At Truth78 we love to highlight the necessity of teaching children about the absolute sovereignty of God over all things. This is especially important when it comes to helping children interpret hard realities and suffering through biblical truth so that they might have an unwavering and unshakable confidence in the sovereign goodness of God. But God’s sovereignty over all things does not warrant a “hands-off” approach by God’s people. Rather, God calls His people to display His love, compassion, and mercy to a hurting world. How can we help our children grow in this way?
Halloween is fast upon us. In the United States, Halloween now rivals Christmas in the amount of money spent per household. While Covid has served to scale-back many of the usual “trick or treat” rituals, Halloween still is firmly rooted in the culture. As a child, I was one of the many excited, costumed children who went through the neighborhood collecting a sack full of candy. But when I became a parent, my husband and I started asking questions like: "How should we view Halloween from a biblical perspective? What are the historical roots? Is there a way to be a light for the gospel during this time? What might that look like?"
Certainly, no well-meaning Christian parent or teacher would willfully hide the truth from children. However, without realizing it, we can focus on only the parts of a Bible story that are particularly exciting or interesting to children. Or we can put so much focus on the characters and stories that we don’t put enough emphasis on what the story reveals about God and His glory. To guard against this, it is helpful to consider the goal of our instruction. Why should we faithfully impart to our children the testimony that has been entrusted to us?
With all the many worldly traditions that surround the celebration of Christmas, Good News of Great Joy is a wonderful tool to help families prioritize and focus on the incomparable greatness and worth of the incarnation of Jesus! Furthermore, it’s simple to use and reusable from year to year providing families with a meaningful and delightful way to prepare for Christmas.
More Than a Story: New Testament takes children on a chronological journey through the Bible, exploring both the breadth and depth of Scripture. Key doctrines of the Christian faith are emphasized and clearly explained, all leading to the glorious realities of the gospel. Actual texts of Scripture are woven into each chapter, exposing children to the variety of literary genres, events, people, places, and themes of the Bible.
One of the most discouraging things for a teacher or small group leader during a lesson is the perception that your students are not personally engaged with what is being taught. Here you are, teaching the most important truths in the universe with heartfelt passion, and some children seem completely disinterested, entirely inattentive, and utterly bored. At times like this, it’s tempting to ask: “Are they even listening? Is any of this truth reaching their minds and sinking into their hearts?” What’s a teacher or small group leader to do?
What would we give for our children to become mighty oaks of righteousness? An hour of teaching on Sunday morning? A few hours of preparation? A regular weekly prayer for the children in your small group? A passing word of spiritual encouragement to a child in your class? Each of these small investments could reap an eternal harvest.
An increasing amount of evidence demands that we take the lack of Christian intellectual faithfulness seriously.