Finding Opportunities to Emphasize Salvation at Sunday School

by Avery Foley on September 23, 2019

Those of us who know Christ, know there is no message sweeter than the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel and the work and person of Jesus Christ are the focus of the whole Bible, from beginning to end, and they should always be our focus, too. That’s why Answers Bible Curriculum is a Sunday School program that always emphasizes the gospel and the big picture of the Bible.

Here are some tips to help you find opportunities to emphasize salvation and the gospel:

  • Seize the moment. Many of the lessons present the gospel or provide an opportunity to discuss salvation. Seize those opportunities and take some time to dwell on the gospel.
  • Pray for opportunities. Pray for your students and be prepared to present the gospel. This may mean practicing how to share the gospel message.
  • Want to learn more? You may give a group invitation or share with a student one-on-one or with a small group that wants to learn more.
  • Direct them to Scripture. Scripture teaches that God’s Word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and that faith comes by hearing his Word (Romans 10:17). With that in mind, be sure to use your Bible when sharing the gospel. Have scriptures marked ahead of time or have the references written on a sheet kept in your Bible so you can find them quickly.
  • Avoid the abstract. With younger Sunday School students, avoid abstract phrases like “asking Jesus into your heart” and instead use terms like “becoming a child of God.”
  • Make sure they understand. Make sure the student understands repentance (turning away and feeling sorry for sin) and belief in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
  • Not sure where to begin? See the “Leading a Child to Christ” section in the introduction of the Pre-K through Middle School teacher guides for more tips on questions to ask and important verses to share.
  • Want more? Use the booklet “How Can I Become a Child of God?” (available from to explain the gospel further and to give your Sunday school classes—from pre-kindergarten to adults—something to take home and think about and discuss with their families.

Always keep in mind, if you’re a born-again believer, you already have what it takes to share the gospel with others! You have the knowledge of the gospel and the Holy Spirit. So don’t be nervous—be excited to see how God will use you to share the gospel with your class each week.

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