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The ABCs of God: An Inside Look at Application

The ABCs of God

In a Sunday school class, application discussion is vital after the lesson because it is in this time that the children are most personally challenged to embrace the truth with their hearts and respond to it in their lives. Biblical truth is not meant to merely remain head knowledge, but is meant to transform the heart. Small Group leaders have the privilege of leading this application time as they serve as mentors for a group of four to eight students during the year.

In the revised curriculum, The ABCs of God, the application section has been rewritten to better equip small group leaders. Each lesson includes four to six topics, based on main ideas in the lesson, to choose from and discuss with their students.

During the week, leaders are encouraged to study the lesson and pray through the questions to determine which are appropriate for their group. The aim of the discussion is not merely to see whether or not children remember the lesson, but more importantly, to help children focus on the heart issues and ask how the truths presented in the lesson personally apply to their own lives.

The Student Workbook is another valuable tool to use during small group time. The activities directly tie into and enhance the discussion questions leaders will be asking as they review key points of the lesson. The workbook also encourages students with different learning styles by providing a visual and tactile outlet to help process what they are learning.

Look inside the curriculum and see the changes! Here are several examples of the new workbook pages and a sample of the Small Group Application from the lesson on Incomprehensible.

 

 

Lesson 2: Incomprehensible
God is more than we can fully understand.

Workbook

Ask the children to recall the letter of the alphabet that was introduced in today’s lesson. Instruct them to look in the workbook for the page with the large letter “I.” Read the memory verse from Job 37:5 and encourage the children to recite it with you. Point to the words “cannot comprehend.” Then help the children trace the word “COMPREHEND” where indicated. Explain that these two words together mean “incomprehensible.” Give the children markers, crayons, and/or stickers to decorate the letter.

Knowing God

Ask the children to each tell you one or two things about their parents. Do the children know everything there is to know about their parents? Even though they don’t, do they still know enough to love their parents? Next, ask them to tell you something that they know about God.

What does it mean for us that God is more than we can fully understand? However, can we still know enough about God to love and trust Him? Yes!

Read John 20:31 and explain what God has made known to us from the words of the Bible.

Learning about God

In what ways does God help us learn more about who He is? [through the Bible, by seeing what He has made and done, answers to prayers, testimonies of other Christians, etc.]

Talk about ways in which the children can specifically learn more about God. [e.g., listening carefully during Bible teaching time in Sunday school, during the worship service, parents’ teaching, etc.]

Always More to Learn about God

Ask the children what it means if someone refers to another person as a “know-it-all.”

Can any of us be considered a “know-it-all” about God? Does that include adults and older people, even Sunday school teachers or pastors? Will any of us ever be able to completely know and understand the answers to the questions “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” Why is it a good thing that God is incomprehensible, and what should that encourage us to do? [e.g., God is greater and more wonderful than we could ever imagine. Every day we can learn new things about God. God will never get “old or boring.” We don’t need to feel frustrated or give up because we can’t understand everything about God, etc.]

Loving and Trusting God

Point out that even though God is incomprehensible, He makes us able to understand enough about Him to trust and love Him (1 Corinthians 2:12).

Do you want to understand more about who God is and what He is like? Why or why not? Why is it important that we learn about how great God is?

Give practical suggestions about how they could learn more about God in the coming week (e.g., having daily Bible time). Pray with the children that you would have hearts and minds that would desire to learn more about God this week.

Responding to the Greatness of God

Have you ever been amazed by something you have seen? Give an example of something amazing you have seen that you have not fully understood (e.g., a beautiful sunset). How do people usually respond to something amazing, that’s too wonderful to completely understand? How should we respond to the “more than we can understand” greatness of God?

Read Psalm 145:2-3.

How can you respond to the greatness of God this week?

Trusting God When Bad Things Happen

Quickly review the “bad” things that happened in Job’s life.

When God allows things to happen to us that are hard to understand, even things that hurt us or cause us to feel sad, is it right to think that we will always be able to understand why God is allowing those things to happen? What did Job find out from God? (Recall Job 42:3b.) How can we trust God when sad things happen? Would it be easier to trust God by knowing Him more or less? Why would it be easier to trust Him more when we know more about what He is like? [e.g., If we know that a man is a trained fireman, we can be more confident of his ability to help us if there were a fire in our home.] How can you learn more about God this week? Is there something that you would like to know about Him that would help you with a hard situation? How can we pray about this situation?

