Children and Salvation

How Do I Talk With My Child About Salvation?
Tara and I have four children. Isaiah who is 8 years old professed faith in Jesus over a year ago and was baptized a few weeks later. Elijah who is 6 years old has recently professed faith in Jesus as Savior and was baptized Easter Sunday. The church I pastor has seen more children around the same age make similar commitments and I feel like this trend will continue for the following reasons:
  1. Bethany Baptist Church has a growing children’s ministry (B KIDS Ministry)
  2. The Gospel of Jesus is taught and preached faithfully
  3. When a child is baptized from the children’s ministry the entire children’s ministry witnesses it
  4. Parents in the church are very willing to talk to their children at home about Jesus
The questions I get from parents about children are as follows:
How do I know my child is serious about salvation?
When a child starts asking about Jesus, baptism, Heaven, Hell, and death it is because they want to know the truth. Share the Gospel with your child every time they ask.
2. How do you share the Gospel of Jesus with a child?
Start with the 10 commandments (Exodus 20). Read each one and ask if they have ever taken the Lord’s name in vain and so on. Explain it to them in a way they understand. If they can agree they have broken a command of the Lord explain to them they have sin and the wages of sin is separation from God for eternity (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23a). It is hard to tell your child that their sin no matter how small deserves Hell, but it is what Scripture teaches. Then share with them the gift of God which is eternal life through Jesus (Romans 6:23b). Explain to them that we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9-13). Pray with your child.
3. Is my child ready for baptism?
If you have confidence that your child is a believer and they are ready to begin following the Lord in discipleship then I suggest baptism. If you are not confident in your child’s profession of faith then pray and keep teaching salvation as often as possible. If you are unsure have a minister talk with you and your child. Ministers witness many salvations and have biblical knowledge and guidance to offer.
4. What can I do after my child’s salvation and baptism?
Pray with your child. Make sure your child is in a church faithfully. Read Scripture with them. If they are old enough find service opportunities to do with them so they can express their faith in service to others.
What to do if your child has no interest in salvation at this time?
Pray for them daily.
Be faithful to a local church.
Do not force the issue but keep Jesus at the forefront of all things in your family.
Be patience each kid is different.
Trust God.

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