Ipads for Everyone?

With a title like this I bet everyone will read today’s post 🙂

Imagine this. It’s Sunday morning and Nate tells us the passage we will be covering. Timmy, our cute little imaginary character for this story, is eager to learn about the Lord and picks up his bible. Habakuk, where in the world is that in the bible. He starts flipping around trying to find it, but keeps missing it. He gets embarrassed and decides to put his bible down and color the rest of the service.

NO!!

It is easy for kids to get discouraged when they can’t find something right away. Man it’s easy for adults to get discouraged quickly. How can we arm our children to help them know their bibles? Buy them all iPads??? In a techy’s dream, sure. In reality that won’t be happening any time soon. Don’t fret, we have a great resource for all of you!!

Go and check out this link. Books of the Bible Song Shannon Walker showed me this video for the kid’s class a few months ago and we have been using it ever since. It is a great video that puts the books of the bible to s catchy tune! It is very easy for kids to memorize.

One thing we have mentioned in this blog before is the fact that kids learn through repetition. Think about it… We have our kids make their beds every single morning, brush their teeth 2-3 times a day, apologize to their siblings every day, etc. If we have them do these things one time and quit, they wouldn’t be ingrained into their little hearts.

The bible should be the same way for our kids. They should get used to diving into God’s word every day. This will help them to become familiar with the Word, know how to use it, and be able to remember verses to tell others or use in their own lives.

As a family, sit down with your kiddos and sing this song with them. Do it once a week, every other day, once a day, twice a day, or any frequency that works for your family.

You can also check out Songs for Saplings. We use this in our toddler room every Sunday morning. Each song is a bible verse!

Let’s make it fun for our kids to learn God’s word!

Also, I did not stumble upon these GREAT resources on my own. I was referred to them by parents. Remember Children’s Ministry is made possible when the church body as a whole takes part in discipling our kids. That means families and singles join in and share resources, volunteer their time, help out with special events, offer to lead up a outreach opportunity, etc. It can’t be one person. We all need to band together!!!

Cute Little Sinners

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“Wait mommy, it’s not ok to hit brother? Why?”

We have all experienced it… That moment where all of the kids are screaming, crying, or having a fit, and all you can do is sit there and stare…

“Not my kids. My kids don’t behave this way.”

Why is it that we get so surprised when we see our children sin? God didn’t send His Son to save a perfect, blameless, and sinless group of people. He sent His Son to save sinners.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

For some reason, it’s easier to think of ourselves as sinners rather than our children. We want to see our kids as little perfect babies. Sorry to break it to you, but my little six-month old is a sinner. As cute as he is, he was born a sinner.

It won’t help us as parents if we don’t understand this. When we discipline our children, we need to remind them they are sinners and it is only because of Christ that we can do anything other than sin.

If you haven’t done so already, you should read Give Them Grace by Elise Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. It is a great book on this topic. These women are parents that have struggled with discipline like all of us. They started parenting by saying things like, “Does that make God happy?” Then they realized that was not teaching their children the gospel.

It also gives great practical advice on how to discipline, what to say when you are, how to explain that fact that we are all sinners to kids, and much more.

 

Comment Challenge: Has this ever been a struggle for you? Share your story.

Do They Get It?

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We will have hundreds and thousands of teaching opportunities for our kids through out their lives. The one question we will all face afterwards is do they get it?

How can we make sure our kids will retain what we are teaching them and use it in their lives? We can find ways to get their attention and teach them in fun and inventive ways. There are three main ways kids learn.

Visual: Does your kiddo tend to remember things better if you let him or her read the book, see a video, or see pictures? If so your kiddo may be a visual learner. When you want to teach your child something, try to use visual aides as much as possible. For example, hang up a chore chart, write verses on bright paper or with bright markers and hang them on the wall, find fun videos online that sing the songs of the bible, etc.

Auditory: Does your kiddo remember things better if you read a story out loud or by having a conversation about something? If so it looks like you have an auditory learner on your hands. Your child will retain information better if you read them a story aloud, you have them read their books out loud in their room, and you allow them to have a conversation with you on what they are learning.

Kinesthetic: Does your kiddo remember things by getting dirty and trying it out? This is a fun learning style and whether your child learns this way primarily or not, you will notice they retain information longer this way. One word: object lessons. Kids learn great through object lessons. Any time they can physically learn something, you will notice their interests are peaked and they have fun learning!

Instead of getting frustrated when your kiddo needs to learn the same thing over and over, find a way they can have fun and learn at the same time. It’s easy to get busy and forget that we can disciple our children while having fun!

Post a comment and tell us a fun way you have taught something to your child or share a resource that can help other parents!

God made man after his own image

The Bible says that God made man after his own image – male and female. This means the Bible sees an important distinction between boys and girls and how they uniquely reflect the glory of God. This post gives an introduction to the way the Bible differentiates what a boy is for and what a girl is for, and this understanding is essential for us in faithfully raising our children in accord with the Scriptures.

How Young is too Young?

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At what age can I read my children the bible?

