Teaching the Bible systematically to children is important. I go so far to say it’s essential to have children grow up knowing the Word of God. But it’s not enough. Children need a heart knowledge of God even more than they need head knowledge. Children need to internalize the truths they learn and make them they’re own. To do this, they need to have their own relationship with God. Here’s some things to consider to determine if the children in your ministry have a heart knowledge.
Salvation: Too many ministries focus on helping children know how to be good according to the Bible. It’s important for children to know what God expects from them, but they can never be good enough to please God. Children need to know that they are sinners and that Christ died for them so they could be set free from the curse of sin. He took their punishment. Until they give their sin to Him, they will never be saved no matter how good they are or how often they attend church.
Changed Lives: Children need to know that when they are saved, their lives should change. They should want to please God and stay away from sin, and when they do sin, they should go to God to make it right.
A Living Sacrifice: Children also need to understand that when they are saved, they’re giving their lives to God. God now has control and has a direction for their lives they need to follow.
Relationship: We need to teach children that when we are saved, we have a right relationship with the God who created the universe. We can talk to Him through prayer. We can get guidance from Him through the Bible. We can ask Him anything, and He will answer. We can fellowship with Him and come into His presence through praise and worship. When children have a relationship like this with God, they won’t fall away as teenagers or adults. They will stand firm through all the trials of life.