Why do Christians love to share with others what they believe?

The Bible teaches that over and over again the first Christians shared with others what they believed to be true about Jesus.

Ask the children why they think all Christians around the world love to share with others what they believe to be true about Jesus. Listen to the children’s answers and respond positively.

 
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Explain that Christians love to tell others about God, because they love being close friends with him and they long for others around them to be close friends with him too.

What does it mean to ‘show and tell’ the Gospel’?

Ask the children if they have a ‘Show and tell’ time at school. Explain that a ‘Show and tell’ time is when you show and talk about something that is special to you. But did you know that Christians can ‘show and tell’ others what it means to be a Christian?

 
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Showing what it means to be a Christian –  Ask the children to describe how someone might show what it means to be a Christian. Remind the children that Christians believe the Holy Spirit works in the lives of people that have said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness. He works in their lives guiding and changing them from the inside-out to be more peaceful, patient and kind. Explain that by being patient and kind to others, people who have said ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness can show what it means to be a Christian; they can show that the Holy Spirit is at work in their lives.

Telling others what it means to be a Christian – Ask the children to describe how someone might tell what it means to be a Christian. In the Bible we read that the Apostle Paul travelled from place to place telling people over and over again the good news about being a Christian. Today when Christians are asked what they believe, they too can tell people the good news about being a Christian.

Another word for good news is ‘gospel’. Christians tell people the Gospel. They tell people God's good news about being a Christian. 

A great way to think about the gospel is to remember the four points from the4points.com

What is God's Good News?

Christians call God's good news ‘the Gospel’.

The Bible teaches that the good news of the Gospel is  that Jesus lived, died and rose again to make a way for everybody everywhere to become close friends with God.

You might like to show cards two, seven, eight and ten of The Life of Jesus Timeline Flashcards to illustrate the Gospel message:

 

The Bible teaches that...

1. God loved people so much that he sent his Son, Jesus.

 
 

2. Jesus died on the cross so that everybody everywhere can be forgiven.

 
 

3. Three days later God raised Jesus back to life.

 
 

4. Now everybody everywhere can say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness and with the powerful help of the Holy Spirit, can learn and grow to live God's way.

 
 

Whom does God love?

Over and over again the Bible teaches that God is loving. Christians believe that God loves everybody very much; he loves everybody, everywhere.

Christians believe God loves all the people in the whole world – all the people that have been born and all those that are to be born. Christians believe God doesn’t just love everybody as one group, he loves everybody individually; he knows everybody by name and he loves each and every person.

 
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The Bible teaches that God loves everybody, everywhere more than they could ever imagine; there is nobody that God does not love. There is nothing anybody can do that will make God love them less, or anything they can do to make God love them more.

 

Why do Christians believe God's love goes on forever?

The Bible teaches that God’s loving-kindness goes on forever and ever; it will never end; it will never run out.  

Christians believe that because God’s love goes on forever even when they are in Heaven God will keep on and on and on loving them without ever stopping.

 
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Sometimes people think that God will stop loving them if they are unkind or do something wrong – but the Bible says that isn’t true; God’s loving-kindness goes on forever; it never, ever stops. Sometimes people think that if something sad happens to them then God must have stopped loving them – but the Bible says that that isn’t true either; God’s loving-kindness goes on forever; it never, ever stops.

Why do Christians believe God's love is immeasurable?

We can measure all sorts of distances (even distances between planets!), but there are some things we cannot measure – Christians believe we cannot measure God’s love.

 
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Christians believe God’s love is so great it is immeasurable. The Bible teaches that God’s love is greater than we could ever imagine. In fact Christians believe that love actually comes from God. In one of John’s letters (which can be found in the New Testament part of the Bible) he wrote that God is Love because he cannot be separated from his love.

The Bible also teaches that God is abounding in love. ‘Abounding’ means that there is lots and lots of something - God has lots and lots of love. 

Christians believe there is nothing they can do that will make God love them less, and there is nothing they can do to make God love them more.

 

 

 

Why do Christians love God?

Why do Christians love God? Is it because of what he has done?... or who he is? The answer to both is ‘Yes’. But the Bible also teaches that Christians love God because of his great love for them - Christians love in response to God's love.  

Christians feel that because of God's love, not only do they love him more but they love other people more too. They believe God’s love changes them; it makes them more loving. The Bible teaches that Christians in fact love because God loved them first.

 
 

The Bible also teaches that Christians love God because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Christians believe the Holy Spirit has put God’s love in their hearts. The Bible tells us that when the Holy Spirit works in the lives of Christians he brings God’s love with Him. The word ‘heart’ can also mean ‘the centre’ or ‘right in the middle’. Putting God's love in people's hearts means the Holy Spirit brings God’s love right into the middle of Christians’ lives, right into the middle of everything they do.

Christians believe that when the Holy Spirit is at work in their lives, more and more they are able to love God and others. 

Why do Christians believe God is a loving God who is good, powerful and wise?

If you had something precious and needed someone to look after it, who would you ask? Someone who was often clumsy or forgetful, perhaps somebody who was unkind? No, you would find the kindest, most trustworthy and careful person that you could.

Christians believe God is all these things and much, much more.

 
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The Bible teaches that God loves everybody, everywhere more than they could ever imagine. 

However Christians believe that God not only loves everybody but he is good, powerful and wise.

The Bible teaches that God is fully good; there is no badness in him. God is all-powerful; there is nothing good and right he cannot do. God is completely wise; he knows everything there is to know and he always knows what is best for everyone and everything.

Believing these three things about God: he is fully good, he is all-powerful and he is completely wise, makes it wonderful for Christians to believe that God cares for everyone.

