The message of the gospel is simple and clear.
- GOD LOVES
- GOD GAVE
- WE REPENT AND BELIEVE
- WE CHOOSE TO RECEIVE
GOD gives LOVE – John 3:16a “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son.”/ Romans 5:8 “…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
GOD gives PEACE – Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
GOD gives JOY – John 15:11 – “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
GOD gives ETERNAL LIFE – John 3:16b “…that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Whosoever receives His LOVE and believes in His Son will have PEACE with God. The JOY of the Lord will be in their hearts and they shall enjoy ETERNAL LIFE with Him.
What an awesome responsibility and joy it is as parents to be able to lead your children on their spiritual journey. We are privileged to partner with you as you are their primary disciplers. In order to further equip you, we have provided some scripture references and discussion points that will help facilitate your talk with them.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
Romans 10:9 “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
1. Who is Jesus? What did Jesus do for us?
2. What is sin? Are you able to identify sin in your own life?
3. Do you believe that you are a sinner? Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?
4. Do you want to place your trust in Jesus as your Savior?
Do your kids know?
1.Do they know what sin is?
2.Do they know that they have sinned?
3.Do they know they have sinned against God?
4.Do they know that their sin separates them from God?
Here’s a way that you can receive the gift:
I know that I am a sinner. I believe you sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for my sin. I believe that when Jesus died and rose again, that was enough to pay for my sin. Please forgive me for being a sinner and cover my sin. I want to live in Heaven forever. I believe in Jesus and call on His name to save me. Thank you for giving me the free gift of eternal life. Help me to always remember this day when I asked Jesus to be my Savior. AMEN
We are so excited about what God is doing in your child’s life, and we would love to know about it! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY TIME DEVOTIONS
Tips for Family Devotions
Our goal at Family Church is for parents (particularly dads where possible) to lead their families in a time of Bible reading and prayer at least once a week centered around our Family Time cards. While this concept sounds good in theory, we all struggle to find ways to do regular family devotions involving children of different ages and attention spans. We have found that an effective method for having a weekly family devotion is to do it at the dinner table. This works for several reasons. First, the dinner table sparks some insightful conversations as the younger kids—especially the boys—are able to handle longer, more reflective discussions when their hands are busy eating. Second, the casual conversation over dinner gives everyone an opportunity to speak. Finally, dinners last longer than before because everyone is engaged.
The following guidelines are based on personal experiences with dinner devotions. These steps will help direct Biblical discussions between parents and children as they unpack Sunday’s message and apply it to their own family contexts.
Step 1: Find a time to eat dinner with the entire family.
Step 2: Mom and Dad sit next to one another to lead the family discussion.
Step 3: Open the meal by asking for prayer requests.
Step 4: Have a family member pray for the requests and the meal (rotate this task so everyone learns how to pray out loud).
Step 5: Eat and discuss the day’s events (high points and low points).
Step 6: Parent brings an age-appropriate Bible to the table and has a family member read the assigned text while everyone eats and listens.
Step 7: Parent then introduces the lesson’s “Big Idea,” paraphrasing the meaning at an age-appropriate level.
Step 8: Parent asks the discussion questions associated with each day’s lesson.
Step 9: Let the conversation happen naturally, listen carefully to the kids, let them answer the questions, and fill in whatever they miss or gently correct misconceptions.
Step 10: If the Scriptures convicts you of sin, repent to your family and share appropriately honest parts of your life story so the kids can see Jesus’ work in your life and your need for Him. This models gospel humility.
Step 11: Ask the kids if they have any questions for you.
The Family Time devotions are designed to help us and our children grow in relationship with each other and Jesus. They are meant to be supportive, not constraining. Please do not feel bound by any questions or pressured to follow the steps too rigidly. It is important to follow the Spirit’s leading and avoid being a religious parent who is rigidly inflexible. This isn’t something we want them to feel like they have to do out of duty rather than something they get to do in delight. If you miss a night, the conversation gets off track, or your family occasionally wants to talk about something else, don’t stress—it’s inevitable. The goal is simply that our families would open the Bible and grow in love for Jesus, one another, our church, and the world. Finally, remember that family Bible study requires a sense of humor, so make sure to have some fun, enjoy some laughs, and build some memories. Discussing God’s Word is a wonderful way to see into the hearts of our children, to reveal our hearts for them and Jesus’ heart for all of us.