Would you like to know for sure that you are fostering a vibrant faith in your grandchildren? Here you’ll learn a simple way to use apologetics to help your grandchildren have a faith in God that endures.
Do you worry about your grandkids navigating their way to a vibrant faith in Jesus when they face the onslaught our culture throws at them.
Yes, pretty much every day.
We want to help our grandkids understand the world from God’s point of view…
so that when their teachers and friends tell them the worldly view, they aren’t surprised or speechless.
Instead, they know what they believe and why.
Apologetics for Kids: How to Steer your Grandkids to a Vibrant Faith
Why Your Grandkids Need Apologetics
Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith. It is talking about what we believe and seeing how it makes sense. It is understanding the Biblical basis for our faith and doctrine.
1. Apologetics helps kids develop a Biblical worldview.
When they have a chance to think about the reasons for the things they’ve heard about God, it forms how they see the world. Layer on layer they form a Biblical worldview.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” ~ Colossians 2:6-8 NIV
2. Apologetics helps kids stand firm in what they believe.
When kids understand why Jesus is the only way to heaven and how we know that God made the world, they won’t waver under the arguments of a teacher or a friend.
“But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:12 CSB
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
3. Apologetics helps kids share their faith.
You want your grandkids to speak up for God, to be able to bring others into a relationship with Jesus, to have clear answers for the questions their friends will sincerely ask about God.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” ~ 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
The well-known apologists these days speak to adults. What are parents and grandparents to do?
We found someone who can help us out.
Our kid-friendly apologist is Natasha Crain. She’s an author, speaker, and blogger who equips parents to have conversations that build a Biblical worldview in their kids.
And we’re not afraid to jump on her parenting train if it helps us have meaningful conversations with our grandkids.
One of her three books is called Talking with your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have. We, of course, would insert Grand… Talking with your Grandkids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Grandparent Must Have.
You can see the book here: Talking with your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.
This is finding teachable moments on steroids. Natasha makes apologetics child-friendly so we can talk with the children in our lives about their faith.
Her books will equip you to talk with your grandkids about spiritual truths:
- Every chapter begins with a story that illustrates why and how to talk about that topic.
- Then she gives some information on that topic that you may already know, but it’s a nice explanation and refresher.
- She summarizes with some key points to know.
- At the end of every short chapter there is a Conversation Guide that walks you through how to open the conversation, how to advance the conversation to talk about it more, and how to help them apply the conversation.
Three Tips and a Bonus
1.You probably won’t get through a whole conversation/chapter at one time. But you will know how to speak up in the moment to teach your grandkids God’s answers to today’s questions.
2. You may not have freedom right now to jump into conversations about God with your grandkids, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t ever.
Sooner than you believe, you may have tiny moments to drop in a Biblical perspective.
3. While you will tend to have these conversations with elementary school kids and older, Sean McDowell in the foreword to Talking with your Kids about God says we should start as young as possible.
Bonus: The things you learn will help you to have more conversations with other adults about God, too.
Don’t be deterred by the name of Natash’s blog: ChristianMomThoughts.com. It’s a good place for grandmothers, and grandfathers, too.
Her blog will help you see issues in our culture through a Biblical worldview. Start here to look at her most popular posts. Read an article or two, and you’ll want to subscribe so you can get equipping in your inbox to nurture a Biblical worldview in your grandchildren.
Blogs aren’t systematic and thorough like books, but this might be the right place for you to get started.
See Natasha on Focus on the Family
Get to know Natasha in this interview she did recently with Focus on the Family.
To recap, how apologetics can help your grandkids have a vibrant faith:
- Apologetics helps kids develop a Biblical worldview.
- Apologetics helps kids stand firm in what they believe.
- Apologetics helps kids share their faith.
- Natasha Crain’s resources will equip you to talk with your grandkids about spiritual truths.
Ask God to show you what you can do to build a biblical worldview in your grandchildren through apologetics.
Here are some options:
- Watch the video of Natasha’s interview.
- Go to the blog, ChristianMomThoughts.com, do some reading, and subscribe so you can do a little learning weekly post by weekly post.
- Get one of Natasha’s books and be ready for meaningful conversations.
- If the doors are closed for you to have a conversation about these things with your grandchildren, start praying for God to build these truths into their lives in other ways.
- Tell a grandparent friend what you learned here today and what you’re going to do.
These are great days! We have grandchildren we love and resources to help us build up their faith.
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