Tag: Religion & Spirituality

Help kids take God seriously

Questions that encourage personalized faith

It’s fairly simple to get children to repeat spiritual words and even learn complex spiritual information, but helping them develop an owned, personal, and growing faith is much more complicated.

Hear this: When it comes to Faith Shaping, the most powerful tool in your toolbox is not information or lecture; it’s listening.

Ask good questions and listen.

I think that’s why prayer is such an effective faith shaping experience for adults.

Questions to get you started

  • What do you think God does all day?
  • Do you think God has good days and bad days? What would they look like?
  • What do you think Jesus liked to do when he was your age?
  • Do you think Jesus went to church? What was his favorite part of church?
  • How do you know how much to pray? Does prayer ever get boring? How come?
  • Do people change the way they think about God as they get older?
  • What do you know about God that is just between you and him?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? What does he do?
  • What is the difference between Savior and Lord?
  • What words do you know that you only hear at church?
  • The Bible says that Jesus blessed the children. What do you think that was like?
  • How do you know if someone has faith?
  • What happens when a person is baptized?

At this point, don’t worry about the answers. The conversation is more important than the accuracy of answers. Faith is shaped because you are investing time in the conversation and sharing the wonder of God’s way with children. Invest in “loads of listening.”

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April 28, 2011 | 1 Comment More