To become a Christian, a person (child or adult) must believe that Jesus’ death paid the penalty for sin and that God raised Jesus from the dead, repent and turn from his sin, and confess his faith in Jesus.
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: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Repent, turn away from your sin. Acts 3:19 : Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. 1 John 1:9 : If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
B—Believe Believe that Jesus is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin. Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” Acts 4:12: “ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.” John 14:6: Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.
C—Confess Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Romans 10:9-10,13: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.
1. Does God hold young children accountable for sin? 2. When and how should parents and Christian teachers approach the topic of salvation with children?
1. People are born with a sinful nature and stand guilty before God. 2. People, therefore, are not right with God. 3. People are in need of Christ and His salvation. 4. God works through the Holy Spirit to bring conviction of sin.
<ul><li>Leading a Child to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Training Pack </li></ul>DVD: Leading a Child to Christ DVD: Leading a Friend to Christ Leading a Child to Christ Conference Plan Leading a Child to Christ Power Point Leading a Friend to Christ Conference Plan
<ul><li>Leading a Child to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>(adults) </li></ul>Step-by-Step guidance for talking with a child about becoming a Christian.
<ul><li>Leading a Friend to Christ </li></ul><ul><li>(adults) </li></ul>Step-by-Step guidance for helping an older child know how to talk with a friend about becoming a Christian .
<ul><li>The ABCs of Becoming a Christian </li></ul>
Helping children know how to become Christians is not just a VBS initiative, it is a command from Jesus to go and make disciples and as His followers, we must obey.
Why do we need D for Discipleship? <ul><li>Because each child who responds to the </li></ul><ul><li>Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin, and accepts </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus as his Savior, deserves our best help </li></ul><ul><li>beginning his walk with Christ. </li></ul>
Why do kids need Discipleship? <ul><li>They need to . . . </li></ul><ul><li>1. Grow in their relationship with Christ . </li></ul><ul><li>2. Learn to use and study God’s Word </li></ul><ul><li>3. Learn to pray and talk with God. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Discover basic Christian beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>5. Discover their roles and responsibilities as church members. </li></ul><ul><li>6. Learn about Baptist heritage. </li></ul>
I’m a Christian Now! Session 1: Becoming a Christian Session 2: Following Jesus’ Example—Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Session 3—Church, What’s That? Session 4—Spending Time with God
I’m a Christian Now! Week 1: A review of becoming a Christian What is a Christian? What is sin? What does it mean to repent? What does it mean to be saved? What is a testimony? Who is the Holy Spirit?
I’m a Christian Now! Week 2: 0rdinance Baptism Lord’s Supper Week 4: Prayer Bible study Week 3: church
What can you do? Pray for the boys and girls who becoming Christians ! Become an advocate for discipleship in your church! Be as passionate about helping kids become disciples as you are passionate about VBS! Be willing to be part of the solution of providing discipleship for children in your church.