When I was a kid, I loved watching Bill Nye the
Science Guy. Not so much now. You may have seen in the news where
Nye spoke out against creationism. "The biblical stories were
presented to me, but they never seemed reasonable," said Nye in an
interview. His statements could be summed up to say it's okay if I
want to believe in a God who created everything, but don't harm
children by teaching them that falsehood.
Creationist and Answers in Genesis CEO Ken Ham challenged Nye to a
debate, and it is set for next month (
details can be found here). I'd recommend watching
Ham's video and his colleagues' videos as well when you get the
Both men agree that whatever happens at the debate, they'll each
leave still set firm in their beliefs. And that's what I want to
talk about today. How can we help kids be firm in their beliefs?
How can we help them accomplish 1 Peter 3:15…always ready to
explain their Christian hope? Here's three ways to help your kids
stand firm in their beliefs.
- Start with the heart. Faith isn't a subject.
Faith is a relationship. Think about your best friend. How did that
relationship form? Did you jot down trivia about that person on
study cards and go over them every night? No, you spent time with
that person, talking and doing things together. If we want our kids
to live for Jesus, we can't make him a subject like spelling or
math. Instead, we need to help kids grow in their relationship with
- Knowledge is power. Next is getting kids into
the Bible and helping God's Word stick in their hearts. When
planning your lessons, make the Bible come to life in your kids'
eyes by using the
multiple intelligences theory to connect with your kids in many
different ways. And make sure to make your lessons R.E.A.L. What's
R.E.A.L. learning? The four keys of R.E.A.L. learning are
Relational, Experiential, Applicable, and Learner-based (and that's
what Sunday school
curriculum from Group excels at!).
- Put it together. So we have the head and the
heart. Now it's time to combine…which means letting kids take
ownership of their faith. Don't give them answers to life's big
questions…help kids discover them. Encourage discussion in your
lessons (here are some great
tips on sparking conversations). Help kids find what they have
a God-given passion for and then help them do it! Have kids with a
heart for missions? Give the guidance to find a project they can do
locally. Have kids with a love for music? Start a kids' choir. Give
kids a chance to live out their faith.
What else can we do? Stop using "story" when referring to real
events of the Bible. If you haven't read
Chris Yount Jones' post on using the s-word, please take a
moment to. After hearing Nye's comments, I'm inclined to stop using
that verbiage now more than ever.
Whenever I bring up using or not using "story," it always seems to
get people talking. What about you? What do you think? Share
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