In I Believe in Jesus, John MacArthur presents the gospel in an easily understandable way that is suitable for young children. The purpose of the book is to help children grasp the fact that they are sinners in need of a Saviour. The book begins with how God created everything good until sin tarnished God’s creation resulting in Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden. In the same way, we are also unable to enter into God’s presence and need to be redeemed by the One who is perfect in every way. The story then shifts to the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as the answer to how we can be made right with God thereby allowing us to enter into eternity with Him. In the last part, young readers are invited to believe and receive Christ and to live a godly life through the Holy Spirit’s empowerment. In essence, this book is a very accessible tool for parents and adults to help explain to young children their need for Christ. Although the vocabulary is simple, the author is careful not to water down essential truths such as the Trinity by integrating these doctrines intricately into the material. In addition, children will be captivated by the beautiful illustrations along with applicable Bible verses that help solidify what is being taught.
I would gladly recommend this book for parents and adults who want to teach the gospel story to young children. MacArthur is able to introduce the critical elements of the gospel in a simple yet doctrinally sound manner that will help children come to realize their need for a Saviour. Even adults will benefit from hearing and learning the gospel message again as we constantly need to be reminded of our dependence on Christ each day of our lives.
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