Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Evangelizing Your Children (Part 1)

Evangelizing Your Kids (1)From a Grace Community Church Elders’ Distinctive @ www.sfpulpit.com

Common Pitfalls in Evangelizing Children

1. Oversimplifying the Gospel of Christ

(Deuteronomy 6:6–7).

2. Coercing a Profession of Faith

3. Assuming the Reality of Regeneration

(Matt. 7:21–23)

"Scripture indicates that children tend to be immature (1 Cor. 13:11; 14:20), naive (Prov. 1:4), foolish (Prov. 22:15), capricious (Isaiah 3:4), inconsistent and fickle (Matt. 11:16–17), and unstable and easily deceived (Eph. 4:14). Children often think they have understood the ramifications of a given commitment when they have not. Their judgment is shallow and their ability to see the implications of their decisions is very weak. Despite the best of intentions, they seldom have the ability to think far beyond today, nor do they perceive the extent to which their choices will affect tomorrow. This makes children more vulnerable to self-deception, and it makes it more difficult for a parent to discern God’s saving work in their hearts".

4. Assuring the Child of Salvation

"It is the role of the Holy Spirit—not the parent—to give assurance of salvation (Rom. 8:15–16). Too many people whose hearts are utterly cold to the things of the Lord believe they are going to heaven simply because they responded positively as children to an evangelistic invitation. Having “asked Jesus to come into their hearts,” they were then given a false assurance and taught never to examine themselves and never to entertain any doubt about their salvation. Parents should commend and rejoice in the evidence of real salvation in the lives of their children only when they know the child understands the gospel, believes it, and manifests the genuine evidence of true salvation—devotion to Christ, obedience to the Word, and love for others".

5. Rushing the Ordinance of Baptism

(Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38)

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