June 2, 2016

Leading Little Ones to Christ and Their Salvation: I Believe in Jesus by John MacArthur

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As a mom, one of the most important things I could do for my son is to help lead him to Jesus. There are many ways to go about starting this road to raising a little servant of Christ. We make sure to pray and talk to God every day and night. We also read age-appropriate Bibles, devotionals, and other Christian books together. Although he is quite young, a day will come when he will be able to decide on his own and personally ask Jesus into his heart.

When that time comes, I will have the opportunity to guide him into a life changing decision–one that will lead to his ultimate salvation. Many Christians know that there are many elements of being saved and the first step is to confess our sins and ask Jesus into our hearts. We just received a precious picture book by John MacArthur called I Believe in Jesus. This book not only helps introduce young children to the gospel, but offers guidance on seeking Jesus into their own lives.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Discover how to lead your child to Christ. It's the most important conversation you'll ever have with your child, but that doesn't make it easy. The gospel is simple enough for little ones, but has kept theologians debating for years. So when it comes to explaining the Good News to your son or daughter, where do you start? In I Believe in Jesus, John MacArthur walks children though the gospel of Jesus in a way that is easy to understand, and equips parents, grandparents, teachers, and loved ones to share the familiar story of God's love. By opening the door to conversations that lead to salvation, this picture books has the potential to change lives forever.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He lives in Los Angeles.

I Believe in Jesus is a lovely book that begins with the Story of Creation. The book then goes on to discuss the very first sin that was committed by Adam and Eve, and how it's been prevalent in the world ever since. The author wanted to set a good background for what's to follow in the book–how our sins can be washed away. From thereon kids are introduced to Jesus. They will learn about His life, death, resurrection, and why it all happened–to save us. The ultimate conclusion is an invitation to confess our sins and ask Jesus into our hearts, so that we can be forgiven.

Dominique Mertens did the illustrations for this book and I find them to be absolutely beautiful. There are pages upon page of gorgeous colors and detail. The age range for this book is supposed to be two through five. I personally feel that there is quite a bit of wording for a younger child to read alone. At the same time, the story is told in a way that would definitely entice this age group. I think children older than five years old would also appreciate what this book has to offer. There's even Bible verses included on every other page, as well as additional scripture recommendations.

When it comes to teaching my son about Jesus, I'm there every step of the way. When he is old enough to fully understand things, I will do everything I can to guide him in asking the Lord into his heart to be saved. I find that having visuals to add to the mix can be helpful, especially for younger children. That's why I am thinking I Believe in Jesus could serve as a valuable tool. If you are ready to help lead the children in your life to Christ, then I highly recommend picking up this book for them (The newly published edition releases on June 14, 2016). You won't be disappointed!



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