NOW AVAILABLE: The ABCs of God

Now Available: The ABCs of God

The ABCs of God revised curriculum is now here! This 40-week Sunday school curriculum helps first grade children discover our amazing God who is worthy of our greatest love, honor, trust and obedience.

Who is God?
What is God like?
How should I act toward God?

The answers to these questions are of utmost importance in the life of faith for children and adults alike. The ABCs of God uses the framework of the alphabet to introduce children to the attributes of God from Almighty (God is all-powerful) to Zealous (God acts with His whole heart).

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to teach the children in your church or home about God’s character. Then join with us in our prayer that your children will desperately seek God, passionately love Him, unceasingly trust and obey Him, and forever enjoy Him.

Sample Lessons

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Our best selling curriculum is now better than ever!

The ABCs of God Classroom KitUpdated Lessons

Lessons have been refined to include stronger illustrations, deeper main points, increased teacher student interaction, detailed instructions for teachers and a streamlined format.

 

 

The ABCs of God VisualsAll New Visuals

The lesson visuals have been recreated to better engage students. Now, there are 334 color pages of original photography, Bible illustrations, eye catching graphics and historical images.

 

 

 

The ABCs of God Student WorkbookExpanded Application

Small group application questions have been significantly updated to help leaders facilitate discussions concerning heart changing topics.

The Student Workbook maintains the classic layout with a letter for kids to color each week, but has been updated with more intentional activities and illustrations.

 

The ABCs of God New ActivitiesNew Activities

Bonus Review Activities have been added to each lesson. These sheets refresh children’s memory of previous lessons as themes build on each other.

Two Optional Activities are provided to fill extra class time with interactive learning. They include games, simple crafts and memory verse activities.

 


See how The ABCs of God can fit into your early elementary classes by viewing the Curriculum Sample. To get your own copy, order online or call our customer service team at 877.400.1414.

Would you like to upgrade you curriculum?

If you currently own a copy of The ABCs of God, you may be eligible for a free or discounted Classroom Kit and/or Teacher’s Guide upgrade. Learn more about our upgrade pricing, then call our customer service team at 877.400.1414 to place your order.

 

 

Do You Remember What You Learned in First Grade?

The ABCs of God Visuals

When I think back to my childhood, there are many fond memories that stick out in my mind. One in particular was from a Sunday morning. I sat in a small wooden chair, surrounded by a couple dozen other first grader students, and gazed at the big, shiny red box at the front of the room. What was inside? My teacher started pulling letters out of the box—16 to be exact—and started to spell a word. What word could be that long? INCOMPREHENSIBLE! What did that mean?

The ABCs of God Visuals

Another day, my teacher decided to make cookies for our class. Yum! Out of the box came sugar and butter and flour and chocolate chips and a bowl and a spoon and a spatula. She set them all out on a table and then just stood there, staring at them. She thought they could turn into cookies on their own. How silly.

The ABCs of God VisualsFast forward a decade later, and I was making new memories—this time as a helper in the first grade class. I remember the day the teacher started pulling out bricks with pictures of the plagues from the same, shiny red box. As she explained each of the ten bricks, she slammed them down on the table. The children gasped as one hit another so hard, it broke in half. There was also the day when there was a beautiful throne at the front of the class. The students were bewildered when they saw the special jewelry box—representing God’s greatness and worth—sitting among a pile of smelly, disgusting garbage, instead of being displayed by the royal throne.

Now, another decade or so later, I get to stop in the first grade classroom and see a child’s jaw drop as his teacher pours an entire box of cereal out in front of him. I also have the privilege of designing some of the visuals for The ABCs of God revised curriculum that will help children create the same memories I have.

The ABCs of God VisualsYou see, these memories are so much more than just some fun moments. When I failed to understand all of the nuances of the sovereignty of God, I remembered those 16 letters. God is incomprehensible, He is more than we can fully understand. When I was being lectured in biology about how the world was made through evolution, I remembered that table full of cookie ingredients and how they were helpless without a creator.

Every time I see a brick wall, I am reminded of those plagues and how God is an almighty God. He showed His power so His name could be known throughout the whole earth as the one true God. When I take out the trash, I am reminded that God took the hard path. He took my punishment for my sin to ultimately show His Father’s glory instead of being pampered like a king on earth.

