Identity In Christ For Kids- Free Printables To Help!
Identity In Christ For Kids
It’s important for us moms to help our kids know their identity in Christ. So today, I’m talking all about it. Over the past two decades, I’ve noticed a pattern in Children’s Ministry. As we share Jesus with children (and newer believers), we use the same verbiage repeatedly. Some would use the term “Christianese” to describe the language used in Christian circles and in ministry.
Intentional Language With Kids
In the church, this language begins when our children are young. We start intentionally teaching preschool-age children by repeating key phrases. Those phrases are rooted in the truth of the Gospel according to the Bible.
“Jesus is your friend forever… God loves you so much… When you are afraid, you can trust Jesus.”
As kids grow, we beef-up our language to help them further understand their identity in Christ.
“Do all things through Christ Who strengthens you…You’re covered in Christ. Know who you are in Christ.”
The Truth of Scripture To Kids
The words we use to express biblical ideas are wonderful and based on the Truth of Scripture. However, I’ve observed a shortcoming in our effort to grow our children (and often new adult believers) in the Truth of the Gospel. The apostle Paul reminds the early church:
“I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.” 1 Corinthians 3:2
By the term “milk” Paul describes the way he initially shared the gospel with the church. Specifically, that when he first told this new church about the good news of Jesus, he approached them with what they could digest at the time. The milk he shared with them were the basic truths about Jesus.
“Jesus is your friend forever.”
Reminding young children of this is such a great thing! It meets our kids at the level they’re capable of grasping. This is awesome!! But… it’s just the beginning.
Truth Of Our Kids’ Identity in Christ
The truth of God’s love for His people is expressed in these simple expressions that we share with young children. These basic truths are the foundation of our faith. Using this basic language with our children is the crucial foundation to a deeper understanding of the gospel. Again Paul, himself, used “milk” to present the Gospel to the early Corinthian church. However, I’be seen a pattern in the church (and that includes me) where we fail to move from the “milk” of the Gospel to the “meat.” This void was glaringly obvious to me one evening a few years back.
He Uses All Things For The Good
in that season, my family was in a deep season of chaos, stress and growth. My daughters had both entered the world of navigating their own friendships. One of my girls was struggling with a hurt relationship and feelings of rejection. It was one of those moments in my momma journey that I’ll remember for a long time. I remember wishing I could “fix” it and take away her pain. But ultimately, that power was not mine. My only power was to point her to Him.
What do we want our children to absorb?
Here’s the deal… our children are going to grow up receiving a multitude of ideas. Ask yourself,
Do I want my child to soak up the expectations of a world which tells them that to be valuable they need to:
Be a certain size,
Wear a specific brand of clothing,
Have the latest phone and
Avoid the uncool and unpopular in fear of being ostracized by their peers?
The Truth of Their Value As Christian moms, we want our kids to know the beautiful truths of Scripture. Don’t we want them to grow in their understanding of the Biblical truths we taught them when they were young? So many of us say that we want our kids to know the love of Christ. We fiercely want them to know what it means to be in relationship with Him. However, as I realized in my own home that night, we’ve got to be intentional if we want to truly equip them.
“Who you are in Christ is what matters,” I told her.
Behind closed doors, I desperately prayed for both of my girls to know how loved they are by God. Earnestly, I pleaded with God to allow my children to know their value because of Jesus. I begged Him to make their faith their own, to please give them the gift of knowing who they were because of Him. Suddenly, it hit me.
Who am I in Christ?
What exactly does that mean?
Do I even know who I am in Christ, Lindsay?
How do I expect my children to cling to that truth of their Identity in Christ if I am not exactly sure myself?
I remember frantically searching for specific. Scripture verses that pointed to our Identity in Christ.
Did I Know My Identity in Christ?
Personally, I’d been in church for almost three decades prior to that night. In depth inductive Bible Study, line-was my jam for years. In fact, I had chunks of Scripture memorized because my girls and I had made Scripture memory work part of our homeschool time. Yet, when it came down to it, I really wasn’t clear of the specifics. Where did the Identity in Christ idea come from? How could I equip my girls to know deeply that their identity is found in Jesus alone? No longer were the illustrated picture story bibles going to do. So… I did some digging with intention and created these Scripture printables.
The Offensive Weapon
It was time to teach them to use God’s Word as the offensive weapon it has the power to be. They needed to guard their minds against the lies of this world. It was time to equip them on a practical level, with the Sword of the Spirit.
On A Treasure Hunt
I created a personalized printable of the Scriptures for each of my children and framed and displayed them in their rooms. These reminders have been a source of strength for each of them as they navigate the world. Initially, I had them read aloud straight from the printable so as to embed the truth deep in their minds. Repetition is an awesome and simple memory tool. To this day, when I sneak in their rooms to get one more snuggle before bed, I use it as a tool. I pray the Scriptures out loud over them and now over my son. Check out the Simple 6 Step Scripture Memory Plan here.
Identity in Christ Scripture Download
Oh Friend, I am convinced that all of us need to know who we are in Christ. Often, we need encouragement and practical tools to help us remember. This is ok. Understanding that our identity is based on Christ and not on what the world says about us is powerful. So how will we be able to recognize and live in that freedom if we don’t know what Scripture really says about it? Let’s equip our kids and ourselves to face this world with confidence because of Jesus. We are in this together!Sign up to access the free Identity In Christ printables.
Repeat them aloud at mealtimes
Insert your child’s name while praying with them at bed time.
Share them with one another in the car.
In the hard moments, refer back to those Scriptures… tease through them with your children.
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