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Baptism: Leading Your Child to the Next Step

09.21.11

As a parent, God has given you the primary role of nurturing the faith of your child. Use the following discussion points to lead your child in his or her next step--baptism.

  • Once you have committed to following Jesus, you need to let others know by being baptized. The Bible is clear that once we start following Jesus, our next step is to be baptized. (Mark 16:16)
  • Baptism takes place in the water. It is a picture of what Jesus did when He took the punishment for your sins. As you go under the water, you show others you believe Jesus died for you. When you come up out of the water, you show others you believe that God raised Jesus back to life. You have a new life because of Jesus! (Romans 6:4)
  • Getting saved and then baptized does not mean you will always live a perfect life. There will be times in your life when you will sin and make wrong choices. When this happens, you should pray and ask Jesus to forgive you. Even though you will mess up, you can know that Jesus died one time for the forgiveness of ALL our past, present and future sins. That means even though you will sin again, you do not need to be saved or baptized another time. (1 Peter 3:18)
  • You can continue following Jesus by reading your Bible, doing what Jesus says and praying every day. (Psalm 1:2)

Leading Your Child to Jesus

03.31.09

Many parents find the challenge of talking to their children about Jesus to be confusing and scary.  We want to help parents overcome this by giving them practical ways of discussing salvation with their kids.  In his book Leading Your Child to Jesus, David Staal, gives four “key dynamics” to remember when communicating with children.  These dynamics are vital to effectively discussing salvation with your kids.
Dynamic #1: Children understand concrete terms and language better than they understand abstract terms and language.  Staal encourages parents to avoid complicated symbolism and “religious” words and phrases.  For example, instead of the phrase “ask Jesus into your heart,” which can be confusing when taken literally, the phrase “start a personal relationship with Jesus” is a more concrete idea. 

Dynamic #2: Children are at different developmental levels.  Remembering that young children may have a difficult time understanding complicated words is key to talking to them about Jesus.  What a fifth grader understands will not be the same as what a preschooler understands.  Parents should be willing to get creative with how they talk to their kids about Jesus, not just using the hard-to-understand words they have become comfortable with, but using words that their child will be able to understand.

Dynamic #3: Children are most receptive to stories and terms they can relate to or picture.  Jesus was a master at this!  Instead of lecturing the crowds that listened to his teaching, he used stories that they could understand and identify with.  Talking to your children about your own experience can be very effective, as is using stories from the Bible.

Dynamic #4: Children may focus on, or be distracted by, a single detail in a story.  When telling stories to illustrate Biblical concepts for kids, it is essential to remember that your children may not be mature enough to handle every detail of the story.  While you may want to share how Jesus freed you from your addiction to drugs and alcohol, your child may not be ready to know every aspect of that story.  It is so important to prayerfully consider which details to reveal and which to skip over when sharing stories with your children.
We encourage parents to keep these dynamics in mind when talking to their kids about Jesus. (Staal’s book contains much more great advice on how to discuss salvation with children; you can purchase a copy of his book by clicking here.)  Don’t be afraid to talk to your kids about salvation; God has entrusted you with this task, and He will give you what you need to accomplish it!
“…we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.”  Psalm 78:4