Saturday, April 14, 2007

Sharing the Gospel With Kids Is Dangerous

Most parents don't have much confidence when sharing Christ with their own kids. From my experience, most churches are very weak on this too. It seems that all the toxic runoff from our bad theology flows to the children's department. Most of the patterns for child evangelism are deeply rooted in faulty theology.

But I've f0und some help on the subject. Grace Community Church has just posted two great articles dealing with children's evangelism. The first deals with some common ways we get it wrong. The second offers specific advice for doing it right. Both of these are very practical and highly readable. I'm printing both of these off to give to the parents, Sunday school teachers, children's church workers and pastors in my church. (If you dig around the Grace Community Church website you can find it as a PDF.)

In our modern reformation, there are few issues more central than a biblical understanding of the Gospel. More and more pulpits are getting it right. But those gains are undermined when churches and families systematically raise up a new generation of false converts. Here is an sample of these articles:

The process of evangelizing one’s children, however, can be a daunting task. For many parents, the questions are as practical as they are disconcerting: How should I present the gospel to my children? What’s the best approach to take? How do I know if I’m doing it right?

Pitfalls, both real and imagined, intimidate virtually every parent who contemplates this responsibility. On one hand, there’s the danger of leading children to think they are saved when they are not. On the other, there’s the risk of discouraging children who express a genuine desire to follow Christ.

HT:Timmy's Dog

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