Truth78 curriculum workbooks, notebooks, and journals create a lasting, “theological picture album” for your children and students. They are not merely busywork or fun engagement for the students but are designed to reflect the core truths taught throughout each study. They invite children to interact with Bible texts, provide activities that reinforce the main ideas, ask questions for personal reflection and, most importantly, are an integral part of the classroom Small Group Application time.
What is the ultimate reason for discipling the next generations? To what end should parents, ministry leaders, teachers, and volunteers devote wholehearted effort? Years from now, what should we long for our children and students to express with genuine conviction, earnestness, and joy?
Times are changing at record speed. How are Christians to keep up and rightly respond? How do we adequately prepare our children and youth to stand firm and not be swayed by the deceptions of this present darkness? First and foremost, we must confidently and continuously ground them in the eternal and unchanging TRUTH of GOD’S WORD, which has absolute authority over EVERY aspect and sphere of life.
Truth78 takes its name from Psalm 78, which captures the heart of our ministry and fuels our passion for the comprehensive discipleship of the next generation. We have also established Psalm 78 Day on July 8 of each year to remind us of the privilege and responsibility of every follower of Jesus Christ to faithfully pass along the truth about God—His will, His work, His ways, His salvation, and His glory—to the next generations. We thought it would be fitting to commemorate this day by presenting the first of a three-part series on Psalm 78, so that you might meditate on the first eight verses of this great psalm with us and be encouraged as we pursue the joy of the next generation together.
Being seriously committed to the discipleship of the next generation means being seriously committed to praying regularly, earnestly, and biblically for the faith of the next generation. How can the church and parents become more committed to this kind of prayerful dependency on God?
I have spent the past 35 years teaching children. But looking back on the first five years of that time, I now realize that the resources I was given and the training I received were not designed to reach the WHOLE child. Yes, I provided some biblical teaching (i.e., the curriculum included a summarized Bible story to be read), but it didn’t seem as if I was actively instructing their minds with the Bible, engaging their hearts in a meaningful way, or encouraging and challenging them to specific steps of faith-dependent obedience. I grew increasingly frustrated. Something was missing.
The start of summer means that my grandchildren will be outdoors as much as possible, experiencing all sorts of delightful adventures in God’s creation: working in the garden, hiking in the woods, splashing the dogs with the hose, exploring rivers and lakes, watching birds at the feeder, collecting rocks and bugs…just to name a few things. But it’s crucial that we don’t miss the opportunity to point them God-ward in these adventures.
With the diminishing practice of honor in the wider culture, it’s imperative for Christian parents and the church to teach children what honor is—what it looks like, sounds like, and involves—and why God is worthy of the highest honor.
What is greatness in God’s sight? Too often I wish for my children, (and even for myself), greatness that is praised in the world’s eyes: high grades, academic accolades, advanced degrees, leadership positions, world-shaping achievements, visible fame, etc. This has been a temptation in every age.
Many parents are diligently and faithfully discipling their children—others don’t know where to even begin. Your church is probably a mixture of both kinds of parents. One thing is for sure: The church is called to equip parents for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)—ministry to their own children. What this looks like in each local church may differ somewhat, but at the very least it requires some strategic intentionality and practical assistance on the part of the church.