Creative Ideas for Teaching the Bible to Kids

Christian Teachers are Called to Be an Example to Children May 12 2018, 0 Comments

According to 1 Timothy 4:12, as Christian parents and teachers, we are called to be an example to children in what we say, in how we live, in how we love, in our faith and in our purity. I hope this article will encourage you in each of these areas as you live out your God-given calling.

I want to share with you today how 1 Timothy 4:12 can motivate you to be an example to children as you teach them the Bible.

This verse is not specifically written to Christian parents and teachers, but to all Christians in every walk of life. But since my audience mainly consists of Sunday School teachers, Christian teachers and parents who have a desire to see their children grow in their relationship with God, I want to examine this verse from a Christian teacher's perspective.

1 Timothy 4:12 says this: "Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in they way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."

I've been reading through 1 Timothy lately and I have been greatly encouraged by the words of Paul to his young protege, Timothy. Paul is often nurturing Timothy to be an example to all the believers even though he is still quite young.

I love the 5 points that Paul addresses and I want to address these as well for the benefit of those of us who work with children. I want to present a few thoughts of my own that will hopefully encourage us all to be an example to children especially when teaching the Bible.

Point One - Be an example to children in what you say

We all know that our words are very powerful. The word of God is the most powerful of all. (Hebrews 4:12) Paul often warns those who teach and share God's word about the importance of rightly teaching God's word. Jesus, Himself, stated that we should not put any stumbling block before anyone, especially children. Matthew 18:6 says: "If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea." As Christian teachers of the Bible, I encourage you to diligently study the stories and scriptures that you will share with your children. Be ready and careful with what you are going to say. If you are not sure about a point of a verse, study it or ask for help from someone you trust. What you say to the children from God's Word matters. Take it seriously.

Point Two - Be an example to children in how you live

As a Christian teacher, does your "walk match your talk?" Kids are smart and many of them are watching your every move. If you are teaching them about Jesus, are your every day choices honoring Jesus? Are you showing your kids that YOU love the Bible? Or are you just telling THEM to love the Bible, without being and example? Are you spending time with Jesus in prayer so that your children know that you care about your relationship with the One and True Living God? Living out your Christian faith is a moment by moment journey - a journey that God, the Holy Spirit, wants to guide you through every day.

Point Three - Be an example to children in how you love

Of course, all the points I am addressing today could have books written about them. The topic of "how we love" is in thousands of books. So, what little tidbit can I share regarding this topic to the Christian teacher? I want to share this: I get lots of hugs after my programs. One of the best parts of my job as The Scripture Lady is receiving hugs from kids after one of my performances. If I may be so bold, I think (and hope and pray) I get these affectionate squeezes because I am showing the love of God to the children. I want to be an authentic Christian in front of the children I serve. Yes, I am performing, but I believe that kids get to see a glimpse of Jesus through me when I am sharing a song or a story from the Bible. I hope and pray that the children see my genuine love that I have for God and for them. You, too, will experience this outpouring of love from kids when you consistently show a genuine love for Jesus and the children He's given you to minister to. Remember, true love ONLY comes from God. As you connect with God, He will pour out His love through you to others.

Point Four - Be an example to children in your faith.

As a Christian teacher, who do you put your faith in? Here's a similar question: Who do you put your trust in? It is an awesome honor to be an example to our children of where we put our faith. Life is difficult and kids are not immune to the hardships of life. Whether in your homes or classrooms, you get to walk through this life showing your kids that you are choosing to have faith in God and to trust in Jesus and the Holy Spirit to get you through all the ups and downs. I think we do a disservice to our children when we shield them from difficult situations. Of course, we need to be sensitive and appropriately share the circumstances. But your kids need to see you living out your faith and trust in Jesus. You are not perfect. Sometimes you are going to be afraid and even freak out at life's mishaps. But don't be afraid to let your kids watch you struggle in your faith. You might be surprised. God might use your children to encourage you in your faith and give you the hug that you desperately need at the moment.

Point Five - Be an example to children in your purity

What does purity have to do with teaching kids the Bible? Titus 1:15-16 says this: "To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good." Ladies and gentlemen, our children are being taught lies, daily. The rhetoric of today is bombarding them and they are on a battlefield for their minds and souls. Whether it is lies about morality or the questioning of whether God even exists, our children are taking these "bullets" every day. BUT... we can give them the Armor of God to help protect them. Let me remind you of God's amazing armor from Ephesian 6:

  • The Breastplate of Righteousness
  • The Belt of Truth
  • The Shield of Faith
  • The Sword of the Spirit
  • Feet Fitted with the Readiness to Share the Gospel
  • The Helmet of Salvation

Are you wearing the armor of God? Are you fighting for the pure Word of God to be spoken into the hearts and minds of your children? Are you allowing the pure Word of God to wash over your own life so that you are able to stand firm by God's power and grace? I hope and pray that we all are. Let us be an example today to the children we teach. .....................................................................................

