Explaining Forever to Children

Grace Church (Greenville, SC) recently completed a wonderful teaching series on heaven and eternity, called Forever. Of course, since we live in Allendale, we stayed up to date with the teaching via the church's YouTube channel.

While this teaching was aimed at adults, there were a number of principles that can be gleaned from it, for parents to teach their children. Here are 9 key points that children should be taught:
  1. "Eternal" means having no beginning and no end. God is eternal.
  2. Heaven is a real place, that will exist for eternity (forever).
  3. This world is not our final destination, but is intended to prepare us for spending forever with Jesus. 
  4. All of creation, and all people, eagerly desire for this fallen world to be redeemed (Romans 8:18-23).
  5. Everyone will die one day, and will stand before God to be judged.
  6. We cannot do enough good deeds to earn our way to heaven. The only way to heaven is faith in what Jesus has done for us (Revelation 20:11-12).
  7. In heaven, there will be no pain or suffering.
  8. One day, God will do away with this world, and create a new heavens and new earth (Revelation 20-22).
  9. How we think of eternity will affect how we live today.
Here is the first sermon in this series. You can watch it here, and then follow the link to the YouTube Channel to see the rest of the sermons.

Anything else you can add to this list? What else should we be teaching our kids about eternity and heaven?


  1. We've been talking a lot about eternal rewards in our house. :)

  2. What do you say about them? What are your kids grasping?