Leading a Child to Christ
Tips for talking with children about becoming a Christian:
Ask a child open-ended questions, not yes or no questions. Children can often tell by the inflection of your voice what the answer to a "yes" or "no" question is supposed to be. "Open-ended" questions help a child open up his heart and mind to you.
Remain conversational, not confrontational.
Never jump to conclusions, and avoid symbolic language.
Make the distinction between becoming a Christian, getting baptized, and taking the Lord's Supper.
Encourage the child to answer the questions rather than you as the adult giving away the answers. Learn to re-phrase the question if a child has difficulty answering it.
Use a Bible translation that is comfortable for you and the child.
Encourage the child to write down when, where, and how he became a Christian; what he prayed; and the truths he knows about what God did because of what he prayed. Guide the child to date and sign this note.
How to Become a Christian
A - Admit
Admit to God that you are a sinner. The first people God created chose to sin and disobey God. Ever since then, all people have chosen to sin and disobey. Romans 3:23 - Underline this verse in your Bible.
Repent, turn away from your sin. Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:9 - Underline these verses in your Bible.
B - Believe
Believe that Jesus is God's Son and accept God's gift of forgiveness from sin. Acts 16:31; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9 - Underline these verses in your Bible.
C - Confess
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9-10, 13 - Underline these verses in your Bible.
If the child is ready, he can pray a prayer like this to God:
I know I have sinned and my sin separates me from You. I am sorry for my sin. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me so my sin can be forgiven. I believe Jesus rose from the dead and is alive. God, please forgive me. I ask Jesus to come into my life and be my Savior and Lord. I will obey You and live for You the rest of my life. Thank you. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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