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Teach Your Teen The Gospel

As a Christian counselor for teens, I have often come across parents who place the responsibility of teaching their child the Gospel onto their private schools, mentors, or church. While these sources can aid in nurturing and supporting your teen, they cannot replace the value of when you, the parent, teach your teen the Gospel.

The Gospel Gives Teens An Eternal Hope

When your teens are struggling with anxiety, depression, or feeling weighed down by the pressures of this world, the Gospel gives them eternal hope. If you’re new to learning scripture or teaching God’s word, it can feel intimidating to know where to turn when it comes time to share the freedom found in Christ. These verses in the book of Romans, also known as the Roman Road, will help you share the Good News with your teens.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:23 NIV

Beginning with this verse lays the foundation of the human condition. Beginning when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered the world, and our sinful nature began wreaking havoc in our lives. 

Eternal Life Is A Gift From God

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 NIV

Our sin in our lives creates physical brokenness and spiritual brokenness. We are unable to bridge the gap between us and God by our own power. God’s gift to us is grace through Jesus Christ.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5;8 NIV

Jesus Was Fully God And Fully Man

How did Jesus make a way for us? He came to this earth as fully God and fully man to make the complete sacrifice on the cross in our place. What do we do with this information?

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

Romans 10:9-10 NIV

That’s it! That’s our responsibility! We profess Jesus as LORD and SAVIOR. This means we accept the gift of grace through Christ’s sacrifice AND allow Him to have the steering wheel of our lives. 

Placing Jesus as Lord is an intentional decision that we make each day. Our sinful flesh wrestles with our Spirit to let go of our desires to pick up His. The Holy Spirit works inside of us to renew our hearts and draw us towards Christ. 

“For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””

Romans 10:13 NIV

This is SO important! Christ’s call to repentance is open to ALL! His mercies are new every morning and His love is given freely to all who will accept it. 

Teens Will Have Questions

As you begin sharing the Gospel with your teens, you may find they have questions. Create habits of looking in Scripture for answers with them. If you don’t know an answer to their question, it is okay to say you don’t know. Let them know you will look for answers and get back to them. Utilize the church staff as resources to walk through some of the unknowns, including some of your own questions. 

In all things, lead with prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As you pray, lean on God to:

  • soften the hearts of your children
  • lead you in wisdom
  • cover the areas in which you fail
  • give you peace.

Give thanks to God for the work He has done and is doing in your life and the lives of your children, and know He is with you every step of the way. 

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