This is a guest post by Mary Wiley. Mary works with B&H Publishing now, but was on a member of The Gospel Project for Kids team earlier this year. She is the preschool and children’s minister at Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN.
As those who hold dearly to the gospel message, desiring that every session of The Gospel Project points to Jesus’ work on the cross, I pray that sharing that message of grace is priority in our lives. Unfortunately, I know that sometimes the busyness of our lives and the doubts we have about our ability to share the gospel message clearly can keep us from passing along the best news we’ve ever received.
How can I explain it in terms even a child can understand?
What if this person has no familiarity with “churchy” terms?
What if I miscommunicate something so important?What if they no longer want to be around me?
What if this message makes them angry?
So, how can we best share?
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you opportunities to share and also to lead you before you begin to speak. Ask Him to simplify your words and to bring understanding. In John 15 and 16, we are told that the Holy Spirit would be the guide into the truth. How freeing! We are responsible to share the message, but we cannot determine the response. The Holy Spirit is the One who does the work.
Start at the beginning and use words a child can understand.
No matter a person’s age, use simple words. Our “churchy” words can be very confusing to someone who has not grown up in the church. If you use a word that might be confusing, define it. This is even more important when you are sharing with a child.
Don’t be afraid to use a resource.
Recently, I was able to give an adult woman a Big Picture Interactive Bible. She had just decided to follow Christ and had never owned a Bible. I felt uncomfortable about the cartoon-like characters on the front, but being the children’s minister at the church, it was the only extra Bible I had. She began to cry. She had only attended school to the 2nd grade, so this Bible was the perfect fit. I had no idea.
You never know how God will use you and the resources that you may choose to use, so we wanted to equip you with a few that you might not yet know about.
The Gospel Story
This resource walks from creation to Jesus’ return, but can be read in one sitting. Our goal with this resource is to provide a cost-effective, light resource that can be taken on mission trips easily, used in backyard Bible clubs, or even as a tract. Each story has a Big Picture Question and helps the reader connect the content to why it matters for them. This resource is also available in Spanish (La Gran Historia del Evangelio). For $1.99, pick up a few and use them as you get opportunity. It’s also a great piece for bedtime at night with kids!
You can order copies of The Gospel Story here.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers
Not only are these great for the littlest of those we come in contact with, but these are great gifts for new moms who may not know the gospel message. As they read to their new babies, we pray the message of the ospel will also permeate their lives.
You can order The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers: Old Testament here.
You can order The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers: New Testament here.
The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook
This is a longer read that walks through the history of God’s people from creation to Jesus’ one-day return. It’s wonderful at making the overarching story of the Bible understandable, and is great for kids to use who aren’t quite ready for a full-text Bible.
You can order The Big Picture Interactive Storybook here.