Should We Talk To Kids About Hell?

Bible Study / Leadership //

The other day I was talking to a missionary friend of mine and he mentioned to me that most of what he heard growing up in church was, “If you don’t accept Christ, you will go to Hell.”

As I thought about it I realized that I did not hear a lot about Hell in my church.


I gave my life to Christ when I was a senior in High School and I was not thinking about avoiding Hell at all.

I just knew that my life was messed up and came to a conclusion that God was real and that He could help me.

Yes, we should talk to kids about Hell, but primarily from the standpoint that Jesus went to Hell so we could go to Heaven.

If I stand up any classroom and say to a group of kids, “If you don’t receive Christ you will miss Heaven and go to Hell,” I am confident that I can get every child in the room to pray the sinner’s prayer.

But is the fear of going to Hell the right basis for bringing kids to Christ? I don’t think so.

Yes, it’s a true statement, but it comes across as legalism not grace.

We are saved by grace through faith.

Legalism says, “Obey the Law or you suffer the punishment.”

The Gospel says, “We are all sinners. We deserve to be punished

but Christ took the punishment for us.”

Legalism places the emphasis on what you did.

The Gospel places the emphasis on what Christ did.

What do you think? Should we talk to kids about Hell?





About the Author

Pastor, filmmaker, coach and comic book collector, Mark Harper has over 30 years of experience in the local church. He is the creator of the Super Church Curriculum series, which is used in over 5,000 churches worldwide. Mark and his wife Debra have two adult children, one grandchild and one Yorkie who thinks he's a german shepherd. www.transformkidmin.com