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Invite The Children To Come To Christ
Before proceeding any further, let us revise what we have
outlined so far concerning the gospel message:
¾The gospel message is founded, first of all, upon teaching
9That He has spoken in His Word.
9That He is the Creator.
9That He is holy.
9That He is love.
¾The gospel message is founded, secondly, upon teaching
9That it is against God.
9That it is transgression of God’s law.
9That it must be punished.
9That it is universal.
9That it is an act.
9That it is a nature.
¾The gospel message centres upon teaching about Jesus
• He is God.
• He is perfect Man.
• His sinless life
• His death
• His resurrection
• His exaltation
Those are the FACTS of the gospel message. But it is not
enough just to present, and teach, facts and truths – important
and vital though they are. You need to challenge the children to
ACT on the basis of these truths. You need to show the children
what RESPONSE God expects from them, because of the facts
and truths which they have heard and learned.
You need to teach them the way of salvation and what they
need to do to be saved:
¾They need to turn from their sin (repentance).
¾They need to trust Jesus Christ (faith).
So you need to show them their responsibility to repent and
You also need to show them what God will do for them, if
they do repent and believe:
¾All their sins will be forgiven. They will be justified.
¾They will be new creatures. They will be regenerated.
The way of salvation through repentance and faith, and the
blessings which result, are integral parts of the gospel message
which should not be omitted. To experience these two blessings
of salvation the child must obey God’s command, or invitation,
to turn from their sin, and come to Jesus Christ, and personally
trust Him as Lord and Saviour. Jesus Christ invites them to come
to Him in repentance and faith.
It is therefore your responsibility not only to teach the gospel
facts or truths outlined on the previous pages, but also to give or
bring the gospel invitation to unsaved children, when you are
evangelizing them. To understand how you should do this you
need to ask and answer a number of questions about this
¾What is the invitation?
¾Should I give this invitation?
¾When should I give this invitation?
¾How should I give this invitation?
¾How does a child respond to this invitation?
What is the Invitation?
To answer this question, we need to turn again to the pages
of the Acts of the Apostles, and watch those early apostolic
evangelists at work. What did they do? What did they not do?
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Perhaps it is better to first answer the question, “What is not
the invitation ?” – keeping in mind the evangelism of the apostles:
¾The invitation is not something to be added on after you
have preached, and after you have taught the gospel
message. It is part of that message.
¾The invitation is not a request by the evangelist, to which
the children should respond physically by raising their
hand, coming to the front, or waiting behind.
As you read the Acts of the Apostles, you will find that Paul,
Peter, Philip, and the other evangelists in the early church did
invite and challenge their hearers to repent and trust Christ.
But they did so as part of their message. It was not added on
afterwards. You will also find that they never asked for a physical
What, then, is the invitation?
The invitation is a call from Jesus Christ to come to Him, in
repentance and faith, to receive forgiveness and a new nature.
The invitation does not come from us. It comes from Jesus
Christ. He invites the children to come to Him. We are only the
bearers of that invitation to the children.
If I had a friend who was going to be married, and that
friend asked me to invite you to his wedding, I would be glad to
do so. I would therefore come to you and say, “My friend wants
you to come to his wedding. It will take place on June 6th
Belfast. He asked me to give you his invitation to come to the
wedding.” I have fulfilled my responsibility; I have “given you
the invitation”. At the same time, I would give you clear
directions about how to get there (if you did not know the way),
and I would encourage you to accept the invitation – especially
if I knew that my friend really wanted you to come, and I knew
how pleased he would be if you did. But whether you go to the
wedding, or not, is now a matter between you and my friend. I
have fulfilled my responsibility.
Therefore, your responsibility as a children’s evangelist is to
tell the children:
¾That Jesus Christ wants them to come to Him. That is the
¾How they can do this – by trusting Him as their Saviour –
either now, immediately, or later. Those are the directions.
¾What Jesus Christ will do for them if they come to Him
and how pleased He will be to receive them. Outlining
the blessings of coming to Jesus Christ will encourage the
children to respond to His invitation.
1. Jesus Christ wants you to come
2. This is how you can come
3. This is what He will do if
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If you make these three facts clear to the children, you have
given them the invitation.
Consequently, you can come to six conclusions (three
negative and three positive) about the invitation.
¾This invitation is not something to be added on after the
gospel message; it is an essential part of the gospel
¾This invitation is not part of my methodology; it is part of
¾This invitation does not require a physical response (such
as raising a hand, or coming to the front or waiting
¾The child’s response to the invitation is a matter between
Jesus Christ and himself.
¾The child responds to this invitation in his heart – now or
¾If the child responds to this invitation, Jesus Christ will
receive him – and save him.
What Does The Bible Teach?
This invitation from God to man can be found throughout
¾This invitation can be found in the Old Testament:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your
sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red
like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1 v18).
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no
money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price” (Isaiah 55 v1).
¾The Lord Jesus Christ when He was here on earth invited
sinners to come to Him.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest” (Matthew 11 v28).
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to
Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6 v37).
