Last month I was at a conference that highlighted evangelism via church planting. My husband and I are church planters and if you’re picturing some strange garden of cross-topped steeples in our backyard, let me explain.
We, along with a continually growing number of men and women called by God, believe that the Gospel will reach those who need Christ not necessarily by growing the largest church in a city, but by having intentionally placed churches all over a city that are loving their neighbors and sharing the Gospel in their unique neighborhood context. It’s not a new concept. The early church that we read about in Acts was essentially a “church planting” movement of the Holy Spirit!
But as a momma, I’m keenly aware that it’s not just that I have been sent out to make disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s not just that our church is now sending out men and women to make disciples. God is sending out my children to make disciples as well!
The Bible says in 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” My first priority must be to share the Gospel with my own children, teach them to know and love Jesus Christ and the Bible, and then how to share this wonderful Truth with their friends and neighbors.
How do we teach our children to share their faith?
Let me suggest 4 ways to train kids to share their faith.
- Pray for friends who don’t know Jesus.
- Know who Jesus was and what He did. Be able to communicate it. (Let them use their own words while telling the story of Jesus life, death, and resurrection and how he bore our sins so that we could live eternally with the Father.)
- Understand what God has done for them personally, both through the work of Christ on the cross in and their own life experience. (We like to call this our testimony. How has God shown himself faithful in their life?)
- Invite your friend to a Gospel-centered worship service, Vacation Bible School, Bible study, youth group… you name it and God can use it!
Matthew 28:18-20 is the great commission: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I get excited thinking about my children being used by God to make disciples… truly to be the difference for another person between eternal life and eternal separation from God.
What are ways you’ve seen God work in your child to equip them to share the Gospel?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training