10 Practical Ways to Introduce a Child to Jesus
As parents, you have a very important job.
You are responsible for taking care of your children, teaching them to survive life in our world, and most importantly, introducing them to Jesus.
Take this responsibility seriously and do not depend on the church to do all the work.
God gave parents the ultimate responsibility for this important task. Churches are there to help, but you are ultimately accountable for your children’s spiritual instruction.
“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
- Proverbs 22:6
Knowing this is such a huge responsibility causes many parents to become paralyzed by the fear of messing it up.
But … Here’s the truth – you don’t have to be scared! No parent is perfect, just as no child is perfect.
You are going to mess up from time to time. But, you can lead through your failures, and God can use even your failures to form and mold your children.
Here are some tools to help you introduce your children to the Savior of the world. Take a look.
1. Build relationships with your kids.
First things first – you absolutely must build a relationship with your kids.
If you do not have a relationship with your children, they will not be receptive to anything you share.
The message of the Gospel is God loves you. By loving your children, they will be more open to receiving God’s love.
Take time to invest in your relationship with your child – play with them and talk to them.
2. Model your faith.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing you either have to be the perfect model of faith, or else you shouldn’t try at all.
No one is perfect.
Even our Biblical heroes made mistakes and struggled with their faith.
Modeling your faith means admitting when you are scared, tired, and worried, and taking time to call on the name of Jesus to help you makes all the difference.
It also means expressing thankfulness and praising God openly, and taking every opportunity to model confession, forgiveness, and restoration to your children when they do wrong and more importantly when you do wrong.
3. Show them forgiveness.
Our faith hinges on God forgiving our sins when we don’t deserve it because of His great love for us.
One of the best ways to introduce your child to Jesus is to show them forgiveness.
Your child will be disobedient and sinful at times.
By extending mercy and showing forgiveness (explaining and demonstrating), you are introducing your child to God’s forgiveness.
Likewise, you must also apologize and ask your children for forgiveness when you have sinned against them.
This may be one of the most powerful things a Christian parent can do to demonstrate the power of the Gospel.
4. Read the Bible with your kids.
Make reading the Bible together a regular part of your family routine.
There are several excellent children’s Bibles that hold even the youngest child’s attention.
Here are the seven best children’s Bibles to help you find the right one for your family.
- The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
- NIV Adventure Bible for Kids
- The Action Bible
- The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids
- Kids’ Visual Bible (NIV)
- The Beginners Bible
- The Complete Illustrated Children’s Bible
Also, be sure to discuss what you are reading and allow your kids to ask questions.
5. Use Christian materials when possible.
We aren’t suggesting you get rid of everything secular in your home, but we do think it is wise to use Christian materials when possible.
For example, it’s good for kids to hear their parents listening to worship music outside of the church.
Likewise, it is nice to have some forms of family entertainment that reinforce what you are teaching your kids about Jesus, such as Christian films or Pureflix, which is basically a Christian Netflix.
6. Make Jesus a natural part of your family discussions.
If you have a relationship with Jesus, then it should be natural for you to talk about Him – just as you talk about your other friends and loved ones.
Talk about Jesus regularly around the family dinner table and pray together as a family often.
Be sure to have a regular family dinner time with the TV off and everyone seated around the table.
7. Take them to church.
We cannot stress enough the importance of taking your kids to church.
But, you should do more than just drop them off at children’s church before you go to the worship center.
On occasions when you can, take your child to the adult service.
This is a wonderful way for them to see how we worship corporately.
You can also explain things like baptism and communion.
8. Share the Gospel with them.
Share the Gospel with them (John 3:16) and share it again and again and again.
Remind them every day how much you love them and how much God loves them.
Say it out loud and write it on the notes you put in their lunchbox.
If you have babies, start singing “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”
9. Use real-life examples.
Make Jesus real for your kids by using real-life examples.
For example, when someone hurts your child, encourage your child to extend forgiveness as Jesus would.
Or when your children are hurting, validate their feelings by reminding them that Jesus wept when his friend Lazarus died (John 11:35).
When you are out and about and see someone in need, help your child see the person through Jesus’ eyes and do what He would do. Let them serve, help and bless others when you see a need.
10. Grow in your own relationship with Jesus.
Finally, you should continue to grow in your relationship with Jesus, and your kids should notice evidence of your spiritual growth.
Let your kids see you having a daily quiet time where you read your Bible at the kitchen table, or let them see you going to Bible study or your church small group.
Little eyes are watching you.
“Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.”
– Psalm 127:3