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Now Available: Jesus, What a Savior! Revised

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Children Desiring God is excited to announce the release of the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior! This 40-week Sunday school curriculum is designed to teach Kindergartners redemptive history. We have been working hard to improve the ways in which our curriculum equips teachers, engages students and impacts families:

  • Updated lessons provide teachers with devotionals and prayer points, incorporate more teacher-student interaction, maintain a consistent length and are formatted in a cleaner format that is easier to teach from.
  • New and expanded application questions help small group leaders guide children to apply truths taught in the lesson to their hearts. Questions complement the Student Workbook which has been redesigned to be more interactive for children.
  • Original, full-color visuals capture the attention of young learners and help teach important truths of the lessons.
  • Optional Activities to help teachers with longer class times reinforce lesson themes and encourage Scripture memory in interactive ways.
  • Growing in Faith Together: Parent and Child Resource Pages prompt spiritual conversations and help parents fulfill the calling to shepherd their children.

Visit the following links to learn more about the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior!:

Learn more about available products and place your order!

View a sample of the curriculum and the curriculum Scope and Sequence.

Do you currently own a copy of Jesus, What a Savior!? Read about upgrade options or call customer service at 800.477.1414 to place your upgrade order.

 

Reaching the Heart + Friday Contest

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When children come to Sunday school, we hope they will learn many things about God. While facts are good and important for them to learn, head knowledge is not the ultimate goal of our curriculum. We want to help children move from head knowledge to heart knowledge. Children not only need to know the truth of God’s Word, but more importantly, they need to respond to and act on it.

Students Workbooks are the tool we have designed for this very purpose. Not only do workbooks help reinforce the main ideas presented in the lesson, using them in a small group setting will help engage children and enhance the application process.

In the revised Jesus, What a Savior! Student Workbook, kindergartners will enjoy hands-on activities such as Dot-to-dot, coloring, matching, mazes, tracing letters, and cutting and pasting. While children are completing the workbook pages, small group leaders engage them in discussion based on questions provided in the Teacher’s Guide.
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What is in the Box?

JWS Proofs

There is something special about receiving a package and experiencing the excitement of slicing through the tape or ripping the tab off in order to get the first glimpse of what is inside the box.

At Children Desiring God, hearing the UPS lady walk through the door to our offices always gets everyone’s attention. Undoubtedly, someone will ask her the big question, “What is it?” As she attempts to catch her breath after hauling our boxes up the steep stairs to the third floor, she will respond with something along the lines of: “How would I know? You are the ones who ordered it. All I can see is the box.”

The box—a dirty, travel-worn and sometimes damaged package.

In a way, our hearts are like the cardboard boxes that arrive dirty and travel-worn because we are all born with darkened, sinful hearts that fail to reflect God’s perfect righteousness. We are damaged, and there is nothing we can do in our own power to change that. But, God can! God in His mercy sent us a perfect “package” that is the only solution for our sin problem. The gift is Jesus, the Savior! Because of Jesus’ perfect righteousness and His death on the cross, He can make our sinful hearts new so that we might reflect God’s glory as we should. These are some of the truths kindergarteners are taught in our curriculum, Jesus, What a Savior!

So, back to the UPS delivery. Last Friday, when we received our deliveries, the exciting answer to “What is in the box?” was: proofs from the printer for the revised version of Jesus, What a Savior!

We are so excited to have this first set of proofs in hand after working diligently over the past two years to revise Jesus, What a Savior! What’s different about the revised version? While the truths being taught to kindergarteners will remain the same, we added many improvements:  lesson content, format, and illustrations have been updated making the lessons easier to teach; the visuals have been replaced with more colorful, original artwork; and the workbook is more interactive for the needs of young children.

We are now in the last stage of our publishing process and we are working hard to ensure that all of the details are in place so the curriculum will be ready for your classrooms.

We hope that you too will soon have the excitement of receiving a box in the mail, full of the revised Jesus, What a Savior! curriculum. Since you will have to wait a little longer before you can place an order, we want to give you a sneak peek inside the box. Have fun looking at a Sample of the revised curriculum, as well as the Scope & Sequence which will give you an overview of all the lessons. More information about the revision process is also available on our Revised Curriculum page.

Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for more information about Jesus, What a Savior! and for the official curriculum release date. Also, check back Friday to enter to win a special prize we are giving away in the Friday Contest.

Customer Question of the Week + Friday Contest

Here is a common customer question:

Do I really need to buy the student workbooks that are available for each curriculum?

Before we answer the question, it would be helpful to understand why we developed workbooks in the first place. There are several reasons we developed Student Workbooks (and Student Journals) to accompany our curriculum. Here are just a few:

  • Workbooks for younger children provide them with opportunities for “hands-on” activity, which assists them in their small group discussion time.
  • Workbooks for older children and journals for youth provide the students with a variety of opportunities for note-taking, class activities, personal application, and further study.
  • Workbooks provide students and parents with a resource that summarizes the precept-upon-precept study, in its entirety.
  • Workbooks provide the students with a tangible, interactive resource through which the truths presented in the lesson can be reviewed and remembered.

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Revised Curriculum

Revised Curriculum

In June we highlighted the release of our revised curriculum. Since then people have been asking a lot of questions about the changes we’ve made to the curriculum and how it better equips teachers and engages students.

