(Matthew 19:14; 2 Timothy 3:14-15)
The Situation: Some people say, ”Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, many kids don’t become aware that Jesus can help them face difficult challenges.
The Solution: As soon as children become aware of personal sin, they are ripe to respond to the Gospel. By the age of 8-10, kids develop the ability to think abstractly. They can understand the concept of substitution— that Jesus took their place and died to forgive their sins. Present the Good News to them—clearly and enthusiastically!
What You Can Do: Discern your child’s spiritual condition. Is he or she ready to respond, struggling to understand, or resisting the Gospel message? Don’t manipulate a child to simply do what you want. After your child responds to God’s offer of forgiveness and new life, encourage him or her to publicly profess faith in Christ to friends, family, and others.
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