Children and Evangelism

Children and Evangelism

“But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not

hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God’” (Luke 18:16). Like so many of

Jesus’ teachings, this is a bold statement because it went against the cultural views

of 1 st century Israel. Even in our society today, this verse is relevant because it calls

us to question how we see children, and their value to society. Do we treat them as

investments, embracing the mentality that one day in the future they might be

prepared enough to impact the world? Or do we see them as a key part of our

society already?

On Tuesday afternoons, some of us at Trinity have had the opportunity to host an

afterschool Bible club called “The Good News Club” at both Taylor Elementary and

Saluda River Academy. These clubs are organized and put together by Child

Evangelism Fellowship, and they also exist in many other elementary schools across

the nation. We meet on Tuesdays for an hour and a half to teach the Gospel to the

children who attend. The Lord is doing some incredible things through these clubs,

and I’m thankful for the opportunity that God has provided for us to share the

Gospel in public schools.

Children play a vital role in evangelism today, and this is a lesson I’ve recently

learned through spending some time with the children at Taylor. One of the biggest

ways that children can have an influence in society is that if we reach them, the door

is then opened to reach their family members. Kids get so excited when they’re able

to memorize an entire Bible verse or retell a Bible story, and so when they go home

and talk about what they’ve learned, the Gospel is taken into the home. Another way

these children have had an influence is that as we have taught them about Jesus, it

helps to take the fear and tentativeness out of sharing the Gospel. Evangelism is

evangelism; and whether it’s done amongst children or adults, the message is still

the same. A great way to overcome the fear often associated with telling others

about Christ is to start with sharing it with children, letting their joy and enthusiasm

motivate us to want to share the Gospel with everyone.