Archive - July, 2013

Money and Possessions: What Our Children Need to Know

money

In his article, Training Your Children to Manage Money, Randy Alcorn shares the following story and observation:

In the days of the Klondike gold rush, two miners struck a huge deposit. Feverishly excited, they unearthed more and more gold each day. (more…)

Making the Most of the Preschool Years

When I first began teaching in children’s ministry, I didn’t place much significance on the preschool years. In fact, I tended to look upon this time mainly in terms of “baby-sitting” while the parents were in the worship service or Sunday school. That is why I am so thankful for people like Connie Oman who cast a big, God-centered, Christ-exalting vision and philosophy for the preschool years.

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“Little” Sins and the Smelly Snake

Keep your heart with all vigilance

Have you ever heard a child say something like, But it’s only a little sin. It doesn’t matter that much.? (more…)

The Five Levels of Learning

The Five Levels of Learning

Have you ever been frustrated as a teacher that your students don’t seem to be “getting it”? Does it ever feel as if the biblical truths you are teaching aren’t sinking in to their hearts? How do we help children apply what they are reading in the Bible to their own lives? This last question was the main focus of Sally Michael’s seminar, “Reaching the Heart: The Importance of Application.” Her summary of the “Five Levels of Learning,” as described in Lawrence Richards’ book, Creative Bible Teaching provides a helpful precursor in both a biblical foundation and the practical “how to” of application. (more…)

Why Our Children Need to Know About Their Sin

Sin and the Gospel

Sometimes at Children Desiring God we are asked why we repeatedly present the concept of sin, even in our preschool curriculum. Or, when presenting it to young children, why do we define sin in such “dark” terms? Shouldn’t we be more concerned about encouraging and protecting a child’s self-esteem at this age? While it is true that we must be careful in our tone and demeanor when teaching children about weighty things (i.e., not overly morbid, frightful, or humiliating), that does not mean we should avoid teaching difficult truths such as the truth of their own sin. Furthermore, how we define these truths must be accurate if we are to build in them a right thinking, understanding, and desired response to these truths—”I am a desperate sinner. I need a great Savior. I need Jesus!”
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Four Basic Principles for “Saturating” Children with the Bible

Saturating Children with the Bible

Attention All Children’s Ministry Leaders:
Looking for some training resources as you prepare your teachers and volunteers for the coming school year? Here is a helpful resource you can pass on to your ministry team: Pastor David and Sally’s seminar “Faith Comes by Hearing the Word of God,” in which they talked about the necessity of “Bible-saturation” as we minister to children and youth. They put forth four basic principles that are crucial for accomplishing this.

1. Use the Bible in Teaching. We need to consider the place the Bible—the book itself—has in our homes, in the church, and in the children’s ministries of the church.
Children can be challenged to:

  • Read the text.
  • Think about the text.
  • Answer questions about the text.
  • Discover the truth of the Bible.

2. Teach the Whole Counsel of God. Children need to see all aspects of the character of God so they worship the one true God.
Children need:

  • A story-based Bible chronology emphasizing key biblical truths.
  • Biblical theology—the main “storyline” of the Bible, in which God progressively reveals His redemptive purposes, which come to their complete fulfillment in the Person and work of Jesus.
  • Systematic theology—providing the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Moral instruction—the commands of Scripture, which communicate ethical instruction, guiding us in the righteous ways of God.
  • An explicit presentation of the Gospel—the essential truths of the Gospel leading to an understanding of saving faith.
  • Bible study skills—instruction in studying Scripture through the use of inductive Bible study skills.

3. Teach True Doctrine. We have a great God, but often children’s materials bring Him down to man’s level. Teach big, deep truths to grow big, deep faith.

4. Inspire Children to Memorize the Bible. What is memorized in childhood is often retained for a lifetime!

You can listen to the Michaels’ entire seminar here and download the notes.

The Gift of Silence

Noise

I found this article from Dr. Albert Mohler to be particularly timely in our culture of constant media bombardment: “’Where Do All the Colors Go at Night?’—Children and the Need for Silence.” Dr. Mohler writes,  (more…)

Family Vacation = Opportunities for Worship

Family Vacation

Here’s some good vacation advice from Pastor C.J. Mahaney: (more…)

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