Kids Salvation

A helpful resource for parents

Is my child ready?

Use the following 5 questions to help you determine if your child is ready to ask Jesus to be Lord of their life. Remember, there are no perfect questions or answers. The main goal is to determine if your child recognizes that their own sin separates them from God and that Jesus' death on the cross makes them right with God. You will also find some things to say if your child doesn't seem to be grasping these spiritual concepts.

Who is Jesus?

Matthew 3:16-17

After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

This is an easy question to answer and will get your child comfortable with answering questions. Their answer will be pretty simple, like, "He's God's Son".

What is Sin?

Romans 3:23

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Younger kids may not understand the word sin. At Redeemer Kids, we teach that sin is lying, cheating, stealing, angry outbursts, doing bad things, disobeying, etc. Talk about these things with your child recognizing that all of us sin. Feel free to help by talking about things that you may do wrong and how they get in the way of your friendship with God. Ultimately, you're looking for your child to identify specific things they do wrong.

What did Jesus do on the Cross?

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.

Why did He have to die?
These should be simple responses, like, "Jesus died on the cross for our sins" or "Jesus died so we could be forgiven".

Note: If you don't feel that your child understands either what sin is or that Jesus died to take our sins away, then simply table the discussion. You might say something like, "I'd like us to keep talking about this more over the next few months".

What Happens to our Sin...

1 John 1:9

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

...when we ask Jesus to forgive us and we say or confess our sins out loud? Most responses will be very simple, like, "Jesus takes away our sins".

Do You want to ask Jesus to be Lord of Your Life?

If yes, then great! This is the best part. Here is a prayer you may use. Have your child repeat each line after you.

"Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and I need you to save me. Thank you for dying on the cross. Because of this, I am forgiven. I want you to be the leader of my life. Help me live my life for you. Amen".


You've just led your child into a relationship with Jesus.