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3 Ways to Make God Real for Kids

Bible -kidsToday, I would like to continue conversation on the "Four Acts of Love." If you haven't seen it yet, I encourage you to check out Group founder Thom Schultz's blog. He's doing a series based on his new book, and he discusses things people today want to find in a church-what he calls the "four acts of love." Last week we looked at the act of genuine humility. Today we'll talk about another act of love: divine anticipation.

Thom has recently touched on this act of love on his blog.

"Research by the Barna Group reveals that only 44 percent of people who attend church every week say they regularly experience God at church," according to Thom. "They're not looking for the deep theological trivia that seems to interest a lot of preachers. They crave something rather simple. They want to be reassured that God is real, that he is more than a historical figure, that he is present today, and that he is active in the lives of people around them."

Do the kids in your ministry experience God? How do you help kids discover that God is relevant to their lives? Here are three things you can do to help your kids discover a personal connection with God.

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1. Cut the "story" lingo. We've talked about it before. A quick way to destroy kids' faith in the Bible is by referring to it as a story. Executive editor of Children's Ministry Magazine, Christine Yount Jones has a lot to say on this topic. "Even worse-I've heard many referring to the entire Bible as the 'Big God Story.' Some in this camp even refer to God as the 'main character' in the 'Big God Story.' Yikes! We will reap what we sow! If we are guilty of fictionalizing God's Word, how will our children ever believe in its truth?"

2. Ask for God sightings. Here's a simple exercise that has amazing results. Simply ask kids to share their God sightings: anytime they've seen God at work. At first, kids answers may sound a little silly…seeing God at work through their pets. But make this a tradition. It helps train kids to be active in looking for God. This is also a great activity to do with your team of volunteers!

3. Pray. Let your kids pray. And don't just have them bow their heads as you pray. Do interactive prayers. It's not as hard as it may sound. Play some worship music and let kids draw their prayers to God. Or take kids on a prayer walk around your church. At the very least, allow kids a chance to speak to God.

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If you want to know more about the The Four Acts of Love, make sure to check out Thom's blog, and take a look at the new book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore by Thom and his wife, Joani. 

What are some ways you help kids discover God? Let us know in the comment section below!

Posted at 12:40

5 Comments:

Sam said...
I would like to respectfully say that using the "story" lingo does not destroy children's faith in the Bible. It is absolutely true that the Bible is a story. It is the great story of God's redemption for sinners. Therefore, it is completely appropriate to call the Bible a story, and to emphasize that God is the main character. What we need to be aware of as educators is to help children distinguish between true and false stories; not refrain from calling the Bible a story. I also find it highly ironic that in the same email that I received from Children's Ministry is another link entitled "Once Upon a Bible". http://childrensministry.com/articles/once-upon-the-bible?p=3 In this article, the author actually emphasizes the value of story and makes the point to distinguish between what is true and false. We live in a post-modern culture where people are craving for stories and significance. There is no other story that could speak so powerfully to the hearts of people who are searching than the redemptive story of God calling and saving a people for himself. To God alone be the glory.
October 16, 2013 09:05
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October 16, 2013 09:06
Hannie said...
I agree the Bible story is a never ending story, because you can read it again and again and again, seeking God in the Bible is to open your hearts acre and God will let the seed grow that's been planted by one of God's children, if you really seek God He will make sure you will find Him, but let your heart and eyes be open, because it can so easily be allocated as luck..... every day you stand up in the morning you breath the air, you hear the birds you see all around you that is just there, cared for not by us, but by our loving, caring heavenly Father, seek first ye the kingdom of God and all will be given to you..... stand firm in believe God love all you are very special in His eyes because He made you the way you have to serve Him in your daily life sometimes as a instrument to others and sometimes you must learn yourselves, always ask God to show you what you must learn from every experience in your life. Keep faith seek God in His word if you go to church prepare yourselves before the time ask God before the time to give you a word and don't ever stop praying. God lives and so does His word. Gods blessing to all.
October 17, 2013 12:46
Hannie said...
I agree the Bible story is a never ending story, because you can read it again and again and again, seeking God in the Bible is to open your hearts acre and God will let the seed grow that's been planted by one of God's children, if you really seek God He will make sure you will find Him, but let your heart and eyes be open, because it can so easily be allocated as luck..... every day you stand up in the morning you breath the air, you hear the birds you see all around you that is just there, cared for not by us, but by our loving, caring heavenly Father, seek first ye the kingdom of God and all will be given to you..... stand firm in believe God love all you are very special in His eyes because He made you the way you have to serve Him in your daily life sometimes as a instrument to others and sometimes you must learn yourselves, always ask God to show you what you must learn from every experience in your life. Keep faith seek God in His word if you go to church prepare yourselves before the time ask God before the time to give you a word and don't ever stop praying. God lives and so does His word. Gods blessing to all.
October 17, 2013 12:46
Lindsey said...
I love the idea of asking for "God sightings"! We will definitely start doing that next Sunday!
October 21, 2013 10:50

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