(Sharing Christ With Non-Christian Parents.) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
Those of you who have grown up in Christian homes often don’t realize how fortunate you were. You may have even taken for granted the spiritual commitment of your parents. Try to imagine how it would feel to be the only believer in your family.
Parents (as a rule) tend to be skeptical when their kids come on too strong about a new experience. You have to remember that your parents generally think of you as a child long after you start thinking of yourself as an adult.
If you have non-Christian parents, there are several approaches you might want to try. . .
1. Share Your Experiences
It is very important to take it easy and not attempt to cram Christianity down their throats. At the same time, it is only natural for your parents to wonder what goes on during worship at the congregation you have been attending (especially if attending worship is a new experience for you).
At this point it would be enough to relate exactly what went on that particular morning or evening. If the sermon was worth repeating, by all means share that with your parents. As you repeat it (or tell of some other aspect of the service), you will be able to sense your parents’ interest level.
Casually invite you parents to attend a service with you, just as you would invite them to attend a school function or community activity in which you are involved. If you are involved some way in the program, that’s even better.
If you are planning to be baptized, definitely ask them to attend your baptism. This gives you a chance to share Christ by honestly answering their questions. Just answer their questions though; don’t preach.
2. Share Your Story
One suggestion is to write out your personal faith story, explaining how you came to know Jesus, and ask you parents to proofread it for errors. If you have been asked to give your story in youth group, you might practice out loud, asking them to listen and give their opinion of it, especially looking out for volume control, speed, and clarity. They’ll be flattered that you asked them.
3. Share Your Daily Life
There are many excellent Christian books these days. If you find one you especially like, it would be perfectly natural to share it with your parents, saying something such as, “I really like this book. I’ll leave it here on the coffee table if you have time to read it.”
How about inviting Christian friends over to your home (with your parents’ permission, of course)? Perhaps this could be for a Bible study, a devotional or a fun social gathering that would glorify Jesus. It would help to include a Christian adult as well, such as your youth minister or Sunday school teacher. Your parents could find out firsthand that adult Christians are not weird or fanatics or whatever else they may be thinking.
Make sure your daily life reflect the change you claim has taken place. Talking about Jesus is one thing, but living for Him is something else. Remember the apostle Paul’s instructions to children in Ephesians 6 and Colossians 3 (“obey your parents in the Lord” and “honor your father and mother”). Also watch your attitude and actions toward your siblings and other family members.
4. Seek God’s Help
The most important advice I can give is this: pray. After all, the only one who can change your parents’ heart is God. No matter what you say or do, He’s the one who works on people from the inside out. Ask Him to touch your parents’ lives and ask for His wisdom and courage for you. Don’t think your parents are impossible to reach. Just remember that nothing is impossible with God.
Encouragement For Young People: Your Attitude Toward Becoming A Christian (rmhic.wordpress.com)
What Do We Expect From Our Teen and Young Adults? (rmhic.wordpress.com)
Your Life Story With Christ: Sharing Your Faith (rmhic.wordpress.com)