You can do this by yourself, but it’s fun to do it with a friend. Think of a famous person, living or dead, famous or infamous. Got it? Answer the questions below! (If you are with someone, ask them the questions and try to guess who they were thinking of!)
- How would your life be different if you personally knew this person?
- How would your relationship with this person change your living conditions, free time, or group of friends?
- Would your friends or parents approve of this relationship? Why or why not?
- Would you want become more like this person? Explain.
It’s always fun doing this activity with kids and adults. Usually the kids always get in Justin Beiber, and last month when I did this, adults ended up thinking of Donald Trump.
Now here’s the twist…answer the questions above, but this time using Jesus as the famous person.
Here’s another question for you.
- What’s the difference between knowing about someone and having a relationship with that person?
It’s here that we would dive into 1 John 1:5-2:6 and talk about how do we know that we know Jesus, and how does knowing Jesus change our lives. It gives us a chance to challenge kids (and adults) to think about if they know about Jesus, or do they truly know Jesus.
Philippians 3:8 says, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ”
I am a firm believer in head and heart knowledge. Talking about spiritual knowledge, Charles Spurgeon once said, “An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning.” (See below for the devotional that was taken from.)
I want our kids not only to memorize scripture (head), but to meditate on it (heart). I want them to know why we sing praises (head) and then to sing with all their heart (heart, of course!). I want our kids to know verses about giving (head) and then to live them out by giving in different ways (heart).
In short, I want them to truly know Jesus.
Our kids cannot know Jesus by their parents knowing him alone. As Spurgeon said, “Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with Him.” As Dale Hudson, a children’s ministry blogger, said, “God doesn’t have any grandchildren. He only has children. A child must own their faith.”
Parents, you are vital at helping your kids understand the Christian faith. God has placed children under the authority of their parents, and it is the parents’ responsibility to teach their children how to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Don’t mistake faith for being a genetic trait like hair color or height. It doesn’t work like that. Help your kids dig into their Bibles, help them apply it to their lives, give them opportunities to live it out.
As always, remember that we are always here to help you in this important, amazing task!
Suggested Reading: Charles Spurgeon on Spiritual Knowledge