¾The evangelists of the early apostolic church gave this
They invited, and challenged, their unsaved listeners to
repent, to trust, to turn, to come or to call – and they made
it clear what God would do for them if they did so. They
invited them, they gave them the directions, and they
outlined the results of their response, to encourage them
to do so.
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ For the promise is to you and to your children,
and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts
2 v38, 39).
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts
“To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever
believes in Him will receive remission of sins” (Acts 10 v43).
“Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is
preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes
is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the
law of Moses” (Acts 13 v38, 39).
“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,
you and your household” (Acts 16 v31).
“But declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout
all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent,
turn to God, and do works befitting repentance” (Acts 26 v20).
“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Romans
“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God
through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them”
(Hebrews 7 v25).
Every time they preached and evangelized, they showed
and taught their listeners what God wanted them to do,
how to do it, and what He would do if they obeyed Him.
When they had done this they had given the invitation.
They did not ask their listeners to stand, come to the front
or raise their hands. And yet God the Holy Spirit worked
in the hearts of those listening, and many were saved.
Giving the invitation to children involves therefore:
9Letting them know that Jesus Christ wants them to
come to Him, in their hearts, for salvation.
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Letting them know how to do this.
Letting them know that Jesus Christ will receive them
and will save them if they do so – to encourage them
to do so.
The evangelist who has fulfilled these three responsibilities
has given the invitation.
You might say something like this:
“Boys and girls:
Do you know that you are like this jailer? You have sinned and you have gone your own
way. But if you, in your heart, want to have your sins forgiven, and if you want to be
different, you can come to Jesus Christ today. Ask Him to forgive you and change you
– and, when you do that, He will. He has promised to do so in His Word “Whosoever
(and that includes you) shall call on the name of the Lord (if you call to Him and ask Him)
shall be saved” (Romans 10 v13). Why not do so today? You can talk to Him in your
heart and call on Him at any time, and the moment you do so, you will be saved.”
Should You Give This Invitation?
It would be wrong not to give this wonderful invitation,
when you are evangelizing children. To tell children that they
need to be saved without showing them that it is possible for
them to be saved, what they need to do to be saved, and what
the results will be, would be a grave mistake. The invitation is a
vital part of your gospel message. It is impossible to evangelize
without giving this invitation.
When Should You Give This Invitation?
If you understand that the invitation is an essential part of
the gospel message, then the answer is obvious. You will invite
the children to come to Christ every time you preach and teach
them the Gospel. The children who are listening to you should
always know that Jesus Christ wants them to come to Him, to
trust Him, how they can do so, and what the results will be if
How Should You Give This Invitation?
There are four words which can best describe how you
should give the gospel invitation to children:
You should give the invitation on the authority of what
God has said in His Word. It is His invitation – not yours.
That means you should always use a Bible verse as the
basis of the invitation you give.
This verse should show the children what Jesus Christ
wants or invites them to do, and it should also show them
what He will do if they respond to Him.
For example you could use ONE of the following Bible
9“For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ “
(Romans 10 v13).
The child should be invited to “call to Jesus Christ”;
and if he does so God promises to “save” him.
9“Believe on (trust) the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved”
(Acts 16 v31).
The child should be invited to “trust Jesus Christ”
and if he does so God promises to “save” him.
9“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God” (John 1 v12).
The child should be invited to “receive Christ”; and
if he does so God promises he will “become a child of
The Bible verse you use in your invitation, and the
challenge you present, should be based upon the Bible
passage you have been teaching in your Bible lesson; and
it should be the application of the great truth, or truths,
which you have been teaching them from that passage.
For example, if you are teaching a Bible lesson based upon
the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, the natural
invitation would be to “come” (like the prodigal) and the
Lord Jesus “will receive you” (as the prodigal’s father did)
using John 6 v37b as your verse.
“… and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6 v37b).
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It is better to stick to one verse and to one concept. Do not
speak about “coming”, “calling”, “receiving” and
“trusting” in one lesson, or in one invitation. You know
that these all describe the same act; but it is better to keep
to one of these concepts, at any one time, to avoid
The Bible uses several words to describe the evangelism of
the apostles in the book of Acts, and these are words which
should also describe your evangelism.
9They reasoned (Acts 17 v2; 17 v17; 18 v4; 18 v19).
The same word is used in Acts 19 v8, and is translated
in the NIV as “argued persuasively”. The word used
here has the thought of thinking something through
logically, and then presenting it in that way.
9They persuaded (Acts 18 v4; 19 v8). This word means
to bring about a change of mind by the influence of
9They beseeched (2 Corinthians 5 v20; 6 v1). This word
means to encourage people to do something.
9They warned (Colossians 1 v28).The children need
to know something about the consequences of not
responding to Jesus Christ’s invitation.
So there should be a note of earnestness, urgency and
persuasion as you bring Jesus Christ’s invitation to the
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading
through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5 v20, 21).
“We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive
the grace of God in vain” (2 Corinthians 6 v1).
But, like the apostles, you should trust God the Holy Spirit
to work in the hearts of the children – and not put pressure of
any kind on them to respond to Christ’s invitation.
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