Bless Your Heart by Cindy Colley

Mama’s K.I.S.S. #61: Mark Their Bibles

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As you know, if you’ve been reading, for quite some time, I’ve occasionally been running little installments called “Mama’s K.I.S.S.” I know that lots of readers could give many more and far more creative ideas than I can offer, but these installments are just a few tried and true and mostly old-fashioned ideas for putting service hearts in our kids.  This is number 57  of a list of one hundred ways we train our kids to serve. K.I.S.S. is an acronym for “Kids In Service Suggestions”.


This one’s intuitive. A good beginning element of evangelism is Bible marking. Of course, we do it as adults, but your 8-year-old will have a great sense of accomplishment if he/she has his/her own Bible and is equipped to teach someone the gospel by turning to one passage. (I know that marking down what it takes to become a Christian and actually being equipped for a theological discussion are two very different things, but everything worth accomplishing starts small and takes time…and this is very worthwhile!)

SO take a few minutes to do this at Bible time with your child when she has learned to read and write. At young ages, it’s better to write all the references right out beside Mark 16:16, rather than making a “trail” of passages. (It’s far less confusing at age 8!)

1. Take her to Mark 16:16 and have her read what Jesus said to do to be saved.

2. Discuss what believing means and, in the margin, have your child write Belief–Romans 10:17. Read that passage together and talk about how important it is to be a student of the Bible.

3. Talk about what belief does to our consciences and how, if we really believe that the Bible is true and Jesus came to die so that we can go to heaven, we will obey him and change anything in our lives that’s different from what the Bible tells us. Explain to her that this is called repentance. Write the word Repentance in the margin and add Luke 13:3. Read that together.

4. Then talk about how that all of our lives (not just before baptism) we want to tell people about Jesus–that we love him and we know he is God’s son who came to save us from hell. Talk about how wonderful it is to get to tell people that, so that they can be saved, too. Add the words Confess Jesus in the margin and the passage Romans 10:10. Read that passage together.

5. Then read Mark 16:16 again and have your child tell you about a baptism she has witnessed. Ask questions about what that was for and how that person felt after being baptized. Go to Acts 2:38 and read and talk about the exact reason for which people were baptized on that day of Pentecost. Go ahead and read verse 47 and talk about what God was doing when people were baptized. Then go back to Mark 16:16 and write in the margin Baptism–Acts 2:38.

Talk to your children about how that, when one does these simple things, she starts on a walk with Christ for the rest of her life, trusting and reading the Bible and obeying. That walk with Jesus leads to heaven! That’s being faithful. Tell her it’s so important to be able to tell people how to be a part of the church and go to heaven. “And now, you can open up your Bible to Mark 16:16 and you can tell people the most important thing they can ever know!”

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