For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,
to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:16 (ESV)
CEF Culture Point 5
Importance of a Clear and Biblical Presentation of the Gospel
The fact that a young child can comprehend the simple message of salvation and become a child of God is the foundational principle of CEF. Everything else that we do is based upon this fact. The good news of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation.
We must present it clearly and accurately.
Children can understand the Gospel. Therefore God commands us to teach them the Good News (Ps 78:3-5).
The Gospel and only the Gospel is the power of God for salvation. God uses this message to save Jew and Gentile, adults and children, everyone who believes. One of the greatest mistakes we could make would be to withhold the Gospel or parts of it from the children. This would make our ministry powerless and fruitless. Therefore, we want to make sure that the message we present is clear, complete and biblical.
We do not want to be ashamed to proclaim the Gospel. We do not want to be ashamed to proclaim God, the Creator of all things. He has created children and they are accountable to Him.
We do not want to be ashamed to proclaim that children have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23) and that the punishment for sin is hell. We do not want to be ashamed to proclaim Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who out of love gave His life for us on the cross. The price for us to be ransomed is the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18). Without the cross, there is no Gospel!
We do want to teach the truth in all wisdom (Col 3:16). Sometimes people attack us, because we present the Gospel in a poor or unwise way. If this is the case, we want to learn how to do it better. At other times people attack us, but they are actually aiming at the Gospel. If this is the case, we want to stand “firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents” (Phil 1:27-28). They are two different situations. May God give us wisdom to discern the difference!
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Tim 4:16).
You are not alone when you share the Gospel with children!
The Holy Spirit teaches and directs you, He gives to you courage, power and love.
He does His works by using your words!