Can Your Child Lead Someone to Jesus?
Joey & Carla Link
May 15, 2019
The small town I grew up in was hosting a weekend dirt bike racing competition. Thousands of bikers came to our small town which drew the motorcycle clubs and gangs like the infamous “Hell’s Angels” along with many others.
I was 16 and our youth pastor asked me and another friend to go down and learn how to do street evangelism. Even though we both had grown up in church, he had to teach us how to share our faith as we didn’t know what we would say.
As we walked on the sidewalk right through the middle of the biker clubs, I was scared. I had never seen anything like it and yet, I knew from their lifestyle, they needed Jesus.
Most kids who grow up in Christian homes come to faith in Jesus asking Him into their hearts at an early age. They go to church and Bible Studies to grow in their faith. But when do they get disciplined in how to share their faith with their friends or learn how to help someone become a Christian? Most adult Christians don’t know how to lead someone to Christ and have never done so. It seems to be one of the most fearful things for most Christians to consider doing, yet one of the most exciting privileges Jesus gives His children to-do.
- Do your kids know how to help their non-believing friends become a Christian?
- Are they afraid their friends will ridicule them if they talk to them about Jesus?
- What about inviting them to church? Let them know you will pick them up and take them.
- Do they have a list of friends/family to pray for that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord?
- Do your kids look for Christian events they can invite their non-Christian friends to go to with them like concerts?
- Do your kids (3rdgrade and up) have non-Christian friends? Do you?
There are many “methods” to help lead someone to faith in Jesus Christ. Most all of them come from the verses below. We would encourage you to be sure your kids learn these verses and develop a plan with them and practice their plan on how to lead someone to faith in our God with you or their siblings. Here are 3 of my favorites along with locations on the web for more information.
- The Bridge Method. https://www.navigators.org/resource/the-bridge-to-life/
- The Romans’ Road https://www.allaboutgod.com/the-roman-road.htm
- The 4 Spiritual Laws http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/default.htm
Common verses on salvation we encourage your kids to memorize to both share their faith and remind them of the free gift of God they have:
- Romans 3:23
- Romans 6:23
- Romans 5:8
- Romans 10:9-10
- I John 1:9
- John 3:16
- John 14:6
You never know when the opportunity will come to share your faith with someone. A few years ago I was checking into a hotel when a lady was standing there talking to her friend at the counter. She said, “With all this going on, how can you believe in God?” As she glanced at me, I said, “Well, I do!” which opened up a conversation for the next hour where I shared many of the above verses with her from 11 to midnight. She was so teachable. I never saw her again, but after sharing with her how she could know Jesus personally in her life, she promised to go home and read the book of John in her Bible.
One of our “Life Goals” for our children was that they would not only be able to share Christ with non-Christian friends, but that they would have the awesome privilege of leading someone to Christ. They started inviting their friends (5-10 years) from school to church and all would openly share with their friends by the time they were teens. Please be sure your kids leave your home prepared to know what they believe, and how to defend their faith in God and they have the ability to share it with those who God brings into their lives. I (Carla) remember hearing at a conference during my college years that nobody crosses your path by accident. It is up to us to teach our kids how to figure out what God wants them to do with those who are standing in their way.
“In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do so with gentleness and respect.”
I Peter 3:15