Leading a Child to Christ: Easy as ABC
Make an Educated Decision
Becoming a Christian is not to be taken lightly. More importantly, it's a decision to be made with certainty, especially when a child makes the decision. A child who willfully chooses to receive salvation is not only making a big decision, but a decision that requires knowledge of facts and testimonials from parents who have already made a personal choice to follow Christ. Reading scripture from the Bible and listening to parental testimonials will give a background for making the decision to receive salvation.
For God so Loved YOU
Begin by teaching them John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." This will give them a brief understanding of the situation.
Make it more personal for them: "For God so loved YOU that he gave his one and only Son, that if YOU believe in Him, YOU shall not perish but YOU shall have eternal life."
Teach them that this scripture means that God loved the people in the world he created so much, he did not want their souls to perish in Hell. He decided to send Jesus, His one and only Son to die for our sins. Because of our sins, we were to be punished. The punishment was to be Hell. Jesus took our place and died a horrible death. Christ died for our sins. This made it possible for us to be saved from Hell. This salvation is for anyone as it says in Romans 10:13, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Easy as A, B, C
If they truly want Jesus Christ to be the Lord of their life, they can learn the ABC's of becoming a Christian- Admit, Believe, Confess.
The child should admit they are a sinner. They must also believe in Him and that he can save them. Lastly, they must Confess their sins and repent. In fact, God commands us to do this as it states in Acts 17:30, "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent."
Admitting to doing something wrong can be difficult for a child. Help them by using yourself as an example.(I.e.- "I have sinned, Jesus saved me. I am now saved.")
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"A" is for Admit
A person must admit to God that he is a sinner. He must be sorry for his sin and turn away from sinning. Supporting scripture are:
23"For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God."
23"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
19"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."
9"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
"B" is for Believe
A person must believe that Jesus is God's Son and that God sent Jesus to pay the penalty for sin. Supporting scripture:
16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
"C" is for Confess
A person must confess thier faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
For supporting scripture:
9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
10 "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
After a child admits to God that they are a sinner, repents and turns from their sins, believes that Jesus, God's Son, was sent to die on the cross to pay for their sins, and confesses that faith in Jesus; they are a Christian and should know Jesus as their Savior.
Be sure to understand and make sure they know as well, you cannot save them - only God can! But as a Christian parent, you have the responsibility and upmost privilege of leading your child to faith in Christ Jesus.
Now that they have admitted being a sinner, believing in Jesus and confessing their sins- they should say a prayer and thank God for their salvation.
Help your child in this prayer by using this as a guide:
Dear God, our Father, thank You so much for loving me! I know that I am a sinner. I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for my sins. I believe He rose again and lives in me today. Today, I repented and turned away from my sin. Thank You for Your wonderful love and for changing my life forever. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Did your child receive Salvation, today?
© 2014 E Matt Howerton