As our children and grandchildren increasingly face a hostile world, what thoughts will lead and guide them? Will they reflect upon the glorious truth that God is, indeed, the ruler yet? And furthermore, will they know and understand the nature and extent of that rule so that they will have unswerving confidence in Him no matter what the circumstances in their lives and world? It's crucial for our children to learn of God’s providence—His active rule over all things.
One of the great joys of teaching or leading a small group is when children ask amazing questions. Many prove easy to answer, but some are very difficult.
Children need a proper context for understanding the glorious triumph of Jesus’ resurrection. What was the “long journey” leading up to His resurrection? What did Jesus triumph over? Why is it good news for us? How should we respond? Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is just seven weeks away. How could you use that time with your children to more intentionally set the context for Jesus’ resurrection and answer these questions?
God is love. Maybe more than any other statement, this has been used to identify God's basic essence. But if we consider God's love apart from the totality of God's nature, our understanding of God will be dangerously skewed. So what does God mean when He says that He is love?
Teachers: Do you ever find yourself “bursting at the seams” before you enter the classroom? Are you bursting because your mind and heart have been so excited, moved, and transformed by what you have feasted on through the Word during the week that you just can’t wait to share it with the children?
One of my great joys in teaching children biblical truth is how the Lord uses the time spent in lesson preparation to feed my own soul.
"My child doesn't want to go to church." Sadly, I’ve heard this statement from more than a few parents over the years. Some even say, “My child hates to go to church.” It can turn Sunday mornings into a miserable experience for parents and children alike. I have had some desperate, frazzled parents arrive at the classroom with a young child who is literally kicking and screaming. What’s a parent to do? Here are ten general suggestions that may be helpful. How you apply each may look very different depending on the age of the child—but the basic principles are the same.
Although not usually an ideal situation, many church classrooms consist of children of multiple ages. I currently teach a group of 70-plus students who range in age from kindergarten through sixth grade. To say this is challenging is an understatement, but it is doable and, with some careful foresight and preparation, it can be a wonderful experience for both the teacher and students.
In the month of January, the days are short, and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Additionally, seasonal illnesses are affecting many homes and churches. Hence, the eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning have diminished. What can parents, children’s ministry leaders, and volunteers do to fight midyear doldrums and discouragements?
As we look ahead to a new year, let's strive to equip our children to live in a fallen world with a strong and sure hope and defense: the gospel of Jesus.
This year, in particular, Christmas carols are a source of renewed wonder and hope—'light'—in an especially dreary and weary world. Use the opportunity of singing carols to point your children to the incomparable grandeur of redemptive history, which finds it’s perfect fulfillment in the Person and work of Christ.