We Must Be Bad News Teachers


Before we can understand who God is and what he has done, we’ve got to see our sin. That’s the only way we can see how costly his grace is.

Early on in my ministry when I was leading a children's ministry at another church , I evaluated and changed our curriculum. The old curriculum was lacking in several areas and a change was needed. One teacher in the preschool area was very unhappy about the change. I asked her why she was not a fan. Her response was interesting.

She explained the curriculum started out well enough by teaching about creation. “But,” she said, “it quickly went downhill, because all the following lessons talked about sin…..the sin of Adam and Eve, the sin of Cain killing Abel and Noah and the flood…” I was surprised by her response, and I asked her,  “Isn’t that the Bible?” Her response was, “Well yeah, but it is so negative. I mean Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah…...all the sin. It’s so negative for kids to hear.” Taken aback by her observation I responded, “You are right. In fact, I think it is negative for adults to hear. Sin has to be part of the conversation if we are to see our great need for Jesus.”

Sin is negative. Sin is bad, bad news! That is why the gospel is such good news. Kids, like adults, need to hear about our sin. Kids know that they do wrong, but they need to understand how great an offense our sin is against a holy and loving God. Parents must address not only their child’s behavior, but to delve into the underlying issues of the heart. They need to help their child understand we all have a sinful nature, just like the people read about in the Bible, and we need Jesus. Our kids need Jesus!

What has been your experience teaching kids about sin?

Family Friday Links 10.20.17

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Here’s what we’ve found helpful and encouraging this week online:

Colin Smith as a post about fighting sin. He starts his post out this way, “As you come to know God better, you will become more aware of your sin.” He goes on to list 3 ways to fight against our sin. This is a great reminder for all believers.

Justin Buzzard currently has a series of posts on discipling your kids. In this post he’s asking the question of motives. What is your motive to disciple your kids? He says, “Desire is the one motive that powers biblical, healthy, sustainable discipleship.” Parents, this is a great series so far and very worthy of your attention.

My friend, Scott Kedersha had a post on the importance of prayer. He says, “Most of us desire to pray, but for many reasons (as shared in part one of this series), we choose to NOT make prayer a priority in our lives and relationships.” If you are like me and struggle with prayer, this series is for us.

What have you found online that we need to check out? Leave a link in the comment section.