Planting Summer Seeds
GOOD EVANGELISM HABITS: Over the summer, it’s easy for children to forget they still have the exciting privilege of sharing God’s Word with others. Sharing is oftentimes a scary thing to think about for children (and even many adults). I mean, walking up to complete strangers and asking them if they believe in Jesus, how unnatural to our flesh! That’s why it’s so important for children to learn good evangelism habits early on. Once they see that it’s really not that scary and that many people will at least respectfully listen, they’ll grow that much more lovingly bold at an early age. Never forget, we have the truth and the Lord on our side so we really have nothing to fear!
Because talking to others doesn’t always come easily, comprehensive, biblical tracts can be a nice way to break the ice. With that in mind, I’ve put together a simple, black and white Bible tract that parents can print and children can cut, fold, and color. (Reminder: Carefully read through tracts before purchasing or printing. Not all tracts are biblical. Sadly, many focus on man, not God.)
Click “HERE” to go to the Kid’s Tract PDF. Simply download it and print.
A SUMMER FAMILY PROJECT: Let evangelism be a fun summer family project. First, look up a few Bible verses on evangelism such asMatthew 28:19, Acts 1:8, and Romans 1:15-16 as a family devotional. Then pray about making a certain day each week designated as an evangelism day. Start out by going to familiar areas such as your neighborhood houses and grocery stores. It goes without says, but please, please, please… Safety First. When bringing your children, always keep safety as a major priority. Perhaps also bring a small notebook to write down names and prayer requests from people you talk with. Then consider designating another day each week to pray specifically as a family for those you’ve shared with. Follow-up is also an option. Again, please us godly wisdom when following up. Some situations may warrant going with another adult and sharing the story with your children later.ICE BREAKERS: Often we struggle with how to make that first connection. Here are a few thoughts on helping break the ice:
- Be genuine. Remember the person you’re talking with is a lost and eternal soul. Most people will at least listen when they see you really care. One good quote to remember, “Evangelism is a conversations, not a presentation.”
- Handing someone a tract is a great ice breaker, but if you’re able, take the time to share the truth in tract.
- Ask questions. Many times, asking good questions helps open the door to good conversations. Here are a few questions: “Could I ask you a quick question?” “What are your thoughts about eternity?” “Do you think the Bible is an important book?” “We like to pray. Do you have anything we could pray for?” Remember, if you’re going to ask questions, be ready to listen.
- Don’t forget to pray for the Lord to direct your steps and conversations. We always want to be led by the Spirit! After all, God knows best.
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7
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