We now have a lot of helpful information about the revised curriculum on our website, including:

  • an Overview (check out the “Bible Skill Objectives” Chart)
  • a product guide (check out the Electronic Classroom Kit)
  • information about Upgrade Pricing (for existing customers)
  • FAQs (check out the curriculum availability chart)

We hope this information will serve you as you plan your fall curriculum purchases.

Defining Providence

Purpose

Could you give a clear, concise definition of the providence of God? Do you think a 6th grader could? Try to fill in the blanks below:

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The above definition of providence is used throughout the My Purpose Will Stand curriculum. It helps students learn incrementally 1) What God’s providence is; 2) The extent of His providence; and 3) How to respond to His providence.

We asked the author, Sally Michael, a few questions about the newly-revised curriculum:

Q: Why is the providence of God such an important concept for children to learn and understand?

A: Understanding God’s providence gives a person a place of security in all the circumstances of life. If children understand everything is under God’s constant care, they have the foundation for learning that they can trust God.

Q: What is your hope for students who learn about God’s providence?

A: My hope is that children will have the understanding that nothing escapes God’s notice but everything is under His sovereign care, leading them to have the confidence that they can trust God in all circumstances.

Q: What was your main objective in revising the lessons, which were previously written for 2nd through 6th grade classes?

A: My main objective was to specifically target 6th grade students, using appropriate activities and teaching illustrations that match a 6th graders’ intellectual comprehension. In so doing, I was able to answer some critical questions about God’s providence that 6th graders would ask such as, “If God is sovereign, why pray?” and “If God is sovereign does man have real choices?”.

Learn more about My Purpose Will Stand or view curriculum samples.


By the end of 40 Lessons, the majority of students will have this helpful definition memorized:

Providence Definition - Complete

Revised and Enhanced Curriculum from Children Desiring God

Children Desiring God's new CEP Curriculum

Children Desiring God is in the process of revising and updating our Sunday School curriculum. This is more than just a “new look.” After 15 years of curriculum publishing, our mission and vision have not changed. We still exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

But in our passion to see the next generations delight in Him, we’ve been working to improve the ways we equip teachers, engage students, and impact families. (more…)

Biblical Wisdom: A Biblical View of Life

Teacher Tips

Some good words to think about from Paul David Tripp for every parent and everyone who ministers to children and youth…

What a teenager needs, if he is going to live a God-honoring life, is a thorough knowledge of Scripture that allows him to apply its commands, principles, and perspectives to the many different situations that arise in everyday life. He needs to be more than a person who has acquired biblical knowledge; he needs to be a person who is able to approach life with biblical wisdom.

I am convinced that many teenagers are unprepared for the spiritual struggle because they have never been taught to think biblically. They have been in Sunday school, so they know all the familiar Bible stories and they have memorized all of the favorite Bible passages, but these are not much more than isolated, unconnected biblical factoids to them. They haven’t been woven into a consistent, distinctively biblical view of life. The Bible isn’t a way of thinking to these teenagers. It is a book of moralistic stories, a book of dos and don’ts. The result is that, although they have lots of biblical knowledge, they have little biblical wisdom. They do not have a functional, useful, biblical view of life that would keep them from living foolishly.

We must disciple our children to think biblically, to interpret all the facts of life from a biblical perspective. We must teach them to always ask how the Bible can help them to understand whatever they are considering. 

(Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, 2000, page 121)

Getting Practical: As his words demonstrate, imparting biblical wisdom will require a serious, well-thought-out, intentional, long-term plan. Here are a few suggestions for laying a firm foundation for  a “biblical view of life”:

  • Teach our children that God is the source of all truth, and His Word, the Bible, is truth—objective, absolute, universal, and unchanging truth.(Proverbs 30:5; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 45:19; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Emphasize that God’s truth is authoritative, and all people are under its authority. (Hebrews 4:12-13)
  • Provide them with a comprehensive study on the doctrine of God so they have a proper framework in which to understand His purposes in the world and in our lives. (Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 45:7; Isaiah 46:9-11; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Timothy 6:15-16)
  • Stress that biblical truth is relevant to everything in life, and make connections between biblical truth and everyday experiences. (Colossians 1:15-19;  2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 10:31)

For example, take Ephesians 4:29—”Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Then ask: How does this verse address how we communicate on Facebook ?

  • Instruct them how to evaluate all things through the truth of Scripture—What does the Bible have to say about…? And give them age-appropriate Bible study tools for finding answers in the Bible. (Psalm 119:15; Romans 12:2; Hebrews 5:14)
  • Constantly point them to the enlightening and transforming truth of the Gospel. The Gospel is not meant as merely a “one time decision;” it is a daily, ongoing work in the heart. (John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 2:1-10;  2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  • Teach them that embracing biblical truth and wisdom leads to true, lasting joy. Point out these benefits as they are experienced so you may encourage your child’s confidence in God and His Word. (Psalm 19:7-11; Jeremiah 15:16)
  • Consider incorporating a study on the book of Proverbs into your family devotions or your church’s curriculum

Need a family resource for younger children? Check out Get Wisdom! 23 Lessons for Children About Living for Jesus by Ruth Younts

Or consider these curriculum studies offered by Children Desiring God:

The Way of the Wise (for elementary ages)

Your Word is Truth (for youth/junior high)

Remember that in order to be entered into this week’s contest, you must enter before 11:59pm CST tonight in order to be eligible for the ESV Children’s Bibles.

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