I have heard many parents ponder this question. It seems likes something so simple, yet we all wonder what the right answer is. Every parent has their own opinion. Some think that you shouldn’t read kids the bible until they are old enough to understand and other start them off in the womb.

We at Christ Church, are strong advocates in raising your children to hear the Word from day one.

We as parents, are the ones that start our children’s routines. We teach them when dinner is, what time to go to bed, how often to brush their teeth. Why not train them from day one, to read their Bibles?

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Psalm 119:105

Our children grow up, searching for answers. We need to remind them where to turn daily. Reading the Bible is a very simple step in teaching our children that Christ is the answer and the way.

You can read to them during feedings, before bed time, or any time in the day you can find. This can be a few verses or more. As they grow, you can continue to add to how much you read to them. This is also a great way to teach them how to sit and engage in a structured activity. This will teach them how to sit for sunday service, school, and other activities they will need through out the rest of their lives.

When do you read the Bible with your children? Leave your answers in the comment section below. This is a great opportunity to share some great ideas with other parents.

After you read as a family, ask them age appropriate questions. You can ask their favorite part of the story, what they learned, how they can use the lesson during their day, etc.

A great Bible for kids is the Jesus Story Book Bible. Unlike other children’s bibles, this one teaches kids that Jesus is the hero os EVERY story in the bible. It is easy for our children to get caught up with Noah and forget that God is the one that saved all of the people, sent His Son to save us, and gave Noah the heart to respond to Christ in the first place.

Post a story you have about reading the bible as a family, seeing your kiddo get into his/her bible, etc!

The Undeserved Gift

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Part Three

Grace is something most of us will spend our entire lives trying to understand. What is grace? How has Christ bestowed grace upon all of His children? Then when we can somewhat begin to grasp these concepts, how do we teach our children about grace?

In Ephesians 2:8 Paul writes, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”

He is clearly telling God’s people that Jesus hasn’t saved us because we are sinless. Christ knows that we are all sinners. He see’s our hearts and the sin that lies within, however He still loves us and offers us a new life in Him. Do we deserve it? No. Paul describes grace in an amazing way; he calls it a gift. That is what grace is for a sinful world; a gift.

How can we take this concept of grace and share it with our children in a way they will understand? I don’t only want my kids to know what grace is, but how Christ has given us all grace and has forgiven us.

Here are a few ways we can teach our children about grace.

Have grace with your spouse.

Children are always looking to their parents to find out how to do things. They want to be just like mom and dad, even if they don’t go out of their way to say so. In a marriage, you become so close to your spouse that you know exactly what buttons to push to set the other one off. You also know precisely what they need when they have had a bad day.

When your spouse does something that bothers you, it’s easy to respond in frustration and lash out. The next time you are in this situation, think about how much you will be able to teach your child by responding in love, humility, and forgiveness. Your children will be able to see what an undeserved grace looks like.

Show grace to your children.

In parenting books and seminars, you learn a golden rule, “consistency is the key.” As a parent, I can attest the validity to this. When your children see you being consistent with discipline, they know there is a standard of behavior they must follow. This standard will begin to cement in their foundation and as they grow, they will continue to follow this.

However, when you teach your child grace, you break the golden rule. For example, the next time your child disobeys, don’t give them a consequence. Instead tell them, “You disobeyed and did something I asked you not to. You should get in trouble, but I am going to show you grace like Christ has shown all of us.” This is a great opportunity to share an undeserved gift with our children.

We are all sinners and deserve death, but Christ has given us all grace and has forgiven us of all our transgressions.

Humility and Forgiveness

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Part Two

   In my last post, we discussed ways to teach our children, that without Christ, we are nothing. This is a hard concept for us as adults, but we can learn it with our children.

   This week, we are going to talk about another concept in living a Gospel centered life. Two concepts that go hand in hand are humility and forgiveness. In order to forgive someone, we must first ask Christ to humble us.

   Our children often display greed, selfishness, and disobedience in their actions.

“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” 
Romans 3:23

As our children fall short of His glory, we can remind them that as sinners, we will continue to do so until His return. However, God has given us grace as we pursue a life for Him. When we teach our children that perfection can never be attained, they can begin to live their lives in humility.

”Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.”
Psalms 138:6

   One way we can teach our children how to be humble is to ask for forgiveness. In asking for forgiveness, we are reminding others and ourselves that we have sinned and need God. There are many opportunities through out the day to remind our children to be humbled and ask for forgiveness.

   In order for this to become a routine in their lives, they must not only perform the action, but see it as well.( Parents are obviously not perfect. At times we try to act like we know it all in front of them, but this doesn’t teach them the Gospel, it teaches them pride. ) We as their parents are obviously not perfect. At times, we try to act like we know it all in front of them, but this doesn’t teach them the Gospel, it teaches them pride. As we sin or fall short of His glory, i.e., getting impatient with our kids, yelling, etc., we can ask them for forgiveness. (When we sin and fall short of His glory, we can ask them for forgiveness. If we yell or become impatient, we can use those moments to be specific about our repentance, and model humilty and grace.)