To help children remember the three words you could use the following actions. The Bible teaches that God is a loving God who is good (do a thumbs up sign), powerful (flex your arm muscles) and wise (place your fist against your forehead in a thinking-person pose).

 

Why do Christians believe Jesus existed before He was born?

The Bible tells us something amazing about the birth of Jesus – before Jesus was born in Bethlehem he was already alive in Heaven.

 
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Christians believe that before Jesus came to earth as a Baby he lived in Heaven with Father God. In fact Christians believe that Jesus was alive at the beginning of the world; the Bible teaches that Jesus was involved in the creation of everything.

Why do Christians say that God is great and that He has done great things?

Christians believe God is really, really, really great. They believe everything he does is fabulous and wonderful, there is nothing that God does that is just OK – everything he does is great! In fact Christians believe God has always been great and always will be. 

Christians believe that God does great things because he is a great God. Over and over again we read in the Bible about the things God did: He led the Israelites through the Red Sea and gave them water and food in the desert. Christians believe God still does great things today. Christians believe that over and over again he works in people’s lives changing their tough times into better times.

However, Christians believe the greatest thing God has done is to send Jesus to live with people.

 
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Jesus came to earth over 2000 years ago. He came to show what God is like, to teach people how to live and make a way for everybody, everywhere to become close friends with God. Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry and comforted the poor. Then he did the best thing of all. Jesus died on the cross and three days later God raised him back to life. 

Christians believe that because Jesus lived, died and rose again everybody, everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to God's love and forgiveness, and become close friends with God.

When Jesus went back up to Heaven God sent the Holy Spirit down to live with people. Christians believe the Holy Spirit comes alongside to teach and guide. They believe that as the Holy Spirit works powerfully in their lives he changes them from the inside-out to become more and more like Jesus; to be more peaceful, patient and kind. As the Holy Spirit helps Christians become more like Jesus, more and more they are able to live God's way.

Christians believe that each day the Holy Spirit helps millions of people around the world become more and more like Jesus so they can learn and grow to live God’s way, the way God created them to live.

Why did the angel describe God as 'the most high'?

Christians believe that God is not just great but that he is greater than anything or anybody else. Christians believe that if everybody’s name was written down on a long list in order of greatness God’s name would be at the very, very top of the list; God’s name would be higher than anybody else’s name.

 
 

The angel who spoke to Mary understood God’s greatness. He adored God so much that he described him in the best way he could: ‘the Most High’. 

How did the Bible come to be?

‘The Bible’ means books. The Bible was written by around 40 different writers.

A long time ago people began to write down what God had done for them. They wrote down things they believed God had told them and made up songs to him and about him. The things people wrote were copied into books. Eventually, after around 1,500 years, there were 66 books all about God: story books, poetry books, instruction books and letters. The books were put together in one big book; we call the book the Bible.

Although people wrote the words down, Christians believe God guided the writers and showed them by his Holy Spirit what to write.

 

What are the different parts of the Bible called?

 

Thousands of years ago people began to write down what God had done for them. Eventually there were many, many, many books all about God. Story books, poetry books, instruction books and letters. All the books were put together in one big book; we call the book the Bible. ‘The Bible’ actually means ‘books’.

 
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There are 66 books in the Bible. 39 were written before Jesus was born and 27 were written afterwards. The books written before Jesus was born make up the Old Testament part of the Bible and the books written after Jesus was born make up the New Testament.

In the Old Testament there are five books about God’s laws, 12 books about history, five poetry books and 17 books written by God’s prophets. In the New Testament there are four books about Jesus’ life called the Gospels, one history book and 22 letters.

Why do Christians call the Bible God's Word?

Although people wrote down the words we read in the Bible today, Christians believe that God guided the writers and showed them by his Holy Spirit what to write.

 
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Christians believe that the Bible is a very special work of the Holy Spirit and it says what God wants it to say; they believe everything written in the Bible comes from God. Because Christians are so sure that what the Bible says is what God says, they call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.

 

Do Christians always have the same thoughts and ideas about what different parts of the Bible mean?

Although Christians believe that the Bible is God’s Word, sometimes they have different thoughts and ideas about what parts of the Bible mean. When Christians read some parts of the Bible, some think God is saying one thing and others think he is saying something else.

Christians might not agree on the meaning of every verse, but it is important to remember that there are many parts of the Bible that Christians do agree on and believe to be clear.

 
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Here are four examples:

1. Jesus is God the Son.
2. Jesus lived, died and rose again to make a way for everybody everywhere to become close friends with God.
3. People who have said ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness are Christians.
4. God’s way of living is to love him and love others.

Why do Christians read their Bibles?

Just as we might describe to someone what we are like in a letter or an email, Christians believe the Bible is God’s way of telling people about himself.  

 
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Christians believe that through the Bible, God is telling people about his goodness, his power and his wisdom and what he likes and doesn’t like.  Because Christians believe that the Bible is from and about God they read it and remember what it says so that they can learn and understand more about God, his great power and his love.

 

 

Why do Christians ask the Holy Spirit to be with them when they read the Bible?

Some parts of the Bible might seem difficult to understand or perhaps feel as if they have nothing to do with the way people live their lives today. However, the Bible is about God; he was there when it was written. Christians believe that if they ask God the Holy Spirit to be with them when they listen to or read the Bible he will bring the stories and the writing ‘alive’. They believe that with the help of the Holy Spirit the Bible will make more sense and mean much more.

 
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Just as the Holy Spirit did a special work with the people who wrote the Bible, Christians believe he will do a special work when people read it too. Many Christians choose to trust that the Holy Spirit will help them with the parts of the Bible they don’t fully understand yet.