Bring out the baby book and birth certificate and talk about the day they were born into your family. (Kids never seem to tire of hearing about themselves.) Show pictures and talk about how happy you were. If they were adopted, talk about the happy day they became part of your family.
How do you become part of God’s family? How are you born again?
***Just as Nicodemus didn’t understand how he could be “born again,” your children may need some explanation. Their answer should give you some insight into their understanding and their readiness.
Read John 3:1-16 to review Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus.
Simple truths about being “born” into God’s family:
- God loves you and wants you to be in His family (John 3:16).
- We have all sinned and gone our own way (Romans 3:23).
- Jesus came to earth and died on the cross for our sins (John 3:16).
- We have to believe He died for our sins and came alive again (Romans 10:9).
- Tell God we want to receive Him into our lives—we need to receive His forgiveness for our sins.
- Say thank you to Him. Celebrate!
If they understand the basic truths about salvation, individually ask:
Would you like to receive Jesus into your life? (Doing this on a one-to-one basis is best, not in a group.)
Write down the date they received Jesus. CELEBRATE it every year!!!!! Make it a fun day! Two birthdays every year! (They will be the envy of all their friends and it will be a great chance to share the gospel with them.)
Watch a 2-minute video explaining salvation to kids. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMkOBjVN3As&feature=related
Or watch a 4.54 minute video at:
Both videos clearly explain the why and the how of salvation on a child’s level.
Celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks to the One who gives us real life!
Make a video. Designate a videographer. As guests arrive, ask them to think of one or two things for which they are thankful and video them as they tell it. Show the video just before you eat together and say a prayer of thanks to God.