2 - GOSPEL

EMBRACE A MISSIONARY MINDSET


The first session was about extending grace to children, parents, and even yourself. When grace marks your responses and interactions, you create a safe space for children to hear the message of the gospel. 

This session is about considering your role as a missionary. Leading a small group of kids at church, you may not feel like a missionary. But as a teacher of the gospel, you are! In this session, Josh talks about how to use the language, interests, and struggles of the kids you serve to ensure the gospel message is heard and understood.



1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (ESV)

19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Like Paul, you must think like the kids to win them to Christ. List some of their hobbies and interests as well as some of the struggles they might be experiencing at home and school.
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What are some ways you can incorporate those interests and struggles into your conversations and lessons? Where could you go or what could you watch to learn more about their world? How can you be more kid-like?
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SHARE THE GOSPEL


Sharing the gospel is central to your role in ministry to children. Listen as Josh shares surprising statistics to challenge you. 




Josh shared this statistic: an individual hears the gospel 7.6 times before responding. That was true of his story, and it could be true of the kids in your group. You never know when the Lord will open hearts to respond for the first time!



Statistically, the kids in your group are among the ripest age for salvation. How do you include the gospel in each lesson? What are some ways you could be more creative to take advantage of this time? How did this video encourage you?
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You have been trusted to share the gospel with others, but you are not responsible for their salvation. Devote yourself to your kids and trust God with all of your heart for the results. Head over to the next session to learn more about the power of relationships in children’s ministry.