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Creative Uses for Helping Children Understand the Gospel

Since it was released in 2009, the booklet Helping Children Understand the Gospel has been used in a number of creative ways. Although it was written to help parents explain the Gospel to their children in an accurate and child-friendly manner, God has multiplied its usefulness to bless the church. Understanding and meditating on the truths of the Gospel is is not just for children, but for families, teachers, youth, young adults and grandparents, too!

In January 2010, Riverpark Bible Church in Fresno, California, used Helping Children Understand the Gospel to begin a church-wide, 10-week, “Ten Truths” study. After encouraging parents to read parts one and two of the booklet on their own, they kicked off the study with a sermon outlining the ten truths. In this video Pastor Dave and Sandy Parker share what they did and what happened:


If you are curious about the Ten Essential Truths of the Gospel that make up the devotional guide in the booklet, here they are:

Truth One: God is the sovereign Creator of all things.
Truth Two: God created people for His glory.
Truth Three: God is holy and righteous.
Truth Four: Man is sinful.
Truth Five: God is just and is right to punish sin.
Truth Six: God is merciful. He is kind to undeserving sinners.
Truth Seven: Jesus is God’s holy and righteous Son.
Truth Eight: God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus.
Truth Nine: God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and believe in Jesus.
Truth Ten: Those who trust in Jesus will live to please Him and will receive the promise of eternal life—enjoying God forever in heaven.

Helping Children to Understand the Gospel

Helping booklet

The Gospel is the most important truth one generation can communicate to the next, and God calls parents and teachers to be wise sowers. This calls for accurate, discerning, and intentional practices of cultivating, teaching, and praying in the hope that God, who gives the growth, will work in children’s hearts to yield hundredfold harvests of faith.

This booklet was developed to help parents and teachers think about what elements should be considered when presenting the Gospel to children, including:

  • Preparing the hearts of children to hear the Gospel;
  • Discerning stages of spiritual growth;
  • Communicating the essential truths of the Gospel; and
  • Presenting the Gospel in an accurate and child-friendly manner

This helpful resource includes a 10-week family devotional to help parents explain the Gospel to their children.

Watch the blog later this week for a chance to win a free copy of this booklet!

If you don’t win one, you can also purchase the booklet. It is available in two formats: print and electronic.

What should we teach children about the holiness of God?

This is a big topic! Thankfully Dr. Ware distills the essence of the issue using the following quote from A. W. Tozer as a jumping off point:

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.

—A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

Dr. Ware continues by saying,

That is true for us and for the next generation that we minister to and train – that we get God rightly. … We have to continually point the next generation to the revelation of God Himself, to see from Scripture just who He is.

What should we teach children about the holiness of God? from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.

How can parents and teachers encourage holiness without teaching legalism?

In this video, Dr. Bruce A. Ware helps us distinguish the difference between holiness and legalism as we teach and train our children.

The video includes this nugget, which gets to the heart of the matter:

The difference is this: Holiness is a life lived out of a sense of joy and authenticity, that living faithfully and obediently is the good life – is the life of joy and blessing. Whereas legalism is a kind of dutiful adherence to laws that my heart is not engaged in.

The Lord, Our God, is Holy

We are so excited to welcome Dr. Bruce A. Ware as one of the keynote speakers at our National Conference in May. This video includes a preview of his plenary session, The Lord, Our God, is Holy: The Revelation Of The Holiness Of God.

We look forward to hearing Dr. Ware’s insights and applications on this important topic!

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