Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
This week I am sharing with you how to use my book Psalm 23 for Kids to share the Gospel (the Good News) or to share Christ as the salvation plan of God. The ideal age for this kind of sharing should be 6 and above, don’t be surprised that it works for a 9-year-old. This book can be used for children’s outreach program.
First, Psalm 23 in the Bible shows us a life-long provision of a loving relationship between a shepherd and sheep. As believers, we know this is applicable to the salvation of our soul and the continued care for our whole being as God’s salvation plan.
To flow along this theme, Psalm 23 for Kids depicts the Gospel message in its simplest form. How does this work? Let me elaborate further.
- First, God is our heavenly Father, created us in His image. Like our parent to us, gave birth to us and we resemble them; to David, the shepherd is like a parent to the sheep in the sense that he loves and cares for his sheep. A sense of belonging is beginning to take shape by introducing the shepherd.
- In my book Psalm 23 for Kids, David literally turned into a sheep and experienced the love and care of his shepherd; by simply telling the story, it is not hard to get the child to understand the concept of “we are like sheep”.
- Like sheep, or like David we are prone to leave the flock and shepherd’s loving care. In simple words, it is easy for us (like David) to leave the loving care of the shepherd (God/Jesus) by sinning. Sins are things we do that God hates like telling lies, hurting others, dishonoring our parents … etc.
- When we (sheep) leave the flock (sinned), we are lost, we would be confused and fearful like David.
- By nature, we cannot save ourselves. It is the same way as David turned upside down and was not able to turn over by himself.
- Jesus loves us and cares for us. He counts his sheep (those who belong to Him) and makes sure no sheep is lost.
- Jesus always comes to our rescue when we are lost. When he turns us over he restores us. He is able to give us peace that no one can offer.
- By accepting Jesus, we are accepting the loving care of the Shepherd of our soul.
- At the end of the story, you may call the child sheep (the child’s name) eg. Sheep Mimi, do you want to accept Jesus’ love and care, let him be your shepherd?
You may begin the sharing by choosing a portion of the story. Start from the beginning and end at David being rescued will be suffice to share the Gospel message. Stop at intervals to sustain the kids’ interest and get them to think and to feel with the key character in the story.
The key of sharing is to pace the story slowly, allow ample time for kids to think and respond, do not rush through the storytelling or reading time. Be sure to get the child’s response before moving on with the story.
Simple questions concerning the story can be used for younger children. For older children, questions of application or questions extended outside the story will be helpful to get children to the point of decision.
These are the questions you may ask when you use Psalm 23 for Kids to share God’s salvation plan to children:
- What does a shepherd do?
- How does David understand about a shepherd to sheep?
- Why must the shepherd count the sheep?
- What happened to David?
- Can David (a sheep) save himself?
- Who came to save David the sheep? How did he save him?
- Who is the shepherd?
- Who can save us?
- Do you want Jesus to save you?
I hope you will find many opportunity to use this book to share the Gospel to children. If you do, I would love to hear from you. Do drop me a note here.
P.S. If you have yet to get a copy of my book, grab one at the bookstores mentioned at “Where to buy Psalm 23 for Kids” and start sharing the gospel with children.