love engaging and interacting with kids. I love sharing the gospel with kids.

Each year as I prepare to share the gospel I am struck by the weight of my responsibility. It is my responsibility to share the gospel truthfully, accurately, and in a way that kids will understand. I am humbled every year that I get the privilege of sharing this great truth with the kids of my community.

I am also reminded of what isn’t my responsibility. I am not the one who saves children – God does that! God softens hearts and draws kids to Himself. My job is to share the truth of the gospel and then let God transform lives!

So, in this series I will break down the gospel message and share with you how I have explained difficult concepts to kids. I will also be sharing some fabulous resources to use in helping kids to understand the gospel.

Come back soon!

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VBS Programs – What Should You Really Be Looking For?

I love VBS! I love the creativity that oozes out of totally committed volunteers. I love the anticipation and excitement surrounding VBS. I love the chatter of kid’s voices and the laughter. I love the games and the crafts and the snacks and the spontaneous activity.

But the thing I love most about VBS is sharing the gospel. I love telling kids who have never heard before that our God is holy and awesome and loves them so much that He sent His Son to take the punishment for our sin. I love telling them that forgiveness of sin and a relationship with God is possible because of Jesus, our great Savior!

It can be very tempting to get caught up in the décor and the theme and the games and the crafts and miss out on the most important part of VBS – the gospel.

When choosing your VBS program this year, look past the glitzy décor and crazy games to the heart of the program. Does it offer a clear, compelling, age-appropriate gospel message? Do the other activities serve to support the gospel message?

The most important thing to look at when choosing a VBS program is the daily themes and Bible lessons. Don’t settle for a program that has everything you could possible need in one box, but a weak gospel presentation.

In an upcoming blog post I will talk more about sharing the gospel with kids.

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