ABCs of God VisualsAnd my morning bowl of cereal? Even though it will only satisfy me until noon, it is a reminder that God is bountiful. He more than enough to satisfy all of my desires. These memories remind me, and children in The ABCs of God classes, who God is, what He is like and how they should act toward Him. These memories help children see God’s greatness and worth every day in the world around them.

Each lesson in The ABCs of God curriculum begins with a concrete illustration like these to help children bridge what they can see and understand with abstract concepts they cannot see or find hard to understand. This deductive teaching style leads children to make observations and draw conclusions as the lesson progresses.

In the revised version of The ABCs of God, we have included 334 pages of new visuals for teachers to use in conjunction with common household items. The visuals assist in telling Bible stories, emphasis key points of the lesson and create illustrations that children will recall in everyday life. Here is a sample of the Visuals Packet:

 

The ABCs of God
The ABCs of God revision will be released tomorrow! To learn more, take a look at the Lesson Samples and view the Scope and Sequence.

 

 

Available July 12: The ABCs of God Revised Curriculum

The ABCs of God Revised Curriculum

Over the past 18 years, churches around the world have been helping their early elementary students answer three important questions: “Who is God?”, “What is God like?” and “How should I act toward God?” Now, we are excited to announce that the revised version of your favorite curriculum, The ABCs of God, will be available July 12!

Over the past year, we have spent time polishing the lessons, adding new application questions, creating over 300 new visuals, illustrating new workbook pages and developing stronger tools for parents. We cannot wait for you to start using this revised curriculum that will better equip your teachers, engage your students and impact your families.

The ABCs of God Revised Curriculum

The ABCs of God is a study for children on the greatness and worth of God. It uses the alphabet as a framework for learning the attributes of God and other terms that describe His character. Through the use of a teaching aid called “The Blessing Box,” students will discover a new attribute of God each week and will be challenged to consider how they should respond to an amazing God who is worthy of their greatest love, honor, trust and obedience.

Sample Lessons

Scope & Sequence

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Mark your calendars! The ABCs of God will be available to order in just 6 days!

 

 

Wowing Children with 35 Truths about God

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Our children and students long to be “wowed.” And the world presents them with a myriad of things to be wowed by—spectacular movies, sports, food, fashions, music, toys, and electronic gadgets…and on and on. My grandson happens to be wowed by pulleys—yes, those simple machines that can do all sorts of heavy lifting. Go figure.

But ultimately, what do our children and students need to be wowed by? What is truly worthy of their highest affection and praise? What will fully satisfy their “wow” hunger? There is only one answer to that: seeing and loving the incomparable greatness and grandeur of God!

How will this happen? Ultimately, by the sovereign grace of God bringing new life in our children’s lives so that they may know and treasure Him for who He is and what He is like. But we, too, have a grave responsibility and joyful privilege in this process, and that is to communicate to our children the manifold excellencies of God as revealed in His Word. Here are 35 scriptural truths about God (there are many more!) that we can begin to wow our children with:

God is…

  1. Almighty—He is all-powerful.
  2. Attentive—He constantly sees, hears, and acts in the world.
  3. Bountiful—God is more than enough to satisfy all our desires.
  4. the Creator of everything.
  5. the Deliverer—He saves His sinful people from the punishment they deserve.
  6. Eternal—He has no beginning or end.
  7. Exalted—God ranks far above everything else. He is the Most High.
  8. Faithful—God always does what He says He will do.
  9. Glorious—He shows His greatness and worth.
  10. Good—Everything God is and does is worthy of approval.
  11. Happy—He delights in being God.
  12. Holy—God is like nothing else. He is perfect and is separate from sin.
  13. Incomprehensible—He is more than we can fully understand.
  14. Jealous—God will not share His glory, or the honor and praise He deserves.
  15. King—He rules over everyone.
  16. Love—God gives of Himself for the joy of others.
  17. Merciful—God is kind to undeserving sinners.
  18. Never-Tiring—He never gets tired and never sleeps.
  19. Omnipresent—God is everywhere all the time.
  20. Omniscient—God knows everything.
  21. Patient—He is slow to anger and slow to punish.
  22. the Provider—God meets the needs of His creation.
  23. a Refuge—God is a place of safety for His people.
  24. Righteous—Everything God thinks, says, and does is right.
  25. Self-Sufficient—He doesn’t need anything.
  26. Sovereign—God has the right, wisdom, and power to do all that He pleases.
  27. Trinity—God is three Persons in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  28. Unchanging—He never changes.
  29. Understanding—God remembers that we are weak.
  30. Victorious—God always wins, even over Satan, sin, and death.
  31. Wise—He causes everything to work out perfectly.
  32. Worthy—God is most valuable and deserves our greatest love, obedience, and worship.
  33. Wrathful—He is very angry at sin, and is right to punish sinners.
  34. Yahweh—This is God’s personal name and belongs to no one else.
  35. Zealous—God always acts with His whole heart.

