Are Kids Capable of Understanding the Gospel?
Sunday afternoons after I volunteer in our kids’ ministry are devoted to long, much-needed naps. Children’s ministry is hard work! If you’re like me, you might sometimes collapse on the couch and wonder, Did my efforts make a difference? Did they really understand what I said?
These kinds of doubts have been floating around since Bible times. As people brought children to Jesus, the disciples rebuked them. Perhaps they did not think children were worth the Lord’s time. But Jesus welcomed them: “Let the little children come to Me.” (See Mark 10:13-16.)
In his book Come Ye Children, C.H. Spurgeon emphasized that the gospel is not beyond the comprehension of children. He compared it to a river, where there are shallow places for even the smallest lambs to wade without fear of being swept away. He also wrote:
It is true that in the Scriptures there are great mysteries … but the knowledge of these deep things is not essential to salvation, or else few of us would be saved. The things that are essential to salvation are so exceedingly simple that no child need sit down in despair of understanding the things which make for his peace. Christ crucified is not a riddle for sages, but a plain truth for plain people. True, it is meat for men, but it is also milk for babes.
Yes, kids are capable of understanding the gospel. Your efforts make a difference, whether you see the fruits of your labor or not. The gospel is simple enough for children to understand, and it is deep enough for you to spend the rest of your life studying it. God is at work in the hearts of the kids you teach. Trust Him! The Gospel Project for Kids includes an optional time during each large group session to present the gospel to kids. Check out the age-appropriate posters for both preschoolers and kids.
Have you seen the kids in your ministry “get it”? Are they putting together the pieces to understand the bigger story of Scripture—the story of Jesus? Let us know in the comments how your kids have responded to The Gospel Project or if you have learned new things too!
Alyssa Jones is a content editor for The Gospel Project for Kids. Alyssa has been at LifeWay since 2009 and volunteers in the kids ministry at Immanuel Church in Nashville. She and her husband have a one-year-old son.