We all want our family on mission. Here are 10 creative and easy ways to spread the gospel as a family. These ideas are great for the whole family regardless of age and hopefully will help you family live mindful of spreading the good news daily.
Ways to Spread the Gospel as a Family On Mission
1. Make a list of lost friends and family and pray for them together.
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.Romans 10:1
True evangelism starts with prayer. We have to teach our children that people’s hearts are not changed by our eloquent or persuasive words but by the Spirit of God convicting them of sin. We must give a foundation of praying for the lost and asking God to give us a burden for them.
2. Go on a prayer walk.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.1 Timothy 2:1-4
The value of a prayer walk is that you pray over people that you don’t even know. You teach your kids that the lost are all around us and that we can ask God to save them even if we don’t play a role in their salvation.
It gives them a Christian world view and opens their eyes to the fact that we need to pray for others every where. Here is a prayer guide that our family uses:
3. Have a simple way for your kids to understand the gospel.
The first step in our children being able to spread the gospel on their own is to make sure that they have a clear way to present the gospel that identifies with children. Here are a couple of easy ways that our church plant has used with camps and children’s ministry over the years.
4. Be Creative.
Kids like to have fun. If you can make the gospel presentation something that they enjoy showing their family and friends, you have one. I know every kid I have ever done the salvation bracelet with has remembered it and shown it to their parents as soon as they were picked up from camp.
I find that kids are by nature more creative than adults so let them lead sometimes. They may think of new ways that you family can spread the gospel.
5. Purchase Gospel Tracts.
Gospel tracts have come a long way over the years. Some of them are clever or fun to pass out. They have some just for children too. You can decide whether you just want to leave them behind at restaurants or doctor offices or if you’d like to pass them out. Check these out: http://store.livingwaters.com/gospel-tracts.html
6. Share Scripture with Your Neighbors.
- Write them on the sidewalk or your driveway with chalk.
- Make scriptures on posters with fun colors and drawings to hang in your windows.
- Make cards on holidays or for special occasions and write scripture inside to pass around. (Bonus: Add a handmade treat.)
7 . Do a Free Bible Giveaway.
You can leave a box out on a table at your house saying free Bibles or combine it with a free lemonade or hot chocolate stand. We find lots of people already own Bibles but it does make for a great conversation starter about the gospel.
8. Share the gospel on social media.
We share ways our family is spreading the gospel, scriptures, Christian music, and sermon quotes often. One thing that I am thinking and praying through is having the whole family do a gospel presentation on video to post since everyone is so visual these days. Check out these ideas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5772xk4gjQ
9. Invite new families over for a meal and practice Biblical Hospitality.
Anytime we meet a new family or individual in the community who seems curious about the gospel, we make it a priority to have them over for a meal. Jesus shared many meals with curious people. We always pray before we eat and ask if there is anyway we can pray for our guests. We always make time to share our personal testimonies and the way God is working in our lives.
10. Partner with your Church’s Outreach Ministry and Events.
If you feel nervous by this list or don’t know where to start, just see what your church is already doing to share the gospel with your community. You can get in on a gospel training, grab some tracts, or just volunteer at the next evangelism project. Just make sure that you are brining the family along or passing the knowledge along.
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