Teaching truth to go along with Truth

August 8, 2011

Probably the most important question I was ever asked as a youth pastor was: “What’s this story got to do with me?”

And we must answer that question from a kid’s perspective before we start every lesson.  Whenever we think we are going to teach something, at home to our own kids, at school or church, we need to be able to not only ask ourselves, but to also answer the big question—SO WHAT?

 What’s the truth?  What am I going to do about it?  What are you going to do about it?  What difference does it make to me, a first grader who can’t hit the ball, even when it’s teed up?  How does it affect me a third grader with no friends.  (At least that’s what it feels like some days.)  How about me, an overweight (or too skinny, none of us feels right.) girl in the fifth grade.  If we cannot make Truth apply to kids lives today, we ate talking but we aren’t teaching,

I need to make the wise choice.  We say it every week so kids don’t have an excuse and we want them to remember that they need to make the wise choice.  But we must  give them scenarios that they might actually encounter and let them tell us what the wise choice would be.

I try to start conversations with kids with this: “Here’s something I would like you to think about….”  And then give them something meaningful to think about.

A kid a school just….

Your mom told you to…

Your little sister who is always bugging you is about to….

 It is vital, if we want Biblically literate kids, to help them see that the Bible is RELEVANT!!!

We want kids to grasp the Truth, so they recognize truth and lies.  And choose truth.  We want our children to understand that the right thing to do is the right thing to do, not only for eternity, but for today and tomorrow too.

Connecting the Word of God to the words coming out of our mouth is vital….relevance is imperative if we want to make an impact.  We make wise choices, treat people fairly, seek justice, do good, serve, because it makes an impact on behalf of the Kingdom of God and on behalf of our family, because it makes a positive difference on everybody. 

 When I was a kid, “Because I said so!” was a common response to questioning my parents.  And I really believe that there are times when that is the appropriate response.  But if we are teaching our kids, not merely directing their actions, the why is as important as the what. 

 So help your kids understand exactly what the Bible story you just heard or read, has to do with a fifth grade boy or a third grade girl or whatever age your kids are.  This stuff is not for when our children grow up, it is for helping them to grow up as mature followers of Christ.

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