In one of our children’s classes we mentioned that some people doubt God’s Word. “Not me,” Danny said. “I don’t doubt.” He hasn’t! Greg belongs to the same group, hears the same lessons, asked Christ to save him a year before Danny, but still responds to nearly every salvation invitation. It’s sad to see a child struggle with assurance of his salvation, for God clearly says we can know we’re saved eternally (1 John 5:13).
From movies to textbooks children learn false ideas about the past. They are left with the message that the Bible is an outdated book of stories with no relevance to our lives. Following are four basic messages to help your older students counter what they’re being taught in secular programs.
Children may face the death of a family member or friend while under your teaching. How do you handle this delicate topic? How can you affirm the goodness of God? There are three steps in explaining death to children.
When Janice walked into Bible class everyone stepped aside. If Janice was in a good mood and got her way class went well. If not she would push kids out of their chairs, tease them about their looks or call someone stupid. When the teacher asked Janice to step into the hall, she rolled her eyes and said no. Janice’s bullying hurt others but it also kept her from learning about the love of Jesus.
Our teaching is often stacked against boys. It appeals to girls who enjoy reading, writing and talking. But boys usually learn better when their bodies are in motion. So be creative—include moving as part of your teaching process.
Many times children find themselves dealing with difficult and sometimes disappointing situations. At a Good News Club recently a child shared about a difficult situation at home and was seeking guidance on what to do.