Pint-Sized Gospel

Pint-Sized Gospel

When He Was Around Two Years Old… …I decided to try to explain the meaning of Easter to my son. “So you see,” I concluded, “Jesus took all our discipline for us!” I was feeling quite proud of my pint-sized explanation when I realized I needed to add a follow-up comment: “Well… actually, you still have to get disciplined. Huh. Let’s try this again next year.” Obviously, my gospel presentation needed a little work! So after much thinking and reading and listening to sermons, here are some ways I’m trying to give pint-sized Gospel explanations to my kids: Here’s one example of a simple gospel presentation: An ordinary, poor maiden is taken captive by a horrible, hideous dragon. A valiant knight fights the dragon and frees the girl by telling the dragon “Take Me Instead.” He kills the dragon and rescues the maiden, then takes her as his beloved bride and bestows all his riches and his love on her. Obviously, the dragon is Satan, the knight is Jesus, and we as the church are the beloved bride! St George and the Dragon is a great follow-up book to read, especially to little boys. Another way to present the Gospel to children is by talking about clean hearts and dirty hearts. We are born with dirty hearts that can’t be cleaned. Only by getting new hearts can we have clean hearts. Jesus is the only person to ever have a clean heart, and he died so that he can wrap his clean heart around our dirty hearts. Though we still sin and need to repent and ask God to forgive...
Sin Puppies and Spitting Princesses

Sin Puppies and Spitting Princesses

Stories are so important to tell children They are a way to get to their little hearts, down on their level. When trying to get to the hearts of my children in their disobedience, I try to use stories to capture their hearts. All analogies break down at some point, so obviously these can’t be pushed too far, but here are some examples of stories I’ve used with my own kids. My literary talents are obviously quite limited considering these are the best examples I can come up with, but hopefully they will give you ideas for (better) stories you can create for your own children: Sin Puppies My son loves puppies. He was also enjoying holding grudges against his sister. So one day, I told him this story: Pretend you find an adorable, little puppy. He’s cuddly and cute, and you spend all your time taking care of him. You have so much fun playing with your new puppy. But you don’t notice in your excitement that your puppy is growing up very quickly. He nips at you one day, but you think it was an accident because your precious little puppy would never hurt you. You still let him sleep in your bed as he gets bigger because, well, now he’s too big to move! Pretty soon, you’re sleeping on the floor, and the puppy has taken over your bed. One day, you wake up to your “puppy” growling at you, teeth bared, and you realize that your puppy has grown into a big, bad wolf-dog that wants to eat you! Sin is like that. Sin starts...