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Evangelism of Children - What I Learned from Billy Graham's Ministry April 04 2018, 0 Comments

Our beloved brother, Billy Graham, passed away yesterday from this earth into the loving arms of the Father that he loved with all his heart. This article will share my thoughts on evangelism of children and what I learned from this great man who understood that Jesus is the answer to all our problems.

It was 1985 and I had just learned that Billy Graham was going to have a crusade in my "backyard" of Anaheim, CA. I was part of a small College Bible study and I remember asking our leader, Frank Rice, if he thought I would be a good "counselor" at the crusade. Frank smiled at me that great smile that he always had and said, "I have no doubt that God will use you, Kathy." Little did I know at that point in my life, God would indirectly use Billy to lead me into the evangelism of children.

With that encouragement, I went to the instructional workshop that was given in the local area hosted by the "Billy Graham Crusades Organization." It was held at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and I remember the place was packed. The instructors led us through the steps of praying with someone to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They gave us small books that we were to share with possible "recruits for the kingdom of God."

The night of the crusade came and I had invited a couple of friends who did not know the Lord. Those of us who had been trained to pray with people during Billy's invitation to receive Jesus were to sit throughout the stadium and be ready to come down on the field when the time came.

I can still remember the pulse and energy in that stadium. It was exciting and I was so glad that I had chosen to participate in this 331st crusade of Dr. Billy Graham. Dr. Graham's message was clear and simple, as always - Come to Jesus. He loves you. He can solve all your problems. Just come. And come, they did. Hundreds of people poured down to the field along with myself, only 20 years old at the time. The Lord sent me a couple, a man and woman, in their 30's, who wanted to ask Jesus into their lives. I prayed with them and followed the steps in the book. I felt so blessed and I could tell they felt blessed, too. My prayer was that their lives would be forever changed because they believed in Jesus.

I knew my life had been changed because I participated along with Billy and hundreds of other "counselors" to help people come to Jesus. Fast forward to 1995, I began my own ministry of evangelism of children.

The "Scripture Lady" was born and there are a few things I've learned about sharing Jesus to children and all ages of people in general. I think the following 3 ideas for the evangelism of children can be pulled from my one great experience with Dr. Billy Graham:

~Learn HOW TO give an invitation: The "Billy Graham Crusades Organization" did not just let a bunch of people loose on the fields to pray for people to receive Jesus as their Savior. They instructed us. I, for one, needed that instruction. Up until that point, I had only led one person to the Lord, and while that was a great experience, I knew I needed and wanted more help to be effective when sharing Jesus with someone. Don't get me wrong, the Holy Spirit can and will lead you to pray with someone to accept Jesus anytime and anywhere, but when you have foundational instructions for praying with people to receive Jesus, you will be filled with more confidence and "tools" from God's Word to help fulfill the great commission.

If you want to participate in the evangelism of children, get trained to do so. The more you learn how to reach children for Jesus, the more Jesus will use you to reach children.

~Share God's clear and simple message: Do you know why Billy Graham was so successful? Simply put, he was a simple man. Crusade after crusade, he preached the same message: Come to Jesus. He loves you. He can solve all your problems. Just come. Dr. Graham, though he had his phd, kept to the life-changing and simple message that God has ordained since the beginning of time. Are there depths to the Bible that no mere man can understand? Absolutely. But Billy stuck to what was most important - that God loves you and sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to forgive you of your sin. If you believe in Him, you will have eternal life.

~When sharing about Jesus to children, keep the message simple and they will run to His side.   

However, a simple message does NOT mean that your presentation is easy.

Children, especially American children, need lots of great visuals and creative ways to learn the Bible.

~We are to carry on the message: Dr. Billy Graham is with Jesus now. I think if it were possible for Billy to peak his head through heaven's gates to us, he would say, "Carry on. Don't stop. Keep sharing Jesus. People need Him more than ever." Children need Jesus more than ever. I see it every time I get in front of them. Their teachers need Jesus, too. There are wrong, wicked and misleading doctrines that are being taught to our children every day in their schools.

~If they only get one hour a week with you to learn about Jesus, make sure it's the BEST HOUR YOU CAN GIVE THEM. 

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