Ever wonder how other people and churches are implementing the Children Desiring God curriculum? The Bridge, a ministry of Southwest Church in Topeka, Kansas, included a Bible study outreach program that used Children Desiring God curriculum. This video shares how Chris Stewart and his team used Children Desiring God material in their ministry, and how families benefitted from exposure to God-centered teaching. (more…)
When my son Jacob was in 5th grade, he studied the curriculum, My Purpose Will Stand: A Study on the Providence of God in Sunday School. Week after week I would ask him what he was learning. Much to my frustration, his typical reply was something like, “We learned stuff about God,” or some other vague answer.
***This contest is now closed. Laurel was our winner. She is planning to use the curriculum to teach her 6th grade Sunday evening class. Thanks to everyone for participating!***
Have you ever experienced one of those “Wow” moments when teaching children or youth? Something happens that causes your heart to well up in thankfulness to the Lord as you see His Spirit at work in the lives of your students?
Sunday, June 9 was such a moment for me. It was the last day of first-grade Sunday school. Throughout the year, we had been studying The ABCs of God. Each week the children learned a new word describing something about God’s character—34 words in all. There are words like incomprehensible, creator, almighty, wise, jealous, omniscient, eXalted, righteous, holy, merciful, love, wrath, self-sufficient, etc. So, as a year-end challenge for the children, I asked them to recite the words in alphabetical order (they hadn’t learned them in that order). The only help I gave the children was introducing the letter “A is for…”, “B is for…”. But, to my amazement and joy, the children didn’t even need this prompting. In clear, loud, joyful voices they recited the ABCs of God from Almighty to Zealous. (more…)
Last fall I needed two maroon buttons for a jumper I was sewing for my 5-year-old granddaughter, Anna. I went with her and her mother to the one fabric store in St. John’s, Newfoundland to look for these buttons, only to find it had already closed for the day. Later, as I was waiting in the car with Anna while her mother ran another errand, Anna asked me, “Grandma, was it a good thing that the fabric store was closed?”
“No, Anna. It wasn’t a good thing. Now we have to come back tomorrow to get the buttons for your jumper.” (Bad answer.)
Evidently she stopped to consider that, because a minute or two later, Anna commented, “Grandma, I kind of think that it was a good thing that the store was closed…because God made the store be closed…and everything God does is good and right.” (Good answer.) (more…)
Watch this inspiring testimony of how the teaching of big biblical truths prepared a family to stand strong in faith amid profound suffering:The Watters’ Story
Also, you might want to take a closer look at the curriculum they were using—My Purpose Will Stand: A Study for Children on the Providence of God.
As the question above from a 3rd grader demonstrates, teaching children can really keep you on your “theological toes.” Children can come up with the most basic yet profound questions—questions that theologians have thought about and wrestled with for years. As teachers we need to be prepared to thoughtfully and truthfully answer our student’s questions with age-appropriate language and concepts. That is no easy task, especially when the question isn’t specifically addressed in Scripture. So how did some of our readers answer the contest question? Here are some excerpts showing the scope of the answers: (more…)
Since it was released in 2009, the booklet Helping Children Understand the Gospel has been used in a number of creative ways. Although it was written to help parents explain the Gospel to their children in an accurate and child-friendly manner, God has multiplied its usefulness to bless the church. Understanding and meditating on the truths of the Gospel is is not just for children, but for families, teachers, youth, young adults and grandparents, too!
In January 2010, Riverpark Bible Church in Fresno, California, used Helping Children Understand the Gospel to begin a church-wide, 10-week, “Ten Truths” study. After encouraging parents to read parts one and two of the booklet on their own, they kicked off the study with a sermon outlining the ten truths. In this video Pastor Dave and Sandy Parker share what they did and what happened:
If you are curious about the Ten Essential Truths of the Gospel that make up the devotional guide in the booklet, here they are:
Truth One: God is the sovereign Creator of all things.
Truth Two: God created people for His glory.
Truth Three: God is holy and righteous.
Truth Four: Man is sinful.
Truth Five: God is just and is right to punish sin.
Truth Six: God is merciful. He is kind to undeserving sinners.
Truth Seven: Jesus is God’s holy and righteous Son.
Truth Eight: God put the punishment of sinners on Jesus.
Truth Nine: God offers the free gift of salvation to those who repent and believe in Jesus.
Truth Ten: Those who trust in Jesus will live to please Him and will receive the promise of eternal life—enjoying God forever in heaven.
I love this testimony from a pre-school Sunday school class:
One Sunday during the preschool Bible lesson time, the teacher was telling the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how they were told to bow and worship the golden image made by King Nebuchadnezzar. The teacher asked the children, “Should they bow down and worship the idol?” Agitated, a three-year-old girl pointed to the wall where Bible verses the children had been encouraged to memorize were displayed. As she pointed she exclaimed, “They can’t! They can’t–because of that verse!”
What was the verse she pointed to? Matthew 6:24a—“No one can serve two masters,”
May we never underestimate the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of little children!
… “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Luke 10:21 ESV)