Imagine a six- or seven-year -old being taught these truths about God! How can a new toy compare? Imagine the love children have for mom and dad—now they can see that God is infinitely more loving, kind, dependable, and deserving of their devotion and affection!

Does this seem like too much to communicate to these young children? Too lofty and deep? We have a newly revised resource aimed specifically at sharing and explaining these truths to six- and seven-year-olds. What is it? Check back tomorrow for a special announcement!

(Image courtesy of tuelekza at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.)

New Release: A Book That Every Parent Should Share With Their Children

Children Desiring God Blog // A Book That Every Parent Should Share With Their Children

Years ago, before my grandmother passed away, we would sometimes sit and watch the news with her. After it was over, she would invariably comment, “I’m glad I’m on my way out.” This was usually in response to some news report that demonstrated the decline of traditional moral values in our society. I wonder what she would say to today’s news?

One topic that would concern her for sure is the all-pervasive attention regarding gender identity. Something that seemed to be so sure and obvious—male or female, boy or girl—is now regarded as “fluid” and self-determined. Sadly, society is quickly accommodating the new norms in a variety of disturbing ways. As parents, grandparents, and teachers we need to prepare our children and students for this societal upheaval…but we need to do it, first and foremost, biblically. That will necessitate teaching them, from the earliest ages, God’s good and sovereign design of male and female as revealed in His Word. With that in mind, I can think of no better resource on this topic for parents to use with their children than the new book “God’s Design”.

GodsDesign_CoverHere is a brief description of the book:

Through this illustrated guide, parents can begin the discussion with both boys and girls about God’s wise and beautiful design for them. Wrong ideas about gender identity are lining up to influence our children, and they are no longer too young to learn what is means to be men and women!

Sally Michael and Gary Steward partner to bring a male-and-female approach to the topic of gender role – one that is united together under the authority of God’s plan in His Word. Through examples and stories from Scripture, they present this difficult topic delicately and in a way that even the youngest children can understand.

Don’t leave your children to be confused or ashamed of who they are – help them to rejoice in who God designed them to be! 

“This wonderful little book brims with wonder at the Lord’s creative intelligence. It savors the way that Christ renews manhood and womanhood, calling us all to a better plan and a grander design than the world offers.”

—Owen Strachan, President, The Council on Biblical Manhood an Womanhood

Now Available: Part B of The Fighter Verses Study

Children Desiring God Blog // The Fighter Verses Study Part B Now Available

Children Desiring God is excited to announce the release of Part B of The Fighter Verses Study. This devotional equips families, small groups and individuals to fight the fight of faith and they study and memorize Scripture.

The Fighter Verses StudyThis 13-week study includes verses 14-27 from Set 1 of the Fighter Verses Bible memory program. Each part of the series is an independent study that can be done by itself or together as a year-long study. Each of the 13 lessons is based on one of the Fighter Verses and includes an introduction to the context of the verse; an in depth look at each part of the verse with questions that will lead you to a better understanding of the text; application questions; prayer points and an encouragement to journal and memorize the verse.

Resources for Part B include a Discussion Guide for group leaders or individuals and a Study Guide for group participants. A Journal and children’s Coloring Book to accompany the study are also available.

We pray that The Fighter Verses Study Part B will help you, your family or your small group discover the joy of mining the Word of God as you learn together to observe, interpret and personally apply it. And may God’s Word be imprinted on your mind and firmly established in your heart!

Learn more about The Fighter Verses Study

Download a Sample of the Study

View the Scope & Sequence for Part B

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“Ever since the beginning, the Fighter Verses plan for memorizing Scripture has been part of my spiritual warfare, helping me fight unbelief and Satan and sin. …What could be more valuable than teaching families not only to know the Scriptures, but also to linger over them as they discuss and color, and to pray them into reality.”

