While laying out the Gospel is not something that is an easy task, it can become even more difficult when trying to explain it to a child. For most, the difficulty comes with how to express some of the complex concepts while putting it in terms that a child can understand. Here are a few critical steps that need to be explained in order to allow a child to fully grasp what the Gospel is.
God is perfect, and he created everything, because of this it makes him in charge.
Humans are not perfect (that's us!). We break God's laws and do things that make God angry all the time. The Bible calls this sin, and we are all sinners.
When we sin and disobey God, we deserve to be punished. The Bible says that the punishment for disobeying God and sinning is death - this is separation from God forever (Hell).
Because God loves us, he provided a way for us to be rescued from sin and punishment. He sent his son Jesus to Earth. Jesus is 100% human AND 100% God, so he is perfect. He lived a perfect life and never sinned. He kept all of God's laws.
(John 3:16, Hebrews 4:15)
Since Jesus never sinned, he did not deserve to die, but he willingly chose to take our punishment and die in our place - as our substitute.
(John 3:16, Romans 5:8)
When Jesus died, he didn't stay dead. God brought him back to life after 3 days, and he is still alive today! This shows us that God accepted Jesus' prefect sacrifice for our sin.
(1 Peter 3:18)
In order to be rescued from sin and punishment, you need to ask God to forgive you for breaking his laws and disobeying him (sinning), believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, died, and came back to life after 3 days, and tell God that you want him to be in charge of your life.
We believe that these concepts are crucial in explaining the gospel to kids. Using the Bible to understand these concepts yourself is critical, as well as using it to explain it to your children.