B stand for Believe. Believe what? Believe that Jesus is God’s son and that he died on the cross for our sins.

This is where faith becomes a part of the equation. When reading about the new converts throughout the early part of Acts we see how people believed and were baptized. Many of them had heard for Jesus, but didn’t witness what he had done. They took steps of faith to believe the words of those who witnessed what Jesus had done. Our kids have to take the same steps of faith. Do you believe that the Bible is true? Do you believe that Jesus is God’s son? Do you believe that he lived a perfect life? Do you believe that he died on the cross for your sins? Do you believe that he rose again?

When I ask a child these things, (and I’ve asked hundreds) I’ve never once had one say no. Never. If I were to drill down as to why they believe it, they would say “becasue it is in the bible” or “because that is what I’ve learned.” This is good. They have faith. They have no reason to doubt. This is child-like faith. Do they need to know the twenty arguments for the existence of God? Do they need to see the statistical probability of the scriptures being true as a result of fulfilled prophesy? Do they need to see extra-biblical evidence that support the people, places and events of the Bible? No. Not yet. For now they believe at face value and that’s okay. As they get older they may want to explore the depths of their faith. They may want to test what it is made of and challenge what they believe.

To believe is the foundation for C. Stay tuned for my favoite part of the ABCs.