–John Piper, Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org

The Fighter Verses Coloring Contest Winners

Fighter Verses Coloring Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered The Fighter Verses Coloring Book Coloring Contest. It was a joy to see all of your pictures. We pray these verses will be treasured in the hearts of your children not only as they color the images in this book, but for a lifetime. Congratulations to the following winners!

Contest Winner: Elijah

Elijah, 4, Georgia

Contest Winner: Ford

Ford, 5, North Carolina

Contest Winner: Matia

Matia, 7, Illinois

Contest Winner: Brooklyn

Brooklyn, 13, Illinois

Contest Winner: Amanda

Amanda, Winnipeg

Contest Winner: Carol

Carol, New York

Watch for a message from us with more details so we can get your coloring book into the mail!

 

Learn more about The Fighter Verses Coloring Book and The Fighter Verses Study for families, small groups and individuals.

 

Change Coming to the NIV Fighter Verses

Changes Coming to the NIV Fighter Verses

It has been a wonderful privilege to encourage you since 1997 to hide God’s Word in your heart through the Fighter Verse Bible memory program.

On January 1st, 2016, Children Desiring God will update all of the Fighter Verses resources in the New International Version (NIV) from the NIV1984 version to the NIV2011 translation. Due to restrictions from the publisher, we can no longer offer the 1984 NIV version after December 31. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you.

The Fighter Verses App

NIV2011 will replace NIV1984 verses in our Fighter Verses App in the next couple weeks.  This change will show up on your smartphone or tablet the next time you update your app from iTunes or Google Play.

Fighter Verses, Extended Verses and Foundation Verse Packs

You may purchase NIV1984 Fighter Verses, Extended Verses and Foundation Verses packs from our website through December 31, 2015.  Starting January 1, all NIV Fighter Verses resources purchased through our website will be in NIV2011. These NIV1984 resources will be on sale through the end of the year (Limited quantities available).

We know changing or updating translations can be difficult when memorizing. We pray this change will not deter you from the wonderful discipline of Bible memory.  Memorizing the Word is crucial to our fight of faith. Consider just a few amazing realities of God’s Word:

Every Word of God proves trueProv 30:5
God watches over his Word to perform itJer 1:12
God’s Word never returns emptyIs 55:11
God’s Word is truthPs 199:160
God’s Word is sharper than a two-edged swordHeb 4:12
People are saved by God’s WordJam 1:18
People are sanctified by God’s WordJohn 17:17
People have joy through God’s Word
Ps 119:14
God’s Word will remain forever
Is 40:8
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us
John 1:14

At this time, all Children Desiring God NIV curriculum will remain in the 1984 version. Curriculum and Fighter Verses resources in the English Standard Version (ESV) will not be effected by this change.

 

Why I Bought The Fighter Verses Coloring Book

Fighter Verses

The Fighter Verses Coloring Book Set OneThis fall was a big transition for our 4-year-old grandson. Because our church strongly encourages families to be together in corporate worship, childcare during the worship service ends at age 4. My husband and I, and David’s parents gladly affirm and embrace this policy established by our pastor and elders! So now David is with Daddy and Mommy during the entire service. However, getting used to sitting quietly is not the easiest discipline to master for an active little boy. Help!

Help is on the way…That is why I have already put in my order for The Fighter Verses Coloring Book, a brand new resource offered by Children Desiring God. Although David isn’t a reader yet, he can still benefit from this resource. It will be his “special sermon time book.” For example, before the worship service, Daddy and Mommy can read the memory verse on the page, talk about it, explain the picture, and then allow David to quietly color the picture during the sermon.

Do you know of a young child who is learning to sit still during the sermon? Consider giving him or her The Fighter Verses Coloring Book.

 

About The Fighter Verses Coloring Book

The Fighter Verses Coloring BookThe Coloring Book is part of Set One of The Fighter Verses Study, a year-long devotional for families, small groups and individuals. It features illustrations of 52 verses as well as a key truth statement will each verse that will equip your children to fight the fight of faith.

These original illustrations include a blend of powerful Bible stories brought to life; children in real-life, modern-day moments; and beautiful nature scenes. If you are using The Fighter Verses Study, the Coloring Book is a great resource to help younger children engage during a family or group discussion of the study.

The coloring book can be used alongside The Fighter Verses Study, by children memorizing Fighter Verses, or by itself as an encouraging, Bible-based coloring resource for children. It is available in print and electronic formats.

Learn more about The Fighter Verses Study and view the Study Sample.

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