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“Reaching a Child’s Heart”. Deuteronomy 6:6-9. The Key to Opening A Child’s Heart to Jesus : Parents who themselves seek the Lord.

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the key to opening a child s heart to jesus parents who themselves seek the lord
The Key to Opening A Child’s Heart to Jesus:Parents who themselves seek the Lord

Vs. 7 - “you shall teach them diligently…”Vs. 7 – “you shall talk of them…”Vs. 7 – “when you sit in your house”Vs. 7 – “when you walk by the way”Vs. 7 – “when you lie down”Vs. 7 – “when you rise up”

Vss. 8-9 – “bind them on your hand; forehead; “write them on your doorposts; gates”

children are so teachable
Children are SO Teachable!
  • 43% of American Christians accept Jesus Christ prior to age 13;
  • 2/3 (64%) accept Jesus Christ by age 18

The Great Commission – “go…make disciples …baptize…teach them all things…”

Labor where they are!

e.g. Good News @ Noon Revival (June 8-11)

let the children come to me suggests barriers to overcome
“Let the Children Come to Me”Suggests Barriers to Overcome

“…do not hinder them…” (Matthew 19:14).

Child comes from an unbelieving family“we know a stronger family… (church!) and Father!” (in heaven)

Lack of Bible truth

* reality and consequences of sin * forgiveness and grace in Jesus Christ

the picture of bible training
The Picture of Bible Training

Connection Point: The home! * mom and dad (Deut. 6 on your hearts) *dad spiritual leader of family* Children learn by observing parents: -- systematic reading of the Word -- prayer for daily needs -- notation of answered prayer

Church ministries (2-3 hours week) supplementResult: lifestyle impact rather than event impact

a simple family curriculum in response to deuteronomy 6 6
A Simple Family Curriculum In Response to Deuteronomy 6:6

“And these words…shall be on your heart”

  • God is our Creator (Genesis 1:1)
  • Sin and the consequences (Hebrews 4:13)
  • Jesus Christ – Son of God, Savior, Crucified, Coming Again (Gospels)
  • The Bible as Source of Truth (2 Tim. 3:16)
children are attracted to jesus
Children Are Attracted to Jesus!

They love heroes!

Jesus’ character

Gentleness

Strength and might

His miracles

Stir interest by reading the Bible

Pray with your children

when is the right time for a child to become a christian
When is “The Right Time” for a Child to Become a Christian?

* Parents’ experiences (the “railroad”)

* Limited understanding of a child (he/she is only…. 5,6,7,8!!!)

Key principles:

Right and wrong (sin)

God sees all + punishment for sin + His love

Substitution (Jesus on the cross)

the holy spirit does his work
The Holy Spirit Does His Work…

John 6:44 – “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.”

Notice when salvation becomes the pre-occupation of the child’s mind and heart

In God’s sovereign plan, this draw occurs at different ages!

When the Lord draws, people either resist or yield to His love, and message.

reaching a child s heart what you can do
Reaching a Child’s Heart:What You Can Do!

1. Celebrate children! (birthdays = Psalm 127:3; Jeremiah 29:11-14)

2. Assist with VBS this week; Thurs. night dessert reception “hosts”/hostesses”

3. Commit to SS teaching, SS support, AWANA

4. Join the Thursday night GROW efforts